Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

Well, I'm disappointed.  In early December I posted this list and it promised a possible rematch between GM Koneru Humpy of India and GM Hou Yifan of China - and neither are actually playing now. Sheng Yang of China and Jovanka Houska, England's highest-rated female player, were also - literally - scratched through on the list.  I did not see Koneru Humpy's name on the list at all, which is very strange.  I know I didn't dream it!  Here is the latest list.  What a bummer.

Hou Yifan withdrew due to a family emergency:


Yesterday, 24th January 2011
Hou Yifan the current Women's World Chess Champion has had to pull out of the Gibraltar Tradewise Chess Festival 2011 at the eleventh- hour. The young Chinese player informed the organisers of her decision, due to persona l reasons because of critical illness in her family, as she was about to travel to the Rock for the tournament.

Tournament organizer Brian Callaghan obviously disappointed at the news, nonetheless said,he understood her decision: “Here in Gibraltar like in many other countries family comes first; and we fully understand Hou Yifan’s decision not to travel. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her at this time."

Play in the Masters starts tomorrow.

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