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Russian GM Fedoseev crowned champion of Dubai Open Blitz Tournament

Russian Grandmaster (GM) Vladimir Fedoseev won the champion’s cup at the Dubai Open Blitz Chess Tournament, held during the free day of the 17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament – Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup last Friday. The Russian fifth-seed finished the tournament unbeaten with 10 points on nine wins and two draws, culminating his dominant performance with a win over Belarusian GM Sergei Zhigalko in the 11th round.

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GM Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan took the second spot with 8.5 points after splitting the point with Ukraine’s GM Yuriy Kuzubov in the last round. Kuzubov settled for third on tiebreak after scoring eight points in a tie with three others. Round out the top six finishers who received cash prizes totaling US$4,000 were top-seed GM Igor Kovalenko of Latvia, Zhigalko and GM Tigran L. Petrosian of Armenia.

The UAE’s GM Salem AR Saleh finished 14th in a field of 76 participants from 30 countries, including 21 grandmasters and 11 international masters. He won the special prize as the top UAE player.

Ahmed Khalifa Al Thani, Vice President of the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, Jamal Al Abdouli, Secretary-General of the club, distributed the prizes to the winners. Khalifa Al Thani congratulated the winners and expressed his happiness for the high level of competition. He also expressed his appreciation to the club’s officials for working to provide excellent playing conditions each year.

The blitz tournament allotted each player three minutes plus a two-second increment per move to complete a game.

The event was managed by Tournament Director Yahya Mohammed Saleh and International Arbiter (IA) Mahdi Abdul Rahim, the chief arbiter, and assisted by deputy chief arbiter IA Saeed Yousuf Shakari, IA Jamal Qasim, IA Sheikha Ali Rashid, IA Walid Abu Obeid and IA Marcel Augusto.

Ahmed Khalifa Al Thani, Vice President of Dubai Chess and Culture Club, Jamal Al Abdouli, Secretary-General of the club, awarding Russian GM & Champion, Vladimir Fedoseev

Ahmed Khalifa Al Thani, Vice President of Dubai Chess and Culture Club, Jamal Al Abdouli, Secretary-General of the club, awarding Russian GM & Champion, Vladimir Fedoseev

GM Igor Kovalenko

GM Igor Kovalenko

GM Gadir Guseinov vs. GM Vladimir Fedoseev

GM Gadir Guseinov vs. GM Vladimir Fedoseev

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Final standings:

1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2678 10
2 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2653 8,5
3 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2708 8
4 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2774 8
5 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2613 8
6 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2677 8
7 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2617 7,5
8 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2531 7,5
9 IM Harutyunian Tigran K. ARM 2453 7,5
10 GM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2485 7,5
11 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2588 7,5
12 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2704 7
13 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2475 7
14 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2627 7
15 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2720 7
16 GM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM 2521 7
17 IM Isaev Jamshed TJK 2339 7
18 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2460 7
19 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2660 6,5
20 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2567 6,5
21 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2676 6,5
22 IM Ezat Mohamed EGY 2382 6,5
23 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2535 6,5
24 FM Othman A. Moussa UAE 2299 6,5
25 IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2403 6,5
26 IM Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2367 6,5
27 Abtini Hasan SYR 2044 6,5
28 Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2272 6
29 IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2372 6
30 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2414 6
31 Firouzja Alireza IRI 2115 6
32 Abdel Hai Hany EGY 2163 6
33 IM Egorov Evgeny KAZ 2384 6
34 FM Somoff Abdo LIB 2117 6
35 IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2293 5,5
36 FM Ram Aravind L N IND 1927 5,5
37 Hilwani Talal SYR 2332 5,5
38 FM Fawzy Adham EGY 2213 5,5
39 Deshpande Aniruddha IND 2138 5,5
40 CM Rowe Duane JAM 2235 5,5
41 Rafee Mohd Hayel SYR 1962 5,5
42 Asmar Elie LIB 2007 5,5
43 Mohammed Tarig Elther SUD 2037 5,5
44 Jovancevic Jovan MNE 2130 5
45 FM Saleh Nabil UAE 2176 5
46 Kuznetsov Mikhail V. RUS 2222 5
47 FM Yousry Salah EGY 2287 5
48 WFM Gevorgyan Maria ARM 2106 5
49 Raes Abdul Kader SYR 2228 5
50 Al Mohayri Sabri M. SYR 2153 5
Sliwicki Damian POL 2094 5
52 Abdelghani Wael EGY 0 5
53 FM Khouri Ahmed Abbas UAE 2083 5
54 Sagar Praveen FID 1584 5
55 IM Kathmale Sameer IND 2280 4,5
56 CM Tayeb Suhail UAE 2130 4,5
57 WFM Nekrasova Elena LIB 1992 4,5
58 Omar Ahmed EGY 2110 4,5
59 Hamad Abdul Razzaq UAE 1996 4,5
60 Berglind Axel SWE 1906 4,5
61 Wang Shanshan CHN 2028 4
62 Godoy Jose Rui BRA 1987 4
63 Perez Richard PHI 1756 4
64 Garbea Mihai-Ionut ROU 1680 4
65 Abis Francesco ITA 0 4
66 Mridul Thaivalappil M. IND 1352 4
67 Atul Babu IND 0 4
68 Ahmad Al Romaithi UAE 1886 3,5
69 Ahmad Saadah JOR 1779 3,5
70 Aseel Odeh JOR 1651 3,5
71 Fawwaz Mohammed IND 1226 3,5
72 Farhat Mohamed LIB 1864 3
73 Jijo Joy IND 1411 3
74 Vasanthakumar N IND 0 2
75 Mridul Ashokan IND 0 2
76 Ala Kabatilo JOR 1450 1
77 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2613 0
IM Kharous Ernest RUS 2346 0
Dimarucut Francis Erwin PHI 2197 0
Santhosh Purushothaman IND 1963 0

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