Dubai Open Chess Championship 2010

Eight players share first, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga champion on superior tiebreak

The Dubai Chess & Culture Club is organizing the 12th Dubai Open Chess Championship which is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 4th to 14th April 2010. 36 Grandmasters headed by Gabriel Sargissian (2675) of Armenia are seeing action in the 9 round Swiss among 153 players.

The Organizing Committee grants the prize fund of US $45000 and the winner will be awarded the custody of Sheikh Rashed Bin Hamdan Al Mactoum Cup.

The three leaders from round eight, Grandmasters Sanikidze, Iordachescu and Iturrizaga, all made relatively quick draws on the final day, allowing no less than five players to win their games on the lower boards and catch the trio on the shared first place. From this cluster, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga had by far the best tiebreak score and was declared champion.

Iturrizaga Eduardo

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga

Aleksandrov Aleksej

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov

Arutinian David

GM David Arutinian

Mamedjarova Turkan

WGM Turkan Mamedjarova

Round 9 top results:

GM Iordachescu Viorel - GM Iturrizaga Eduardo ½ – ½

GM Baklan Vladimir - GM Sanikidze Tornike ½ – ½

Ramnath Bhuvanesh R - GM Volkov Sergey 0 – 1

GM Guseinov Gadir - GM Gagunashvili Merab 1 – 0

GM Safarli Eltaj - GM Melkumyan Hrant 0 – 1

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan - GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 0 – 1

GM Pantsulaia Levan - GM Arutinian David 0 – 1

GM Shengelia David - GM Sargissian Gabriel 0 – 1

GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel - GM Negi Parimarjan 1 – 0

GM Balogh Csaba - GM Savchenko Stanislav 1 – 0

GM Shanava Konstantine - GM Fedorov Alexei 0 – 1

GM Malakhatko Vadim - GM Petrosian Tigran L 1 – 0

GM Gelashvili Tamaz - GM Harutjunyan Gevorg 1 – 0

GM Ibrayev Nurlan - GM Gupta Abhijeet 0 – 1

GM Arun Prasad S - GM Ghane Shojaat 1 – 0

Final standings:

1-8. GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2604, GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2621, GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2601, GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO 2566, GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2609, GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2582, GM Arutinian David GEO 2576 and GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2612 – 7.0

9-14. GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2644, GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2675, GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2548, GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2618, GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2622 and GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel ESP 2548 – 6.5

15-28. GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2575, GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2606, GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2582, GM Gelashvili Tamaz GEO 2621, GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2588, GM Laxman R R IND 2485, GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis ESP 2531, GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2560, IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2372, GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2479, GM Sharapov Evgeny UKR 2498, Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2360, GM Arun Prasad S IND 2549 and GM Salem A R Saleh UAE 2483 – 6.0 etc

More information and photos on the official website.

Dubai chess open

Negy and Adly will participate

Some of the best chess players from around the world will take part in the 10th edition of the Dubai Open chess championship for the Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Cup, to be held at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club from April 5-15.

“This tournament has grown from strength to strength and we want to make it special this year. For the first time, chess players from 30 nations will compete in this event,” said Ebrahim Al Bannai, chairman of the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.

“Twenty four Grand Masters and 23 International Masters will compete for honours. We have increased the prize money to $45,000 and there will be special prizes for women players and participants from the UAE,” added Al Bannai, who is also the President of the Arab Chess Federation.

“We have received entries from 146 players from countries like Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Qatar, Iran, India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Bangladesh, England and Egypt. For the first time, we have even chess players from Germany and Nigeria.”

A record 32 players from India have confirmed their participation. The youngest GM in the world at the moment, Parimarjan Negi and rising star Abhijeet Gupta are among the entries. India’s Women’s GM Nisha Mohota will also be here. World under-12 champion Srinath Narayanan and world under-9 champion Sahaj Grover have also confirmed their participation.

For UAE’s International Master, Salem A.R. Saleh, this tournament may turn out to be a memorable one. He is currently one point short of the GM norm and is expected to clinch it during the competition.

The championship will be played in nine rounds according to the swiss system, where one hour 30 thirty minutes will be allotted to each player to finish the game with an incremental time of 30 second per move.

World youth champion Ahmed Adly of Egypt will be another star attraction. With a rating of 2551, he has also won the African Youth Championship.

* Total number of players: 146
* Grand Masters: 24.
* Women Grand Masters: 6
* International Masters: 23
* Women International Masters: 5.
* FIDE Masters: 19
* Women FIDE Masters: 5


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