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Isle of Man Masters Tournament

Pavel Eljanov7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Wesley So6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Alexey Shirov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
A R Saleh Salem6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
David Howell6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Michael Adams6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Laurent Fressinet6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Nils Grandelius6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sabino Brunello6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Hao Wang5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Sergei Movsesian5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Georg Meier5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jorden van Foreest5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Benjamin Bok5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Babu M R Lalith5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Donchenko5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Dronavalli Harika5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Prasanna Vasanthan Vishnu5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (133 players total; 101 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Isle of Man Masters (2016)

The Masters section of the Isle of Man Open International Chess Championship tournament took place in Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man, 1-9 October 2016. It featured a strong group, having been successfully lured from the usual stars of the concurrent Millionaire Chess (2016) tournament's lineup. Caruana, Nakamura and So were leading the participants' list, with over 20 other grandmasters rated above 2600 following, and many more strong players. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. Tournament director: Alan Ormsby. Chief arbiter: David Welch.

Pavel Eljanov won the first place trophy and the title due to progressive tiebreaks.

Official site:
Video (Round 1):

Note: Naiditsch took a 1/2 point bye in round 3; Shirov the same in round 5, and Wang Hao in round 4.

Previous: Isle of Man Masters (2015). Next: Isle of Man Masters (2017)

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 583  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs J Houska 1-0452016Isle of Man MastersD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
2. M Brunello vs So 0-1512016Isle of Man MastersC03 French, Tarrasch
3. Nakamura vs K Arakhamia-Grant 1-0372016Isle of Man MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Tate vs Adams 0-1452016Isle of Man MastersC45 Scotch Game
5. Eljanov vs S del Hemant  1-0452016Isle of Man MastersD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. H Bharathakoti vs Leko  ½-½372016Isle of Man MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
7. H Wang vs T Paehtz Sr 0-1602016Isle of Man MastersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. J P Wallace vs M Rodshtein  0-1292016Isle of Man MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. V S Gujrathi vs L van Foreest 1-0282016Isle of Man MastersE17 Queen's Indian
10. V Balint vs Naiditsch  0-1332016Isle of Man MastersA05 Reti Opening
11. Shirov vs K Kavutskiy 1-0432016Isle of Man MastersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. P Formento vs Movsesian  0-1302016Isle of Man MastersE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
13. Fressinet vs A L'Ami  1-0322016Isle of Man MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
14. D Kolbus vs G Sargissian  0-1462016Isle of Man MastersA28 English
15. H Melkumyan vs M Peek  1-0472016Isle of Man MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. V Karthik vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½492016Isle of Man MastersD85 Grunfeld
17. Y Hou vs J Jackson 1-0332016Isle of Man MastersC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
18. A Zozulia vs Granda Zuniga  0-1422016Isle of Man MastersB50 Sicilian
19. G Meier vs A U Enkhtuul  1-0382016Isle of Man MastersA04 Reti Opening
20. F Osmanodja vs Bachmann  0-1392016Isle of Man MastersB06 Robatsch
21. D Howell vs L Webb  1-0492016Isle of Man MastersA04 Reti Opening
22. C Strugnell vs N Grandelius 0-1592016Isle of Man MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. A Gupta vs B Von Meijenfeldt 1-0232016Isle of Man MastersE90 King's Indian
24. T Gungl vs J van Foreest  0-1402016Isle of Man MastersC66 Ruy Lopez
25. L'Ami vs Max Arnold  1-0462016Isle of Man MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 583  PGN Download
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Oct-13-16  diagonal: you are welcome! Off-topic, the year 1993 seems today, so far away, it's so hard to believe, there was no TWIC, no beloved Chessgames, and just not yet a world wide used Internet (technically yes). How did we live then.. ? :)
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  HeMateMe: <How did we live then.. ? :)>

newspapers, books and mail order catalogs.

Oct-13-16  diagonal: why do you omit radio, television or telephone?

time is flying, my question / statement above was rather intended in a melancholic sense :)

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  HeMateMe: when's the last time you learned anything on TV or the radio?
Oct-14-16  Paint My Dragon: <diagonal> Indeed, things were very different in the world of chess news prior to the internet.

BH Wood, had he lived to witness it, would have enjoyed a much easier life running his (almost) one-man, one-desk empire. Those editors survived on hearsay and infrequent (often unreliable) telex messages from news agencies.

I look back now and feel slightly ashamed that I cursed so much when gaps, delays, errors and a shortage of detail compromised the reporting.

Oct-14-16  diagonal: <HMH>, <PmD> those were the days, ..they were different.. in the good and in the bad.

BH Wood must have worked arduously, I've heard of him and his achievements (and professional controversies and debates) only in retrospective, thanks to the Internet :)

I've been growing up as a child, teenager and student with <DIE SCHACHWOCHE>, an internationally focussed chess weekly (!) in Switzerland existing from 1978 to May 2003. Initially founded by <Yves Kraushaar> under the name of "chess-press". Kraushaar told the astonished swiss people and non chess-journalists that the royal game is a fascinating art and a tough sport competition. In 1977, Kraushaar was searching for Bobby Fischer, and finally met him at Pasadena, at least he reported that, and wrote a book on Bobby:

<Werner Widmer>, a very reliable and rather introvert personality took over on friendly terms from the quite extravert Kraushaar who left the chess scene as spontaneously as he entered it, Widmer was then editor-in-chief of DIE SCHACHWOCHE for more than two decades, both men were not linked with the official Swiss Chess Federation(s).

The sudden end of that unique weekly magazine did hurt me, decreasing print circulation was the main reason, the commercial concurrence of the Web was stipulated to be guilty, and of course, lack of chess interest / media coverage in Switzerland in general.

DIE SCHACHWOCHE was somehow a legitimate predecessor of the fabulous THE WEEK IN CHESS of Mark Crowther today (and since more than twenty years): <TWIC - THE WEEK IN CHESS>, the leading digest of game scores and tournament results in a popular and state-of-the-art newsletter, edited since its inception by <Mark Crowther> from England, additionally longtime encouraged by the London Chess Centre through Malcolm Pein. The very first issue of the magazine was published on 17th September 1994, all editions since then are available for free download, more than 1'000 TWIC issues with over 1.5 million games.

Mark Crowther IS the father of all chess newspages! A very relevant site. For a Laudatio, including a self-portrait: (chessvibes is now owned by, both maintained by renowned Peter Doggers and his crew).

Oct-14-16  Paint My Dragon: Thanks for that, <diagonal>. Although familiar with the existence of DIE SCHACHWOCHE, I knew nothing at all about it. As you describe it, there were heroes like BH Wood at the helm there too; editors who were ambitious enough to track down Fischer and no doubt keep the magazine lively and popular.

As you point out, the internet now offers so much instant, up to date news, it has hastened the end of some magazines and reduced others to such small readerships, that you wonder how they can possibly survive. It is difficult to find a formula that can compete, but I believe that New In Chess have managed it. They have stayed faithful to on-location reporting and big name collaborators - and have maintained an impressive depth to all of their back stories, major interviews and analysis.

I lost faith in CHESS magazine in 2013, when I realized that much of their reporting was just a re-hash of the internet stuff, interspersed with a few networked articles and back-room-staff-regurgitated history articles, taken from their own back issues. Original content was thin on the ground and sometimes consisted of unknown authors telling dull stories on the theme of ... "a funny thing happened to me at my local chess club the other night". BCM may be slightly better these days, but I would still struggle to justify a subscription.

As for the daily fix, we are almost spoilt for choice, with the likes of Crowther, Doggers, Chess24 and Chessbase News, all providing excellent free coverage.

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  Domdaniel: <Paint My Dragon> When I first began to read CHESS magazine in the 1970s, it was erratic but contained much of value: annotated games from matches like Karpov-Korchnoi or Spassky-Korchnoi, and detailed opening analysis of lines such as the Veresov or the Kopec Sicilian.

The current version of the magazine is much less interesting, as you say, and much of the content is duplicated elsewhere. But I reckon it's still just about worth it -- though I prefer to read New in Chess.

Oct-15-16  zanzibar: I was going,

"Doggers? I don't know any Doggers' chess site"...

Ah, but yes I do, it's ChessVibes - isn't it?

I'm a little uncertain though, since there's also a Peter Doggers on the staff:


Oct-15-16  diagonal: <Paint my Dragon> thanks for your analyses:

<The internet now offers so much instant, up to date news, it has hastened the end of some magazines and reduced others to such small readerships, that you wonder how they can possibly survive. It is difficult to find a formula that can compete, but I believe that New In Chess have managed it. They have stayed faithful to on-location reporting and big name collaborators - and have maintained an impressive depth to all of their back stories, major interviews and analysis. ..

As for the daily fix, we are almost spoilt for choice, with the likes of Crowther, Doggers, Chess24 and Chessbase News, all providing excellent free coverage.>

It is amazing, which informative and exciting chess content we all get for free! Apparently in a business model that works.

For instance, offers again and again brilliant written stories. A chess event is not only based on Elo and category average (with almost always the same top ten players) and engine evaluations, but also on the Narrative: ages, gender, different styles or prominent and promising players from the hosting nation. Chess careers and games can again have a Narrative - all sports (and arts) need this.

<zanzibar> Yes, <Mr. ChessVibes> is today <Mr. Chess>, see for more links: Peter Doggers

Addendum @ Yves Kraushaar / DIE SCHACHWOCHE

The Chess Festival of Biel in summer 1976 hosted parallel to the Interzonal another 820 participants from all continents in various events (two main Open and a General Amateur tournament, a Youth tournament, a strong Blitz). Responsible media officer of the Festival was the always innovative Yves Kraushaar.

<As a technological novelty, two international telephone lines with automatically spoken, daily fresh results were established> (

Just forty years ago.
What will be around 2050..... in chess, in life?

Oct-15-16  Paint My Dragon: <Domdaniel> I confess to having switched allegiance back and forth over the years. I was a huge fan of the Cafferty era at BCM, but had a preference for CHESS most other times.

It was with a heavy heart that I terminated the CHESS subscription, but enough was enough - I felt that the content had been on a downward spiral for quite some time.

My favourite articles (both magazines) were always the overseas tournament reports from the globetrotting and often humorously anecdotal Hartston, Nunn, Miles, Speelman, and Hodgson. But we are unlikely to see a return to those days. English IMs and GMs now ply their trade mostly on the domestic front and find foreign travel prohibitively expensive. Once upon a time, before the 4NCL came about, chasing title norms necessarily involved crossing swords with Europe's finest at some obscure hotel in Spain, where an all-night disco raged next to the player's rooms.

<zanzi> Incidentally, in the UK we have to be a little careful how we use the word 'doggers', but that's a whole other story, and probably not for a family audience ... ;)

<diagonal> Yes, we are very lucky that chess is so internet friendly. So many ways to interact, both now and in the future, but thinking of the narrative that you mention, I sometimes worry that there are not enough interesting characters in chess. Without crazy people like Korchnoi and Fischer, we may be missing a few personalities who can enliven a party, or add some drama to proceedings - Nigel Short? Ivanchuk? Jobava? Shirov? Aronian? Giri? - I suppose there are a few, but not too many. All too often, I have fallen asleep during interviews with Anand, Gelfand, Nakamura, Karjakin, Hou Yifan ...

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  perfidious: <PMD> Indeed it was far more interesting to read BCM and Chess, back in the day, same as Chess Life (and Review) was once worth a go.
Oct-16-16  PhilFeeley: After IOM, Indians invade Holland:

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  Domdaniel: <PMD> -- <English IMs and GMs now ply their trade mostly on the domestic front and find foreign travel prohibitively expensive>

I'm not questioning this assertion -- I think you're absolutely correct and that UK chess has become more parochial. Even here next door in Ireland, we see fewer UK visitors at tournaments than in the 70s and 80s -- though, in compensation, we now get masters from Romania and Russia.

What puzzles me about all this is that air travel is now vastly cheaper than it was 30 years ago.

Oct-16-16  Paint My Dragon: <Domdaniel: ... air travel is now vastly cheaper ...>

I recently put this to Mark Hebden, knowing that he used to play abroad a lot and had now ceased. His reply was that the air travel was indeed cheaper, but the cost of lodgings had gone up, there were fewer 'conditions' being offered to GMs and crucially, tournament prize funds in Europe had gotten a lot worse.

He didn't say that there were loads more strong, young players competing for the prizes, but I suspect that is true also.

It will be interesting see what effect the shrinking pound will have - more costly overheads, but to compensate, perhaps a more attractive (Euro based) prize fund on offer.

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  Domdaniel: <PMD> The shrinking prize fund is certainly a factor. In the last year I managed to make the prize money twice in weekend tournaments -- in each case the sum involved was a little less than when I last regularly won, in the late 1980s. Plus, of course, entry fees and room rates for untitled players have hugely increased.
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  Domdaniel: Incidentally, Mark Hebden has remained a loyal and popular visitor to Ireland.
Oct-16-16  Paint My Dragon: <Dom> Yes, good point. I was generalizing about mainland Europe of course, but Hebden, and also Short, Jones, Williams, Arkell and others appear to have the Ireland trip on regular repeat.

Do you have any theories on why it remains so popular? I know some of the events are unrated and encourage drinking during the games, so players can truly let their hair down and enjoy the craic. Would there be some other reason besides?

Oct-16-16  zanzibar: There's a new word for me, <craic>

<Actually, OED says The English word was apparently introduced from Scots into Irish English via Ulster in the mid 20th century and subsequently borrowed into Irish. We were using it in SE England back when I was a student in the 70s (going to a disco "for the crack", for example). I doubt I ever saw it written down then, nor when it became something of a "catchword" for Irish stand-up comics in the 80s. To be honest, until now I'd assumed the craic spelling was just a later affectation to emphasise the fact that the Irish in particular like using the word. – FumbleFingers Jan 7 '14 at 12:46 >

Oct-17-16  Paint My Dragon: <zanzi: there's a new word for me, craic>

Happy to draw it to your attention! Pretty soon you will be the most linguistically gifted goat in the herd :)

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  Domdaniel: Yeah, 'craic' -- which would probably be the spelling if it *was* an Irish word -- seems to be a very recent borrowing from the English 'crack'. Not to be confused with the cocaine derivative.

<PMD> - The most popular Irish weekenders are Bunratty and Kilkenny, neither of which is FIDE-rated, as far as I know. Both *are* rated for the Irish Chess Union's domestic rating list, but this doesn't impact on the international contingent. I know that Nigel Short, for one, will only accept invites to tournaments which are not FIDE-rated.

Personally (not being a GM), I take the opposite approach: I prefer to play in events which *are* FIDE-rated. One reason is the slightly better schedule: FIDE won't rate events with three games in a day (and I don't like playing 3 games in a day!).

Bunratty and others have the traditional weekend schedule: one game on Friday, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday.

There are some events - like the upcoming Limerick Open, which is FIDE-rated and in which I plan to play - which run to a marginally easier schedule: two games each day on Sat/Sun/Mon.

I couldn't possibly comment on the propensity for drinking sessions at certain tournaments. Clearly, those held in convivial hotels have some advantage here. I remember an international player emerging from the bar, sitting opposite me in the tournament hall, looking blearily at the board and muttering "Jayzus, where are the pieces?"

Having found them, he demolished me.

Oct-17-16  Paint My Dragon: <Dom> I agree. Stick with the rated events. A (much) younger me might have survived 3 games a day and copious amounts of the black stuff, but those days are long gone.

Good luck in Limerick ...

There once was a man called Domdaniel,
Whose favourite dog was a Spaniel,
He beat it at chess,
When the mutt overpressed,
On a set styled by Cook (first name Nathaniel).

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Oct-18-16  zanzibar: Ah, somebody besides me is doing doggerel? What the bleat?!

I think three classic games in one day is at least one too many.

Two is arduous enough as is.

(Were 3 games/day at G60? That's doable, of course.)

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  Domdaniel: <zanzi> No such luck. The usual weekend swiss rate is 3 games at 90 mins, usually with an increment of 15 or 30 secs.

Which is just too much for me.

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  Tabanus: Health report: No missing games in upper half of list (except the few unplayed games). No duplicate games. No wrong game results found either, but the Black player in L'Ami vs G Aradhya, 2016 is supposed to be Max Arnold. Lord knows how that happened.
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