Feb 05 - Ministers Send Congratulations to Special Olympics Gibraltar Team

soThe hockey team, playing for the Gibraltar Special Olympics group in the World Winter Games this week qualified for bronze in the second division, giving them an overall score of sixth for the whole competition. The closing ceremony took place this afternoon.

Ministers Linares and Sacramento today sent their congratulations to the team on behalf of achieving such huge success. The added how proud they were of the team.

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Feb 01 - Tradewise Chess Festival Roundup

Tradewise Chess Festival GibraltarMASTERS ROUND 10 & PLAY-OFFS:   30 JANUARY 2013

John Saunders reports: Nikita Vitiugov, from St Petersburg in Russia, won the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters title at the Caleta Hotel on Thursday after a pulsating play-off final against three times winner and reigning champion Nigel Short of England. Four players – the above two, plus Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Chanda Sandipan of India – tied for first place on 8/10 after ten rounds of the tournament, necessitating a knock-out play-off to decide the winner of the £20,000 first prize.

Short beat Vachier-Lagrave and Vitiugov beat Sandipan in the two-game rapidplay play-off semi-finals. The final match between Vitiugov and Short was a thriller. The Russian, who will turn 26 in four days’ time, showed amazing coolness under pressure as he played out most of a 104-move game with only seconds available for each move, before finding a clever tactical trick to finish the game. In the second game Vitugov kept his opponent at bay for a draw which clinched the match 1½-½.

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Feb 01 - Special Olympics Update

Unified Floor Hockey TeamTeam Gibraltar has won their first divisioning match against USA then lost to Egypt in a hard fought match.  On 31st January they played for classification against Italy winning 6-3 and against Greece winning 8-2. 

Both of these matches tested the strength of this, the first attempt at Unified Floor Hockey.  This is a fast game with knocks and bumps despite well padded hands, shins and ankles.

The team’s intensive training beforehand is paying off now.

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