Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Isle of Man 2017

The Isle of Man tournament has really taken off in the last decade, and is now challenging events like Gibraltar and the Iceland Open for the title of 'Best Open' in the world. This years event starts on Saturday, and has boosted it's prestige even further, with the news that World Champion Magnus Carlsen is taking part. In fact the tournament field contains 4 World Champion's, or 5 if you count Ilyumzhinov's bonkers scheme to declare Shirov as a former World Champion. The top 14 seeds are rated above 2700, and its GM's all the way down to seed 59.
The only Australian player in the field is IM John Paul Wallace, although I did note Bill Egan's name in the minor, but it his is English namesake, rather than the Canberra resident.
The tournament begins on Saturday 23rd September, and is a 9 round swiss. Apparently the pairings for the first round are totally random, so it might be worth tuning in to the first round, just to see a surprisingly early Carlsen v Kramnik match up!

4 comments:

Greg davis said...

Hey Shaun,
Whens the next big Aussie tournament please

Greg davis said...

Hey Shaun,
Whens the next big Aussie tournament please

Shaun Press said...

@Greg, the next big event is probably the Australian Championships in Sydney in January. https://sites.google.com/site/2018ozchesschampionships/ for details

There are events in Sydney for the upcoming October Long Weekend, while there is the Hjorth Memorial at the Melbourne Chess Club around Melbourne Cup day. There is also the Vikings Weekender in Canberra in early November as well.

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