Masters - Prize List

Prize Money: Masters 2015

1st £10,000 =1st Pentala Harikrishna 7 £6,000
2nd £5,000 =1st Laurent Fressinet 7 £6,000
3rd £3,000 =1st Gabriel Sargissian 7 £6,000
4th £2,000 =4th Nigel Short 6.5 £1,750
5th £1,500 =4th David WL Howell 6.5 £1,750
6th £1,000 =6th Arkadij Naiditsch 6 £100
  (=6th Francesco Rambaldi 6)  
  =6th Michael Adams 6 £100
  =6th Sergei Movsesian 6 £100
  =6th Erwin L'Ami 6 £100
  =6th Julio Granda Zuniga 6 £100
  =6th Mishra Swayams 6 £100
  =6th Sabino Brunello 6 £100
  =6th Jorden van Foreest 6 £100
  =6th Tiger Hillarp Persson 6 £100
  =6th Alexander Donchenko 6 £100

Total £22,500

Ladies' Awards

1st £3,000 1st Jovanka Houska 5.5 £3,000
2nd £2,000 2nd Elisabeth Paehtz 5.0 £2,000
3rd £1,250 =3rd Harika Dronavalli 4.5 £500
4th £750 =3rd Anna Zozulia 4.5 £500
  =3rd Dagne Ciuksyte 4.5 £500
  =3rd Yuliya Shvayger 4.5 £500

Total £7,000

Best relative rating achievement

2500 – 2599:£500 Francesco Rambaldi £500
2400 – 2499:£500 Mishra Swayams £250
  Martin Zumsande £250
2300 – 2399:£500 Alan Merry £500
2200 – 2299:£500 Yochanan Afek £500
2000 – 2199:£500 David Ottosen £500

Total £2,500

Grand Total £32,000

Prizes (including the first prize) shall be shared where players have the same score.
No player can win more than one complete prize.
A player forfeits the right to a rating prize if they are absent for the last round.
Tie-break (for deciding who receives the award of a trophy):
In the event of a tie for first place, the winner will be decided by tie-break, in the following order of priority:

  • The results between the players involved in the tie
  • Sum of progressive score
  • Sum of opponents' scores (Buchholz)
  • Sonneborn-Berger
  • Number of won games

British Championship Qualifier:
The highest placed eligible player not already qualified shall qualify for the right to play in the 2016 British Championship, subject to ECF regulations.

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Round 9 Report
Published: 29 Oct 2018

Round 9 Report

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

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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