Monday sees the final day's play in
this wonderful event at 10.00. This is then followed
by the Dolphin Safari at 15.00 and the Gala Dinner
and Prize Giving at 20.00.
On Saturday evening children and
parents were invited to be part of a spectacular new
concept here at the Caleta Hotel : a huge
Simultaneous chess display, certainly the biggest
ever staged in Gibraltar, played over 90 boards! The
organisers were unsure that they could fill every
place, but by 8pm there was not a single unoccupied
board. The five visiting professionals, in what is
known as a "tandem simul", started playing on boards
1, 19, 37, 55, and 73, then, all moving in the same
direction, gradually covered one lap, then
another... Despite inevitable moments of confusion,
this method of playing has certain advantages over
standard one-player simuls, not least its high
entertainment value! Many draws were achieved, and
two victories against the masters were recorded: by
Cosima Keen (England) and by the leader of the Azeri
delegation, Emil Kerimov.
by Patricia Claros Aguilar |
The longest games passed the 40-move
mark. British Under-16 champion Ollie Willson was
last to finish, securing a draw, though he was
unlucky not to win. Another hard-fought draw was
obtained by South African junior James Forster, in a
complex game in which, with good humour, all five
masters accused each other of making the key
mistake! It was noticeable that even those parents
who did not play stayed until the end to watch.
A sign of the general good mood was
that when arbiter David Welch announced draws or
wins by any of the "90" the successful player was
immediately rewarded with loud applause. One
celebrity participant in the massive display was the
owner of the Caleta Hotel, Mr Brian Callaghan OBE,
the man who began promoting chess on the Rock back
To sum up: this was a fun event, one
that everyone enjoyed, and one that will definitely
play and MATE in 3.
17.8.13 - Last night in the
Caleta Hotel we tried something for the first time:
Masterclasses with visiting professionals in three
different languages! The English classes - the
biggest of the three groups - were taken by
Commonwealth Women's Champion Jovanka Houska and
double European Champion Pia Cramling, and were held
in the playing area, the Augustus Suite. At the same
time, downstairs in the Bayview restaurant, Spanish
language lessons were conducted by grandmasters Juan
Manuel Bellon and Stuart Conquest. As well as
children lots of parents came!
To add to this, elite woman player
Victoria Cmilyte, from Lithuania, kindly offered an
hour's chess lecture in Russian, in the Archie
Suite, for the benefit of the Azeri competitors
here. All three classes were well attended and
extremely popular. Sunday evening we plan to repeat
this innovative approach, one which maximises the
opportunities for every child in this international
field to receive top tips from top players.
See Victoria Cmilyte's chess lecture, in Russian.
This is a puzzle from the Spanish language Masterclass. It was composed in
1916 by J. Kopens. Answer: At
the end of the festival!
At the Caleta Hotel, the Minister
for Sport Steven Linares officially opened the third
Junior Chess International Festival.
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International Master, Woman Grandmaster, British Women's
Champion 2012 and professional chess coach Jovanka Houska, has
recently won the title of Commonwealth Ladies Champion 2013, in
Jovanka scored a magnificent 8½/11 (+7,=3,-1).
The Championships, held at The Boardwalk Hotel, Convention
Centre and Spa in the city of Port Elizabeth, took place from
5th - 14th July 2013.
tournament website |
"I would recommend it to any chess parent"
- Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive,
Schools and Communities.
Categories: Under 16 years and under
Competitors arrive on 15
August and depart 20 August (five nights'
stay). The event will be run under the auspices
of the English Chess Federation.
The prize fund
total is £10,000.
There are two main categories: a) open to competitors
aged under 16 on 1 January 2013 (i.e. born in 1997
or later); b) open to competitors aged under 12 on 1
January 2013 (i.e. born in 2001 or later).
Maximum FIDE rating of 2300 on
May 1st 2013.
The Gibraltar Junior International
Chess Festival takes place in August each year. The
venue is the Caleta Hotel and follows the successful
pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival,
offering some good and very competitive
chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong
social, fun and educational programme.
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Esta es la
tercera edición del
Internacional de Ajedrez de
la Juventud en
(llegada el 15 de agosto
de 2013 y
partió el 20).
Read the brochure online
form (English) |
Entry form (Spanish) |
"It is very satisfying to see that following
the success of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess
Festival the Junior Chess Festival is also being
established very successfully. It is intended that,
with the support of all sponsors and other
affiliates, this Junior tournament will continue
developing for the benefit of chess internationally,
and particularly in Gibraltar where its positive
effects are already being recognised."
- Joe Hernandez;
CEO; Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority.
Gibraltar Chess Festival, now in its 11th year, is
often referred to as the Best Open Chess Tournament
in the World. What we are doing with the Junior
Chess Tournament, in partnership with the Government
of Gibraltar, is seeking to extend that success to
involve and engage with younger chess players from
across the world, and in the time that we have been
involved we have witnessed a revived interest in the
playing of chess in Gibraltar amongst our young
- Albert Isola,
trustee, Kusuma Trust.
"The Association of Chess
Professionals (ACP) is proud to support the
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival, a
notable event on the global map of junior chess. The
top three Under 16s in this year's festival (to
include at least one girl) will receive a year's
free membership of the ACP, joining the company of
the strongest chess players in the world."
- Emil Sutovsky, ACP President
The Gibraltar Junior International forms part of the ECF Junior
Grand Prix. This initiative is to promote junior chess
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