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Brochure 2015

03.12.14 - The Tradewise Festival colour brochure for 2015 is now published.



The entry form is also included together with tournament regulations, visa & travel details, schedules and much more.


Leading entrants already include Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Hou Yifan, Nikita Vitiugov, Richard Rapport, Pentala Harikrishna, Anna Muzychuk, Nigel Short and 2014 Masters winner, Ivan Cheparinov.


The brochure is available as a PDF file (3.6Mb).

Teamwork: Tradewise and the ACP

28.12.14 - The 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival formally announces its continued cooperation with the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP).


Lela Javakhishvili   Alexander Motylev  

Four wildcard places have been agreed in the 2015 Tradewise Masters, the players receiving special invitations by virtue of their results in this year's ACP tours. The players are: Alexander Motylev, Dmitry Jakovenko, Lela Javakhishvili, and Salome Melia. We look forward to welcoming all four on the Rock soon!


In addition, for the third year running a special prize will be awarded to the highest-placed ACP Premium Member in the Masters tournament who doesn't win any regular or category prize. The amount of the prize will match the amount of the last regular prize paid in the main tournament, for a sum not exceeding 1000 pounds. In 2013 this prize was won by GM Le Quang Liem, while in 2014 the winner was GM Surya Ganguly.


Photos: Sophie Triay & Facebook (Alexander Motylev)

Elisabeth and Simon - our commentary team!



21.12.14 - The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival is delighted that International Master Elisabeth Pähtz and Grandmaster Simon Williams will commentate at the forthcoming festival starting on January 26.


Elisabeth and Simon are no strangers to Gibraltar, Elisabeth having taken part in the Masters on many occasions. Elisabeth's father, GM Thomas Pähtz, will be playing in the Masters, so maybe his daughter will be commenting on his games!


The organisers wish to thank both Elisabeth and Simon for their continued support of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival!



Veselin Topalov to play on the Rock!

25.11.14 - We are delighted to announce that Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov will be joining us for the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters! Veselin, whose current elo is exactly 2800 (making him world number 3 on FIDE's November list), will be the highest rated player ever to take part in Gibraltar.



Veselin became the FIDE World Chess Champion in 2005, cruising to victory in the 8-player double round event in San Luis, Argentina, after a blistering start of 6,5/7. He went on to contest two world title matches: versus Kramnik, in Elista, 2006, and versus Anand, in Sofia, 2010. The latter match was tied 5,5-5,5 before Anand won the 12th game.


As a young talent Veselin was especially fond of playing in Spain, winning many Opens there. His long tenure amongst the world's elite is documented by many impressive tournament victories, such as the first three editions of the M-Tel Masters (2005-7); Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2006 and 2007 (both 1st=); Linares 2005 (1st= with Kasparov) and 2010; and Nanjing, China, 2008, this last a Category XXI event, won by Topalov with 7/10.


Read more here ...


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Masters Entry

11.11.14 - The organisers of the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival wish to advise that due to exceptionally heavy demand the Masters tournament is full, and places in it can no longer be offered. Entries to the Morning events are still being accepted.


12.10.14 - We are pleased to provide an online entry form or if you prefer, enter using our interactive Word or PDF form.

Hikaru Nakamura and Hou Yifan return to the Rock!

01.10.14 - We are delighted to announce that two of the World's top players, GM Hikaru Nakamura and current Women's World Champion GM Hou Yifan have joined the stellar 2015 Masters line-up.




Hikaru is ranked No. 9 in the world by FIDE on the October 2014 list and is a three-time United States Chess Champion. Resident in St Louis, the American number one is currently our top seed at 2764.


Hou Yifan is the reigning Women's World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster.


She has recently been playing in the European Club Cup, in Bilbao. Although her team, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, only finished second, Yifan's 2749 performance was the best on top board.


Read more here ...

Photos: Boris Schipkov, Anastasiya Karlovich



25.9.14 - Our 2015 prize list is now published! We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the continued generosity of our sponsors, the prize fund of the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival rises by £10,000 to a total of £175,000.


Main prizes have been increased by £7,500, while Senior, Junior, and the top two Rating Band categories also benefit. All other prizes remain at their 2014 levels. Full list here.


21.9.14 - We are pleased to publish the schedule of events for 2015. Entry forms and further information will follow soon.

Tradewise Festival 2015

The organisers are very pleased to announce that the 2015 Festival will take place from Monday 26th January - Thursday 5th February.


This will be the 13th edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival with a total prize fund of £175,000. The organisers will maintain the existing format, running events Mornings & Afternoons.



As usual, for players in the Masters holding the GM, IM, WGM or WIM title, or non-titled players taking a Caleta package, entry to the tournaments is FREE.





Mornings: Challengers - U2250 FIDE or unrated. Amateurs - U1900 FIDE, or those without FIDE ratings but with national ratings under 1900 (ECF 160).


The first week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds over 5 days) will begin on Monday, January 26th


The second week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds over 5 days) begin on Saturday, 31st January.



Afternoons: The 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters (10 rounds over 10 days) will begin on Tuesday, January 27th. Players who are eligible by rating may participate in one or both Morning events, as well as in the Masters (Open) tournament.


The 2014 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters winner, GM Ivan Cheparinov, has confirmed his participation for 2015.


Winner of the top female award in 2014, IM Mariya Muzychuk, returns to Gibraltar in 2015, and will be joined by her sister, Anna, current women's world #4.


Top English players GM Michael Adams and GM Nigel Short have also agreed to play.


A full schedule of evening and social events is expected, including Masterclasses by elite players, two blitz tournaments, and the Battle of the Sexes.


The Opening Ceremony will be held on the evening of Monday, January 26th.


The Closing Gala Banquet plus Prizegiving will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 5th.


Tradewise Chess: Second Best in World by Stuart Conquest

“Chess players of the world, you keep coming to Gibraltar and we will keep making it better!” This upbeat message to fans and devotees of the 64 squares comes from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys, in response to the news that the 2013 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival received two top-3 positions in a recent annual poll conducted by the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP), a prestigious body of chess masters, grandmasters, organisers and journalists.


“I have no idea as to the criteria used, but what we do here in Gibraltar is outstanding,” said Humphreys. “The world’s recognition of this fact is clear.”  Read more ...

Gibraltar Junior International 2014

This took place 16-21 August. Hosted at the Caleta Hotel it follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with a strong social, fun and educational programme.


Official site with results, reports and photos.

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