Monday, December 09, 2013
Huge turn out expected in Gibraltar
Masters is fully booked two months ahead
The Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014 will attract close to 400 people, including players, families, officials, and visitors, staying ten nights or more in Gibraltar and in neighbouring Spain.
There are more than fifty Grandmasters and over a hundred titled players.
There will be a higher ratio than ever of female players (40+), said the organisers.
They added: Fifty countries will be represented, including players travelling from Bangladesh, Namibia, Egypt, Mongolia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Record numbers will be travelling from India (12), China (6), Norway (20) etc.
Another plus point is that Simen Agdestein, former coach of new 22-year old World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, is bringing his chess students from Oslo.
The Festival has been voted Best Open in the World for the last two years by the Association of Chess Professionals, which shows to what extent this event is putting Gibraltar on the map.