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As the tournament is drawing to an end, we witnessed another round of action-packed and hard-fought chess at the Villa Marina yesterday.

Things are heating up at the Villa Marina, as yesterday’s round 6 saw no less than 9(!) decisive results on the top 10 boards!

For the first time since the start of the tournament, the top 3 boards all ended in draws yesterday.

As the tournament almost reaches the halfway mark, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave seems to be unstoppable! He overpowered Mark Hebden in a one-sided game yesterday to take his total to a perfect 4/4!

After the numerous upsets witnessed in round 2, a more normal service was resumed yesterday. While Vachier-Lagrave ground down Gormally in an endgame after having been slightly better throughout most of the game, Adams took advantage of a tactical oversight by his young opponent Van Foreest to wrap up the game in only 21 moves.

What a round we witnessed at the Villa Marina yesterday! On the top three boards, Adams and Sargissian were both held to draws by Raznikov and Popilski, while Vachier-Lagrave, who had a certain edge throughout most of the game, finally got the better of Tarjan as the latter went astray with an unfortunate series of moves just before making time control.

The PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2014 kicked off at the Villa Marina on Douglas’ seafront yesterday. 73 players from 17 countries are participating in the Masters section and they will be joined by roughly 40 more when the Major and Minor tournaments start tomorrow.

After the morning fun “Simultaneous Chess & Poker” event, things started getting serious for the chess/pokerplayers at the Villa Marina last night. In what was the first ever official chess and poker combination tournament to be held (and what is more, part of the official UKIPT schedule) the players were first going to battle it out during 5 rounds of blitz chess, before heading to the Royal Hall in order to switch to No Limit Hold’Em poker. The default stack for the poker tournament was 8000 chips, but every win in the chess portion was worth another 1000 chips, with a draw netting you 500 more chips.

This morning at around 11am the first ever "Simultaneous Chess & Poker" event took place here on the Isle of Man. Jennifer Shahade took on 3 opponents at chess and 3 opponents at poker and scored an incredible 5-1, with only Norway’s Baard Dahl being able to beat her in their poker heads up duel. Jennifer’s other two poker opponents were France’s  Alexandre Dreyfus and Denmark’s Mickey Petersen. The “chess team” consisted of tournament Chairman Alan Ormsby, Committee member Zahed Miah and professional poker player Isaac Haxton.

Major : Results, Cross Table and Prize List

PokerStars Isle of Man iInternational 14
Major

Venue: Villa Marina Douglas Isle of Man
Date: 06 Oct 14 to 12 Oct 12
Controller: Mr David Sedgwick
Timings: First 40 moves in 100 mins. 50 mins to completion.
Plus an additional 30 secs for each move.

Round: 1

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e 1 - 0 Hickman, John E......... 178D 8 1
2 Price, Andrew........... 155X 0 - 1 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* 7 9
3 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* 0 - 1 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D 10 3
4 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C ½ - ½ Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D 4 11
5 Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e 1 - 0 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E 12 5

6 Plug, Arjun............. 157 ½ - ½ Cross, Glenn............ 141B 6 13
7 Cooper, John G.......... 176A ½ - 0 ........................ 2
8 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C ½ - 0 ........................ 14

Round: 2

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (1) 0 - 1 Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (1) 3 12
2 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (1) = - = Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (1) 9 8
3 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (=) 0 - 1 Cooper, John G.......... 176A (=) 11 2
4 Cross, Glenn............ 141B (=) 1 - 0 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (=) 13 4
5 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (=) = - = Plug, Arjun............. 157 (=) 14 6

6 Hickman, John E......... 178D (0) 1 - 0 Price, Andrew........... 155X (0) 1 7
7 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (0) 1 - 0 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (0) 5 10

Round: 3

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (2) ½ - ½ Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (1½) 12 9
2 Cooper, John G.......... 176A (1½) 1 - 0 Cross, Glenn............ 141B (1½) 2 13
3 Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (1½) 0 - 1 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (1) 8 5
4 Plug, Arjun............. 157 (1) 1 - 0 Hickman, John E......... 178D (1) 6 1
5 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (1) 0 - 1 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (1) 3 14

6 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (½) 1 - 0 Price, Andrew........... 155X (0) 4 7
7 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (0) 0 - 1 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (½) 10 11

Round: 4

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Cooper, John G.......... 176A (2=) = - = Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (2=) 2 12
2 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (2) 1 - 0 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (2) 5 14
3 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (2) = - = Plug, Arjun............. 157 (2) 9 6
4 Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (1=) 1 - 0 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (1=) 8 4
5 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (1=) = - = Cross, Glenn............ 141B (1=) 11 13

6 Hickman, John E......... 178D (1) 0 - 1 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (1) 1 3
7 Price, Andrew........... 155X (0) 1 - 0 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (0) 7 10

Round: 5

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (3) = - = Cooper, John G.......... 176A (3) 5 2
2 Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (3) 1 - 0 Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (2=) 12 8
3 Plug, Arjan............. 157 (2=) 1 - 0 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (2) 6 11
4 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (2) 1 - 0 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (2=) 3 9
5 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (2) = - = Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (1=) 14 4

6 Cross, Glenn............ 141B (2) = - = Price, Andrew........... 155X (1) 13 7
7 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (0) = - = Hickman, John E......... 178D (1) 10 1

Round: 6

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Plug, Arjan............. 157 (3=) = - = Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (4) 6 12
2 Cooper, John G.......... 176A (3=) = - = Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (3) 2 3
3 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (2=) 1 - 0 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (3=) 9 5
4 Cross, Glenn............ 141B (2=) = - = Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (2=) 13 14
5 Price, Andrew........... 155X (1=) = - = Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (2=) 7 8

6 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (2) 1 - 0 Hickman, John E......... 178D (1=) 11 1
7 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (2) 1 - 0 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (=) 4 10

Round: 7

Bd White Result Black --No--
1 Cooper, John G.......... 176A (4) = - = Plug, Arjan............. 157 (4) 2 6
2 Gill, Neville B K....... 167D (3=) 1 - 0 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio. 157E (3=) 3 5
3 Mehmet, Zia............. 166C (3) 1 - 0 Frijling, Jeroen........ 152* (3=) 4 9
4 Mendelboim, Nir......... 153e (3) 0 - 1 Dobson, Howard EJ....... 144D (3) 8 11
5 Woodard, Brian Robert... 131C (3) = - = Price, Andrew........... 155X (2) 14 7

6 Hickman, John E......... 178D (1=) 1 - 0 Cross, Glenn............ 141B (3) 1 13
7 Kirkwood, Robin......... 152* (=) 1 - 0 ........................ 10
8 Flanagan, Sean.......... 142e (4=) 0 - 0 ........................ 12

ECF R O U N D S
Pos Player Grade Code 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A B C D
1 Cooper, John G........... 176A 108842H bye= b5+ w10+ w2= b8= w3= w4= 4= 6 1008 168
2 Flanagan, Sean........... 142e w8+ b3+ w7= b1= w11+ b4= bye- 4= 6 1112 185
3 Gill, Neville B K........ 167D 153110E b14+ w2- w9- b12+ w7+ b1= w8+ 4= 7 1188 170
4 Plug, Arjan.............. 157 154733B w10= b9= w12+ b7= w5+ w2= b1= 4= 7 1164 166

5 Dobson, Howard EJ........ 144D 109738G b6= w1- b14+ w10= b4- w12+ b11+ 4 7 1173 168
6 Mehmet, Zia.............. 166C 115412G w5= b10- w13+ b11- b9= w14+ w7+ 4 7 1078 154

7 Frijling, Jeroen......... 152* 210305K b13+ w11= b2= w4= b3- w8+ b6- 3= 7 1097 157
8 Gumireddy, Sanjay Savio.. 157E 261472J b2- w14+ b11+ w9+ w1= b7- b3- 3= 7 1073 153
9 Woodard, Brian Robert.... 131C 277239F bye= w4= b3+ b8- w6= b10= w13= 3= 6 943 157

10 Cross, Glenn............. 141B 170172B b4= w6+ b1- b5= w13= w9= b12- 3 7 1057 151
11 Mendelboim, Nir.......... 153e w12+ b7= w8- w6+ b2- b13= w5- 3 7 1044 149

12 Hickman, John E.......... 178D 263300A b11- w13+ b4- w3- b14= b5- w10+ 2= 7 969 138
13 Price, Andrew............ 155X 117410B w7- b12- b6- w14+ b10= w11= b9= 2= 7 973 139

14 Kirkwood, Robin.......... 152* 130311K w3- b8- w5- b13- w12= b6- bye+ 1= 6 717 120

Index:
A = Player's score
B = Number of graded games played
C = Total grading points
D = Grading performance

PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2014

Major Tournament Prize List

1st =

Samuel Flanagan* Northern Ireland 4½ / 7 £300

John Cooper England 4½ / 7 £300

Neville Gill Isle of Man 4½ / 7 £300

Arjan Plug Netherlands 4½ / 7 £300

* awarded the trophy on tie-break

Grading Prizes:

160 – 169 Zia Mehmet England - 12 £75

150 – 159 Jeroen Frijling Netherlands + 5 £75

140 – 149 Howard Dobson Isle of Man +24 £75

Below 140 Brian Woodard Isle of Man +26 £75

David Sedgwick Arbiter 12th October 2014


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