As previously announced, both Tournaments are due to be held from 25 October to 8 November 2021, at the Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man.
By now, we had intended to publish the list of 164 invited players, plus reserves, together with the players’ contract. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Isle of Man’s borders are currently closed to travellers from outside the British Isles and it is not yet clear whether there is a realistic prospect of these restrictions being lifted by the date on which the Tournaments are scheduled to start. Furthermore, we are also dependent on the UK’s border restrictions being sufficiently eased to allow players to transit the UK to reach Isle of Man. The UK is due to cease many restrictions on 19 July but it remains to be seen how this will affect international visitors, whether fully vaccinated or not.
Currently it is hoped that the Tournaments can still go ahead as scheduled in Isle of Man but this could easily change in the coming weeks. Before we make a final decision, we shall wait to see the full details of the UK’s planned changes for 19 July, plus the Isle of Man Government’s response. We will communicate a final decision no later than 7 August 2021.
If it turns out that there is no realistic prospect of the Tournaments being hosted in Isle of Man, we will work with FIDE and our Sponsor (the Scheinberg family) to consider possible alternative venues.
Finally, due to the uncertainty surrounding the main Tournaments, we have decided not to run our usual Major and Minor events aimed at club players.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Tournament Director, IOM International Chess Limited
9 July 2021