John Saunders reports: The #GibChess Battle of the Sexes reached its halfway point at Gibraltar’s Garrison Library on Friday 28 January with a tense 5-5 draw in round five, with the women having White on all boards. The women thus still lead the men by a single point, with 25½ points to the men’s 24½. The match is beautifully poised for a tense second half when play resumes on Sunday after the Saturday rest day.
Now we’ve reached the halfway mark, it’s time to start considering how individuals are performing. After a rocky start (no pun intended), team captain Sabino Brunello has reeled off three straight wins. He now stands on 3½/5 which is the highest score on either team. As reported yesterday, the men’s team barely knew each other when they arrived in Gibraltar but it’s clear that Sabino is the glue that holds them all together.