Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Isle Of Man Chess International

As mentioned in Simon's write up, I attended the immensely strong Isle Of Man International last week. If Oct the 31st is a time when scary things come at of the dark, only a few days ago, there were some frighteningly strong chess players participating at the Villa Marina in Douglas. In fact, the only reason Carlsen and Caruana were not in attendance was that they have a WC match in a matter of days. Still, the amount of titled players playing seemed almost endless, and almost anybody who is anybody in the chess world was competing.
However, whilst I was not playing in the Masters, I was competing in the almost as monstrously strong major section, with an FM, a CM and a WFM competing.
After losing my opening game to the top seed, I was able to muster 5.5 points out of the remaining 6 games, to finish in a 3 way tie for first place. The two players who shared the spoils with me were Jason McKenna (rated 2095), and CM Kenneth Norman (rated 2083).
I'd say my best results were drawing with the candidate master, and beating a player graded 207, which I don't do very often.
There were quite a few interesting and curious incidents, which would take to long to talk about here. A couple of these involved local player, Henrik Fabri, who, anyone knowing Henrik, will not be surprised to hear this. He's quite a character in his own right, and not a bad player either.
So, that's it from the IOM for this year, but I plan to return again next year. It's a great tournament, even if the Masters is too brutally strong!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Isle of Man Tournament

Some of you may be aware that Dave Ireland took part in the Isle of Man Tournament last week.

I am delighted to say that Dave finished with 5.5/7 points, which meant he finished 1st= with two other players for the Major Tournament.

The result is all the more remarkable as if we take a look at the other players ratings we see that Dave finished ahead of an FM & WFM and also finished level on points with a CM.

We can also see that Dave was rated 19th out of 35 participants at the start of the Tournament, so to finish 1= is a tremendous achievement.

Our Congratulations go to Dave for such a good result and he has said he will post a fuller report in a few days.

Here are the final standings :

Isle of Man Tournament Final Results Major

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Junior Rapidplay ?

Does anyone have a report on the Junior Rapidplay then?
I'm assuming it took place!?