The Sixth Dubai Open Chess Championship was held from April 18th to 28th, 2004, in Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates. The venue was the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.
The tournament was a nine round Swiss, the time control one hour and 30 minutes for the whole game, with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move for both sides.
The winner was awarded custody of Sheikh Rashed Bin Hamdan Al Mactoum Cup (picture right). In addition there are the following prize funds: 1st: $5,000, 2nd: $4,000, 3rd: $3,500, 4th: $3000 up to 14th $900, with special prizes worth $6,000 for local players. The total prize fund is $40,000.
|Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter; Sasikiran, Krishnan; Iordachesvu, Viorel; Vladimirov, Evgeny; Harikrishna, P.; Miroshnichenko, Evgenij; Eljanov, Pavel; Minasian, Artashes; Al-Modiahki, Mohamad; Goloshchapov, Alexander; Carlsen, Magnus; Mamedov, Rauf|
|Fedorov, Alexei; Jobava, Baadur; Izoria, Zviad; Efimenko, Zahar; Gashimov, Vugar; Gagunashvili, Merab; Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan; Gelashvili, Tamaz; Iuldachev, Saidali; Kruppa, Yuri; Dizdar, Goran; Al Sayed, Mohamad N.|
|Gleizerov, Evgeny; Anastasian, Ashot; Ulibin, Mikhail; Korobov, Anton; Kuzmin, Alexey; Sturua, Zurab; Dzhumaev, Marat; Mamedov, Nidjat; Megaranto, Susanto; Hakki, Imad; Mariano, Nelson; Abedi, Ali|
The total number of players was 138, including 39 GMs, 23 IMs and 5 WGMs. The biggest sensation of the tournament was the completion (with one round to spare) of a third GM norm by Magnus Carlsen, with an overall performance of 2678. This talented Norwegian player is just 13 years old. We will return to Magnus and his performance in a separate article.
Departure from Europe: the last time we are going to see rain in ten days
Arrival at Dubai international airport
En route to the hotel – the street signs are in Arabic and English (Roman)
Oriental architecture with luxurious, modern interior
The spectacular Jumeira Hotel on the beach front
The "seven star" Burj Arab hotel (background), next to the Wild Wadi water park
The lobby of the Burj Arab
Look up – if you dare
Top seed Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu worked out that if he won the first prize in the tournament he would be able to spend three nights with his wife in this hotel.
The Dubai Chess and Culture Club
This "club" cost $20 million to build
Local prominence at the chess tournament
Players and foreign visitors
The playing hall
The little boy in the middle is Magnus Carlsen, who finished equal second
The rest room
The players in front of portraits of the rulers
Left Dieter Nisipeanu and wife, right organisers Mr. Ahmed und Kristian Simonson
In the Town Hall of Dubai
The museum in the Al Fahidi Fort
From the inside
Our photographer Andreas Albers (second from right) with friends and players