Abu Dhabi: More than a 100 titled players in the Masters

by Georgios Souleidis
8/23/2016 – From 21st to 29th August Abu Dhabi hosts a very strong Open. More than 100 titled players travelled to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, 40 of whom are grandmasters. The winner of the "Masters Open" will receive 13,000 dollar. Top seed is Dmitry Andreikin from Russia, second seed is Chinese grandmaster Wang Hao. However, both suffered slight setbacks in the first two rounds.

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In the Masters tournament of the 23rd Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival 131 players fight for a prize-fund of 36,100 dollar. It is no surprise that a large number of strong grandmasters use the opportunity to warm up for the Olympiad in Baku which will begin on 1st September and/or hope to win a share of the prize-fund. Favorites to win the first prize of 13,000 dollars are Russian grandmaster Dmitry Andreikin, with a rating of 2733 currently the world's number 24, and Chinese grandmaster Wang Hao, with a rating of 2712 currently the world's number 33.

Dmitry Andreikin (Photo: Georgios Souleidis, Archive)

The 26-old Andreikin began the tournament with a smooth win against Tania Sachdev from India but in round two drew against ChessBase author IM Srinath Narayan who is also from India. Wang Hao drew in round one against another Indian: IM Teja S. Ravi. Russian grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev, seeded as number four, had a better start into the tournament. In the first round he provoked his opponent with an unusual retreat in the Alekhine's Defense which brought him a quick win.

 


Vladimir Fedoseev (Photo: Georgios Souleidis, Archive)

In round Fedoseev won against GM S. Dhopade Swapnil from India and with 2.0/2 now shares first place with 18 players.

Top standings after two rounds

Rk. SNo     Name FED Elo Pts
1 68
 
IM Girish A. Koushik IND 2399 2,0
2 4
 
GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2670 2,0
3 6
 
GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2661 2,0
4 16
 
GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2616 2,0
5 3
 
GM Adhiban B. IND 2671 2,0
6 5
 
GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2665 2,0
7 7
 
GM Amin Bassem EGY 2654 2,0
8 19
 
GM Dragun Kamil POL 2609 2,0
9 9
 
GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2639 2,0
10 20
 
GM Zubov Alexander UKR 2606 2,0
11 15
 
GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2617 2,0
12 24
 
GM Demchenko Anton RUS 2600 2,0
13 28
 
GM Sengupta Deep IND 2571 2,0
14 32
 
GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2553 2,0
15 34
 
GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2550 2,0
16 29
 
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2565 2,0
17 38
 
IM Ly Moulthun AUS 2501 2,0
18 33
 
IM Sadzikowski Daniel POL 2551 2,0
19 37
 
GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2512 2,0
20 44
 
IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2477 1,5
21 56
 
IM Savanovic Aleksandar BIH 2440 1,5
22 47
 
IM Igonin Temur UZB 2466 1,5
23 57
 
IM Sarkar Justin USA 2434 1,5
24 58
 
IM Ameir Moheb EGY 2431 1,5
25 62
 
  Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2415 1,5
26 64
 
IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2404 1,5
27 113
 
  Dimarucut Francis Erwin PHI 2172 1,5
28 1
 
GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2733 1,5
29 18
 
GM Oleksiyenko Mykhaylo UKR 2610 1,5
30 17
 
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2613 1,5
31 21
 
GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2604 1,5
32 23
 
GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2602 1,5
33 25
 
GM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2588 1,5
34 27
 
GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2575 1,5
35 2
 
GM Wang Hao CHN 2712 1,5
36 8
 
GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2650 1,5
37 10
 
GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2637 1,5
38 11
 
GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2626 1,5
  55
 
IM Fawzy Adham EGY 2440 1,5
40 14
 
GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2617 1,5
41 13
 
GM Kovalyov Anton CAN 2617 1,5
42 22
 
GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2603 1,5
43 26
 
GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2581 1,5
44 42
 
IM Golubov Saveliy RUS 2481 1,5
45 35
 
IM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2546 1,5
46 60
 
IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2421 1,5
47 69
 
IM Tania Sachdev IND 2396 1,0
48 104
 
  Hill Alistair ENG 2257 1,0
49 46
 
IM Swayams Mishra IND 2468 1,0
50 71
 
GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2384 1,0

...131 players

Source: chess-results

Games

 


A tournament to enjoy (Photo: Tournament page)

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Georgios Souleidis is an International Master with a degree in media and communication studies. He is an experienced journalist, author, photographer, chess trainer, editor-in-chief for the German Bundesliga, a regular contributor to the chessbase website, German chess magazine SCHACH, and previously blogged on his own site entwicklungsvorsprung.de.
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