The Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo found time, despite his busy Brexit schedule, to visit the Gibraltar International Chess Festival today.
On arrival he was met by festival founder Brian Callaghan and was presented with a bunch of flowers for his wife Justine by nine year old chess player Chloe Kou who participated in the first ever Chess Seminar on the Rock this month.
Mr Picardo also met Dommaraju Gukesh the youngest Grandmaster in this year’s tournament and second youngest Grandmaster in history. The young 12 year old player from India exchanged a few moves on the chess board with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar after which Mr Picardo commented: “impressive, he beat me in three moves”.
Interviewed by festival director Stuart Conquest on the tournment’s web show he spoke of how fantastic it was to receive young players at the festival and that they felt “comfortable and at home in Gibaltar.”