Dubai open under way

38 Grand Masters took part in the Dubai open from the 7th to 17th  of April for a total substancial prize fund of 50,000 U.S. $ . A total of 143 male and female players from 39 countries were present at the start of this new important open, many of them are very motivated and dangerous young players. 

The surprises and the big upsets started from the first round and some big guns found themselves hunted by their supposed victims, a lot of exitement is to be expected ….

The biggest upset of the first round was protagonized by the female egyptian WGM Mona Khaled who went to beat the armenian GM and multiple member of the olympic armenian team Tigran Petrossian

The egyptian WGM Mona Khaled

The super strong GM Tigran Petrossian

Mona Khaled was born onthe  9th of April  of 1994 in the United States of america  but plays for Egypt.                          At age 13, she won the 2007 African Women’s Championship and the title of Women Grand Master.                          She  is very talented and tigran petrossian won’t say the contrary.

 The Armenians played an unorthodox system from the start, but the Egyptian was not confused and continued to play solidly, confronted to a solid defence, Petrosian started to do strange looking and unusual maneuvers fut found no way to break up the black position so he decided to make a double-edged sacrifice to complicate the matters, but this sacrifice proved to be a bad one and backfired costing the armenian player the full point.

A beautiful demonstration of calm and solid defense by the egyptian player. here is the described game

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[Event “16th Dubai Open 2014”] [Site “Dubai UAE”] [Date “2014.04.07”] [Round “1.14”] [White “Petrosian, Tigran L”] [Black “Mona, Khaled”] [Result “0-1”] [ECO “A01”] [WhiteElo “2627”] [BlackElo “2140”] [PlyCount “119”] [EventDate “2014.04.07”] 1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 d5 3. e3 g6 4. Bxf6 exf6 5. d4 b6 6. h4 Ba6 7. Bxa6 Nxa6 8. h5 Bg7 9. Ne2 f5 10. Nf4 c6 11. Nc3 Nc7 12. Nce2 Qe7 13. a4 Rd8 14. Kf1 Ne6 15. Rc1 Bh6 16. Nd3 c5 17. c3 Bg7 18. b4 c4 19. Ndf4 Bh6 20. Nh3 a6 21. Qc2 Kf8 22. Re1 Ng7 23. Ng3 Re8 24. f4 Rd8 25. Ng1 Ne8 26. Nf3 Nf6 27. Ne5 Rd6 28. Rh3 Re6 29. Ke2 Qe8 30. Reh1 Ng8 31. hxg6 hxg6 32. Kf2 Kg7 33. Nxf5+ gxf5 34. Qxf5 Nf6 35. Kf3 Ne4 36. Rh4 Nd6 37. Qh3 Qxa4 38. f5 Rf6 39. Rh5 Ne4 40. Qg4+ Kf8 41. Qh4 Rg8 42. g4 Ng5+ 43. Kg3 Ne4+ 44. Kf3 Bg5 45. Qh2 Ke7 46. Rh7 Nd6 47. b5 Qxb5 48. Qa2 Nxf5 49. gxf5 Rxf5+ 50. Ke2 Bf6 51. Rxf7+ Ke6 52. Rh2 Bxe5 53. Rxf5 Bxh2 54. Rf2 Bd6 55. Qc2 Rg5 56. e4 Qe8 57. Kd2 Bf4+ 58. Ke1 Bg3 59. Kf1 Bxf2 60. Qe2 0-1
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This was not the only upset of the tournament as the second round brought with it new scalps of some experienced and famous grand masters at the hands of some young outsiders:

In round two of the tournament,  the 1999 Indian-born V. Karthik hit (Elo 2250) beat the Greek GM Anastasios  Mastrovasilis (Elo 2535), in a proper positional almost “engine” style without giving the GM any chance of counterplay a real piece of art in the breyer variation of the Ruy Lopez opening

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[Event “16th Dubai Open 2014”] [Site “Dubai UAE”] [Date “2014.04.08”] [Round “2.23”] [White “Karthik, V. AP.”] [Black “Mastrovasilis, Athanasios”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “C95”] [WhiteElo “2250”] [BlackElo “2535”] [PlyCount “115”] [EventDate “2014.04.07”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. b3 Rb8 16. Bg5 Bg7 17. Qd2 Qe7 18. Bh6 Bxh6 19. Qxh6 Qf8 20. Qd2 Rbd8 21. Rad1 Kh8 22. Ng5 Ng8 23. f4 f6 24. Nf3 exf4 25. Qxf4 Qh6 26. Ne2 Nf8 27. d5 Bc8 28. Nfd4 Bd7 29. Qxh6 Nxh6 30. Rf1 Ng8 31. Bd3 Ra8 32. Rf3 g5 33. Rf2 Ng6 34. Ng3 Nf4 35. Nde2 Nxd3 36. Rxd3 Re5 37. Nd4 Be8 38. Ne6 Rc8 39. Rf5 Rxf5 40. Nxf5 Bd7 41. Nfd4 Be8 42. c4 bxc4 43. bxc4 Bg6 44. Nf5 Bxf5 45. exf5 Ne7 46. g4 h5 47. Ra3 hxg4 48. hxg4 Rb8 49. Rb3 Rxb3 50. axb3 a5 51. Nxc7 Nc8 52. Ne8 Nb6 53. Nxd6 Kg7 54. Kf2 Kf8 55. Ne4 Ke7 56. Ke3 a4 57. bxa4 Nxc4+ 58. Kd4 1-0
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This open tournament promises a lot of other big surprises, we will be looking forward to selecting them for you !!!!

Peak level after two rounds

Rk Snr Name FED Elo Pts  TB 1  TB 2  Break3
1 3
GM Edouard Romain FRA 2670 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
4
GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2667 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
9
GM Amin Bassem EGY 2637 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
12
GM Abhijeet Gupta IND 2630 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
15
GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov RUS 2610 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
16
GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2607 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
17
GM Andri Asian Zaven ARM 2603 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
23
GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2580 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
27
GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami IRI 2556 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
28
GM Jankovic Aloysius CRO 2554 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
34
GM Debashis The IND 2504 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
63
FM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2298 2.0 0.0 2.0 1.0
13 6
GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2656 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
14 1
GM Anton Korobov UKR 2698 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
5
GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2660 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
20
GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2598 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
26
GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2557 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
39
GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2481 2.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
19 24
GM Ante Brkic CRO 2568 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
35
GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2493 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
69
Karthik V. Ap IND 2250 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
70
FM Al-Hatim Hadarani YEM 2249 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
75
Tabada job Annie C. PHI 2210 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
24 37
IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2485 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.5
25 10
GM Iturrizaga Eduardo Bonelli VEN 2635 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
36
GM Pontus Carlsson SWE 2486 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
40
GM Sahaj Grover IND 2475 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.5

 

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