News Archive - 2017

John Saunders reports: The prizegiving for the 2017 Chess.com 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.

John Saunders reports: world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the 2017 Chess.com 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).

The final ranking list of the Masters was as follows:

John Saunders reports: Magnus Carlsen strengthened his lead by beating Fabiano Caruana in round eight of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 30 September. This took the Norwegian world champion to a score of 7/8. His only remaining challenger now is Hikaru Nakamura of the USA, who beat Emil Sutovsky of Israel to reach a score of 6½. In the final round on Sunday Magnus Carlsen will have the advantage of the white pieces, but a win for the American could still see him snatch the first prize of £50,000.

Overnight leader Magnus Carlsen conceded a draw to second-placed Santosh Gujrathi Vidit of India in the seventh round of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina on 29 September, thus allowing three of the chasing pack to gain ground. The world champion stills leads by half a point. With two rounds to play the leading scores are now: Carlsen (NOR) 6/7, Fabiano Caruana (USA), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Pavel Eljanov (UKR), Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (IND), Emil Sutovsky (ISR) 5½.

Here is the score table of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Masters after round 7, played at the Villa Marina on 29 September.

The leading results of round seven, played on Friday 29 September 2017, were as follows:

John Saunders reports: Round six of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 28 September, saw world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway move clear of the field with a stellar win against last year's winner Pavel Eljanov. At the end of the round the leading scores are Carlsen 5½ from a possible 6, while Santosh Gujrathi Vidit of India, who beat his compatriot Bharathakoti Harsha, is on 5 and the only player within half a point of the leader. On 4½ are 18 others players, including Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura, the third, fourth and fifth seeds.

Round 7 pairings (for Friday 29 September 2017) are as follows...

Round 6 results are here...

After the dust had settled on Round five of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina on 27 September, two joint leaders emerged from the smoke. One was world champion Magnus Carlsen, who beat Julio Granda Zuñiga of Peru, and the second was world ranked no.27 Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, who defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan. Carlsen and Eljanov are tied on 4½/5, with a further 11 players on 4 points.

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