Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Gibraltar 2015

The 2015 Gibraltar Masters begins this evening, and once again it has attracted a massive field from around the world. The top 56 seeds of the Masters are all GM's, headed by Topalov, Nakamura and Svidler. The tournament has even seemed to bring out some names from the past, including GM James Tarjan (US Champ in 1973) and IM Nigel Povah (who to be fair still plays league chess in the UK). One notable omission is Australian players, as I have not been able to find anyone in the entry lists with AUS after their name.
The top section has 253 players, while the subsidiary events have all attracted sizeable fields. The event really is a chess festival, with simuls, master classes, and team blitz events all part of the occasion.
There is of course live coverage from the event, but it is not restricted to the master section. The Challengers event (held in the morning), is also featured on the live boards, so you can get two games for the price of one.
If you are too far away from Gibraltar to drop in for the day (as I am), you can follow all the action at http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com Each round starts at 1am (Canberra time), except the last, which starts 4 hours earlier.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, another tournament impossible to follow live unless you're on holidays or have a chess-loving boss.