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Gibraltar Chess Festival 2005

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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 Robinson.

How 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.



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