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IOM International Chess - August update, including combined chess / poker event

With less than 7 weeks to go until the start of the 2014 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, we currently have 91 players entered from 22 countries: 61 in the Masters, 14 in the Major and 16 in the Minor.  

Many of you will be aware that we are sharing the Villa Marina with PokerStars’ UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT), Isle of Man Tournament which is running from 1 to 6 October, basically overlapping with the first weekend of the chess. For those of you that are interested in both disciplines, UKIPT have added a combined chess and poker event to their official Tournament Schedule, to be played over the evening of Friday 3 October, starting at 6pm:


The format of the event has been designed by WGM Jennifer Shahade, PokerStars’ Mind Sports Ambassador. This is a brief description:

Combined Chess and Poker Event

Friday 3 October

6pm start time (no late registration)

Buy-in: £200 + £10

The event begins with a 5-round Swiss chess tournament starting at 6pm, with a time control of 7 minutes plus a 3 second increment.

The chess portion is expected to last about three hours. Immediately after (with a short break for logistics), the poker portion will begin in the same venue, the Royal Hall in the Villa Marina.

The champion is determined in a No Limit Hold’em tournament with 15 minute levels. The default stack for the poker tournament is 8,000 chips but you add bonus chips based on your performance in the chess tournament. For every win you had in the chess portion, you get 1,000 chips. For each draw, you get 500 chips.

This highly original format promises to be very interesting, with the participation of some top chess players, as well as some strong all-rounders. If you’re aged 18 or over and are interested in playing in this event, please get in touch and I’ll liaise with our friends at the UKIPT. It promises to be a fun evening before the serious chess starts the following afternoon.           

Alan Ormsby (Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)

17 August 2014



IOM International Chess - July update

Entries are progressing very nicely. With just under 3 months to go until the 2014 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, we’re on course to easily exceed our expectations for this first year, with 77 players currently entered from 20 different countries.

The number of entries for the Masters (a 9 round FIDE-rated Swiss open) has recently been boosted with the entry of 10 young players from the Israeli Chess Federation, bringing the current total to 54 players. Included in this 54 are 7 of the world’s top 100 players and 3 of the world’s top 50 lady players. So far we have entries from 25 GMs, 9 IMs (2 of whom are also WGMs), 1 other WGM, 2 WIMs, 6 FMs and a CM.

The number of entries for the Major and Minor (each a 7 round, ECF-rated Swiss) are both into double figures and we’re expecting more entries over the summer.      

More news to follow soon, including a fun event that we’re planning for the evening of Friday 3 October, for those chess players that also play poker and those poker players that also play chess…  

Alan Ormsby (Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)

16 July 2014

The Venue

The Villa Marina

villa marina 6 20140225 1290237100The Villa Marina is the Isle of Man’s premier venue for business presentations, meetings and conferences.

With great views of Douglas Promenade, the Colonnade Suite and Promenade Suite are impressive venues to host exhibitions, events, meetings and conferences. Hosting up to 200 delegates, both suites have internet access, flexible layout options and are serviced by their own dedicated bar.

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