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  • David Welch, 30 October 1945 – 9 November 2019

    Published: 10 Nov 2019

    David Welch, 30 October 1945 – 9 November 2019


    David Welch, 30 October 1945 – 9 November 2019

    I would like to pay tribute to Dave Welch who sadly died yesterday morning at the age of 74.

    As well as being a great servant of British chess in a number of different roles, Dave was a long standing friend of Isle of Man chess extending back to the Monarch Assurance tournaments in Port Erin. A sign of the high regard with which he was held is that he was the first person I turned to in late 2013 after securing sponsorship for the 2014 Isle of Man International. His advice was indispensable, leading to him being our Chief Arbiter from 2014 to 2016.

    Rest in peace, David. You will be sadly missed.

    Alan Ormsby (Tournament Director –, Isle of Man International)   

  • FIDE Grand Swiss: Round 11 Report and Prizegiving

    Published: 21 Oct 2019

    Round 11 Report

    John Saunders reports: the FIDE Grand Swiss ended in a tie for first place between Wang Hao (China) and Fabiano Caruana (USA) on 8 points out of 11. Wang Hao, who defeated David Howell in the final round whilst other leading games were drawn, was placed first on tie-break and he qualifies for a place in the 2020 Candidates’ tournament in Ekaterinburg. Six players tied for third place on 7½: in tie-break order, Kirill Alekseenko (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), David Antón Guijarro (Spain), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Nikita Vitiugov (Russia). The top women’s prize was shared by Harika Dronavalli (India) and Dinara Saduakassova (Kazakhstan) who both scored 5½ points, with the Indian player receiving the trophy on tie-break. A fuller report will follow.

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    Leading prizewinners Fabiano Caruana, Wang Hao, Kirill Alekseenko, with Howard Quayle MHK and Alan Ormsby (photo: John Saunders)



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