The 20th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival took place from June 30 till July 8 2013 in Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the UAE. This event included many FIDE registered tournaments. Of greatest interest was the Masters Tournament, which was exclusive to players above 2200 Elo rating (with the exception of Abu Dhabi chess players). It was a nine-round Swiss with time controls of 90 min for each player with 30 sec increment for each move. The organizing committee provided free accommodation in five-stars hotel for players rated 2550 and above. Top prizes were US $8000, 6000, 4000, 2500, 2000, etc.
In addition there was an Open Tournament for anyone under 2200 Elo to participate, with top prizes of $2500, 2000, 1500, 1200, 1000 etc.; a Junior Tournament for players under 15 years (born from 1999 onwards) with top prizes of $1500, 1000, 700, 500, 400, 300, etc.; a Blitz Tournament with 11 rounds, played at 3 min + 2 sec increment; and a simultaneous exhibition by Russian grandmaster Aleksandr Rakhmanov, who played an exhibition match against 30 participants in the festival’s under-15 competition (Rakhmanov won 29 games, while settling for a tie with UAE youngster Saif Al Hamed).
The top games were broadcast on a giant projection screen
The Masters Tournament was won by Russian GM Igor Kurnosov (above), who tied for first with GMs Zahar Efimenko, Mikhailo Oleksienko abd Avetik Grigoryan, but beat them on tiebreak points. Kurnosov's performance was 2709.
|10||IM||Ankit R. Rajpara||IND||2428||5.5||20220||46.0|
|18||GM||El Gindy Essam||EGY||2490||5.0||19576||43.5|
|21||FM||El Adnani Mokliss||MAR||2381||5.0||19075||39.5|
|23||IM||Estremera Panos Sergio||ESP||2372||5.0||19024||37.0|
Tie Break1: Direct Encounter (the results of the players in the same point
Tie Break2: Sum of the ratings of the opponents (whithout one result)
Tie Break3: Buchholz Tie-Breaks (variabel with parameter)
In second place: GM Zahar Efimenko of Ukraine
Third: GM Mikhailo Oleksienko, also from Ukraine
Fourth place: GM Avetik Grigoryan, Armenia
Top female player in the Masters: IM Anna Zozulia of Bulgaria
Top UAE player in the Masters: Ali Abdulkhaleq, place 44
Here is an especially attractive game played by the Masters Tournament winner Igor Kurnosov, above being interviews by UAE television:
[Event "20th Abu Dhabi Intl ( Masters )"] [Site "UAE - Abu Dhabi"] [Date "2013.07.03"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Parligras Mircea-Emilian"] [Black "Kurnosov Igor"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E81"] [WhiteElo "2565"] [BlackElo "2657"] [PlyCount "136"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 h5 10. Be2 h4 11. Nf1 e6 12. f4 Nxc4 13. Bxc4 b5 14. Bxb5 exd5 15. exd5 Rb8 16. Bd2 Bg4 17. Qa4 a6 18. Qxa6 h3 19. gxh3 Bf3 20. Rg1 Nxd5 21. Nxd5 Bxd5 22. Ne3 Ra8 23. Nxd5 Rxa6 24. Bxa6 Qe8+ 25. Ne3 d5 26. Kf2 Qa4 27. Be2 Qxf4+ 28. Bf3 Bxb2 29. Rae1 Re8 30. Rg4 Qxh2+ 31. Bg2 Re6 32. Nxd5 Bd4+ 33. Be3 Qe5 34. Re4 Qf5+ 35. Rf4 Bxe3+ 36. Rxe3 Qc2+ 37. Kg3 Rxe3+ 38. Nxe3 Qe2 39. Nc4 f5 40. a4 Qc2 41. a5 g5 42. Bd5+ Kg7 43. Rf3 Kf6 44. Ne3 f4+ 45. Kg4 Qh7 46. Rxf4+ gxf4 47. Kxf4 Qc7+ 48. Ke4 Qxa5 49. h4 Qe1 50. h5 Qh4+ 51. Kd3 Qxh5 52. Bb3 Ke5 53. Nc4+ Kf4 54. Bc2 Qf3+ 55. Kd2 Qf2+ 56. Kc3 Qe1+ 57. Kd3 Qb4 58. Bd1 Qb1+ 59. Kd2 Qa2+ 60. Kc3 Qa1+ 61. Nb2 c4 62. Kc2 Qa2 63. Be2 Qb3+ 64. Kc1 c3 65. Nc4 Qa2 66. Bd3 Kf3 67. Kd1 Kf2 68. Kc1 Ke1 0-1
The Open Tournament, with 124 participants, was won by Behrang Kaboodi (IRI, rated 1993) and FM Ahmed Al-Zayat (LBA, 2085) who both finished with 8.0/9 points, a full point ahead of the field. The Junior Tournament, with 140 players, was won by Ismayil Shahaliyev (AZE, 2056) with a score of 6.5 points from seven rounds.
The Junior section for players under 15
The Blitz Championship was won by Indian youngster Suri Vaibhav, who beat a host of more experienced and ranked players (121 players took part in the competition, 81 of them with titles). Suri, 16, produced his best in the final rounds of the nine-round, Swiss-format competition to collect 7.5 points and take the title ahead of grandmasters Gadir Guseinov, from Azerbaijan, in second place, and Vasily Papin, from Russia, in third. The pair also collected 7.5 points, but the title went to Suri in the tie-breaker. Ukrainian Grandmasters Mikhailo Olekseinko and Mikhail Kazakov finished fourth and fifth respectively with 7 points each.
All pictures and information supplied by Majed Ahmad
Round 9 and Prize Distribution
Greatest Moment of 20th Abu Dhabi Int Chess Festival
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