Isle of Man: Round 9

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10/1/2017 – Magnus Carlsen has only one obstacle between him and his first tournament victory in over a year: Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen's a clear favourite with white and a half point edge in Isle of Man. His eighth round win over Caruana, with the black pieces was extremely impressive, and he has only lost a classical game to Nakamura (with any colour) once (in Bilbao, 2016)! Hou Yifan, since taking a bye in round 5 has one three in a row and faces Anand on board 2! Watch games from the ninth and final round live... | Photos: Alina l'Ami

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Round 9

Live games and commentary


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Live commentary by GM Simon Williams and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni

The Tactical Chigorin

Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black's pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White's position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.


The master tournament is played over nine rounds between September 23rd and October 1st, 2017, which begin at 14:30 CEST, except the last round which starts at 13:00. The rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment per move from the start. The special charm of this competition is that it offers the possibility that amateur players can compete in an open tournament with the world elite.

Standings after round 9 (Top 20)


In total 168 players (full results at

Photography by Alina l'Ami

Playing hall

The playing hall | Photo: Alina l´Ami


Anand eyes Carlsen across the hall | Photo: Alina l´Ami

More photos in the gallery at the top of this story!

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USCF Expert USCF Expert 10/1/2017 07:16
At least Yifan got to play 4 men there at the end, which balanced out her amazing streak of being paired with 4 women to start. Too bad she lost to Anand there at the end, he is tough. But it was great to see that she played one very awesome attacking game with that wonderful attack against the Indian player, Panchanathan.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 10/1/2017 04:53
a good finish by vishy and vidit!
FramiS FramiS 10/1/2017 12:44
@Aighearach 'Golly, it always seems to happen to her, I wonder what it is about her that is different from all the leaders'. Aww, another conspiracy theory. But if you have looked closely, you might have noticed that the points of Rapport ,for example, are also wrong. Why? Because chessbase forgot to include the points of the Bye, that is half a point. Therefore Rapport and Hou Yifan, who had a bye, are only on 5 and a half points in their list and Hou Yifan has one of the worst tie break, therefore she is below Shirov.
Aighearach Aighearach 10/1/2017 03:45
Looks you had a little whoosie on the standings, probably just another coinci-dink, but you left Hou Yifan out of the standings after round 8. According to, which you link to, she's in 7th place with 6 points, and you table shows all the other players with 6 points and also 14 of the players with 5.5 points!

Golly, it always seems to happen to her, I wonder what it is about her that is different from all the leaders?
thirteen thirteen 9/30/2017 02:07
Simon and Fiona are thoroughly funny and entertaining, knowledgeable and professional. I'm a fan! These guys bring home many interesting angles. A pleasure to watch and listen to, even for some hours.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 9/30/2017 12:38
Good luck Yiffy, You've got what you wanted only males above you! :)