13th Dubai Open Chess Championship

4/13/2011 – The Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup is taking place from April 9th to 19th, 2011 in the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. It is a nine round Swiss, with time controls of one hour and 30 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move. We bring you a big pictorial report with panorama 360° views of the chess club, video reports and plenty of new faces.

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13th Dubai Open Chess Championship

The Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup is taking place from April 9th to 19th, 2011 in the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. It is a nine round Swiss, with time controls of one hour and 30 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

The games start at 17:30h local time. There is a rest day with a blitz tournament on Friday, April 15, and two rounds to be played on Saturday, April 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m. local time. The closing ceremony takes place on Tuesday, April 19, one day after the final (ninth) round, at 19:00h.

Dubai Chess and Culture Club

The Dubai Chess and Culture Club is the most modern and biggest dedicated chess club in the world. Its players constitute the ‘backbone” of the UAE national team, and as a matter of fact those players have achieved outstanding successes on all levels. The number of registered players is 107 and a board of nine members, in addition to a technical team consisting of management and coaches runs the club. Here are some pictures:

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The Club has organized many international and local events among which are the following: Youth Blitz World Chess championship 1985, Blitz Chess Tournament for participants in Dubai Olympiad 1986, Dubai Open Chess Championship and Credit Swiss Chess Masters Tournament 1994, and the Asian Cities Team Chess Championship (Dubai Cup) 1996. In addition its technical team took part in the organization of all international events held in UAE.

Since its launching, the Dubai Chess & Culture Club has played a leading role in the chess activity in UAE, achieving for the country many successes on the international, continental and Arab levels. The Club has also played an imminent role through its administrative members who contributed in promoting chess and leading the chess activity along with their chess colleagues through out UAE.

Prizes for the 13th Dubai Open

The total prize fund is US $45,000 and is awarded as follows:

1st place US $8000
2nd place US $5000
3rd place US $4000
4th place US $3500
5th place US $2500
6th place US $2200
7th place US $2000
8th place US $1700
9th place US $1500
10th place US $1300
11th place US $1200
12th place US $1100
13th place US $1000
14th place US $900
15th place US $800

If two or more players share the same place, the money will be equally shared. The trophy will be awarded on the basis of average rating of the eight strongest opponents. There is a special US $2300 prize for ladies, and a special US $6000 prize for local players.


The playing hall for the Dubai Open


Start of round one: top seed GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India, rated 2682 vs
IM Feldman Vladimir, Australia, 2270. "Sasi" wan in 72 moves

Top standings after three rounds

Rk.
Ti.
Name FED Rtg Pts.
1
GM
Guliev Sarhan AZE 2497 3.0
2
GM
Petrosian Davit G ARM 2480 3.0
3
IM
Lalith Babu M R IND 2491 3.0
4
GM
Volkov Sergey RUS 2621 3.0
5
GM
Negi Parimarjan IND 2618 3.0
6
IM
Shyam Sundar M IND 2457 2.5
7
IM
Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2432 2.5
8
FM
Koohestani Sh IRI 2345 2.5
9
FM
Atabayev Yusup TKM 2319 2.5
10
WFM
Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2208 2.5
11
CM
Sanal Vahap TUR 2200 2.5
12
IM
Narayanan Srinath IND 2310 2.5
13
FM
Mansour Sameer JOR 2301 2.5
14
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2682 2.5
15
GM
Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670 2.5
16
IM
Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2465 2.5
17
FM
Grigoryan Karen H ARM 2463 2.5
18
GM
Balogh Csaba HUN 2601 2.5
19
GM
Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2599 2.5
20
GM
Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2595 2.5
21
GM
Amin Bassem EGY 2596 2.5
22
GM
Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2629 2.5
23
GM
Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2580 2.5
24
GM
Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 2.5
25
GM
Fedorov Alexei BLR 2596 2.5
26
GM
Halkias Stelios GRE 2579 2.5
27
GM
Minasian Artashes ARM 2558 2.5
28
GM
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2575 2.5
29
GM
Adhiban B IND 2543 2.5
30
GM
Laxman R R IND 2462 2.5
31
GM
Salem A R Saleh UAE 2511 2.5
32
GM
Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2527 2.5
33
GM
Anastasian Ashot ARM 2556 2.5
34
GM
Iskusnyh Sergei RUS 2481 2.5


Top seed GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India, rated 2682


GM Vladimir Akopian, Armenia, rated 2675


GM Parimarjan Negi, India, rated 2618


GM Levan Pantsulaia, Georgia, rated 2595


GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Georgia, rated 2629


GM Gadir Guseinov, Azerbaijan, rated 2584


Former child prodigy Salem Abdul Rahman Saleh, UAE, now a GM rated 2511


IM Tania Sachdev, India, rated 2407


WGM Elmira Mirzoeva, RUS, rated 2272


Omar Noaman, UAE, rated 2253


WFM Dinara Saduakassova, Kazakhstan, rated 2208 (she is fifteen)


FM Amir Kowsarinia, Iran, rated 2168


Ahmed Fayez, UAE, rated 1911


WFM Kholoud Essa Al-Zarouni, UAE, 1864

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