Tradewise Gibraltar: Happenings

by Macauley Peterson
2/1/2018 – There's a lot more going on every year in Gibraltar aside from the main Masters tournament. From player interviews, to master classes, to the always entertaining "Battle of the Sexes" here's some of what's been happening. | Photo: Sophie Triay

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Massive Media

The media team has been prolific, posting around a dozen video clips each day, hosted by IM Tania Sachdev. These mostly consist of short spot-interviews, but there was also an hour-long lecture from Nigel Short on "Becoming a Candidate", and a lively humanising short piece featuring several of the competitors:

Rapid-fire questions for chess stars

Tania followed up with a personal five minute featurette:

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival through Tania Sachdev's Eyes

Another regular feature of Gibraltar which returned again this year is the "Masterclasses" where one of the participants is invited to present an hour lecture on a theme. This year's guest stars were Russian GM Valentina Gunina, and Armenian-American Varuzhan Akobian.

Masterclass with Valentina Gunina

Masterclass with Vauzhan Akobian

Another traditional and unique feature of GibChess is the "Battle of the Sexes", which is available in a three minute version of condensed highlights, and a full webcam stream of an hour and forty minutes. Take your pick or watch them both!

Battle of the Sexes highlights

Full and unedited Battle of the Sexes

Long Story Short

In between a post-game interview and a master class is "long story short" a slightly longer but still digestible chat with a celebrity grandmaster. This year host Tania Sachdev talked to Russian GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Indian GM (the second after Anand to surpass 2700 Elo) Pentala Harikrishna.

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Pentala Harikrishna

Q & A panel

A new initiative this year was a question and answer panel night, hosted by webcast co-host GM Simon Williams, featuring panelists David Howell, Emil Sutovsky, Elisabeth Paehts, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs and Nigel Short.

Lots more chess

The list of players who chased Nakamura over the past ten days reads like the who's-who of top chess, with a few exceptions. The name of the French Grand Master Jules Moussard is reasonably new. The 22-year-old has won the youth championships of his age group several times. In 2004, he was split first in the Under-10 World Youth. He equalled Vachier-Lagrave for much of the tournamentat until losing to the French number one, and the English number one Michael Adams in back-to-back games.

 

John Saunders, reporting from Gibraltar for the official site, provided daily annotated games, which we've aggregated in one place below, along with a slection of player interviews. But there's much much more on the tournament's YouTube channel.

 

Click or tap a game in the list to switch games

Indian prodigy Praggnananda after round three

'Prag' did not manage to score a GM norm

Vassily Ivanchuk after round five

The other Indian supertalent in Gib, Nihal Sarin, after round eight

Lance Henderson de la Fuenta after round nine

Henderson, earned a GM norm, and was mentioned in our post after round seven

Tour the rock

Finally, if you can't make it to Gibraltar yourself, you take a mini-tour of the Rock with some of the players in this extensive photo album from house photographer Sophie Triay.

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs Josefine Heinemann Valentina-Gunina

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Josefine Heinemann, Valentina Gunina, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Margit Brokko, Karl Erik Olde, Pavel Tregubov, Alexandra Kosteniuk | Photo: Sophie Triay

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Macauley is Editor in Chief of ChessBase News in Hamburg, Germany, and producer of The Full English Breakfast chess podcast. He was an Associate Producer of the 2016 feature documentary, Magnus.
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sligunner sligunner 2/1/2018 09:26
I thought the Akobian masterclass was different class – he's a natural! Pretty good coverage: Jovanka Houska and Simon Williams really work well together, but what is it with the chess positions? The playoffs were really frustrating. Guys, if you can't show the position as the moves are being blitzed out, then place the camera up higher and zoom in closer on the board so we can actually see what's going on. It's not rocket science . . . although maybe it is! Brilliant tournament, as always, with combative chess and nonstop action.
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