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Fedoseev Wins Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Masters, Tops Field Of 41 Grandmasters
Fedoseev poses with his $15,000 check. Photo: adchessfestival on Instagram.

Fedoseev Wins Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Masters, Tops Field Of 41 Grandmasters

AnthonyLevin
| 13 | Chess Event Coverage

The Russian-born, recently Slovenian GM Vladimir Fedoseev won the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2023 | Masters, which concluded on Thursday. Undefeated, he finished ahead of 40 other grandmasters (and 142 titled players total) with seven points in the nine-round Swiss. He took home $15,000 for his efforts.

GM Xu Xiangyu also attained the same score but placed second on tiebreaks, earning $10,000. 

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The 28-year-old grandmaster exhibited a powerful 2792 rating performance across the nine rounds and will gain 13 rating points. He was the fourth seed at the start of the event, behind (in order) GMs Vladislav Artemiev, David Anton Guijarro, and Maxim Matlakov, though all these players were within about 20 rating points of each other.

Final Standings | Top 20

Rk. Fed Title Name Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Vladimir Fedoseev 2676 7 0.5 47 42.5 37.25 2593
2 GM Xiangyu Xu 2608 7 0.5 46.5 42 36.5 2563
3 GM Chithambaram Aravindh 2645 6.5 0 46 42 32.25 2527
4 IM Abdimalik Abdisalimov 2438 6.5 0 45.5 41 31.75 2627
5 GM Hans Moke Niemann 2660 6.5 0 45 41 32.75 2516
6 GM Maxim Matlakov 2677 6.5 0 44.5 40 34.5 2486
7 GM Shanglei Lu 2598 6.5 0 44.5 39.5 30.75 2518
8 GM Vladislav Artemiev 2698 6.5 0 44 40 33 2529
9 GM S.L. Narayanan 2656 6.5 0 43.5 39 31 2443
10 GM Volodar Murzin 2631 6.5 0 43.5 39 30.75 2497
11 GM Di Li 2561 6 0 43.5 39 30.75 2512
12 GM Aydin Suleymanli 2586 6 0 43.5 39 28.25 2519
13 GM Javokhir Sindarov 2659 6 0 43.5 39 27 2501
14 IM Vuppala Prraneeth 2485 6 0 42 37.5 28 2511
15 GM Ziaur Rahman 2448 6 0 41.5 38 28 2527
16 FM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage 2359 6 0 40.5 36 29.75 2513
17 IM Arystanbek Urazayev 2460 6 0 40.5 36 28.25 2510
18 GM M Pranesh 2503 6 0 39.5 35.5 28.25 2399
19 GM Raymond Song 2512 6 0 38.5 35 25.75 2437
20 IM Al Muthaiah 2458 6 0 36.5 33.5 24.5 2452

After four rounds, there were just two players with a perfect score: they were Xu and Fedoseev, the eventual winners. They made their first draw of the tournament when they were paired in round five, but it was the furthest thing from a peaceful affair.

Both sides had winning positions at various points; White missed several, while Black missed just one opportunity to win on the spot. Of course, it is easy to observe the mistakes of others at home with the engine on, but many of the lines are so delightful that they have to be shared.

Round seven was absolutely critical for Fedoseev in the tournament. By this point, Xu and GM Chithambaram Aravindh were just half a point behind, and there were 14 players tied on five points right behind them. 

Fedoseev would go on to score his fifth and last win in this round, against the promising young Uzbek talent GM Javokhir Sindarov. The win was perhaps unexpected in the last stage of the game as Sindarov achieved a very equal rook endgame. But Fedoseev managed to squeeze water from the stone with the help of a blunder on move 74.

The win was helpful because it allowed him to take fewer risks. In fact, his last two rounds—against Aravindh and GM Hans Moke Niemann—were relatively quick draws.

Among other notable results, IM and two-time Women's World Blitz Champion Bibisara Assaubayeva came heartbreakingly close to earning her last GM norm but lost in the last round to Uzbek IM Abdimalik Abdisalimov. A draw or win would have sufficed. Eight IMs did make GM norms in this event though.

Despite that outcome, Assaubayeva should still have good memories from this tournament. In round eight, she beat GM Pranav V, the best win of her career in terms of rating. It was a crushing miniature.

It has already been announced that the first prize for the next edition will be doubled.

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