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Chess: twenty against one - who wins?

Photo credit: Alena Vasilevskaya and Chess.com Isle of Man International

World number nine takes on Manx players

The Chess.com Isle of Man International is in full flow at the Villa Marina - but before the action got underway, the Isle of Man Chess Club was treated to a rare opportunity.

Twenty members of the Manx scene took part in what is called a 'simul', three days before the tournament started - which meant they all played simultaneously against the same player.

But not just any player - their opponent was Grandmaster Wesley So, the world number nine.

In the 20 chess matches, GM So scored 18 wins and two draws - with only International Master Dietmar Kolbus and reigning Manx champion Baard Dahl being the players who managed to hold on for a draw.

For more information and to see photos of the event, head here:

https://iominternationalchess.com/pairings-results-pgns/pgns-replay/wesley-so-simul.html

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