The only Suffolk player at the Gibraltar Masters is David Spence (pictured right). In the first round, played yesterday, he drew (with Black) against GM Dubov from Russia, rated 2614. For his efforts, he faces another GM in Round 2 today. The only other East Anglian player in the Masters is Cambridge City’s Ashley Stewart, who lost his first game.
According to the Sunday Times, “The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world”. This year over 250 players have entered, 66 of whom are GMs! There are 22 players from England.