Dubai Open: Five players share first with 7.0/9

4/24/2012 – Specifically: GMs Ni Hua, Baadur Jobava, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Normunds Miezis and Sandipan Chanda, from four different countries (China, Georgia, Latvia and India). Their performances ranged from 2770 to 2709, with all standing to gain rating points in the next list. Our final report from this interesting tournament in the UAE provides results, games, pictures and video.

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14th Dubai Open Chess Championship

Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup

This event took place from April 15th-23rd at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, which 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.

In round eight Sandipan Chanda defeated his compatriot Parimarjan Negi to join Latvian GM Normunds Miezis in the lead, with 6.5/8 points. Wins by Baadur Jobaba, Loek van Wely, Robert Hovhannisyan, Tigran Petrossian and Surya Ganguly allowed these players to join Abhijeet Gupta, Yuriy Kuzubov, Vladimir Akopian, Ni Hua, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Zaven Andriasian and Mikheil Mchedlishvili in the follow-up group, half a point behind the leaders.

In round nine Ganguly and van Wely lost their games, against Jobava and Mchedlishvili respectively. Chinese GM Ni Hua defeated Yuriy Kuzubov from Ukraine, and after the dust had cleared we found five players with 7.0/9 points in first place. Ni Hua had the best tiebreak and a performance of 2770, compared to his co-leaders Jobava at 2766, Mchedlishvili at 2731, Chanda at 2727 and Miezis at 2709. Other tiebreak criteria sorted the official final table as follows:

Final standings (after nine rounds)

Rk.
Title
Name FED RtgI
Pts.
 TB1 
 TB3 
 TB4 
1
GM
Ni Hua CHN 2637
7.0
20791
54.5
42.5
2
GM
Jobava Baadur GEO 2706
7.0
20693
52.5
40.5
3
GM
Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2626
7.0
20457
50.0
39.5
4
GM
Miezis Normunds LAT 2557
7.0
20334
53.5
42.5
5
GM
Sandipan Chanda IND 2595
7.0
20274
52.0
41.0
6
GM
Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684
6.5
20513
51.0
42.0
7
GM
Petrosian Tigran L ARM 2643
6.5
20488
51.5
40.5
8
GM
Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2624
6.5
20292
50.5
40.0
9
GM
Andriasian Zaven ARM 2616
6.5
20215
52.0
40.5
10
GM
Gupta Abhijeet IND 2643
6.5
19938
49.5
39.0
11
GM
Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2600
6.5
19875
48.5
38.0
12
GM
Volkov Sergey RUS 2623
6.5
19689
46.5
36.5
13
GM
Zhou Weiqi CHN 2628
6.5
19666
50.5
39.0
14
IM
Shyam Sundar M IND 2474
6.5
19316
46.0
36.0
15
GM
Sokolov Ivan NED 2653
6.5
19160
49.5
38.0
16
GM
Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2615
6.0
20123
51.5
40.0
17
GM
Baklan Vladimir UKR 2612
6.0
20037
48.5
37.5
18
IM
Shyam Nikil P IND 2490
6.0
19997
51.0
40.5
19
GM
Negi Parimarjan IND 2639
6.0
19941
52.0
40.5
20
GM
Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2644
6.0
19859
48.5
38.0
21
IM
Grigoryan Karen H ARM 2510
6.0
19692
49.5
38.5
22
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2633
6.0
19661
48.0
36.5
23
GM
Van Wely Loek NED 2691
6.0
19560
49.5
38.0
24
GM
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2643
6.0
19399
46.5
36.5
25
FM
Atabayev Maksat TKM 2367
6.0
19339
45.5
35.5
26
GM
Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2581
6.0
19268
47.5
36.5
27
WGM
Sergeyeva Mariya KAZ 2327
6.0
18578
42.0
32.5
28
GM
Evdokimov Alexander RUS 2555
6.0
18535
41.5
32.0
29
GM
Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2455
6.0
18463
42.5
32.5
30
Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2406
6.0
18411
42.0
33.0


Final round decider: Normunds Miezis vs Sandipan Chanda, both with 6½/8 – draw


An important all-India summit in round eight: White won and went into the lead


An important game from round nine, which was won by Georgian GM Mchedlishvili


Arbiters watch the game GM Amin Bassem, Egypt, vs Ebrahim Ahmadinia, Iran


GM Vladimir Baklan, 2612, vs IM Tania Sachdev, 2414 in round nine (White won)


WIM Maria Blanco Acevedo of Venezuela, rated 2120, finished at 4.0/9


WCM Ana-Maria Ursu of Moldova, rated 1887, finished at 3.0/9 points


Chess on his mind: Armenian GM Avetik Grigoryan, 2600, finished with 5.0/9 points


Flamboyant: Iranian player Ali Abedi, rated 2197, who finished on 5.0/9


Following the live broadcast of key games on a flatscreen in the club halls

Video impression and interviews by Vijay Kumar


14th Dubai Open Round 6 and 7 with winners interviews


Dubai Open penultimate round interviews with joint leaders


Links

A selection of games are being broadcast shown as a live stream on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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