Chess.com Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 edition of the Chess.com Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, to be held in Douglas from 23 September to 1 October, made possible by substantial sponsorship from the Scheinberg family.
The Masters section may well be the world’s strongest open tournament this year, with an expected field of up to 174 players, with 53 titled players already entered, including 38 Grandmasters. In addition, there will be two subsidiary, FIDE rated tournaments aimed at club players, the Major and Minor. Entry forms and Terms & Conditions for all three sections are now available via the homepage of our website.
The Masters will again be run as a 9 round Swiss, with a prize fund of £127,500, including a first prize of £50,000 already attracting the attention of many of the world’s elite players.
So far, six of the world’s top ten players have indicated their intention to play in the tournament, subject to their progress in the World Cup in Georgia, the latter stages of which overlap with our opening weekend.Some of the top names that have committed to our event include: Wesley So (world number 2); Fabiano Caruana (3); ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (4); Maxime VachierLagrave (5); Hikaru Nakamura (6); ex-World Champion Vishy Anand (7). Other big names include Michael Adams and Nigel Short of England; Boris Gelfand of Israel; Alexei Shirov of Latvia; and Peter Leko of Hungary; all of whom have been World Championship finalists. There will also be a number of strong female players, including the world number 1, Hou Yifan of China, and the world number 11, Harika Dronavalli of India.
The tournament will again be held in the prestigious Royal Hall of the Villa Marina, with the backing of the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development which is kindly covering the cost of hiring the venue.
Chess.com, the world’s biggest and best online chess site will be streaming live coverage of the tournament over 9 days, with the popular duo of Grandmaster Simon Williams and Woman International Master Fiona Steil-Antoni again being the two commentators. Manx Technology Group will be kindly assisting Chess.com with the technical aspects of the commentary production.
An innovation for this year’s Masters is that the first round draw to determine pairings will be fully random, i.e. any player can be paired against any other player in round 1. Another change is that there will be a play-off in the event of a tie. See the Terms & Conditions for details.
More news will follow over the coming weeks and months.
(Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)
3 April 2017