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The 2015 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, commences in 2 days' time with 108 players from 28 countries so far entered for the Masters.

I would like to thank PokerStars and the Scheinberg family for making the event possible with very generous sponsorship, with the help of Isle of Man Department of Economic Development which is providing the Villa Marina free of charge.


While the first edition of the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament was a resounding success in October 2014, this year's tournament promises to put the Isle of Man on the global chess map for good. Thanks to the continued partnership with PokerStars and the Scheinberg family, the 2015 edition will not only be the strongest open tournament ever to be held in the British Isles, but also one of the strongest worldwide.

We are now just one month away from the start of the 2015 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, sponsored by PokerStars and the Scheinberg family, with assistance from the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development.

With just under 3 months to go until the start of the 2015 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament (sponsored by PokerStars and the Scheinberg family), we have 80 players from 24 countries entered for the Masters, which is already 7 more than for the start-list of the 2014 event. To date, we have 63 titled players, including 35 GMs, 18 IMs and 10 players in the world's top 100.

Demand for conditions has been very strong and I can confirm that invites have been issued to titled players for all 50 places. Therefore, there are no more conditions available.

I am pleased to announce that the second edition of the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament will be held in Douglas from 3 to 11 October 2015.

After 9 days of hard-fought and thrilling chess, the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2014 came to a close with a brilliant triumph by Nigel Short, who had entered the tournament as 9th seed and finished on 7.5/9, a full point ahead of the rest of the field!

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Once again, the players absolutely spoilt chess fans from all over the world with exciting, high-quality games yesterday. In fact, this might well have been the most decisive round in an open tournament I have ever witnessed, with only 8 draws on 36 boards!


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Published: 02 Jun 2017

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Update - entries for the Masters reach the venue's capacity
Published: 12 May 2017

As at 09:30 BST on 12 May, we have 158 confirmed entries for the Masters from 33 countries, including 64 Grandmasters. After taking into account 16 reserved places where entry is still to be confirmed, we have reached the venue’s 174 player capacity.

The online entry facility for the Masters will remain open for the time being but any entries received from now on will be put on a reserve list on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that no further entries will be accepted into the Masters for players rated below 2000, although they can, of course, enter the Major. 

For those titled players still enquiring about conditions, I reiterate that the conditions budget was fully committed months ago and so there is no point in asking, unless your initials are MC! 

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in our tournament.

Alan Ormsby

12 May 2017


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