17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament – Results

The 17th edition of the Dubai Open Chess Tournament (also known as Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup) with 155 participants, 39 of which were grandmasters, took place from April 5 through 16 in Dubai. The participants travelled to the Emirates from 39 countries to join the race for the prize money fund of 50.000 USD (12.000 USD for the victor, the rest distributed between the first 18 ranks). One third of the players, 31 to be exact, came from India and another 25 from the United Arab Emirates.

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Source: http://www.dubaichess.ae

Source: http://www.dubaichess.ae

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Surprisingly, the Englishman David W. L. Howell, who held the highest ELO-rating of 2687 points amongst all participants, came off second and his strongest opponent Vladimir Fedossev from Russia (ELO 2674) came off third, while favorites such as Yuriy Kuzubov (ELO 2658) and Abhijeet Gupta (ELO 2629) had to comply with ranks 25 and 71. Azerbaijani Zaur Mammadov, on the other hand, made it to the Top 10 with an ELO-rating of “only” 2470 points.

Greatest winner of the tournament was Turkish grandmaster Dragan Solak who was born in Serbia. The 35 year-old prevailed over Axel Berglind, Salah Yousry, Tigran Harutyunian, Yuriy Kuzubov, and Yuri Solodovnichenko and tied against Vladimir Fedoseev, Igor Kovalenko, David Howell, and Eltaj Safarli through which he scored 7 out of 9 points like the players on following five ranks. He dominated the tie break round and grabbed the 12.000 USD prize money from right under David Howell’s nose.

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Final Results
Rank Name ELO NAT 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Pts. Rtg.1 Rtg.2 Rtg.3
1 GM Solak Dragan 2602 TUR  68s1  60w1  29s1   3w½  14w½  25s1   2w½  15s1   6w½ 7 20684 0 55,5
2 GM Howell David W L 2687 ENG  75s1  17w1  26s1  24w1   8s½   7w½   1s½  13w1   3s½ 7 20583 0 55,5
3 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2674 RUS  79w1  58s1  44w1   1s½  15w1   4s½  53w1   7s½   2w½ 7 20556 0 53,5
4 GM Istratescu Andrei 2630 FRA  65s1  61w1   9s1  31w½  21s1   3w½   7s0  23w1  20w1 7 20426 0 53
5 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2638 SRB 123w1  37s½  32w½  43s1  35w½  39s1  23w½  53s1   7w1 7 19971 0 48,5
6 GM Safarli Eltaj 2637 AZE  88s0  90w1  89s1  61w1  17s½  40w1  21s1   8w1   1s½ 7 19511 0 48
7 GM Shabalov Alexander 2500 USA 145w1  87s½  69w1  71w1  16s1   2s½   4w1   3w½   5s0 6,5 20547 0 50,5
8 GM Grandelius Nils 2613 SWE  96s1 105w1  76s1 110w1   2w½  14s½  15w½   6s0  39w1 6,5 20447 0 49,5
9 IM Mammadov Zaur 2470 AZE  90w1 111s1   4w0  84s½  72w1  24w1  22s1  25s½  12w½ 6,5 19750 0 47
10 GM Fier Alexandr 2624 BRA  78w1  74s½  52w1  14s0  69w1  70s½  32w½  37s1  31w1 6,5 19699 0 45
11 GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2601 RUS  82w1  51s-  97s1  73s½  74w1  33w½  60s1  18w1  14s½ 6,5 19300 0 45,5
12 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2623 RUS 114s1  48w0  65s1  49w½  41s1  36w1  54s½  17w1   9s½ 6,5 19064 0 47
13 GM Guseinov Gadir 2606 AZE  56w1  73s1  42w1  15s0  34w1  23s½  14w1   2s0  25w½ 6 20498 0 51,5
14 GM Kovalenko Igor 2665 LAT  38s1  50w½  33s1  10w1   1s½   8w½  13s0  36w1  11w½ 6 20385 0 54,5
15 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 2584 UKR 117s1  77w1  51s1  13w1   3s0  20w1   8s½   1w0  16s½ 6 20363 0 51
16 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2657 BLR  92w1  54s1  39w1  21s½   7w0  35s½  42w1  31s½  15w½ 6 20217 0 49
17 IM Das Sayantan 2439 IND 107w1   2s0  56w1  66s1   6w½  27s½  35w1  12s0  53w1 6 20062 0 51
18 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2660 ARM  66w1  33s½  37w1  20s0  52s1 110w1  31w½  11s0  32w1 6 20035 0 50
19 GM Bartel Mateusz 2642 POL  64s1 133w1  40s½  23w½  29s1  53w0  70s½  76w1  24s½ 6 20028 0 46,5
20 GM Ipatov Alexander 2614 TUR  93w1  69s½  55w1  18w1  31s½  15s0  43w1  54w1   4s0 6 19971 0 48

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Five participants were awarded with FIDE titles after the tournament: IM Zaur Mammadov fulfilled the last GM norm and was thus announced grandmaster. Vignesh Nr, Abishek Kelkar, and Deshpande Aniruddha from India accomplished the IM norms. Lastly, Wang Shanshan secured the title “Woman International Master” (WIM).

Congratulations!

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe