Andreikin Wins Strong Abu Dhabi Masters

Andreikin Wins Strong Abu Dhabi Masters

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Aug 30, 2016, 11:47 PM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

GM Dmitry Andreikin won a strong open tournament in Abu Dhabi as the only player to finish on 7.5/9. The Russian grandmaster earned U.S. $13,000 (€11,638).

Held for the 23rd time, the International Chess Festival in Abu Dhabi took place August 21-29 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Masters (above 2100 Elo) had 130 participants and was pretty strong, with 57 GMs and 63 IMs playing.

The top seeds were GMs Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, 2733), Wang Hao (CHN, 2712), Baskaran Adhiban (IND, 2671), Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS, 2670), Alexander Areshchenko (UKR, 2665), Zahar Efimenko (UKR, 2661), Bassem Amin (EGY, 2654), Hrant Melkumyan (ARM, 2650), Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR, 2639), and Abhijeet Gupta (IND, 2637).

The tournament underway. | Photo Abu Dhabi Chess Festival.

Andreikin started the tournament in the solid style of the old masters, winning three with White, and drawing three with Black. However, dropping 1.5 points by round six is quite a lot for a top seed. But with a strong finish the Russian player emerged as the sole winner anyway.

In round seven, he got White against the 33-year-old Ukrainian GM Alexander Zubov. Inspired by two black games where he faced 6.Bf4 against the Taimanov, Andreikin decided to try out the move himself. It is an old idea played by e.g. the Dutch GM John van der Wiel in the 1980s and it worked out nicely for Andreikin.

Also in the penultimate round Andreikin got the white pieces. The way he treated GM Anton Demchenko's deferred Steinitz was instructive: luring the bishop to e7, pushing d5 but not trading light-squared bishop as it would help Black's development (and Bd7 is badly placed), and then a great way of gaining control over d5.

With one round to go Andreikin shared the lead with his compatriot GM Alexander Predke and GM Baskaran Adhiban of India. The latter was held to a draw by GM Salem Saleh, while Andreikin won his third straight game. It was a long game that wasn't without errors (there was a tablebase draw right at the end), but White was always under pressure.

Tournament victory for Andreikin, who didn't make the Russian team at the Olympiad in Baku. | Photo Abu Dhabi Chess Festival.

23rd Abu Dhabi Masters | Final Standings (Top 20)

# SNo Fed Title Name Rtg Pts TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 1 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2733 7,5 2564 50,5 9
2 3 GM Adhiban B. 2671 7 2599 53 13,7
3 7 GM Amin Bassem 2654 7 2569 51,5 12,6
4 32 GM Predke Alexandr 2553 6,5 2632 53,5 25,1
5 15 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2617 6,5 2580 49,5 12,9
6 5 GM Areshchenko Alexander 2665 6,5 2577 49,5 7
7 19 GM Dragun Kamil 2609 6,5 2568 48,5 10,7
8 27 GM Lalith Babu M R 2575 6,5 2550 46 13,9
9 11 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 2626 6,5 2473 41,5 0,9
10 24 GM Demchenko Anton 2600 6 2634 53,5 15,4
11 9 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2639 6 2567 50 4
12 20 GM Zubov Alexander 2606 6 2555 51 6,5
13 23 GM Savchenko Boris 2602 6 2548 46 5,7
14 41 IM Aryan Chopra 2485 6 2530 44,5 16,4
15 2 GM Wang Hao 2712 6 2524 46 -8,2
16 21 GM Prohaszka Peter 2604 6 2511 46,5 1,7
17 22 GM Adly Ahmed 2603 6 2504 49 1,3
18 16 GM Banusz Tamas 2616 6 2492 46,5 -1,2
19 12 GM Andriasian Zaven 2621 6 2486 48 -2,2
20 66 IM Krishna C R G 2401 6 2446 43,5 16,4

(Full final standings here.)

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