39 GMs at the Sixth Dubai Open

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4/21/2004 – GM tournament in Arabic countries are always something special. Currently lots of GMs, IMs and WGMs are playing a nine-round Swiss Open in Dubai. The winner takes custody of the Sheikh Rashid Cup and $5,000 in cash.

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The Sixth Dubai Open Chess Championship is being held from April 18th to 28th, 2004, in Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates. The venue is the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.

The tournament is 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 will be awarded custody of Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum 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.

We counted 39 GMs, 23 IMs, 5 WGMs. The top seeds are:

PNo.  Name                      Rating  
1 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2692 GM
2 Sasikiran, Krishnan 2659 GM
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2657 GM
4 Iordachescu, Viorel 2627 GM
5 Vladimirov, Evgeny 2621 GM
6 Fedorov, Alexei 2616 GM
7 Jobava, Baadur 2616 GM
8 Asrian, Karen 2605 GM
9 Harikrishna, P. 2599 GM
10 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij 2599 GM
11 Eljanov, Pavel 2592 GM
12 Gleizerov, Evgeny 2592 GM
13 Anastasian, Ashot 2587 GM
14 Minasian, Artashes 2585 GM
15 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar 2582 GM
16 Al-Modiahki, Mohamad 2579 GM
17 Ulibin, Mikhail 2579 GM
18 Izoria, Zviad 2573 GM
19 Korobov, Anton 2571 GM
20 Goloshchapov, Alexander 2569 GM


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