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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

IOM International Chess - April update

With just over 5 months to go until the 2014 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament begins at the Villa Marina in Douglas, this is the first of a regular series of updates.

Given that it is 7 years since an international open tournament was last held on the island, the number of enquiries I’ve received from titled players has exceeded all expectations. Many players have commented on the fond memories they have of playing in Port Erin all those years ago, backed by the late Patrick Taylor and primarily organised by Dennis Hemsley. I firmly believe that the goodwill built up through Dennis’ efforts at those tournaments has really helped the organising team of this new event to get the Isle of Man back on the international chess map.    

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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