Fedorchuk, Sargissian, Petrosian win 8th Dubai Open

5/10/2006 – This year's Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Cup boasted 22 grandmasters, 19 IMs and 40 FIDE titled players in a field of 146. A Ukrainian and two Armenians took the lion's share of the $40,000 total cash prizes. A number of young players made IM or WGM norms. Illustrated report.

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The event was staged in the Dubai Chess and Culture Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was a nine-round Swiss event held under Fischer System of 90 minutes for entire match with 30 seconds additional time for each move. At stake were the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Cup and $40,000 in cash prizes, including special prizes for local, Arab and female players.


The winners: Fedorchuk, Sargissian and Petrosian

The tournament was won by Sergey Fedorchuk, Gabriel Sargissian and Tigran L Petrosian, who tied for first with 7/9 points. 13 players shared second at half a point less. Two IM norms were made by talented youngsters: Sethuraman Panayapan, a 12-year-old school boy from Chennai, India, and So Wesley, the youngest member of the Filipino squad for the Chess Olympiad.


The winner Sergey Fedorchuk with his trophy

Picture gallery


The Dubai Chess and Culture Club


H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan opening the event at the game Iziora – Sadatnajafi


Presents for the participants at the start of the games


13-year-old Croatian WFM Lara Stock held out bravely for 36 moves against
GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, Georgia


TV and press interest in this multi-national event


Benjamin Hoareau of the Seychelles


WIM Kruttika Nadig (18, India), GM Darmen Sadvakasov (27, Kazakhstan),
WFM Lara Stock (13, Croatia). Lara made her second WGM norm in Dubai.


German chess tourists with the Iranian WGM Shadi Paridar


A bazar in Dubai


On the waterfront, slow and steady is the motto


Skiing in the desert – real snow in a Dubai mall

All pictures by Andreas Albers



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