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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Congress 2011 - Interview with GM Short plus great video

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Hello everyone,

Here is a nice interview with the creative Grandmaster Nigel Short about the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Open.

The first title holder of the Gibraltar international chess festival in 2003, former British Champion, GM Nigel Short, is once again back on the Rock participating in the festival for the fourth time. Nigel also won in 2004, and on his third visit came a close second.

After a break of a number of years he has returned to compete in the Tradewise Chess Festival 2011... as he puts it for the "good weather" but also because he believes that from modest beginnings the festival has now become the foremost open tournament in the world.

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Grandmaster Nigel Short at

"The Gibraltar Festival has grown tremendously. It has never been a weak tournament even in the first year. From modest beginnings, and from the first year, great efforts were made to bring some top players. It is now the foremost open tournament in the world. Everybody agrees Gibraltar is the best opens around," he says.

Nigel, who like many players around the world has closely followed the growth of the festival, which he acknowledges has gone from strength to strength, says: "It has built up slowly, and there continues to be a steady increase in numbers with very strong players."

Is he surprised with the success of the Festival in Gibraltar?

"No. I am not surprised with its success because it has good organisation, and the people behind the event are very enthusiastic about it. That combination coupled with good sponsors, providing you can continue to improve on the event, then it all comes together to be what it is today, a very impressive event."

Is he back to win back the Gibraltar title again?

Nigel, who says he is of course out to win the 2011 Gibraltar Master, and even though at the time of releasing this press release was leading the board, believes he has, "a very long shot for winning this tournament, and I say that as someone who has, in my three years here, won it twice, and come second, once. The tournament has improved and there are some really top class players, and there are a lot of them."

A nice video from the tournament.

The musician in the video is Maria Yarur from Chile, who is playing in the Amateur competition.

The top-20 standings after Round 6

1GMIvanchuk VassilyUKR27645.52969
2GMShort Nigel DENG26585.02831
3GMFridman DanielGER26555.02822
4GMMikhalevski VictorISR25795.02622
5GMSengupta DeepIND25304.52758
6GMAdams MichaelENG27234.52741
7GMKulaots KaidoEST25774.52714
8GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25504.52712
9GMRoiz MichaelISR26494.52702
10IMKosintseva NadezhdaRUS25524.52690
11GMCaruana FabianoITA27214.52674
12GMGopal Geetha NarayananIND25974.52667
13GMKacheishvili GiorgiGEO25854.52650
14GMNisipeanu Liviu-DieterROU26784.52636
15GMIkonnikov VyacheslavRUS25804.52623
16GMEdouard RomainFRA26344.52589
17IMBellaiche AnthonyFRA24584.52549
18IMMelia SalomeGEO24494.52521
19GMFier AlexandrBRA25714.52461
20Szuper PaulUSA21744.52445

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