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Isle of Man Masters Tournament

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]
Hao Wang6.5/9(+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]
Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Wesley So5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Michael Adams5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Pavel Eljanov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (165 players total; 133 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. Aronian vs M Kolosowski  1-0362018Isle of Man MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. A Kashlinskaya vs Giri  ½-½362018Isle of Man MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Vachier-Lagrave vs N Lubbe 1-0312018Isle of Man MastersC55 Two Knights Defense
4. Sundararajan vs Kramnik  ½-½772018Isle of Man MastersA22 English
5. So vs C R G Krishna ½-½462018Isle of Man MastersA50 Queen's Pawn Game
6. R Sadhwani vs Anand 0-1742018Isle of Man MastersC70 Ruy Lopez
7. Grischuk vs A Merry  1-0402018Isle of Man MastersC10 French
8. P Ladron de Guevara Pinto vs Nakamura ½-½352018Isle of Man MastersB32 Sicilian
9. Karjakin vs S Swaminathan  1-0362018Isle of Man MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. B Munguntuul vs Wojtaszek  ½-½562018Isle of Man MastersB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. Rapport vs Harshit Raja  ½-½472018Isle of Man MastersB58 Sicilian
12. S Fenil vs H Wang  0-1412018Isle of Man MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Naiditsch vs I Gaponenko  1-0312018Isle of Man MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
14. K Arjun vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½662018Isle of Man MastersB33 Sicilian
15. Adams vs A Erenberg  ½-½652018Isle of Man MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
16. D Eggleston vs V S Gujrathi 0-1452018Isle of Man MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
17. V Artemiev vs Tarjan  1-0502018Isle of Man MastersA14 English
18. N Zhukova vs Eljanov  0-1532018Isle of Man MastersA17 English
19. Z Almasi vs I Bulmaga  ½-½632018Isle of Man MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J Houska vs Gelfand 0-1362018Isle of Man MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. T Nabaty vs G Seul  1-0592018Isle of Man MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. T Sachdev vs Leko 0-1632018Isle of Man MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. D Howell vs S P Rahul  ½-½532018Isle of Man MastersA48 King's Indian
24. S del Hemant vs G Jones  ½-½522018Isle of Man MastersA10 English
25. S P Sethuraman vs L Trent  1-0432018Isle of Man MastersB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
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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!
Oct-30-18  malt: Well done Wojtaszek,
I was mainly watching the Grischuk v M Vachier-Lagrave game in the final round.
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