Reports | July 08, 2013 20:56

Kurnosov wins 20th Abu Dhabi Masters

Igor Kurnosov won the 20th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival. The grandmaster from Chelyabinsk endged out Zahar Efimenko (Ukraine), Mikhailo Oleksienko (Ukraine) and Avetik Grigoryan (Armenia) on tiebreak after the four players finished on 6.5/9. 

The 20th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival was organized by the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club and Abu Dhabi Sport Council and took place June 30th-July 8th at the Sofitel Hotel Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The festival included a number of sections: a Master tournament (for international players rated above 2200 FIDE and for all Abu Dhabi players), an open tournament (for players under 2200), a junior tournament (for U15 players), and a blitz tournament.

The Master tournament was a strong, 9 round Swiss with Igor Kurnosov (Russia) Andrei Istratescu (France), Zahar Efimenko (Ukraine), Gadir Guseinov (Azerbaijan), Sergey Volkov )(Russia), Avetik Grigoryan (Armenia) and Aleksandr Rakhmanov (Russia) as the top seeds. The time control was 90 minutes for the whole game and 30 seconds increment per move.

In the fourth round Kurnosov repeated Alexander Grischuk's amazing piece sacrifice in the Sämisch King's Indian from this year's Candidates tournament. This time Black got even more than a draw!

PGN string

The next day he crushed Istratescu in a Winawer:

PGN string

After a loss against Efimenko and two draws, the eventual tournament winner finished with the following win:

PGN string

Kurnosov, Efimenko, Oleksienko and Grigoryan shared the top four prizes: US $8000, 6000, 4000 and 2500 which got them US $5125 each. In May of this year Kurnosov also won the Nakhchivan Open.

Abu Dhabi Masters 2013 | Final standings

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2657 6,5 0 20416 48,5
2 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2651 6,5 0 20265 46,5
3 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 6,5 0 20198 48
4 GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2605 6,5 0 19356 42
5 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2613 6 0 20102 49
6 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2655 6 0 19973 49
7 IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2417 6 0 19940 45,5
8 IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R IND 2352 5,5 0 20736 50,5
9 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2602 5,5 0 20530 50,5
10 IM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2428 5,5 0 20220 46
11 GM Gopal G.N. IND 2522 5,5 0 19813 43
12   Iskandarov Misratdin AZE 2371 5,5 0 19695 42
13 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2535 5,5 0 19573 44
14   Asgarizadeh Ahmad IRI 2347 5,5 0 19191 39,5
15 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2559 5 0 19992 44
16 IM Shoker Samy EGY 2477 5 0 19832 41,5
17 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2631 5 0 19767 44,5
18 GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2490 5 0 19576 43,5
19 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2547 5 0 19568 43
20 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2412 5 0 19188 39,5
21 FM El Adnani Mokliss MAR 2381 5 0 19075 39,5
22 GM Akshayraj Kore IND 2508 5 0 19024 40
23 IM Estremera Panos Sergio ESP 2372 5 0 19024 37
24 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2398 4,5 0 20003 43,5
25 GM Berescu Alin-Mile ROU 2461 4,5 0 19883 42
26 GM Lazarev Vladimir FRA 2410 4,5 0 19561 42
27 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2565 4,5 0 19521 45
28   Primbetov Kazbek KAZ 2225 4,5 0 19067 36,5
29   Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2198 4,5 0 18932 38,5
30 IM Zozulia Anna BLR 2316 4,5 0 18623 35
31 WFM Derakhshani Dorsa IRI 2041 4,5 0 16185 29
32 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2381 4 0 19686 40,5
33 FM Ahmed Ali Layth Ahmed IRQ 2310 4 0 18972 36,5
34 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh IRI 2248 3,5 0 19564 41
35 IM Galojan Lilit ARM 2320 3,5 0 19388 39
36 WGM Safranska Anda FRA 2322 3,5 0 19196 38
37 CM Nameer Noor. Al-Deen IRQ 2278 3,5 0 18898 38
38 CM Mohammed Zozek Salah Mohammed IRQ 2280 3,5 0 18805 37
39 FM Salih Akar Ali Salih IRQ 2318 3,5 0 18805 37
40   Khalesi Vahid IRI 2248 3 1 18529 35,5
41 FM Chahrani Ibrahim LBA 2245 3 0 18223 30,5
42 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2361 2,5 1 19252 37
43 FM Amdouni Zoubaier TUN 2261 2,5 0 16284 33
44   Ali Abdulkhaleq UAE 2089 2 0 16128 31
45 FM Alhuwar Jasem UAE 2258 1,5 0 11991 33,5
46   Ali Mahmoud UAE 2095 1 0 7067 30,5
47 WGM Calzetta Ruiz Monica ESP 2247 0 0 7080 27,5
48   Zayed Ali Al-Hamed UAE 1988 0 0 0 27

 

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Comments

AAR's picture

Kurnosov Igor - Rakhmanov Aleksandr
Why not Black play 36...Rxf6 instead of Bd5?

Juan's picture

I wonder the same, probably 36...Rxf6 37.Rf5 is an easy winning endgame. It doesn't seem very trivial to me.

Frits Fritschy's picture

The win is not trivial, but it's there:
36... Rxf6 37 Rg7+ Kf8 38 Rxh7
(threatens Rh8+)
38... Kg8
(38... Bd5 39 Rh8+ Bg8 40 Rxe8+ en 41 Rxg8; or 38... Rxe5 39 dxe5 and the black rook can't guard the bishop any longer)
39 Rg7+ Kf8 40 Rxe8+ Kxe8 41 h7 and wins.

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