THE draw for the qualifying round of the 2011-12 Manx Chess Championship was made last week.
The championship is limited to eight players, two of which automatically qualify - Manx Champion Dietmar Kolbus and Candidates Champion Brian Woodard - leaving six places open for qualification.
With the make up of nine entries contesting the six places, the rules state that the top three rated players according to the English Chess Federation Rating System - Keith Allen (189), Silvester Sipos (180) and Henrik Fabri (179) - should bypass the qualifying round leaving six players contesting the remaining three places.
The strongest three players, Glen Cross (152), Alan Ormsby (149) and John Griffin (114), were put into pot A while Harry Minor (104), Jim McDonald (99) and Antony Jackson (68) were placed into pot B.
The draw was as follows: Jim McDonald v Glen Cross; Antony Jackson v Alan Ormsby and Harry Minor v John Griffin.
The first named player will have the white pieces in game one which takes place at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday, January 11) with colours reversed for game two which takes place on January 18. In the event of a tie, a two-game Rapid Play match will be played on January 25 followed by Armageddon Blitz if required.
The most interesting clash should be Minor v Griffin where I see a chance of a possible upset as ‘Harry the Toad’ is on top form, although I will probably have to eat my words as the current ratings suggest wins for Cross, Ormsby and Griffin!
On a separate note, members of the Isle of Man Chess Club would like to say goodbye to David Otteson who is returning to Canada – we wish you well David.
The club always welcomes new players. For further information email email@example.com or phone 499758. The IoM Chess Club would like to say thank you to PokerStars for their support, enabling the club to move forward.