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As opposed to last year, when I was only a spectator of the combined chess and poker tournament, I decided to fork out £165 in order to be in the thick of the action this time around. While watching this innovative event had proven highly interesting and entertaining a year ago, witnessing it first hand was both a different and exciting experience altogether.


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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