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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gibraltar Chess Masters R2: No major upsets yet!

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Hello everyone,

The second round of the 2012 Gibraltar Chess Masters was played on Tuesday. Similar to the first day, there were no major upsets, except that IM Patrik Lyrberg defeated South-American star GM Eduardo Iturrizaga. The legendary GM Artur Jussupow held the top seed and World Cup winner Peter Svidler to a draw, while the other top rated players proceeded with victories.

Replay the games with computer analysis via Round 3 live broadcast starts at 15:00 CET.

Gibraltar’s Mayor Julio Alcantara paid a visit to the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival at the start of the Masters competition. Organiser Brian Callaghan, tournament director Stuart Conquest and arbiter Laurent Freyd, showed him round the main hall where the 256 players were already making their moves in the second round of the competition.

Gibraltar Mayor watching Hou Yifan's game

As he left the hall having paused for a moment to see GM Michael Adams, GM Victor Korchnoi, the number one board with Peter Svidler and Artur Jussuupow, World Champion Hou Yifan, he remarked, “this is impressive.”

Mr Alcantara who also took a few minutes in the broadcast suite to catch up with the analysis of the games by presenter Simon Williams, commented how “the sheer numbers, the spread of countries and the overall set up at the Caleta Hotel is indeed impressive”. You can access the official website for more photos and news.

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