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Isle of Man Masters Tournament

Tim P Wall2.5/8(+2 -5 =1)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Wang Hao6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Gawain Jones6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Jeffery Xiong6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Anish Giri6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Le Quang Liem6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Zoltan Almasi6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Peter Leko6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
David Howell6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Emil Sutovsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Mircea-Emilian Parligras6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Daniel Fridman6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
* (165 players total; 136 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Isle of Man Masters (2018)

The Masters section of the 2018 Isle of Man International was a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 20-28 October in the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre in Douglas, Isle of Man. The top prize was £50,000, with £7,000 for the highest finishing woman. In case of a tie for first place, the winner would be determined between the top two in a playoff (2x Blitz, then Armageddon). The time controls were 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes until the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. No draw offers were allowed before move 30. Tournament director: Alan Ormsby. Chief arbiter: Peter Purland.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek beat Arkadij Naiditsch in the final Armageddon game of the Isle of Man Masters (Tiebreaks) (2018) to win the event. They had earlier drawn their final Round 9 game and shared wins in two blitz tie-break games. The best female player was Wojtaszek's wife Alina Kashlinskaya with 6/9 and a GM norm.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 674  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs A Merry  1-0402018Isle of Man MastersC10 French
2. J P Wallace vs H Melkumyan  0-1372018Isle of Man MastersB32 Sicilian
3. J Xiong vs E Karavade 1-0212018Isle of Man MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. J Jackson vs Short  0-1292018Isle of Man MastersC60 Ruy Lopez
5. M Lubbe vs G Meier 0-1232018Isle of Man MastersC15 French, Winawer
6. Shirov vs T S Ravi  ½-½412018Isle of Man MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. A Mortazavi vs S Sevian  0-1262018Isle of Man MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
8. Sutovsky vs J Rapport  ½-½312018Isle of Man MastersC10 French
9. K Arakhamia-Grant vs M Parligras  ½-½702018Isle of Man MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Ganguly vs Bellon Lopez  ½-½532018Isle of Man MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. L Wu vs A Tari 0-1262018Isle of Man MastersA04 Reti Opening
12. A Donchenko vs M Gavilan Diaz  1-0872018Isle of Man MastersA04 Reti Opening
13. M Dubinski vs R Jumabayev  0-1472018Isle of Man MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Fridman vs R Bellin  1-0272018Isle of Man MastersA81 Dutch
15. B Barth Sahl vs S Vaibhav  0-1472018Isle of Man MastersA13 English
16. R Svane vs D Kolbus  1-0562018Isle of Man MastersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. R Vaishali vs B D Deac  ½-½352018Isle of Man MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. V Kovalev vs S Guramishvili 1-0292018Isle of Man MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. T Hoefelsauer vs B Adhiban 0-1302018Isle of Man MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P Ladron de Guevara Pinto vs Nakamura ½-½352018Isle of Man MastersB32 Sicilian
21. Karjakin vs S Swaminathan  1-0362018Isle of Man MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. B Munguntuul vs Wojtaszek  ½-½562018Isle of Man MastersB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. R Rapport vs Harshit Raja  ½-½472018Isle of Man MastersB58 Sicilian
24. S Fenil vs Wang Hao  0-1412018Isle of Man MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. K Arjun vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½662018Isle of Man MastersB33 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-28-18  PhilFeeley: Yes, stronger opponents, beating Rapport and drawing Kramnik, Nakamura and MVL.
Oct-28-18  virginmind: Deac drew with black against Aronian.
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  Dionysius1: Fair enough. I'm rooting for Gawain Jones. No losses and beat Aronian. Playing above his grading. And I like the Welsh.
Oct-28-18  Marmot PFL: Xiong is a pawn ahead but I don't see an easy win if Jones keeps the queens on.
Oct-28-18  PhilFeeley: I agree Jones deserves a good finish. I guess not everyone can get it.

Draw on board 1. I guess we're headed for a playoff.

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  Dionysius1: Ah well. A draw it was in the end. Not a very satisfying result for Jones or Xiong I expect.
Oct-28-18  PhilFeeley: What's with the spate of non-castling? Is this a new secret strategy?
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  MissScarlett: I blame the malinfluence of the overrated Pillsbury.

<Hazz>, if you're reading this....I'm joking, I'm

Oct-28-18  PhilFeeley: No rapids in the playoff, just blitz. Looking forward to it.
Oct-28-18  Boomie: <PhilFeeley: No rapids in the playoff, just blitz. Looking forward to it.>

Could be a while. Naka's game might go over 100 moves.

Oct-28-18  Boomie: Eljanov resigned. Now Kosteniuk is mopping up against a guy who apparently won't resign. The playoff whould start within the hour.
Oct-28-18  Boomie: And they're off...It's a King's Gambit, Fianchetto line.
Oct-28-18  sonia91: <a guy who apparently won't resign> I would have played on too in a B vs R ending
Oct-28-18  Boomie: Rado draws first blood. The 2nd game is a Sicilian.
Oct-28-18  Boomie: Arkady unleashed a piece sac and is dominating.
Oct-28-18  Boomie: Time for Armor Get It On. Rado has white.
Oct-28-18  siamesedream: Congratulations to <GM Rados³aw Wojtaszek> and his wife <IM Alina Kashlinskaya> for winning Isle of Man 2018!
Oct-28-18  PhilFeeley: Arkady played a risky King's Indian when all he needed was a draw. It backfired. Congratulations to Radoslaw and his wife Alina for making it a perfect family affair.
Oct-28-18  sonia91: Many congratulations to the couple!

Alina also achieved a GM norm, as her performance is 2705:

Oct-28-18  sonia91: Speaking of GM norms, poor Semyon Lomasov (second highest-finishing non-GM, behind Kashlinskaya) narrowly missed it at a 2599 performance:
Oct-28-18  morfishine: Great showing by GJones
Oct-28-18  JimNorCal: Also, great showing by young Jeffery Xiong.
Oct-29-18  PhilFeeley: The look on Kosteniuk's face! It says, "Bozo should have resigned 50 moves ago."

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  0ZeR0: Well done, Wojtaszek and Kashlinskaya. Sto lat!
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  malt: Well done Wojtaszek,
I was mainly watching the Grischuk v M Vachier-Lagrave game in the final round.
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