The 2016 Isle of Man International Masters commences tomorrow with 135 players entered from 34 countries, including 48 GMs. The event is sponsored by and the Scheinberg family, with assistance from Isle of Man Department of Economic Development, ServiceTech and BlueWave Communications.

I would like to remind all players of the following extract from our Terms & Conditions:

Registration and first round pairings 

All players in the Masters tournament should register by 8.00pm, Friday 30 September at the Villa Marina. If unable to do so in person, they must contact the Tournament Director (Alan Ormsby: mobile 07624 453200 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to either confirm their arrival on the island or to confirm their travel plans. 

Pairings for the first round will be issued no later than 10.00am, Saturday 1 October. Players who have yet to reach the island, or have failed to make contact with the Tournament Director, may be provisionally paired against each other. Provisional pairings may be subject to late change at the discretion of the arbiter.   


The Masters gets underway at 1.30pm on Saturday 1 October. I invite all players to take their seats by 1.20pm so that our Chief Arbiter, David Welch, can make the necessary introductory announcements.

I wish all players and officials a safe journey to the island.

Alan Ormsby (Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)

30 September 2016

With 8 days to go before the start of the Isle of Man International Masters, we have 137 players entered from 34 countries, including 47 Grandmasters.

Entries are now closed for the Masters but remain open for players wishing to enter the Major and Minor.

Alan Ormsby, 23 September 2016

In another exciting development, Wesley So, world no. 7 and winner of the 2016 Sinquefield Cup, has agreed to play in the Isle of Man International Masters, starting in a little over five weeks’ time. This means that all three of America’s elite players will be present at this year’s tournament.

Alan Ormsby, 25 August 2016

I’m delighted to announce that Fabiano Caruana (world no. 4) and Hikaru Nakamura (world no. 6) have today confirmed their participation in this year’s Isle of Man International Masters, to be held in Douglas from 1 to 9 October 2016, made possible by the Scheinberg family. The presence of these two American, elite players will help make the event one of the strongest opens to be held in the world this year.

Other top players include Women’s World Champion, Hou Yifan of China; Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine; Hungary’s Peter Leko playing in his first open tournament in more than twenty years; Alexei Shirov of Latvia; and the long-time English no. 1, Michael Adams.

With less than seven weeks to go until the start of the event, we have 108 entries from 34 countries, including 89 titled players, of which 46 are grandmasters. India will be very well represented with 27 entries to date, including Harika Dronavalli, the world no. 5 female player.

A reminder that the number of entries in the Masters will be limited to around 140 players, meaning that there are 32 places remaining. With the possible exception of one or more elite players, there are no more conditions available. If you wish to enter the tournament, please read the terms and conditions available on our website, complete an online entry form and wait for an email from me confirming your place.

The Major and Minor events have received 13 and 12 entries respectively so there is still plenty of space available if you wish to enter either of these tournaments, full details available on our website.

Thank you for reading this update.

Alan Ormsby
(Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)
16 August 2016

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