The ninth and the final round at the 17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament came to an end with six players tied at 7.0/9. Turkish GM Dragan Solak (2602) finished at the top of the heap thanks to better tie-break.
IM Sayantan Das was the best performer among the Indians with 6.0/9 finishing 17th in the main prize-list.
The overnight leaders at the Dubai Open Chess Tournament settled for draws except GM Shabalov of USA and GM Fedoseev of Russia. They won their respective games to set up a top-board clash in the penultimate round. Shabalov and Fedoseev are on 6/7 points!
Amongst the Indian players, IMs Sayantan Das and Rathnakaran lead the way with 5.0/7 while the others are playing catch-up with 4.5/7. GM Sahaj Grover suffered an upset loss to Rakesh Kulkarni (2319) and is left behind at 3.5/9.
The 17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament is getting heavier at the top with eight players sharing the lead at 5.0/6.
The Indian’s are having a tough time at this extremely strong open tournament with IM Rathnakaran being the sole Indian at 4.5/6. In a curious case, many Indian players have been pitted against each other for their seventh round games!
GM David Howell, GM Nils Grandelius and GM Yuri Solodovnichenko won their respective games to share the lead with 4.0/4 at the ongoing 17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament, 2015.
The Indians had a fairly good day with IM Sameer Kathmale (2289) of Maharashtra, India managing to win against GM Jaan Ehlvest (2547) of USA. Amongst the other players from Maharashtra state, untitled players Rakesh Kulkarni and Abhishek Kelkar also had good outings as they held higher rated players to draws meanwhile Aniruddha Deshpande won against Egyptian IM Imed Abdelbabbi. The highest seed amongst Indians GM Abhijeet Gupta lost to the attacking Amerian GM Alexander Shabalov.
The 17th edition of the traditional Dubai Chess Open began at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in the UAE. Over the years, this open tournament has been a breeding ground for many talented chess-players.
The top seed of the event GM David Howell seems to not have faced any problems after three rounds of play as he shares the lead with eleven other Grandmasters at 3.0/3.
Indians make up for 31 of the total 155 players playing which is even more than the players from the host country! GM Abhijeet Gupta (2629) leads the way for Indians at 2.5/3.
As can be expected, there were numerous noticeable upsets over the course of three rounds. In the following example, young Tamil Nadu youngster and former National U-11 champion Ram L. Arvind finds a cute win.
Black won with 1…Nh3! 2. gxh3 Qh1+ 3. Bg1 Qxf3+ 4. Bf2 Bh2! forcing mate.