Announcement of the 2017 Isle of Man International Chess Tournament Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2017

Entries are now open for the 2017 edition of the 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., 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 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.

Alan Ormsby

(Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)

3 April 2017

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Latest News

Update - entries for the Masters are now closed
Published: 02 Jun 2017

More than three months before the event begins, the online entry facility for the Masters is now closed. We have 170 players entered, with four other places reserved, including two qualifying spots for’s Titled Tuesday to be held on 6 June.

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Super-GMs Heading for the Isle of Man
Published: 23 May 2017

Four months might seem a long advance time to be running a trailer for a chess tournament but when the line-up is as special as the one for the Isle of Man International (23 September - 1 October 2017), chess fans are going to want to know about it. You may be used to the Isle of Man line-up being very strong, but this year’s event could be very special indeed.

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Update - entries for the Masters reach the venue's capacity
Published: 12 May 2017

As at 09:30 BST on 12 May, we have 158 confirmed entries for the Masters from 33 countries, including 64 Grandmasters. After taking into account 16 reserved places where entry is still to be confirmed, we have reached the venue’s 174 player capacity.

The online entry facility for the Masters will remain open for the time being but any entries received from now on will be put on a reserve list on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that no further entries will be accepted into the Masters for players rated below 2000, although they can, of course, enter the Major. 

For those titled players still enquiring about conditions, I reiterate that the conditions budget was fully committed months ago and so there is no point in asking, unless your initials are MC! 

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in our tournament.

Alan Ormsby

12 May 2017

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