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Nabaty
Tamir Israel 2692
22 GM
Leko
Peter Hungary 2690
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Howell
David W L England 2689
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Jones
Gawain C B England 2677
25 GM
Sethuraman
S.P. India 2673 ACP Qualifier
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Adhiban
B. India 2668
27 GM
Kovalev
Vladislav Belarus 2664 ACP Qualifier
28 GM
Melkumyan
Hrant Armenia 2660
29 GM
Xiong
Jeffery United States 2656
30 GM
Short
Nigel D England 2652
31 GM
Meier
Georg Germany 2639
32 GM
L'Ami
Erwin Netherlands 2639
33 GM
Shirov
Alexei Spain 2636
34 GM
Sevian
Samuel United States 2634
35 GM
Sutovsky
Emil Israel 2633
36 GM
Parligras
Mircea-Emilian Romania 2623
37 GM
Ganguly
Surya Shekhar India 2622
38 GM
Tari
Aryan Norway 2618
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Donchenko
Alexander Germany 2610
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Jumabayev
Rinat Kazakhstan 2605
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Round 9 Report
Published: 29 Oct 2018

Round 9 Report

John Saunders reports: the 2018 Chess.com 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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