I did promise to make some comments about this event, which I have not got round to doing until now.
There was never any intention that it should be an open Weekend Congress, Entrants were always restricted to Isle of Man Chess Association Members and a small number of invited guests. Only two people were ever so invited, one of them being me.
At the time when I received my invitation at the end of June, there did seem to be some prospect of my being able to take up the invitation, although even then the chances were slim. As things turned out, the course of the pandemic soon put paid to the possibility.
All the 18 players taking part are IOMCA members and Isle of Man residents. They will be able to play a normal OTB tournament, with no special requirements.