President Cup in Dubai, UAE

The prestigious President Cup Tournament was held from 15th to 22nd August, 2013, at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club in Dubai, UAE.

Top seeded player International Master Omar Noaman from Sharjah won the competition with 8,5 points from nine rounds.

CM Faisal Abdulla of Abu Dhabi Chess Club was runner-up with 7,5 points while FM Ibrahim Mohamed Khouri also from Abu Dhabi chess Club was placed third with 7 points. Mansour Abbas finished fourth with 5 points.

The tournament had a notable absence of Grandmaster Salem A.R.Saleh, the defending Champion, who was away playing in the World Cup at Tromso, Norway.

Mahdi Abdu Rahim, the Technical Secretary of the UAE Chess Federation, said: “The tournament was held smoothly as per FIDE Rules and will be a FIDE rated chess event”.

Saud Mohammed, the Manager of UAE Chess Federation, said: “The tournament showcased the best talents in UAE and also provided a unique opportunity for the budding chess players to hone their skills”.

Dubai Chess and Culture Club

Dubai Chess and Culture Club

Final standings:

1. IM Omar Noaman 2344 UAE – 8.5
2. CM Faisal Abdulla 2246 UAE – 7.5
3. FM Khouri Ibrahim Mohamed 2216 UAE – 7.0
4. Mansour Abbas 1929 UAE – 5.0
5. Abdulla Al Tahir 1958 UAE – 4.5
6. FM Othman A. Moussa 2297 UAE – 4.5
7. Mohd A. Altaher 2059 UAE – 4.5
8. FM Khouri Ahmed Abbas UAE – 4.5
9. Ahmed Fayez 1953 UAE – 3.5
10. Zayed Ali Al-Hamed 1973 UAE – 3.0
11. Abdulkarim Ali 1956 UAE – 2.5
12. Humaid Abdulla Ali 1638 UAE – 2.0
13. Ali Abdulkhaleq UAE 2076 – 1.0

Report by Saud Al Marzouqi

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