Isle of Man International tournament 2016

by Frederic Friedel
10/2/2016 – This tournament is taking place from October 1st to 9th, 2016. The participants include Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Pavel Eljanov, Wang Hao, Alexei Shirov, Hou Yifan, with a total field of 132 players. The first round saw clean wins by most of the top seeds (Peter Leko, 2709, drew against an untitled 2363 player). You can watch the action of round two here on our news page.

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Isle of Man International tournament 2016

The Isle of Man is a self-governing Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Northern Ireland. The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC. In the 9th century, Norsemen established the Kingdom of the Isles. Magnus III, King of Norway, was also known as King of Mann and the Isles between 1099 and 1103. In 1266, the island became part of Scotland and came under the feudal lordship of the English Crown in 1399. It never became part of the Kingdom of Great Britain or its successor the United Kingdom, retaining its status as an internally self-governing Crown dependency.

All games start at 1:30 p.m. local time = 2:30 p.m. in Europe (CEST), one later in Moscow. You can find the starting time at your location here. Watch it live on our news page:

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Pairings and results of Round 1 (1st October 2016)

No. Ti. Name Rtg Res. Ti. Name Rtg No.
1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2813 1-0 IM Houska Jovanka 2386 67
68 FM Brunello Marina 2382 0-1 GM So Wesley 2794 2
3 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2787 1-0 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan 2376 69
70 FM Tate Alan 2376 0-1 GM Adams Michael 2745 4
5 GM Eljanov Pavel 2741 1-0   Hemant Sharma (del) 2371 71
72   Harsha Bharathakoti 2363 ½-½ GM Leko Peter 2709 6
7 GM Wang Hao 2701 0-1 GM Paehtz Thomas 2356 73
74 IM Wallace John Paul 2355 0-1 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2687 8
9 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2686 1-0   Van Foreest Lucas 2350 75
76   Balint Vilmos 2334 0-1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2684 10
11 GM Shirov Alexei 2679 1-0 FM Kavutskiy Konstantin 2332 77
78 FM Formento Paolo 2326 0-1 GM Movsesian Sergei 2677 12
13 GM Fressinet Laurent 2676 1-0 IM L'ami Alina 2322 79
80 IM Kolbus Dietmar 2321 0-1 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2670 14
15 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2653 1-0 IM Peek Marcel 2319 81
82 FM Karthik Venkataraman 2317 ½-½ GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2650 16
17 GM Hou Yifan 2649 1-0 FM Jackson James P 2311 84
85 IM Zozulia Anna 2303 0-1 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 2648 18
19 GM Meier Georg 2648 1-0 WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii 2302 86
87 WIM Osmanodja Filiz 2299 0-1 GM Bachmann Axel 2645 20
21 GM Howell David W L 2644 1-0 FM Webb Laurence E 2280 88
89 FM Strugnell Carl 2278 0-1 GM Grandelius Nils 2642 22
23 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2626 1-0 FM Von Meijenfeldt Bart 2265 90
91 FM Gungl Theo 2257 0-1 GM Van Foreest Jorden 2615 24
25 GM L'ami Erwin 2605 1-0   Arnold Max 2202 102
92   Hill Alistair 2249 0-1 GM Bok Benjamin 2594 26
27 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2593 1-0 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2247 93
94 FM Lorscheid Gerhard 2238 0-1 GM Lalith Babu M R 2586 28
96   Allen Keith 2236 0-1 GM Donchenko Alexander 2581 29
30 GM Marin Mihail 2569 ½-½ WIM Parnali S Dharia 2228 97

Pairings of round 2 (October 2, 2016)

Bo. No. Ti. Name Rtg Pts. Res. Pts. Ti. Name Rtg No.
1 35 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2536 1   1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2813 1
2 2 GM So Wesley 2794 1   1 GM Harika Dronavalli 2528 36
3 37 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2522 1   1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2787 3
4 4 GM Adams Michael 2745 1   1 GM Schroeder Jan-Christian 2514 38
5 41 GM Khmelniker Ilya 2493 1   1 GM Eljanov Pavel 2741 5
6 8 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2687 1   1 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2513 39
7 45 IM Puranik Abhimanyu 2471 1   1 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2686 9
8 10 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2684 1   1 IM Zumsande Martin 2490 42
9 47 IM Trent Lawrence 2463 1   1 GM Shirov Alexei 2679 11
10 12 GM Movsesian Sergei 2677 1   1 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2480 44
11 49 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2459 1   1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2676 13
12 14 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2670 1   1 GM Illingworth Max 2465 46
13 51 GM Romanishin Oleg M 2456 1   1 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2653 15
14 54 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2442 1   1 GM Hou Yifan 2649 17
15 18 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 2648 1   1 IM Lou Yiping 2458 50
16 56 IM Daulyte Deimante 2429 1   1 GM Meier Georg 2648 19
17 20 GM Bachmann Axel 2645 1   1 IM Kiewra Keaton F 2454 53
18 58 IM Alvarado Diaz Alejandro 2425 1   1 GM Howell David W L 2644 21
19 22 GM Grandelius Nils 2642 1   1 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2429 55
20 60 IM Karavade Eesha 2421 1   1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2626 23
21 24 GM Van Foreest Jorden 2615 1   1 IM Basso Pier Luigi 2428 57
22 62 IM Tania Sachdev 2414 1   1 GM L'ami Erwin 2605 25
23 26 GM Bok Benjamin 2594 1   1 IM Gaponenko Inna 2421 59
24 64 IM Das Arghyadip 2400 1   1 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2593 27
25 28 GM Lalith Babu M R 2586 1   1 WIM Shvayger Yuliya 2405 63

Photos from Isle of Man Round one by Lennart Ootes

Top seed Fabiano Caruana, USA, rated 2813

Second seed: Wesley So, USA, 2794 [photo by Mike Klein]

Third seed Hikaru Nakamura, USA, 2787, during round one

Fifth seed: Pavel Eljanov, UKR, rated 2741

17th seed: GM Hou Yifan, Women's World Champion, rated 2649

IM Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany, 2459, who is stronger than her father, GM Thomas Paehtz, 2356

Indian IM Eesha Karavade, rated 2421

GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Scotland, rated 2376

An unidentified player, captured by Lennart with his wonderfully professional equipment*

* Our sometimes contributor Nisha Mohota – read her very poignant recent report on pain and pleasure in chess on ChessBase India – wrote us: "The unidentified player happens to be my sister, WFM Swati Mohota."

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GregEs GregEs 10/2/2016 04:38
Nice photos and live coverage on this page itself with engine output. Would be interesting to see GM analysis on how GM Wang Hao was upset on Round 1 by a lower rated player.
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