GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL 2019 OPENS

GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL 2019 OPENS

Schedule in UTC:


Round 1    Jan 22, 2019    14:00
Round 2    Jan 23, 2019    14:00
Round 3    Jan 24, 2019    14:00
Round 4    Jan 25, 2019    14:00
Round 5    Jan 26, 2019    14:00
Round 6    Jan 27, 2019    14:00
Round 7    Jan 28, 2019    14:00
Round 8    Jan 29, 2019    14:00
Round 9    Jan 30, 2019    14:00
Round 10    Jan 31, 2019    10:00

The 17th edition of Gibraltar International Chess Festival, one of the strongest open tournament over the years, opens today at Caleta Hotel, in Gibraltar, while the board battles starting tomorrow when is scheduled the 1st round.

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The festival features five main events with participation of almost 600 players coming from 60 federations. Besides the main events: Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions, various evening activities will be organized, such as Masterclasses with top players, two Blitz events and Battle of Sexes with World top women and men chess players playing against each other.

This year, the Masters event gathered 259 players coming from 50 federations, along with World top players, 94 Grandmasters, 54 International masters, 10 WGM, 7 WIM and in total 204 titled players.

Winners of Gibraltar Masters event 2018

Winners of Gibraltar Masters event 2018

Gibraltar Masters event gathered 14 world class chess players rated 2700+, such as: top seeded Vachier Maxime-Lagrave (FRA, 2780), Levon Aronian (ARM, 2767) – the Winner of the previous edition of the event, So Wesley (USA, 2765), Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2764), Nakamura Hikaru (USA, 2749), Navara David (CZE, 2738), Naiditsch Arkadij (AZE, 2734), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2720), Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2714), Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR, 2713), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2709), Mamedov Rauf (AZE, 2703), Adams Michael (ENG, 2701) and Matlakov Maxim (RUS, 2700).

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Many women top players will also compete for the 15.000£ prize for the best women player: reigning Women World Chess Champion Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2575), Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2569), Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2560), Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540), Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2502), Gunina Valentina (RUS, 2501), Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL, 2486), last year top Women player Pia Cramling (SWE, 2462) and others.icial site

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