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Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta wins Dubai Open

4/20/2011 – Everyone thought it would be Indian GM Parimarjan Negi, who had led the field for most of the tournament. But in the final round he had to play his compatriat Abhijeet Gupta, with just a draw required to win solo first. However Parimarjan blundered and Abhijeet took the point and the title, while his opponent had to settle for second in a group of four GMs. Final report.
 

13th Dubai Open Chess Championship

The Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup took place from April 9th to 19th, 2011 in the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. It was 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 closing ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 19, one day after the final (ninth) round, at 19:00h.


The winner: Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta, rated 2580, with a 2802 performance

Top final standings (6.0 points and higher)

Rk. Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
 TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet
IND
2580
7.5
19898 2487 2517
2 GM Negi Parimarjan
IND
2618
7.0
20446 2556 2577
3 GM Balogh Csaba
HUN
2601
7.0
20400 2550 2572
4 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas
KAZ
2618
7.0
20000 2500 2531
5 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig
NOR
2606
7.0
19608 2451 2487
6 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij
UKR
2670
6.5
20365 2546 2560
7 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil
GEO
2629
6.5
20255 2532 2553
8 GM Amin Bassem
EGY
2596
6.5
20043 2505 2522
9 GM Fedorov Alexei
BLR
2596
6.5
19976 2497 2516
10 GM Berg Emanuel
SWE
2612
6.5
19850 2481 2499
11 GM Akopian Vladimir
ARM
2675
6.5
19839 2480 2510
12 WIM Schneider Veronika
HUN
2247
6.5
19737 2467 2537
13 IM Huschenbeth Niclas
GER
2465
6.5
19623 2453 2478
14 GM Kotanjian Tigran
ARM
2527
6.5
19618 2452 2496
15 GM Guseinov Gadir
AZE
2584
6.5
19592 2449 2478
16 GM Arutinian David
GEO
2575
6.5
19071 2384 2397
17 GM Sasikiran Krishnan
IND
2682
6.0
20384 2548 2563
18 GM Kuzubov Yuriy
UKR
2627
6.0
19869 2484 2511
19 GM Pantsulaia Levan
GEO
2595
6.0
19818 2477 2492
20 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar
IND
2643
6.0
19734 2467 2498
21 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej
BLR
2638
6.0
19712 2464 2502
22 IM Lalith Babu M R
IND
2491
6.0
19649 2456 2482
23 GM Iskusnyh Sergei
RUS
2481
6.0
19441 2430 2472
24 GM Halkias Stelios
GRE
2579
6.0
19408 2426 2443
25 IM Ashwin Jayaram
IND
2439
6.0
19253 2407 2442
26 GM Carlsson Pontus
SWE
2496
6.0
19115 2389 2419
27 GM Al-Sayed Mohammed
QAT
2485
6.0
19037 2380 2411
28 GM Harutjunyan Gevorg
ARM
2468
6.0
18345 2293 2311
29 GM Malakhatko Vadim
BEL
2546
6.0
18259 2282 2304
30 Shiven Khosla
IND
2391
6.0
17577 2197 2240

One round before the end the scores of the players in contention were:

Rk. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 Negi Parimarjan
IND
2618
7.0
2 Gupta Abhijeet
IND
2580
6.5
3 Sasikiran Krishnan
IND
2682
6.0
4 Miroshnichenko Evgenij
UKR
2670
6.0
5 Balogh Csaba
HUN
2601
6.0
6 Kazhgaleyev Murtas
KAZ
2618
6.0
7 Amin Bassem
EGY
2596
6.0
8 Fedorov Alexei
BLR
2596
6.0
9 Berg Emanuel
SWE
2612
6.0
10 Pantsulaia Levan
GEO
2595
6.0
11 Aleksandrov Aleksej
BLR
2638
6.0
12 Hammer Jon Ludvig
NOR
2606
6.0
13 Guseinov Gadir
AZE
2584
6.0

In the final round the top two faced each other in the decisive game of the tournament:

Gupta,Abhijeet (2580) - Negi,Parimarjan (2618) [D43]
13th Dubai Open Dubai UAE (9), 18.04.2011
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.a4 b4 15.Bxb4 Qb6 16.Ba3 Qxd4 17.Qc2 c5 18.Rfd1 Qe5 19.Bxc4 Qc7 20.Nb1 0-0 21.Nd2 Rfd8 22.Be2 Rac8 23.Rac1 Bd4 24.g3 Qe5 25.Bf3 Bc6 26.Bg2 Nf6 27.Nf3 Bxe4?

28.Rxd4! cxd4. Hardly much better are 28...Qxd4 29.Nxd4 Bxc2 30.Nxc2; 28...Rxd4 29.Nxe5 Bxc2 30.Rxc2. 29.Qxc8 Qd5 30.Qc7 Rd7 31.Qe5 1-0.

Three other contenders caught the leading Parimarjan Negi, but were of course unable to reach Abhijeet Gupta: Czaba Balogh beat Krishnan Sasikiran, Murtas Kazhgaleyev beat Levan Pantsulaia, and Jon Ludvig Hammer took the full point from Aleksej Aleksandrov. That meant a four-way tie for second, which the tiebreak system sorted in Negi, Balogh, Kazhgaleyev, Hammer.


The winner Abhijeet Gupta with his trophy


Dignitaries, guests and players at the closing ceremony


A group portrait of the prize winners, organisers and officials

Performance and rating gains/losses

The following table shows the scores of the top twenty players, their rating and their performance in the nine games played in Dubai, and the number of rating points they will gain or lose from this event in the next FIDE list.


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