Gibraltar Chess Festival 2005
Official website: www.gibraltarchesscongress.com
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GM Colin McNab, IM John Shaw, IM Kete Arakhamia and Martin Mitchell are the focus of Scottish interest in this years Gibraltar Festival.
On August 4, 2004 Gibraltar celebrated the tercentenary
of its acquisition by the British crown. The strategic 2.2 square miles
of limestone rock at the mouth of the Mediterranean was captured by
forces of Admiral Sir George Rooke after a three
day assault during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704. Gibraltar
was ceded to Britain, for ever by the Treaty
of Utrecht in 1713. The treaty was signed for Britain by the diplomat
and bishop John
appropriate that an Admiral Rooke and a Bishop should be principal
players in a location which has quickly become a major port of call
on the international chess circuit.