8th Gibraltar Chess Festival

8th Gibraltar Chess Festival

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 25, 2010, 12:24 PM |
12 | Chess Event Coverage

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The tiny British territory of Gibraltar plays host to the annual Gibtelecom chess festival from 26 January to 4 February 2010.

There are several open competitions taking place, but the main event is the Gibtelecom Masters.

The Masters is a ten round Swiss open which has attracted many strong players, headed by top seed Etienne Bacrot from France.  Last year's winner Peter Svidler is absent, but many other familiar names will be taking part, including Gata Kamsky.  All players rated above 2350 Elo are shown below, including many talented women such as world champion Alexandra Kostenuik.

The first prize is a respectable £15,000, with prize money down to 12th place, and a best game prize of £1,000.

Games start daily at 3pm local time, with more information and live games available at the excellent official site, including player biographies.

 

Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2713
Movsesian, Sergei  SVK  2708
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP  2705
Adams, Michael  ENG  2694
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2693
Laurent Fressinet  FRA  2670
Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL  2660
Michael Roiz  ISR  2657
Daniel Fridman  GER  2654
Sandipan, Chanda  IND  2622
Humpy Koneru  IND  2614
Edouard, Romain  FRA  2608
Istratescu, Andrei  ROU  2607
Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel  ESP  2593
Vitali Golod  ISR  2591
Hou Yifan  CHN  2590
Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan  IRI  2589
Gopal, Geetha Narayanan  IND  2584
Halkias, Stelios  GRE  2566
Moradi Abadi, Elshan  IRI  2562
Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav  RUS  2560
Lenderman, Alex  USA  2560
Lemos Sarro, Damian  ARG  2556
Vadim Malakhatko  BEL  2549
Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 2545
Vinay S Bhat  USA  2540
Yu Shaoteng  CHN  2529
Pia Cramling SWE 2528
Jon Speelman  ENG  2525
Kosteniuk, Alexandra  RUS  2523
Guliyev, Namig  AZE  2516
Michael Hoffman  GER  2508
Nana Dzagnidze  GEO  2506
Javakhishvili, Lela  GEO  2493
Shankland, Samuel L  USA  2491
Viktorija Cmilyte  LTU  2489
Galego, Luis  POR  2487
Harika Dronavalli  IND  2471
Ketevan Arakhamia  SCO  2470
Siebrecht, Sebastian  GER  2468
Anna Zatonskih  USA  2466
Natalia Zhukova  UKR  2462
Cori Tello, Jorge Moises  PER  2462
Almira Skripchenko  FRA  2456
Irina Krush  USA  2455
Boskovic, Drasko  SRB  2454
Juan-Manuel Bellon Lopez ESP 2440
Hirneise, Tobias  GER  2421
Nezad, Husein Aziz  QAT  2408
Karavade, Eesha  IND  2405
Sachdev Tania  IND  2398
Kharous, Ernest  RUS  2382
Sarkar, Justin  USA  2378
Cori Tello, Deysi Estela  PER  2374
Degtiarev, Evgeny  GER  2374
Kenny Solomon  RSA  2368
Calzetta Ruiz, Monica  ESP  2359
Saravanan, Venkatachalam  IND  2356
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