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Round 3: St George Slays Two Dragons

John Saunders reports: As if thedefeat of former world champion Vladimir Kramnik by veteran US GM Jim Tarjan wasn't quite enough, round three of the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters featured twin sensations on boards involving all-women clashes. The two top Chinese women players, Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun, were defeated by Nino Batsiashvili of Georgia and Jovanka Houska of England (two countries which happen to share the same patron saint beating two Chinese dragons - hence the title of the piece).

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Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) defeated Hou Yifan (CHN) to move to a score of 2½/3

20170925 iom fuji 2159Jovanka Houska (ENG) won when Ju Wenjun (CHN) overstepped the time limit

 

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IOM International Chess Limited Announces ‘FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss’ and ‘FIDE Chess.com Women’s Grand Swiss’ 2021
Published: 15 Nov 2020

Douglas, Isle of Man, 15 December 2020 — IOM International Chess Limited has signed a contract with the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to organise and host the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and the inaugural FIDE Chess.com Women’s Grand Swiss. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in time, the tournaments will be held concurrently in the magnificent Royal Hall of the Villa Marina in Douglas, Isle of Man from 25 October to 8 November 2021. There will be 164 players from approximately 35 countries and a combined prize fund of USD 550,000, made possible by the generosity of the Scheinberg family.


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