The Caleta Hotel closed it's doors for a final time in January this year, thereby also closing a chapter for the Gibraltar International Chess Festival given its history with the hotel. But, the festival continues, with the global pandemic having provided an opportunity to host the first official FIDE tournament on the Rock in the shape of the Womens’ Grand Prix 2022. GBC’s cameras were at the Garrison Library where The Battle of the Sexes took place. Gibraltar has always been held in high regard in respect of female participation, both in ratings and numbers, for which the success of this tournament was virtually guaranteed. Local chess supremo, Brian Callaghan, created this new event that immediately drew worldwide media attention.
The Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Gibraltar took place earlier this year (2021), with the prestigious event garnering massive media attention around the world following the hit TV series, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. 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, and seven other Women World Champions. ‘The Home of Chess’ returns with a three-episode series following the Grand Prix competition and the twelve best female players in the world.
The Gibraltar International Chess Festival is the strongest and best-organised event of its kind in the world. In January 2020, GBC’s Christine Vasquez gained VIP access to the behind the scenes organisation, as well as exclusive interviews with Grandmasters, Anatoly Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk. Chess is played in more than 150 countries, and it’s estimated that hundreds of millions of people know how to play the board game. For two weeks every year, Gibraltar becomes ‘The Home of Chess’.