Wojtaszek Wins IOM Masters, Xiong Draws Kramnik

Arkadij Naiditsch vs. Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Photo: John Saunders

Radoslaw Wojtaszek was the player to emerge victorious at the Isle of Man Masters. Wojtaszek tied for 1st with Arkadij Naiditsch with 7 points out of 9 in the main event. Then, Wojtaszek defeated Naiditsch in the blitz playoff. The players each won with white for the first two playoff games, so it all came down to the final Armadeddon game.

Wojtaszek launched a legion of center pawns to create an unstoppable king attack.

Vladimir Kramnik vs. Jeffery Xiong. Photo: John Saunders

Jeffery Xiong finished his excellent performance tying for 3rd place with an undefeated score, including a draw with black against the 14th World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik.

Hikaru Nakamura defeated Pavel Eljanov in the final round to join the tie for 3rd. He liquidated into an advantageous ending and gradually ground the position into a win.


For more information on the Isle of Man Masters, check out our previous tactics report, “Jeffery Xiong and Hikaru Nakamura Among Leaders at IOM Masters” and visit the Official Website.



Vanessa West is a regular writer for US Chess News. She won the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award.

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  1. Interesting that the 1st place among women winner is the overall winner’s wife. Also of note is Samuel Sevian (young like Xiong) playing well but taking some tough losses in a very strong field.

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