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John Saunders reports: Round six of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 28 September, saw world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway move clear of the field with a stellar win against last year's winner Pavel Eljanov. At the end of the round the leading scores are Carlsen 5½ from a possible 6, while Santosh Gujrathi Vidit of India, who beat his compatriot Bharathakoti Harsha, is on 5 and the only player within half a point of the leader. On 4½ are 18 others players, including Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura, the third, fourth and fifth seeds.


Round 7 pairings (for Friday 29 September 2017) are as follows...

Round 6 results are here...

After the dust had settled on Round five of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina on 27 September, two joint leaders emerged from the smoke. One was world champion Magnus Carlsen, who beat Julio Granda Zuñiga of Peru, and the second was world ranked no.27 Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, who defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan. Carlsen and Eljanov are tied on 4½/5, with a further 11 players on 4 points.

Round 6 Leading Pairings

The top six pairings are as follows:

John Saunders reports: one of the shocks of the fifth round of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina on 27 September, was the defeat of 26-year-old English grandmaster David Howell, rated 2701, by the 12-year-old Indian prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, already an IM and rated 2500.

Round 5 of the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters produced another surprise when IM Lawrence Trent of England (rated 2427) held former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia (rated 2803) to a draw despite a rating disparity of nearly 400 points.

John Saunders report: Round 4 of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 26 September, featured less drama and pathos than round three but didn't lack for hard-fought chess. It's just that a lot of that hard fighting led to draws on the top boards. World champion Magnus Carlsen was held to a draw by the one-time FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan, and these two now share the lead on 3½/4 with five others: Pavel Elyanov (Ukraine), Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (India), Laurent Fressinet (France), Julio Granda Zuñiga (Peru) and Alex Lenderman (USA).

John Saunders reports:

Vladimir Kramnik's game wasn't on the show boards today unfortunately, but it has been keyed in and made available here. His opponent was the Mongolian woman grandmaster Altan-Ulzii Enkhtuul. Ditto, Hou Yifan - now updated to include her win against Yuliya Shvayger.

John Saunders reports: 

Round 3 of the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters tournament, played on 25 September 2017 at the Villa Marina, Douglas, will live long in the memory for some remarkable upsets, notably 65-year-old US GM James Tarjan's victory over former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, and the defeat of two of three highest rated women players in the world, Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun. At the close of play the tournament was left with four players on a maximum score of 3/3: Pavel Eljanov (UKR), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Alex Lenderman (USA) and the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR).

John Saunders reports: As if the defeat of former world champion Vladimir Kramnik by veteran US GM Jim Tarjan wasn't quite enough, round three of the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters featured twin sensations on boards involving all-women clashes. The two top Chinese women players, Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun, were defeated by Nino Batsiashvili of Georgia and Jovanka Houska of England (two countries which happen to share the same patron saint beating two Chinese dragons - hence the title of the piece).


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