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  • IOM International Chess Limited Announces ‘FIDE Grand Swiss’ and ‘FIDE 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 Grand Swiss and the inaugural FIDE 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.

    The FIDE Grand Swiss is returning to the island after a successful first edition held in 2019. The 2021 edition will have a field of 114 players, mainly from the world’s top-100, and is expected to be one of the strongest Swiss events ever held in the history of chess. The prize fund will be USD 425,000, including a first prize of USD 70,000. Just as important is the fact that the winner and runner-up will advance to the eight-player Candidates Tournament, the next stage of the World Championship Cycle that will produce a challenger to the World Champion in 2022, a title currently held by Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Five participants will be chosen as “wildcards” allocated by the tournament director, Alan Ormsby, including two places for Isle of Man players and a place for a online qualifier.

    The FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss will feature 50 of the strongest female players, with invitations to the world’s top-40, competing for a prize fund of USD 125,000. The winner will progress to the Women’s Candidates Tournament which will produce a challenger to the Women’s World Champion, a title currently held by Ju Wenjun of China. There will be three “wildcards” in the Women’s event, including one place set aside for a online qualifier.

    “We are thrilled to be hosting the FIDE Grand Swiss for the second time after successfully organising the inaugural event in 2019. Hosting the Women’s version at the same time will make the event even more special, ensuring that we have the diversity that the Isle of Man International has been associated with since our first tournament in 2014” said Alan Ormsby. “We’re also pleased to be helping local guest houses, hotels and restaurants by attracting around 180 players and officials to the island for 14 nights in the off-season.”

    In recognition of the island’s continued contribution to chess, FIDE recently approved the admission of the Isle of Man Chess Association as an Affiliated Organisation, the highest level of status available to a country or territory that is not recognised by the United Nations. Isle of Man Chess Association is the organisation responsible for promoting the playing of chess on the island and works closely with Isle of Man International Chess.

    “FIDE’s motto is ‘we are one family’, and like any other family would, we are extremely happy to welcome a new member. The island is home to a tournament, the Isle of Man International, that has already earned its place in chess history. Very few events have left such a strong mark after only six editions, but Isle of Man has done so thanks to a combination of professionalism, determination, and a profound respect to chess and chess players. We incorporated this event as a part of the World Championship cycle in 2019, and it was a resounding success. Now, women players will also get the opportunity to play in an event that didn’t exist for them before,” said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich.

    "It’s incredible that in such a short amount of time, the FIDE Grand Swiss has become one of the strongest and most important events in chess," said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of "Not

    only is the event a critical step in determining the outcome of the World Chess Championship cycle, it also serves as a leading example for how a chess event can function as a beacon for competitive diversity and inclusion. We couldn’t be more proud to be working alongside FIDE and IOM International Chess Limited in making this special event possible for a second time."


    About IOM International Chess Limited:

    IOM International Chess Limited, led by Tournament Director, Alan Ormsby, is the organiser of the Isle of Man International, the world’s strongest open event. All six editions of the tournament (including the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss) have been sponsored by the Scheinberg family.

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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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