Prize winners at the Abu Dhabi Masters 2015
Report from the tournament venue by IM Sagar Shah
The Abu Dhabi Masters was held from the 23rd to 31st of August 2015 in the capital city of UAE. 120 players from as many as 35 countries, with 44 grandmasters, participated in this event. 22 players had a rating of more than 2600. It was s a nine round Swiss tournament with the rate of play being one hour 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move. There were ten prizes and they were not shared. The winner took home US $12,000. This is the final report. You can read the previous articles on this tournament here. It ended with the following results:
Top final rankings (after nine rounds)
Martyn Kravtsiv played a fine tournament with wins over strong players like Kuzubov, Jones and Gupta. He gained 21 Elo points and had a rating performance of 2780. Although he played solid and high quality chess throughout, one cannot deny that fortune favoured him at a very critical juncture of the tournament – the penultimate round against Abhijeet Gupta.
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