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Six-way Tie For First After Three Rounds in Dubai

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 4/10/14, 7:02 AM.

Besides the Russian Team Championship, another strong event is under way: the 16th Dubai Open. After three rounds five GMs and one FM are tied for first place, with 3.0/: GM Romain Edouard of France, GM Axel Bachmann of Paraguay, GM Abhijeet Gupta of India, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela and GM Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan as well as FM Hatim Al-Hadarani of Yemen.

All photos courtesy of the Dubai Open

The Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, more known as the Dubai Open, takes place 7-17 April, 2014 at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It's already the 16th edition, and so by now the organizers are highly experienced. The tournament director of the Tata Steel tournament spent a few days in Dubai and was impressed:

There are 148 participants from 39 countries, including 38 GMs and 8 WGMs, 16 IMs, 3 WIMs, 10 FMs and 5 WFMs. The top seed is Anton Korobov (Ukraine), followed by former Dubai Open champion Vladimir Akopian (Armenia). The rest of the top 10 includes Romain Edouard (France), Andrei Istratescu (France), Constantin Lupulescu (Romania), Csaba Balogh (Hungary), Gawain Jones (England), Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine), Bassem Amin (Egypt) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela). Nineteen players are rated above 2600.

The first round was held on Monday, April 7th. It got pretty crowded before the start of the game on board one, between WIM Ivana Maria Furtado of India against top seed GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine:

L-R Mahdi Abdulrahim (Chief Arbiter), Ahmad Fardan (General Secretary of Sharjah Sport Council), Ibrahim Al Bannai (Chairman of Dubai Chess Club and President of Arab Chess Federation), Ibrahim Abdulmalik (General Secretary of UAE sports and Youth), Sheikh Saud Al Moala (Chairman of Sharjah Chess Club), Abdulaziz Khoury (Vice President of UAE Chess Federation)

Korobov won this game rather quickly, as did most of the top players who faced lower rated opponents. However, 20-year old Woman Grandmaster Mona Khaled of Egypt, 89th seed and rated 2140, surprisingly defeated 14th seed GM Tigran Petrosian of Armenia, rated 2647. She reacted rather well to White's 1.b3 opening and had no mercy when he avoided a draw.

An excellent win by WGM Mona Khaled of Egypt against...
...Tigran Petrosian of Armenia
In the same round a player named 'Turar' (nothing else, that's how he's registered at FIDE too) from Kazakhstan, rated 1997, beat IM Adrien Demuth of France in a theoretical line of the Grünfeld that incidentally will be treated with a lengthy articly by GM Evgeny Postny in our April issue (to be published in a few days!) of The Master's Bulletin. The game is also a nice example of how to checkmate with bishop and knight:

More upsets were seen in the second round. Here's FM Amin Tabatabaei of Iran beating a grandmaster from Switzerland convincingly:

The Dubai Chess & Culture Club

The 15-year-old Indian player Karthik V. Ap was too strong fro Greek GM Anthanasios Mastrovasilis - really a model game from the white side of a Breyer Ruy Lopez:

The next report will surely see some interesting GM vs GM clashes from Dubai. Let's finish with a small, not too difficult puzzle. White to play and win.

Second seed Vladimir Akopian
Romain Edouard, among the players on 3.0/3

Dubai Open 2014 | Round 3 Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 3 GM Edouard Romain FRA 2670 3 0 6 4
2 20 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2598 3 0 5,5 4
3 12 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2630 3 0 5 4
4 70 FM Al-Hadarani Hatim YEM 2249 3 0 4,5 4
5 10 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2635 3 0 4 3,5
6 35 GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2493 3 0 3 3
7 1 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2698 2,5 0 6 4,5
8 4 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2667 2,5 0 6 4,5
9 5 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2660 2,5 0 6 4,5
10 63 FM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2298 2,5 0 6 4,5
11 2 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2674 2,5 0 6 4
12 6 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2656 2,5 0 5,5 4,5
13 15 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2610 2,5 0 5,5 4,5
14 17 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2603 2,5 0 5,5 4,5
15 24 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2568 2,5 0 5,5 4,5
16 28 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2554 2,5 0 5,5 4,5
17 34 GM Debashis Das IND 2504 2,5 0 5 4
18 16 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2607 2,5 0 4,5 3,5
19 27 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2556 2,5 0 4,5 3,5
20 39 GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2481 2,5 0 4 3,5
21 18 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2601 2,5 0 4 3
22 31 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2513 2,5 0 4 3
23 21 GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2594 2,5 0 3,5 3
24 37 IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2485 2,5 0 3,5 3
25 9 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2637 2 0 6 5
26 26 GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2557 2 0 5,5 5
27 44 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2440 2 0 5,5 4,5
28 23 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2580 2 0 5,5 4,5
29 25 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2568 2 0 5,5 4
30 69 Karthik V. Ap IND 2250 2 0 5 5

Full standings here

You can watch the games live here. Games in this report were retrieved from TWIC.

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  • 4 months ago


    "Chess reporter" reporting here: Nothing yet, on the Russian Team Championship Tournament. No live videos with audio, as in the Candidates Tournament...just more pictures and cheap notes. The same applies to the Dubai Open, only pictures with more notes. For both events, no live video updates on chess.com. Most chess players at this site are young, passive and totally uninformed. I have notice that when I bring chess fans chess news, that blows their chess fuse, by giving them a heavy dose of (chess truth facts) during "special" tournaments, (chess.com) quickly takes those tournaments off the viewing list. Example: Russian Team Championship Tournament underway, with perhaps only a day left - we still have no video updates. When I called for a "chess protest" on this subject matter, the event information was quickly delected on April 12. Sounds fishy to you? You bet it is. Chess players here are being ripped off. (Chess.com) is rich enough to provide us with live audio videos. "When it gets (chess serious), they turn their backs on us!" Is there any wonder: why there's not enough chess money left in your wallet? For measure, I was just informed by another chess site, that the Russian team championship is over; with the results. Yell 

  • 4 months ago

    FM Boorchess

    Nothing to ashamed of for the GM. The general level of play at the lower rating range is quickly levelling up. This is due to a greater access to information, coaching and so on. The sooner we start having true open sections with less special under sections the better. There is a big misconception in and outside of the chess world about the invincibility of GMs and titled players. These underdog victories are exactly what will inspire the public to pick up chess.

  • 4 months ago


    Yes! Edouard does look like a French version of Danny! Laughing

  • 4 months ago


    Thnx for d report but wat abt FIDE Women Grand Prix 2014 in Khanty Mansiysk? there was live transmission of it today n it was quite interesting.

  • 4 months ago


    that guy Romain Edouard is a French-looking Danny Rensch!!

  • 4 months ago


    The IM not resigning in a BN endgame until just a move away from checkmate shows quite a "sore loser" syndrome, not believing that it's real.

  • 4 months ago


    yeah...its irrelevant that he was beaten by a female but is it just me or does opening with b3 against her suggest he was a bit over confident and maybe a little arrogant?

    Anyway she played a blinder and good luck to her for rest of tourney.

  • 4 months ago


    Well the fact that Petrosian lost to a female doesn't really mean anything.  But the fact that he lost to somebody rated almost 500 points lower than him is something he should be embarrassed about.

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