The 2016 Isle of Man International Chess Tournament will be held in Douglas from 1 to 9 October 2016, sponsored by Chess.com and the Scheinberg family.
The Masters event will be a 9-round Swiss open with a prize fund of £50,000, including a first prize of £12,000, and four-figure prizes down to tenth place. Five women’s prizes totalling £9,500 will also be on offer.
The tournament (including FIDE-rated Major and Minor events aimed at up to 60 club players) will be held in the magnificent Royal Hall of the Villa Marina, the island’s most prestigious venue, with the assistance of the Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development.
The organizers have secured participation of the world’s top Grandmasters, including the WCC Candidates Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura.
Last year winner was Pentala Harikrishna
Top rated participants:
GM Caruana Fabiano United States 2807
GM Nakamura Hikaru United States 2791
GM Eljanov Pavel Ukraine 2737
GM Adams Michael England 2727
GM Wang Hao China 2712
GM Leko Peter Hungary 2709
GM Rodshtein Maxim Israel 2698
GM Naiditsch Arkadij Azerbaijan 2696
GM Safarli Eltaj Azerbaijan 2678
GM Fressinet Laurent France 2677
GM Shirov Alexei Latvia 2674
GM Granda Zuniga Julio Peru 2672
GM Sargissian Gabriel Armenia 2670
GM Vidit Gujarathi India 2669
GM Movsesian Sergei Armenia 2666
GM Howell David England 2663
GM / WGM Hou Yifan China 2658
GM Meier Georg Germany 2657
GM Bachmann Axel Paraguay 2656
GM Grandelius Nils Sweden 2643