Reports | April 20, 2012 17:58

Akopian & Ni Hua lead in Dubai

Akopian & Ni Hua lead in Dubai

Vladimir Akopian of Armenia and Ni Hua of China are in shared first place after five rounds at the Dubai Open. Both GMs scored 4.5/5 and will meet each other in round 6 on Saturday.

Chief Arbiter Mahdi Abdulrahim watching the top board of round 5: Jobava vs Ni Hua | All photos courtesy of the official website

Event 14th Dubai Open | Chess-ResultsPGN via TWIC
Dates April 14th-24th, 2012
Location Dubai, UAE
System 9-round Swiss
Players

The strongest participants are Baadur Jobava, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Sokolov, Viorel Iordachescu, Abhijeet Gupta, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Tigran Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi and Ni Hua

Rate of play 90 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds increment from move 1
Prize fund US $50,000 with a US $10,000 first prize

The 14th Dubai Open, also called the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, is currently under way in the Dubai Chess & Culture Club. The tournament is named after the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The playing hall in Dubai

The prize fund of US $50,000 has attracted a number of strong grandmasters: the top 10 present consists of Baadur Jobava, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Sokolov, Viorel Iordachescu, Abhijeet Gupta, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Tigran Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi and Ni Hua.

The first round saw few upsets but Marcos Marvin (2079) of the Philippines managed to beat GM Georgy Timoshenko (2569) of Ukraine and Shekhar Madhurima (1947) drew with GM Morteza Mahjoob (2455) of Iran. After four rounds only Ni Hua of China still had a 100% score. Here's his round 4 win:

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The next day Vladimir Akopian joined the Chinese in the lead thanks to this win over a compatriot:

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Vladimir Akopian of Armenia, shared first after five rounds

Two Dutch GMs have some repair work to do: 2nd seed Loek van Wely and 4th seed Ivan Sokolov. Both are on 3/5 after they lost to weaker opponents in round 5. Sokolov seemed to be playing for a win for too long:

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In his favorite Scheveningen, Van Wely faced an exchange sacrifice that looked incorrect at first sight, but proved successful in practice:

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"KingLoek" van Wely started disappointingly

Tournament leaders Akopian and Ni Hua will face each other on Saturday morning with the Chinese behind the white pieces. Later that day the 7th round will also be played, then round 8 on Sunday and the last round on Monday.

14th Dubai Open | Round 5 standings

Rk. Title Name Rtg FED Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 GM Ni Hua 2637 CHN 4.5 10229 0.0 16.5 10.5
2 GM Akopian Vladimir 2684 ARM 4.5 10066 0.0 15.5 10.0
3 GM Jobava Baadur 2706 GEO 4.0 10233 0.0 17.5 11.0
4 GM Petrosian Tigran L 2643 ARM 4.0 10186 0.0 18.0 11.5
5 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2626 GEO 4.0 10046 0.0 15.0 9.0
6 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2595 GEO 4.0 9981 0.0 14.5 9.0
7 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2624 UKR 4.0 9965 0.0 14.0 9.0
8 GM Baklan Vladimir 2612 UKR 4.0 9853 0.0 14.5 8.5
9 GM Miezis Normunds 2557 LAT 4.0 9824 0.0 16.5 9.5
10 GM Gopal G N 2572 IND 4.0 9805 0.0 16.0 10.0
11 GM Sandipan Chanda 2595 IND 4.0 9761 0.0 16.0 10.0
12 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2644 MDA 4.0 9727 0.0 14.5 8.5
13 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2615 UKR 4.0 9690 0.0 15.5 9.0
14 FM Atabayev Yusup 2404 TKM 4.0 9669 0.0 13.0 7.5
15 GM Zhou Weiqi 2628 CHN 4.0 9647 0.0 14.5 8.5
16 GM Negi Parimarjan 2639 IND 4.0 9604 0.0 14.5 9.0
17 GM Amin Bassem 2608 EGY 4.0 9578 0.0 14.0 8.5
18 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2643 IND 4.0 9533 0.0 14.0 8.5
19 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2633 IND 4.0 9526 0.0 15.0 9.5
20 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2600 ARM 4.0 9199 0.0 12.5 7.5
21 IM Vishnu Prasanna V 2406 IND 3.5 10135 0.0 14.5 8.5
22 GM Andriasian Zaven 2616 ARM 3.5 10050 0.0 17.0 10.0
23   Ankit R Rajpara 2399 IND 3.5 9994 0.0 14.5 9.0
24 IM Ahmadinia Ebrahim 2379 IRI 3.5 9884 0.0 15.0 9.5
25 GM Arutinian David 2553 GEO 3.5 9877 0.0 14.5 8.5
26 IM Shyam Nikil P 2490 IND 3.5 9766 0.0 15.0 9.0
27 IM Nitin S 2420 IND 3.5 9705 0.0 14.5 8.5
28 GM Kovchan Alexander 2598 UKR 3.5 9702 0.0 14.0 8.0
29 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2581 IRI 3.5 9629 0.0 15.5 9.5
30 GM Volkov Sergey 2623 RUS 3.5 9601 0.0 14.5 9.0

 

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