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Final Instalment - pt5 by Charlie Keen

30.8.14 - So, here it is: the final instalment. My apologies for the delay but I had a flight and then a bus journey and then a train journey and then I had to sleep, but now, having just woken up, this will be my priority. Read more ...

Gibraltar, ajedrez y vacaciones por Patricia Claros Aguilar


28.8.14 - Más internacional que otros años, ha culminado con gran éxito la edición de 2014, realizada en las instalaciones del hotel Caleta. Hemos tenido ajedrez de alto nivel, con representantes de varios países, como Reino Unido, República Checa, España, Letonia, Rusia, Azerbaiyán, Portugal, Bélgica, Holanda y Suecia. ¡Y muchas actividades complementarias de todo tipo! Reportaje de Patricia Claros...

IV Festival de Ajedrez Gibraltar 2014

Crónica de Manolo Orantes


28.8.14 - Del 21 al 26 de Agosto se ha estado celebrando en Gibraltar, el prestigioso torneo Internacional de ajedrez Junior ChessFestival, uno de los torneos escolares con mayor cuantía en premios, hasta 10.000 libras a repartir entre los ganadores, 89 jugadores de 11 paises diferentes, se daban cita en esta 4 edición repartidos entre los dos torneos que se diferenciaban según sus categorías , los sub-16 por un lado comandados por el jugador Belga Lennert Lenaerts de 2266 puntos elo fide, y los Sub-12 por el jugador Marbellí Lance Henderson de la Fuente con 1881 puntos elo fide.


Curiosamente en esta ocasión y por primera vez, se empleaba el programa informático para efectuar los emparejamientos, en las tres ediciones anteriores se hacía por el tradicional sistema de tablillas. Lea más aquí ...

Festival Blog - pt4 by Charlie Keen


25.8.14 - There are so many positive sides to this festival that I don't know where to begin! One interesting thing is that no one, in either section, goes into the final round with 5/5, which shows the depth in quality of chess of this year's two tournaments.

Festival Blog - pt3 by Charlie Keen


24.8.14 - Just a short one from me today because it's Sunday so I had a lie-in and not too much time to knock this one up. I hope you all had fun at last night's simultaneous against the chess celebs. Unfortunately I missed it because I was trapped in a cave (that's not a lame excuse, I actually was, so feel free to ask me about it if you want to know more). Continue reading ...

Festival Blog - pt2 by Charlie Keen


23.8.14 - It's another beautiful day here as I reflect on yesterday's action. After a delicious buffet breakfast everyone shuffled into the playing hall to watch the opening ceremony and the Minister for Sports, Culture, Youth, and Heritage (yes that's quite a title) the Hon. Steven Linares, make the first move of Lennert Lenaert's (BEL) game against Alvaro Tevar Becerra (ESP) on board 1 (it was 1. d4 if you really want to know). More here ...

Festival Blog - pt1 by Charlie Keen


23.8.14 - Welcome everyone to the 4th Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival here at the Caleta Hotel. It's great to see so many new faces here as well as a good few returning ones. I hope everyone's journey over here was as luxurious and stress-free as possible. I've not heard quite as many stories of missing luggage and thieving apes as in previous years!


Nearly 100 players gather for Rock’s 4th Junior International Chess Festival


by Alice Mascarenhas | 23 August 2014




Welcome to all and enjoy, Sports Minister Steven Linares told the 91 chess players from eleven countries represented at the 4th Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival taking place on the Rock this weekend.


Gibraltar has eight young players participating at the Caleta Hotel alongside youngsters from UK, Spain, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal, USA, Morocco, Russia and Latvia.







22.8.14 - Some photos from the first day are in our galleries with more to follow and many more viewable here.

Blitz results

21.8.14 - The Festival started with an afternoon blitz event involving 70 children | Final Crosstable | Prizewinners |

Pairings & Results

21.8.14 - Round 1 (Provisional)  | Under 12 | Under 16 |




The Spanish Chessbase site featured a nice report about our event.


Read it all here ...


How to Enter (Entries now closed)


Download our interactive entry form in (English) or (Spanish) and email to Cathy Popham:


Complete the online form by clicking 'ENTER tournament' below. Please have your PayPal or credit card details ready.

Alternatively, please contact us at the Caleta Hotel, PO Box 73, Gibraltar. Tel. +350 200 76501 | Fax. +350 200 71050.


ENTER Tournament

Places are limited so book NOW to avoid disappointment!

Junior Festival 2014

The organisers of this wonderful event are delighted to announce that the 2014 Junior Festival will take place from Thursday 21st August - Tuesday 26th August. The schedule will be very similar to last year.


"Experience a family holiday with a difference!"

Brochure - English or Spanish (includes an entry form)

Excursions, opening reception, blitz, masterclasses, simultaneous displays, coaching, plus closing gala dinner with prizegiving all included.


Categories: Under 16 years and under 12 years.


Competitors arrive on 21 August and depart 26 August (five nights' stay). The event will be run under the auspices of the English Chess Federation.


The prize fund total will be £10,000.


There are two main categories: a) open to competitors aged under 16 on 1 January 2014 (born in 1998 or later); b) open to competitors aged under 12 on 1 January 2014 (born in 2002 or later).


Maximum FIDE rating of 2300 on May 1st 2014.





"Experience a family holiday with a difference!"


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 competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme.


More information here ...



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