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Gibraltar to host the final stage of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
The International Chess Federation is proud to announce that Gibraltar will host the final stage of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix, to be played in January 17-29, 2021.
The cooperation agreement between Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, the organizers of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, and FIDE, will bring one more time to Gibraltar the best female chess players in the world. But this time, they will be competing in a crucial event in the race for the World Championship title, since the two best players from the Women Grand Prix Series qualify directly for the Candidates Tournament.
Hosting this prestigious event opens a new chapter in Gibraltar’s continued tradition of supporting chess, in general, and the best female chess players, in particular.
Since the inception of the Gibraltar Chess Festival in 2003, almost all the world’s top female players have taken part, including the greatest woman player of all time, Judit Polgar, as well as a total of seven Women’s World Champions.
The Caleta Hotel, traditional venue for this annual gathering of great minds, will be turned into an isolated environment to ensure the safety of the participants, and avoid any risks associated with COVID-19. There will be no other guests in the hotel during the entire duration of the event apart from the participants and the organizing team, and the competition will be held subject to and in accordance with Gibraltar Government Health Protocols.
The Minister for Sport, the Hon Steven Linares expressed his satisfaction about bringing this event to Gibraltar: “Our commitment to chess is clear for all to see and hosting the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix locally just reinforces this pledge. The fact that FIDE has entrusted Gibraltar with the 4th stage of the series is testament to the hard work that has ensured that we are considered a worthy organiser and reliable host. This is in no small part due to the tireless efforts of the team at the Caleta Hotel who have organised and developed the Gibraltar International Chess Festival and its junior version into what are now recognised as world-class events.”
“We are proud to be partnering with the government of Gibraltar and the organizers of this prestigious chess festival. After Skolkovo, Monaco, and Lausanne, we couldn’t think of a better venue than Gibraltar to host the final event in the Women Grand Prix Series,” added the FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich. “It is in these difficult times when sports, as well as intellectual activities, are crucial to society, and chess unites both aspects combined in a thrilling, competitive game. Chess is respected and appreciated by the people of Gibraltar, and it receives resolute support from its authorities, for which I am very grateful.”
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