2010 Gibtelecom Festival: Opening Ceremony
John Saunders reports: The opening ceremony of the 8th Gibraltar Chess Festival took place in the Caleta Hotel on 25 January 2010. GM Stuart Conquest was master of ceremonies and introduced the special guests, The Honourable Edwin Joseph Reyes – Minister for Culture, and Maxine de la Rosa – “First Princess of Gibraltar for 2009”.
The two guests were invited to help make the draw for the top three rated players, plus the top three rated women players. After the ceremony, the players and guests – who, like last year, included former world champion Boris Spassky, could enjoy their buffet dinner.
The action starts on 26 January 2010, with the Challengers and Amateurs events beginning at 10:00hrs (09:00 UK time) and the Masters at 15:00hrs (14:00 UK time). Follow the live action here at the official site: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com