The 7th Dubai Open, which ran from April 3rd to 13th, 2005, was organised by the Dubai Chess & Culture Club under the auspices of H.H.Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktum. The prize fund was US $40,000, with special prizes for local players of US $5,000. The rate of play in the nine-round Swiss tournament is one hour 30 minutes for the whole game with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move.
The tournament ended with a surprise win by Wang Hao of China, who celebrated his 16th birthday on April 8th, during round five. The lad is rated 2484, but still has no FIDE title. Here are the top results of the Dubai Open.
The sensational winner: Wang Hao of China
|41||IM||Al Sayed Mohamad N||QAT||2476||5.5|
|42||GM||Fedorchuk Sergey A||UKR||2577||5.5|
|43||GM||Ramesh R B||IND||2466||5.5|
"Mr .Andreas, don't ask why, just come to the lobby at 10 a.m." I wondered what this invitation by Mohamed Ali Maghawry could be about. Mohamed, a young Egyptian, is the chief organiser of the tournament, and the expression on his face revealed nothing.
Meeting in the lobby, with Anastasia Sorokina, Mohamed Alie Maghawry, Mrs Navabi and Shirin
Naturally I was there at the specified time, together with Shirin Navabi, the Iranian player, with her mother, GMs Alexander Motylev, Merab Gagunashvili and Mihail Kobalia, Tea Lanchava, Anastasia Sorokina, Alisa Maric and her friend, Yugoslav FM and journalist Josip Asik.
We drive through the city of Dubai, still unaware of where Mohamed is taking us
Chess players in the minibus of the organiser
Then it looms up ahead of us, Burj Al-Arab, the only seven-star hotel in the world
Mohamed has arranged that we can visit this famous hotel
The lobby of the Burj Al-Arab
One of the restaurants
Relaxing in a lobby filled with scents of roses and incense
Josip Asik, the Yugoslav journalist, dares to look up
And this is what he sees
Mihail Kobalia is fascinated by the carpets
A group photo in the most beautiful and expensive hotel in the world
Young Wang Hao (left) in action
Another strong Chinese player: Zhang Zhong, in the runner-up field (2–11)
Zhang Pengxiang vs. Moradiabadi
Boo! A few years ago Bu Xiangzhi was the world's youngest GM
YASUCP: yet another strong untitled Chinese player (Zhou Jianchao)
12-year-old Indian chess talent Parimarjan Negi
Yes, there were Arab players in Dubai: Nabil Saleh of UAE
Official web site (with live games and results)