The event was staged in the Dubai Chess and Culture Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was a nine-round Swiss event held under Fischer System of 90 minutes for entire match with 30 seconds additional time for each move. At stake were the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Cup and $40,000 in cash prizes, including special prizes for local, Arab and female players.
The winners: Fedorchuk, Sargissian and Petrosian
The tournament was won by Sergey Fedorchuk, Gabriel Sargissian and Tigran L Petrosian, who tied for first with 7/9 points. 13 players shared second at half a point less. Two IM norms were made by talented youngsters: Sethuraman Panayapan, a 12-year-old school boy from Chennai, India, and So Wesley, the youngest member of the Filipino squad for the Chess Olympiad.
The winner Sergey Fedorchuk with his trophy
The Dubai Chess and Culture Club
H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan opening the event at the game Iziora – Sadatnajafi
Presents for the participants at the start of the games
13-year-old Croatian WFM Lara Stock held out bravely for 36 moves against
GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, Georgia
TV and press interest in this multi-national event
Benjamin Hoareau of the Seychelles
WIM Kruttika Nadig (18, India), GM Darmen Sadvakasov (27, Kazakhstan),
WFM Lara Stock (13, Croatia). Lara made her second WGM norm in Dubai.
German chess tourists with the Iranian WGM Shadi Paridar
A bazar in Dubai
On the waterfront, slow and steady is the motto
Skiing in the desert – real snow in a Dubai mall
All pictures by Andreas Albers