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Prize winners at the Abu Dhabi Masters 2015

by Sagar Shah
9/5/2015 – In our previous report we brought to you annotations and an interview with the winner of the Abu Dhabi Masters 2015, Nils Grandelius. But four other players had the same number of points and took places second to fifth on tiebreaks. Martyn Kravtsiv was the runner-up, with Baadur Jobava, Alexander Areshchenko and Richard Rapport following behind. Pictures and games annotations.
 

 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)

Rk. SNo Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB2   TB3  w-we rtg+/-
1 12 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2628 7.0 2609 53.0 1.92 19.2
2 24 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2599 7.0 2601 53.5 2.16 21.6
3 5 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2664 7.0 2596 51.5 1.24 12.4
4 7 GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2661 7.0 2565 50.0 1.11 11.1
5 4 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2671 7.0 2550 48.0 0.86 8.6
6 27 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2595 6.5 2571 48.5 1.44 14.4
7 22 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2602 6.5 2553 45.5 1.09 10.9
8 10 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2647 6.5 2529 46.0 0.37 3.7
9 17 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2619 6.5 2517 49.0 0.53 5.3
10 13 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2625 6.0 2584 50.5 0.78 7.8
11 3 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2697 6.0 2574 48.5 -0.19 -1.9
12 19 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2617 6.0 2568 49.5 0.60 6.0
13 9 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2647 6.0 2556 45.5 0.14 1.4
14 15 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2623 6.0 2526 47.5 0.16 1.6
15 37 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2552 6.0 2526 45.0 0.91 9.1
16 16 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2620 6.0 2504 46.5 -0.13 -1.3
17 6 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2664 6.0 2489 44.5 -0.67 -6.7
18 2 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2700 6.0 2479 43.0 -1.06 -10.6
19 18 GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2618 6.0 2455 43.0 -0.56 -5.6
20 48 IM Sadzikowski Daniel POL 2480 6.0 2359 40.0 -0.07 -0.7

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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Gupta, Abhijeet2619Kravtsiv, Martyn25990–1D5622nd Abu Dhabi Int. Chess Festival Mas8.430.08.2015Sagar Shah
White is clearly better, he is two pawns up. True that the c3 pawn is quite dangerous, but there is a very clear way of dealing with it. White can make the pragmatic decision of exchanging the bishops with Bf5 after which he can never lose. Instead Gupta played very ambitiously.37.h5?!37.f5+! xf5 38.xf5+ g8 White has a draw in hand and can now try with 39.h5! with the threat of g6. Black should play c4when after 40.c2± White has excellent chances of converting this position. 37...b1+ 38.h2 e4 At this point White should have gone for Bg2 and accepted a draw, but instead he completely forgot about the mate to his own king and picked up the c3 pawn. 39.xc3 h1+ 40.g3f3+ As Gupta said after the game that he had completely forgotten about this move. All he was looking at was Qg1 when he could have gone Kf4. It's mate in two now and hence he resigned.0–1