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Round 9 Report

John Saunders reports: the 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International was won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland after a play-off match with Arkadij Naiditsch of Azerbaijan. The two players led going into the last round and drew their ninth round game to finish on 7/9 while none of the four players on 6/8 managed to win in order to tie with them. They each take home a cheque for £37,500 with Wojtaszek also receiving a further £500 for winning the blitz play-off. The initial two-game blitz was tied on 1-1 but Wojtaszek chose White in the Armageddon game and duly won. Seven players finished on 6½: Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk (both Russia), Hikaru Nakamura, Jeffery Xiong (both USA), Wang Hao (China), Gawain Jones (England) and Baskaran Adhiban (India).


Round 8 Report

John Saunders reports: another pulsating day’s chess saw four 2700+ rated players bite the dust, all bar one beaten by players less highly rated than themselves, and in one case more than 200 points adrift. Two leaders emerge from the smoke of battle, Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), who now both have 6½/8, while four more players are half a point behind them and are still in with a chance of a share in the top prize – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Wang Hao (China), Gawain Jones (England) and Jeffery Xiong (USA).

Round 7 Report

John Saunders reports: another remarkable round at the Villa Marina saw the number of leaders increase by one – the same names as per the round six leader board, plus England’s perennial numero uno, Mickey Adams. There was some fantastic chess played, which it gives me great pleasure to report upon. Before we move on, let’s just record the seven leaders’ names for the record: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Wang Hao (China), Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan), Mickey Adams (England) and Jeffery Xiong (USA) all have 5½ out of 7.

Written by Mike Klein | Read the full report at https://www.chess.com/news/view/chess-com-isle-of-man-nakamura-wojtaszek-join-lead

In the last three rounds of the 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International, the number of leaders has gone from two to four to six. You might want to go ahead and check those playoff regulations now. There might have been an unlikely seventh, but the "Minister of Defense," Sergey Karjakin, saved a completely lost game.

Round 6 Report

John Saunders reports: six players now share the lead on 5 points after six rounds’ play: Jeffery Xiong (USA), Wang Hao (China), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), plus Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) who added a half-point bye to his score after round five. A further 11 players have 4½ and these include the two former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand, plus Abhijeet Gupta, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Sergey Karjakin, Richard Rapport, Michael Adams, Gawain Jones, Mikhail Antipov, Vladislav Artemiev and SP Sethuraman.

Round 5 Report

John Saunders reports: an eventful round saw the leader board expand to four players on the top score of 4½/5. They are Wang Hao (China) and Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan), who drew their individual game, plus Jeffery Xiong (USA) and Abhijeet Gupta (India) who both beat higher rated opposition in the shape of Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (India) respectively. A further seven players are now on 4 points: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Rinat Jumabayev (Kazakhstan), Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Romania), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Rasmus Svane (Germany), Hikaru Nakamura (USA). The leading contenders for the top women’s prize are currently Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) and Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) who are both on 3/5.

Written by Mike Klein | Read the full report at https://www.chess.com/news/view/chess-com-isle-of-man-xiong-gupta-join-leaders

Grab your saddle. The fifth round of the 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International was all about knights versus pawns. The final verdict? A draw.

Jeffery Xiong's three pawns overcame Richard Rapport's knight for the American to join the lead. But Sergey Karjakin's two knights, his final two pieces, were enough to checkmate Sam Sevian precisely because of the American's remaining pawn. And finally, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave offered his knight for three pawns, but had to settle for a perpetual in an all-knights ending!

Round 4 Report

John Saunders reports: after the fourth round of the Chess.com Isle of Man International at the Villa Marina, we now have two joint leaders, Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) and Wang Hao (China) on the maximum score of 4/4. Following them on 3½ are Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Richard Rapport (Hungary), Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (India), Jeffery Xiong (USA), Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Romania) and Abhijeet Gupta (India).

Round 3 Report

John Saunders reports: after three rounds of the Chess.com Isle of Man International at the Villa Marina in Douglas, six players remain on the maximum score of 3/3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) is the only representative of the top ten seeds amongst them, and the other five in rating order are Wang Hao (China), Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan), Jeffery Xiong (USA), Erwin L’Ami (Netherlands) and Pavel Tregubov (Russia). But the show was stolen by 13-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa of India who defeated 2703-rated Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) after a six-hour battle.

Written by Mike Klein | Read the full report at https://www.chess.com/news/view/mvl-leads-list-of-6-perfect-scores-remaining-after-isle-of-man-rd-3

While other world top-10s have had their struggles at the 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man InternationalGM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave keeps making it look easy through three rounds. Even a birthday celebration couldn't stop his lucid play. He's faring just as well as a 28-year-old as he did at 27. 

Round 2 Report

John Saunders reports: another gruelling round of chess at the world’s strongest open and the rating favourites are still finding it very difficult imposing themselves on their supposedly less accomplished opponents. Of the leading players, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave proceeded to 2/2 but former world champions Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik both dropped half points (though it might be more accurate to say that Vishy saved a half point).


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Round 9 Report
Published: 29 Oct 2018

Round 9 Report

John Saunders reports: the 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International was won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland after a play-off match with Arkadij Naiditsch of Azerbaijan. The two players led going into the last round and drew their ninth round game to finish on 7/9 while none of the four players on 6/8 managed to win in order to tie with them. They each take home a cheque for £37,500 with Wojtaszek also receiving a further £500 for winning the blitz play-off. The initial two-game blitz was tied on 1-1 but Wojtaszek chose White in the Armageddon game and duly won. Seven players finished on 6½: Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk (both Russia), Hikaru Nakamura, Jeffery Xiong (both USA), Wang Hao (China), Gawain Jones (England) and Baskaran Adhiban (India).


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Round 8 Report
Published: 28 Oct 2018

Round 8 Report

John Saunders reports: another pulsating day’s chess saw four 2700+ rated players bite the dust, all bar one beaten by players less highly rated than themselves, and in one case more than 200 points adrift. Two leaders emerge from the smoke of battle, Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), who now both have 6½/8, while four more players are half a point behind them and are still in with a chance of a share in the top prize – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Wang Hao (China), Gawain Jones (England) and Jeffery Xiong (USA).


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Round 7 Report
Published: 27 Oct 2018

Round 7 Report

John Saunders reports: another remarkable round at the Villa Marina saw the number of leaders increase by one – the same names as per the round six leader board, plus England’s perennial numero uno, Mickey Adams. There was some fantastic chess played, which it gives me great pleasure to report upon. Before we move on, let’s just record the seven leaders’ names for the record: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Wang Hao (China), Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan), Mickey Adams (England) and Jeffery Xiong (USA) all have 5½ out of 7.


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