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Annual afternoon blitz tournament


This friendly but competitive event took place on Thursday 20 Aug. Play through the games recorded on the LIVE boards. 


Welcome to the 5th Gibraltar Junior Festival!



Thurs 20 Aug - Today sees the arrival of many of the families to join the chess professionals at the Caleta Hotel. Later today there will be an afternoon blitz tournament followed by an evening reception. Tomorrow morning there will be a short opening ceremony with Minister for Education, Hon. Gilbert Licudi followed by the start of Round 1 in both the Under 12's and Under 16's at 10.00.


20 games (10 from each event) will be broadcast LIVE direct from the Tournament Hall.


England no.2 to visit Festival!



David Howell, England's number two, is coming to the 5th Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival!


The three-times British Champion, whose live rating is 2705, will be on hand to help with analysis, masterclasses, and even the giant simul!


At this year's Tradewise Gibraltar Masters David performed brilliantly to secure outright second prize, his result of 8/10 only bettered by tournament winner Hikaru Nakamura.


The junior festival organisers are thrilled and honoured that David, a former child prodigy himself, has agreed to join us on the Rock next week for what promises to be a wonderful event.


Photo with thanks to John Saunders



Gibraltar - Much more than you can imagine

Gibraltar is an amazing place. This video, starring Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino (who was crowned Miss World in 2009), will show you some of what the famous Rock has to offer for tourists.





May 2015


El hombre que nunca ofrece tablas


Juan Bellón Lopez (Valencia 1950)  


Juan Bellón Lopez (2015)

Pionero sin pelos en la lengua. Activista de tuits afilados, no se corta a la hora de hacer un diagnóstico, sin sentimentalismos, de la situación del ajedrez en España ni oculta sus desavenencias con la Federación (FEDA), organismo que, a su juicio, necesita de una regeneración urgente.


Contesta con pasión a las preguntas como si estuviera escribiendo un dietario de sus confesiones. Juan Manuel Bellón (Valencia, 1950) es memoria viva del ajedrez español.


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The above article, whose title translates as "The Man Who Never Offers Draws", was written by Spanish journalist Jorge Benítez, and is about GM Juan Manuel Bellón Lopez, one of the visiting celebrity players at this year's Gibraltar Junior Festival.

Beach Activities Offered





26.6.15 - As an additional option to the festival programme, on Saturday 22nd August the organising committee are offering an alternative to the Upper Rock Tour (which can still be taken) - stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fun beach games!


Fully licensed and insured local professional company In2Adventures will run these afternoon activities.


Adults and children need to book in advance, so please email  no later than Friday 31st July if you wish to book a place. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are taking the Rock Tour instead.


Note: like the Rock Tour (and Dolphin Safari on Monday, 24th August) this activity is included in the Caleta Hotel Package. It is also included for all children as part of their Entry Fee.




'We promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle through fun-based activities tailored to your needs.'



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