The 21st Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Masters Tournament took place from 20-29th August at the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club in United Arab Emirates.
The main event of the Festival was Masters Tournament for foreign players rated above 2000 elo and all Abu Dhabi players.
Grandmasters Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR 2667) and Tigran Petrosian (ARM 2641) shared the first place with 7,0/9 points each after defeating the overnight leaders Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Gopal G.N. respectively.
Kuzubov took the winner’s trophy thanks to the slightly better tie-break score.
On shared third place are IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2462, GM Gopal G.N. IND 2558, GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2602, GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2583, GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2589, GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2641 and GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2593 with 6,5 points each.
Karthikeyan Murali earned a GM norm and 33 elo points after making a fantastic 2709-performance.
Vijay Kumar presents the round 9 video