Monday 23 January – Thursday 2 February 2012
PRESS RELEASE – 24 January 2012
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYERS
2012 FIRST MOVE
256 chess players from more than 60 countries have made their opening moves this afternoon in the Masters section of the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. In both cases the tournament has set new records. There are 56 Grandmasters and 36 International Masters.
The top four women in the world are playing in the tournament: Judit Polgar, Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk.
There are Grandmasters and players from as far afield as China, Vietnam and India. Most South American countries are represented and almost all European countries.
At precisely 3pm James Humpreys head of Tradewise Gibraltar and the main sponsor in this event, made the first move on the top board with top seeded player and previous winner in Gibraltar Peter Svidler (Russia) playing against Jovanka Houska (British Women’s Champion).
Live streaming with commentary is available every afternoon with commentator GM Simon Williams. Once again the tournament boasts the latest technology installed by Gibtelecom.
These commentaries are broadcast live on the congress website www.gibraltarchesscongress.com
Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tradewise Chess Press Officer
2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival