John Saunders reports: Round two meant a return to the tried and trusted (if not universally popular) method of making the pairings. Let's park the whole pairings business for now, and for once I'll try to stick to the point, which is to tell you what happened in round two. I can't guarantee my good intentions will last or I won't go off on one of my Grandpa Simpson-style rambles down memory lane at some point. But, as his grandson famously said, "I can't promise to try but I'll try to try."

As well as being our tournament commentator, Fiona Steil-Antoni is a prolific and brilliant vlogger. Here's a link to her first vlog about her arrival at this year's tournament, with guests appearances from Simon WilliamsDavid Howell, Ivan Sokolov, Nils Grandelius, Lawrence Trent, Lennart Ootes, Anna Rudolf, Ana Srebrnic and others. Fiona captures the atmosphere behind the scenes of a big-time chess tournament and presents it in a bright and breezy way. Unmissable! 

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

Please credit to / 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.

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Entries Open for the 2018 Isle of Man International
Published: 18 Apr 2018

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 edition of the Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, to be held in Douglas from 20 to 28 October, yet again made possible by substantial sponsorship from the Scheinberg family, to whom the organisers are extremely grateful.

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John Saunders reports: The prizegiving for the 2017 Isle of Man tournament was held in the Villa Marina on Sunday 1 October at 9pm. Guest of honour was the tournament sponsor Isai Scheinberg who made the presentation of the Masters trophy and cheque for £50,000 to the winner of the open section, Magnus Carlsen.

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