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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2010 Gibtelecom Chess Festival

The 8th annual Gibtelecom Chess Festival is to be played at the Caleta Hotel, in
Catalan Bay, Gibraltar.
The top-rated players will be participating in the   2010 Gibtelecom Masters, which starts on 26 January and runs until 4 February.

Unfortunately, some of best players have had to cancel their participation in the Masters event Ex-Women's World Chess champion Zhu Chen and her husband Mohamad Al-Modiahki won't be coming because of  a family illness. Three Russian GMs, Vitiugov, Romanov and Andreikin, will be unable to participate because of  visa problems. And Norwegian GM  Simen Agdestein has canceled his participation because he has decided to participate in an opera production instead of playing chess in Gibraltar.Source of information:http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2010/index.html

Here are the top-rated players in the Master's section:Bacrot,Movsesian,Vallejo Pons,Adams,Kamsky,Fressinet,Cheparinov,Koneru,Stefanova,Cramling,Kosteniuk,
Dzagnidze,Javakhishvili,Cmilyte,Dronavalli, Arakhamia,Zatonskih,Zhukova,Skripchenko, and Krush.

The Masters tournament has a special rule in place:

"Draws by mutual agreement in under 30 moves are not allowed. There must be no pre-arranged or tacit agreements to draw games of any length, by repetition or otherwise. Genuine draws by repetition or stalemate are acceptable. Penalties may involve loss of prize money."

The Masters section is a  10 rounds Swiss event. The rate of play is 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.

Best wishes to all of the players in all of the events comprising the 2010 Gibtelecom Chess Festival!

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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.