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Update - 3 days to go!

There are just 3 days to go until the start of the 2014 PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament!

We have a total of 113 entries from 21 countries across all three sections of the tournament. In the Masters, there are 76 entries, including 59 titled players, likely to make it the strongest open tournament in the British Isles in 2014.

We are privileged to have 8 of the world’s top 100 players, headed by Mickey Adams and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, plus 4 of the world’s top 80 ladies headed by Harika Dronavalli.      

I would like to thank PokerStars for their support as lead sponsor, enabling international chess to return to the island after a long gap. I would also like to thank the Scheinberg family who have provided additional financial assistance, allowing extra players to be invited.

Thanks also to IM Yochanan Afek who has dedicated an original endgame study to our tournament. A link will be added to our website in the coming days. Solutions are invited from those attending the Villa Marina. Photocopies of the position and a solution box will be provided at the venue.      


I would like to remind all players of the need to register in person at the Villa Marina, ideally by 8pm on Friday 3 October for those playing in the Masters and by 8pm on Sunday 5 October for those playing in the Major and Minor. All players aged 18+ should bring photo ID with them to enable them to register for PokerStars’ PS Live Card, allowing access to all areas of the Villa Marina whilst PokerStars’ UK and Ireland Poker Tour IOM event is taking place. For those players (and spectators) under the age of 18, special arrangements will be made for them to access the chess playing areas.      

Opening Ceremony

The Masters gets underway at 1.30pm on Saturday 4 October. I invite all players to take their seats by 1.15pm when there will be a short opening ceremony. Our guest will be Eddie Teare, the Isle of Man Government Treasury Minister, who will welcome the players before being invited to make the first move on top board.  

Mobile Phones

In line with new FIDE laws and practice, players are encouraged to NOT bring their mobile phones (or other electronic equipment) to the playing venue. If, however, you do decide to bring your mobile phone then it must be switched-off and placed in an opaque bag on or under the table for the duration of your game, without being moved. David Welch (International Arbiter) will have more to say on this topic prior to the first round.    


I wish all players and officials a safe journey to the island and look forward to meeting you all over the coming days.

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

1 October 2014


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 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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