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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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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