Abu Dhabi Masters LIVE

by Aditya Pai
8/15/2018 – The 25th edition of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival kicks off today at Hotel Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi. The anniversary event is extra strong this year, featuring five grandmasters with a 2700+ Elo, among them the FIDE Presidential candidate Nigel Short making a brief return to the chessboard amid a hectic campaign season.

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Abu Dhabi Chess Festival turns 25

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Chess Festival is underway at Hotel Dusit Thani in the Emirati capital of Abi Dhabi. The tournament is a 9-round Swiss Open with a time control of 90 min per player plus 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Live games and commentary

 

Commentary by GM Viorel Iordachescu

Results of Round 8 (top 10)

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Salem A.R. Saleh 6 ½ - ½ 6 Dubov Daniil
Korobov Anton 6 1 - 0 Rapport Richard
Cheparinov Ivan 1 - 0 Karthikeyan Murali
Maghsoodloo Parham 0 - 1 Sargissian Gabriel
Wang Hao 5 ½ - ½ Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.
Abdusattorov Nodirbek 5 1 - 0 5 Akopian Vladimir
Andersen Mads 5 0 - 1 5 Debashis Das
Nihal Sarin 5 ½ - ½ 5 Kuybokarov Temur
Le Quang Liem 1 - 0 Aryan Chopra
Fedoseev Vladimir 1 - 0 Firouzja Alireza

Standings after eight rounds (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Korobov Anton 7,0 0,0
2 Dubov Daniil 6,5 0,0
3 Salem A.R. Saleh 6,5 0,0
4 Sargissian Gabriel 6,5 0,0
5 Cheparinov Ivan 6,5 0,0
6 Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 6,0 0,0
7 Abdusattorov Nodirbek 6,0 0,0
8 Debashis Das 6,0 0,0
9 Rapport Richard 5,5 0,0
10 Wang Hao 5,5 0,0
11 Fedoseev Vladimir 5,5 0,0
12 Amin Bassem 5,5 0,0
13 Maghsoodloo Parham 5,5 0,0
14 Nihal Sarin 5,5 0,0
15 Pantsulaia Levan 5,5 0,0
16 Kuybokarov Temur 5,5 0,0
17 Kadric Denis 5,5 0,0
18 Nguyen Anh Khoi 5,5 0,0
19 Karthikeyan Murali 5,5 0,0
20 Nitin S. 5,5 0,0

...158 players

 

Event poster

Besides the main event, the festival also consists of an Open tournament for players rated below 2100 (since July 1st, 2017), a Juniors’ tournament for players below 16 years of age a blitz event and a lot more.  

Celebrating its silver jubilee this year, the festival’s premier event, the Abu Dhabi Masters, will feature a field of very strong grandmasters. More than 100 titled players from 25+ countries have confirmed their participation this year.

In comparison to the previous year when Nigel Short was the top seed of the event with an Elo of 2688, this year, the tournament features five grandmasters rated above 2700. The line-up includes some well-known names like Richard Rapport, Le Quang Liem, Ivan Cheparinov, and Short, currently focused on the FIDE Presidential race, is back as well.

Top seeded participants at the Abu Dhabi Masters 2018

Some of the top grandmasters in the fray

GM Nigel Short

GM Nigel Short has taken some time off his presidential campaign to play in Abu Dhabi | Photo: Prashant Mullick

Also, there are tons of very talented youngsters who can unsettle these bigwigs. Last year, the inaugural round had seen both of the top two seeds held to draws by players rated around 300 points lower and at least 14 years younger. 

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Short Nigel D 0 ½ - ½ 0 Arjun Kalyan
Gukesh D 0 ½ - ½ 0 Amin Bassem

Round 1 results on the first two boards, last year

Starting rank (top 20)

No. Name Rtg
1 Le Quang Liem 2727
2 Rapport Richard 2719
3 Cheparinov Ivan 2718
4 Wang Hao 2711
5 Fedoseev Vladimir 2707
6 Dubov Daniil 2691
7 Amin Bassem 2684
8 Sargissian Gabriel 2680
9 Sjugirov Sanan 2677
10 Korobov Anton 2664
11 Short Nigel D 2659
12 Akopian Vladimir 2655
13 Kravtsiv Martyn 2654
14 Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2645
15 Maghsoodloo Parham 2636
16 Salem A.R. Saleh 2636
17 Adly Ahmed 2634
18 Lupulescu Constantin 2619
19 Vocaturo Daniele 2617
20 Gupta Abhijeet 2614

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Aditya Pai is an ardent chess fan, avid reader, and a film lover. He holds a Master's in English Literature and used to work as an advertising copywriter before joining the ChessBase India team.
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himalayanbear himalayanbear 8/10/2018 05:28
Top 20 boards, 9 losses, 5 draws and a single win by Indian Players... no wolf pack
Accidental Hero Accidental Hero 8/9/2018 11:08
Wonder if Short and Cheparinov shake hands?
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 8/9/2018 07:13
Why no Nigel Short showing in rd.3 - has he got a bye?
Aighearach Aighearach 8/7/2018 10:46
Great to see Cheparinov playing for Georgia, maybe FIDE will put him back in the rating list.
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