Round 3

In the top board encounter of yesterday's round, Grandelius and Harikrishna treated us to a crazy and interesting game, which eventually ended in a draw. On board 2 Fressinet duly converted his two extra pawns when Timman's attack didn't lead anywhere, while on board 3 Sargissian pressed for a long time, but had to settle for a draw against Kuzubov in one of the last games to finish.

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The analysis room: Adams-Vaisser and Grandelius-Harikrishna

On board 4, in an exact remake of last year’s Van Foreest-Short pairing, the young Dutch hopeful (who is the highest rated European player in the U16 age group) once again managed to hold the English legend to a draw after a fighting game which is worth having a look at.

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Down on board 9, Howell didn't leave his Cheddleton team mate Arkell the hint of a chance when he first sacrificed a piece and then a rook to deliver the most picturesque mate you are going to see all week:

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The biggest upset of the round came from board 11, where GM Kidambi (2497) took advantage of a blunder by GM Jones (2623) to beat him in an interesting Tarrasch French, where he had the black pieces.

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Kidambi during his round 2 game

So after 3 rounds, we have only two players left with a perfect score and we can look forward to Fressinet and Movsesian battling it out on the top board today! On board 2 Melkumyan will be taking on top seed Adams, while on board 3 Harikrishna faces l'Ami.

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A look into the playing hall at 6pm

For today's 4th round, the players will move to the Villa Marina's magnificent Royal Hall, where they will be joined by the participants from the Minor and Major sections.

In other exciting news, the tournament's YouTube channel is now up and running! There, you can find all our daily video reports (produced by the one and only Vijay Kumar), which include interviews with all of the tournament's top players!

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Published: 29 Oct 2018

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John Saunders reports: the 2018 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

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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

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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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