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Written by Mike Klein | Read the full report at https://www.chess.com/news/view/aronian-bluffs-while-vidit-sacrifices-queen-again-in-isle-of-man-round-2

It's been several years since the Chess.com Isle of Man International was a combination chess and poker event, but GM Levon Aronian showed in today's round two that there's still room for bluffing. On top board, he played a calculated risk that worked to move him to 2.0/2, where he was joined one board lower by a birthday boy. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave gave himself the best 28th birthday gift—a winning rook ending.


John Saunders reports: The 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International started on Saturday 20 October at the Villa Marina, Douglas, with the traditional, FIDE-approved first round in which the much higher rated players massacred the much lower rated ones. That’s it, nothing more to see here, folks, come back tomorrow when we won’t have quite so many mismatches to report. Well, OK, I exaggerate... there was still plenty of great action to report, even though those rotters at FIDE spoilt our fun by disallowing first round pairings done by random. This year’s first round was a lot of fun anyway, thanks to the fact that the tournament is so super-mega-strong that many of those aforementioned much lower rated players are great players in their own right with an incredible chess CV to match.

Written by Mike Klein | Read the full report at https://www.chess.com/news/view/almost-half-of-2700s-nicked-in-isle-of-man-opener

It turns out you don't need randomized pairings to make for an eventful opening of a chess tournament.

The 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International, the strongest open tournament in history, fielded a score of 2700s. But after only the first round, nearly half are already smarting from an early draw. Nine of the 20, including one of the two top seeds, couldn't escape the opening day without ceding a draw to an IM who was 300 points lower rated.

The 2018 Chess.com Isle of Man International Masters gets underway at 2.15pm tomorrow (20 October), when our guest of honour will be the Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK. The venue is the Royal Hall of the Villa Marina.

We are anticipating 165 players from 37 countries. I would like to welcome all those players that have already reached the island and wish safe travels to those of you who are currently en route.

John Saunders reports: It’s that time again – the Chess.com Isle of Man Chess International starts on 20 October 2018 at the Villa Marina, Douglas, and runs for nine days up to 28 October. Once again the line-up is going to be incredible...

... with a couple of exceptions. Last year you will recall one of the key face-offs was between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the penultimate round. This year these two young gentlemen will be meeting elsewhere in the British Isles to decide the little matter of the world chess championship title. That match starts on 9 November, just 12 days after hostilities end in Douglas and precluded their prior appearance on our small but perfectly formed island in the Irish Sea. Caruana had provisionally entered the 2018 Isle of Man event but he must ultimately have realised it would have been too much to take on with less than a fortnight to his date with destiny in London.

Enter the Chess.com Titled Tuesday tournament on June 5th for a chance to earn an expenses-paid spot in the Chess.com Isle of Man International masters tournament

After less than 3 weeks since we launched, the online entry facility for the Masters is now closed. So far, we have 149 players entered from 34 countries. In addition there are 26 reserved places, including two qualifying spots for a Chess.com Titled Tuesday event to be held over the summer, date to be confirmed

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 edition of the Chess.com Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, to be held in Douglas from 20 to 28 October, yet again made possible by substantial sponsorship from the Scheinberg family, to whom the organisers are extremely grateful.

Chess.com Isle of Man International

20 – 28 October 2018

Total Prize Fund £144,000

Further information to follow shortly.

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).


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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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