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Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 6 February 2003

A Grandmaster tournament takes place in Gibraltar January 28 until February 6. Top Scots IM John Shaw (Kilmarnock) and GM Colin McNab (Dundee) are taking part. John has already beaten Norwegian GM Simen Adgestein and takes on former World Championship challenger Nigel Short - (read what Nigel thinks of Scottish chess!) John Shaw goes into last round (Feb 6) needing a win against GM Jim Plaskett to record his first GM norm.

Feb 7, 2003: Shaw gains GM norm! After several years of persistence John Shaw of Kilmarnock gained his first GM norm with 7/10 points at the Gibraltar Masters. English GM Jim Plaskett lost on time in a favourable position - but John has found enough bad luck in the past to narrowly miss out.

GibTelecom Masters
1-2 Vasilios Kotronias (Cyprus), Nigel Short (England) 7½/10 £3250 each 3-4 Mladen Palac (Croatia), John Shaw (Scotland) 7 £1250 each 5-9 Vladimir Epishin (Russia), Darryl Johansen (Australia), Andrew 6½ £200 each Ledger (England), Sarunas Sulskis (Lithuania), Sergei Tiviakov (Netherlands).


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