News Archive - 2017

The Round 3 pairings are available here.

Given that the views expressed in my comments here have been biased in favour of 'Brandom' (my Brexit-style nickname for the British/Isle of Man random pairing experiment), I thought it would only be fair to post a short summary of the arguments against. The best summary I have seen so far of the anti-Brandom argument has appeared in posts made by English IM Richard Bates on the English Chess Forum.

Round 2 results are being regularly updated here...

John Saunders reports: Round one of the 2017 Isle of Man Masters took place on Saturday 23 September 2017 at the Villa Marina in Douglas. And the star of the show was not one of the players so much as the implementation of the controversial random pairings experiment. You've heard of Brexit? Well, since I'm British and the tournament is held in Britain I'm calling the random pairing system Brandom...

Round 1 photos by Maria Emelianova

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John Saunders reports

Yesterday (Friday) was the day before the tournament starts, and turned out to be quite a lot of fun as the business of registration and pairings took place. This process can often be very boring, but not today.

The first round pairings for the Isle of Man Masters tournament are now available online here...

John Saunders reports:

On Thursday 21 September, as a warm-up event before the start of the Isle of Man Masters, there was a simul given by top rated woman player Hou Yifan of China against 15 players in the Villa Marina in Douglas.

John Saunders reports:

Dear chess fans,

This is my first postcard from sunny Douglas, Isle of Man. There are less than 48 hours to go as I write this, and it still seems like a dream that we're going to see the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Vlad Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and many more famous chess players square up against each other at the Villa Marina on Saturday afternoon.

John Saunders reportsIt has been confirmed that reigning world champion and world number one Magnus Carlsen will play in the 2017 Isle of Man Masters, starting on 23 September 2017.

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2018 Isle of Man International: Preview
Published: 16 Sep 2018

John Saunders reports: It’s that time again – the Isle of Man Chess International starts on 20 October 2018 at the Villa Marina, Douglas, and runs for nine days up to 28 October. Once again the line-up is going to be incredible...

... with a couple of exceptions. Last year you will recall one of the key face-offs was between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the penultimate round. This year these two young gentlemen will be meeting elsewhere in the British Isles to decide the little matter of the world chess championship title. That match starts on 9 November, just 12 days after hostilities end in Douglas and precluded their prior appearance on our small but perfectly formed island in the Irish Sea. Caruana had provisionally entered the 2018 Isle of Man event but he must ultimately have realised it would have been too much to take on with less than a fortnight to his date with destiny in London.

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Win earn an expenses-paid spot in the Isle of Man International
Published: 25 May 2018

Enter the Titled Tuesday tournament on June 5th for a chance to earn an expenses-paid spot in the Isle of Man International masters tournament

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Update – entries for the Masters are now closed
Published: 06 May 2018

After less than 3 weeks since we launched, the online entry facility for the Masters is now closed. So far, we have 149 players entered from 34 countries. In addition there are 26 reserved places, including two qualifying spots for a Titled Tuesday event to be held over the summer, date to be confirmed

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