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Update 9 April 2015

Demand for conditions has been very strong and I can confirm that invites have been issued to titled players for all 50 places. Therefore, there are no more conditions available.

The maximum number of players in the Masters will likely be 120, due to the capacity of the Villa Marina's Promenade Suite which we'll be using for the first 3 rounds. There are currently around 65 places remaining to be filled.

For those players that wish to enter any of the three sections in the tournament (Masters, Major or Minor), this can be done online from our website. Please note that your entry isn't confirmed until you receive a personal email from the relevant Tournament Director (that's me for the Masters, and Brian Woodard for the Major and Minor).

Thank you.

Alan Ormsby

Announcement of the 2015 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament

I am pleased to announce that the second edition of the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament will be held in Douglas from 3 to 11 October 2015. This has been made possible by substantial sponsorship from both PokerStars and the Scheinberg family, and will likely lead to the Masters' event being one of the strongest open tournaments to be held in Europe this year.

The Masters event will be run as a 9 round Swiss open, with a prize fund of £32,000, including a first prize of £10,000. The prize fund also includes women's prizes totalling £7,000.

The tournament will again be held at the Villa Marina, the island's most prestigious venue, with the backing of the Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development. The last 6 rounds will be held in the magnificent Royal Hall.

The Masters will likely have a maximum entry of 120 players, with conditions being offered to 50 titled players. At the time of writing, conditions have already been offered to 42 players and requests from GMs and WGMs are invited for the remaining spaces. (Please note that the conditions will not be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis; instead, a range of factors will be taken into account in deciding who is invited.)

Already we have 32 titled players confirmed for this year's Masters, including the defending champion, Nigel Short; the UK number 1, Michael Adams; the German number 1, Arkadij Naiditsch; and the reigning French Champion, Laurent Fressinet.

In addition to the Masters event, there will be two subsidiary, FIDE rated tournaments aimed at club players. Prize money has been increased with a top prize of £1,000 in the Major and £700 in the Minor. The combined maximum entry for these two tournaments is likely to be 80 players.

The chess will again overlap with the Isle of Man event of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour, scheduled for 1 to 4 October. This will likely enable us to run a chess-poker tournament, provisionally scheduled for the evening of Friday 2 October, under the guidance of WGM Jennifer Shahade, PokerStars' Mind Sports Ambassador. The inaugural chess-poker tournament proved very popular in 2014 and we're looking to expand it this year, to be confirmed in due course.

More news will follow over the coming weeks and months.

Alan Ormsby
(Chairman, Isle of Man International Chess Committee)
2 April 2015

Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2015

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