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!

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.

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2017 Prizegiving
Published: 03 Oct 2017

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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Round 9 Report
Published: 02 Oct 2017

John Saunders reports: world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the 2017 Isle of Man Masters tournament after holding Hikaru Nakamura of the USA in the ninth and last round at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 1 October 2017. Magnus Carlsen scored 7½ out of 9 to take the £50,000 first prize, ahead of Hikaru Nakamura and former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India) on 7 points. Tied in fourth place on 6½ were nine players: Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Dhopade Swapnil (India), Richard Rapport (Hungary), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Mickey Adams (England), Alexei Shirov (Latvia), Emil Sutovsky (Israel).

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Masters - Final Ranking List
Published: 01 Oct 2017

The final ranking list of the Masters was as follows:

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