Isle of Man International 2019

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Nick Burrows
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Isle of Man International 2019

Post by Nick Burrows » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:18 pm

Details of the main tournament has been published. Entries for the Major & Minor are now open.
Douglas, Isle of Man, 4 June 2019 — The ‘FIDE Grand Swiss’ will be held in the Isle of Man from 10 to 21 October, and is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament in the history of chess. The prize fund will be US$432,500, with a first prize of $70,000.
The tournament is part of the 2020 FIDE World Championship cycle, with the winner qualifying for the Candidates’ Tournament which will produce a challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the next FIDE World Championship Match.
The starting field of 160 players will feature 120 FIDE qualifiers, with the world’s top-100 players invited based on their average rating over a 12-month period. The other 40 participants will be chosen as “wildcards” allocated by the tournament director, Alan Ormsby, including four spots allocated to online qualifiers.
“After five years of hosting the Isle of Man International, we are delighted to be working with FIDE to incorporate our 2019 event into the World Championship cycle, made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Scheinberg family” said Alan Ormsby. “l am using the 40 wildcards wisely, ensuring that we have the diversity that the Isle of Man International is associated with, including places for a number of world-class female players and juniors. I’m also pleased to give some local players the opportunity to play in such a prestigious event, ensuring that the Isle of Man is represented.”
"Swiss tournaments are one of the most attractive formats to compete in our sport: they produce very interesting clashes, allowing rising stars or not-so-strong players to cross swords with members of the chess elite. This democratic approach has many supporters, and it was a pending matter for FIDE to have a massive Swiss Open among our official competitions. The association with the Isle of Man organizers was a natural move, given their experience and the calibre that their tournament has reached. And making it part of the race for the World Championship title will add even more interest to an already fascinating event”, said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich.
The FIDE Grand Swiss will be held over 11 rounds between 10 and 21 October, with a rest day on the 16th. It will be held at the Comis Hotel and Golf Resort, one of the island’s leading hotels, based 7km outside Douglas. It is expected that around 35 countries will be represented.
"We're ecstatic that our titled users will have the opportunity to qualify for an event as prestigious as the FIDE Grand Swiss" said Daniel Rensch, chief chess officer of "We believe in the power of online chess in producing strong players who have built their chess foundation through technology and we're excited to see's qualifying players participate against a field featuring many of the top players in the world."
The official opening ceremony on 9 October will welcome a number of dignitaries, including Howard Quayle MHK, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man. “I am honoured to have been invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of this prestigious Chess Tournament” said Mr Quayle. “It is a real honour that the world of chess will be celebrated here on the Isle of Man, and I am delighted to welcome all the passionate chess players to the Island in October.”

Roger de Coverly
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Re: Isle of Man International 2019

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:36 pm

Major is U 2100

31 wild cards have been listed
Grand Swiss Wildcards
Title Surname Firstnames Country Rating
1 GM
Dominguez Perez
Leinier United States 2760
2 GM
Alireza Iran 2682 Junior
3 GM
Alexei Spain 2658
4 GM
Constantin Romania 2649 Manx Liberty
5 GM
Mircea-Emilian Romania 2638 Manx Liberty
6 GM
Bogdan-Daniel Romania 2623 Junior
7 GM
Aryan Norway 2623 Manx Liberty
8 GM
Andrey Russia 2611 Junior
9 GM
Sarin India 2606 Junior
10 GM
Viktor Hungary 2603 Manx Liberty
11 GM
D India 2543 Junior
12 GM
Vincent Germany 2522 Junior
13 GM
Zhongyi China 2507 Women's World No 11
14 GM
Tingjie China 2505 Women's World No 13
15 IM
Alina Russia 2492 Women's World No 15
16 GM
Harika India 2492 Women's World No 14
17 IM
Raunak India 2482 Junior
18 GM
Antoaneta Bulgaria 2474 Women's World No 19
19 IM
Elisabeth Germany 2473 Women's World No 20
20 GM
Pia Sweden 2465 Women's World No 21
21 IM
Dinara Kazakhstan 2458 Women's World No 24
22 GM
Anna Ukraine 2443 Women's World No 34
23 IM
Irina Romania 2435 Women's World No 36
24 GM
Nino Georgia 2433 Women's World No 38
25 IM
Jovanka England 2422 Women's World No 46
26 IM
Batkhuyag Mongolia 2420 Women's World No 48
27 WGM
Swaminathan India 2402 Women's World No 63
Li England 2332 Isle of Man resident
29 IM
Dietmar Germany 2277 Isle of Man resident
Keith Ireland 2207 Isle of Man resident
Baard England 2067 Isle of Man resident

David Sedgwick
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Re: Isle of Man International 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:37 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:36 pm
Major is U 2100
2100 and below, strictly speaking, on the 1st October FIDE Rating List.

Minor is 1750 and below, on the 1st October FIDE Rating List.

Roger de Coverly
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Re: Isle of Man International 2019

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:26 am

The FIDE site now lists the qualifiers. ... swiss.html

Of English players, Adams, Howell, Jones, McShane and Sadler all make the cut. Nigel is listed as a reserve. He may not wish to play, given that he's not on the wildcard list.

There are still some wildcard places. Perhaps one is pencilled in for the British Champion, given than none of the top 6 have entered.

Bob Kane
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Re: Isle of Man International 2019

Post by Bob Kane » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:35 pm

The Major:
Accommodation at the venue seems to be fully booked..

However the organisers have kindly laid on a bus from the promenade

FIDE rating of 2100 and below on the October 2019 rating list, subject to a maximum of 35 players.
Venue: Comis Hotel and Golf Resort, Mount Murray Road, Santon, Isle of Man IM4 2HT. The Major
and Minor will be held in the golf club function room, about a 3 minute walk from the main hotel.
There will be a free bus service from Douglas promenade to the Comis hotel before and after play,
plus a regular mini-bus service throughout the day.
Entry fee: £30
The entry fee will be reduced by 50% for Diamond Members, on condition that they have
Diamond membership both at the date of entry and at the date of the first round of the tournament.
Please quote your username in the relevant field of the entry form.
Prize fund GBP 5,000:
st £1,300; 2
nd £850; 3rd £650; 4th £500; 5th £400; 6th £300; 7th £200; 8th £150
Best relative rating achievement:
1900 – 1999 £100
1800 – 1899 £100
1700 – 1799 £100
1699 and below £100

Kevin Thurlow
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Re: Isle of Man International 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:33 pm

"subject to a maximum of 35 players"


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