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GM Wang Hao wins 4th Al Ain Chess Classic

With the trophy ensured a round to spare, GM Wang Hao of China agreed to a draw with top seed Yuriy Kryvoruchko of Ukraine in the last round of the 4th Al Ain Classic Chess Championship at the Hili Reyhaan Rotana Hotel in Al Ain, UAE.

The victory earned Wang the top prize of $13,000 out of a total of $57,000 in cash prizes.

The former Chinese national champion finished alone with an impressive 8 points in the 9-round Swiss system tournament. Kryvoruchko, the former Ukrainian champion, and eight others shared second place with 6.5 points each.

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Wang Hao Al Ain

Wang Hao receives the champion’s trophy from UAE Chess Federation president Saeed Al Megbali (left) and Al Ain Classic organizing committee chairman Dr. Saif Al Nuaimi and Rashed Almazroui

In tie break order were runner-up Alexei Shirov of Latvia, Arman Pashikian of Armenia, Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia, Kryvoruchko, Alexander Areshchenko, Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko, Martyn Kravtsiv and Zahar Efimenko of of Ukraine and Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia.

Leaders played cautiously with draws in the last round but the players trailing them barged into the money prizes. Areshchenko beat 2013 Al Ain Classic champion Abhijeet Gupta of India in 54 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Efimenko whipped former World Junior champion Ahmed Adly of Egypt in 43 moves of a symmetrical English opening. Pantsulaia laid a beautiful trap to win against Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine in only 25 moves. Hovhannisyan smashed the French Defense of Sergei Volkov of Russia in 28 moves. Kravtsiv crushed the Caro Kann defense of Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova in 41 moves. Full standings below.

At the closing ceremony, Shirov, former World Championship finalist, thanked the organizers for the excellent conditions and for “establishing the Al Ain Classic as one of the major tournaments in the world chess calendar.”

Anisweud Sasikumar

Anisweud Sasikumar

An Al Ain Amateur tournament was held concurrently for players rated below 2000 with 72 players from 15 countries competing for $7,000 in cash prizes.

Anisweud Sasikumar of India, 15, a grade 10 student at the Sharjah Indian School in the UAE, won the tournament alone with 8 points followed by runner-up Raffi Ghazayan of Armenia, Marshool Hamdan of the UAE and Saji Adarsh of India, at 7 points each.

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Final standings:

1. GM Wang Hao CHN 2707 – 8
2. GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2676 – 6.5
3. GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2606 – 6.5
4. GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2598 – 6.5
5. GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2711 – 6.5
6. GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2677 – 6.5
7. GM Oleksiyenko Mykhaylo UKR 2616 – 6.5
8. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2623 – 6.5
9. GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2624 – 6.5
10. GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2647 – 6.5
11. GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2635 – 6
12. GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2612 – 6
13. GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2640 – 6
14. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2594 – 6
15. GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2653 – 6
16. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2655 – 6
17. GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2595 – 6
18. GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2574 – 6
19. GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2640 – 6
20. GM Zeng Chongsheng CHN 2530 – 5.5
21. GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2552 – 5.5
22. GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2585 – 5.5
23. GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2613 – 5.5
24. GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2551 – 5.5
25. GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2586 – 5.5
26. GM Babujian Levon ARM 2465 – 5.5
27. GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2515 – 5.5
28. GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2598 – 5.5
29. GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2514 – 5.5
30. GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2640 – 5.5
31. GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2612 – 5.5
32. GM Amin Bassem EGY 2665 – 5.5
33. GM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2489 – 5.5
34. IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2466 – 5.5
35. GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter CUB 2501 – 5.5
36. IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2468 – 5.5
37. GM Gopal G.N. IND 2525 – 5.5
38. GM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM 2489 – 5.5
39. GM Sengupta Deep IND 2563 – 5.5
40. GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2600 – 5.5
41. IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2550 – 5
42. GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2583 – 5
43. GM Gasanov Eldar UKR 2485 – 5
44. GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2680 – 5
45. IM Visakh N R IND 2388 – 5
46. IM Das Sayantan IND 2411 – 5
47. IM Swayams Mishra IND 2477 – 5
48. GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib BAN 2472 – 5
49. GM Edouard Romain FRA 2627 – 5
50. IM Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2432 – 5
51. Pirverdiyev Agil AZE 2311 – 5
52. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2496 – 5
53. GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2516 – 5
54. CM Asadli Vugar AZE 2323 – 5
55. GM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2507 – 5
56. IM Anurag Mhamal IND 2390 – 5
57. GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2553 – 4.5
58. IM Petrosyan Tigran S. ARM 2469 – 4.5
59. GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2531 – 4.5
60. IM Labib Ibrahim Hasan EGY 2434 – 4.5
61. Mu Ke CHN 2403 – 4.5
62. CM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2224 – 4.5
63. GM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2467 – 4.5
64. GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2450 – 4.5
65. IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2326 – 4.5
66. FM Kokol Peter SLO 2363 – 4.5
67. CM Nitish Belurkar IND 2304 – 4.5
68. FM Arvola Benjamin NOR 2328 – 4.5
69. IM Omar Noaman UAE 2403 – 4.5
70. WCM Mammadova Narmin AZE 2167 – 4.5
71. IM Harutyunian Tigran K. ARM 2448 – 4.5
72. WGM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2341 – 4.5
73. Guliyev Gasan AZE 2019 – 4.5
74. GM Debashis Das IND 2505 – 4.5
75. WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2002 – 4.5
76. FM Bashirli Nail AZE 2338 – 4
77. WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2323 – 4
78. WFM Hojjatova Aydan AZE 2288 – 4
79. FM Gadimbayli Abdulla AZE 2320 – 4
80. WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2328 – 4
81. IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal IND 2393 – 4
82. Yogit S IND 2239 – 4
83. Iniyan P IND 2275 – 4
84. Jayakumaar S IND 2169 – 4
85. Parvanyan Ashot ARM 2197 – 4
86. IM Zozulia Anna BEL 2335 – 4
87. IM Hesham Abdelrahman EGY 2398 – 4
88. Rahul Srivatshav P IND 2086 – 4
89. Hakobyan Hovhannes H. ARM 2112 – 4
90. FM Mohannad Farhan JOR 2253 – 4
91. WFM Pujari Rucha IND 2158 – 4
92. WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2295 – 4
93. Mammadov Gulam AZE 2086 – 4
94. Asgarova Turan AZE 1935 – 4
95. Soyunlu Narmin AZE 1919 – 4
96. IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2356 – 3.5
97. WGM Abdulla Khayala AZE 2256 – 3.5
98. FM Ahmed Fareed UAE 1970 – 3.5
99. Ashwath R. IND 2252 – 3.5
100. Arjun Kalyan IND 2107 – 3.5
101. Danielyan Vahe ARM 2307 – 3.5
102. WIM Khalafova Narmin AZE 2138 – 3.5
103. FM Algildah Khalid SYR 2086 – 3.5
104. Aradhya Garg IND 2316 – 3
105. Mkrtchyan Sargis R. ARM 2236 – 3
106. FM Mayed Alrashedi UAE 1895 – 3
107. San Juan Dennis PHI 2101 – 3
108. CM Ismael Namir Mohammed Ismael IRQ 2254 – 3
109. WGM Wafa Shrook EGY 2115 – 3
110. Sameir Ramez EGY 2080 – 3
111. WFM Tarini Goyal IND 1826 – 3
112. Ashid Tsetsegulzii MGL 1869 – 3
113. FM Ammar Sedrani UAE 1573 – 3
114. Wettasinha Vasanta SRI 1858 – 3
115. CM Al Hosani Omran UAE 1817 – 2.5
116. Ali Abdulaziz UAE 1855 – 2.5
117. Saiid Samir EGY 2200 – 2.5
118. WGM Safranska Anda FRA 2259 – 2
119. Abtini Hasan SYR 1992 – 2
120. Anisuzzaman Jewel BAN 2078 – 2
121. Musallam Salim Al Aamri OMA 1888 – 2
122. GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2507 – 1.5
123. Afshar Niusha IRI 1961 – 1.5
124. Abucejo Armel N PHI 2032 – 1
125. Ahmad M Saleh Alzarouni UAE 1668 – 1
126. FM Elmejbri Ali A. LBA 2031 – 0
127. Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2362 – 0

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