Reports | April 17, 2014 6:45

Romain Edouard First in Dubai With 8.0/9

Romain Edouard of France won the 16th Dubai Open with a tremendous score: 8.0/9, good for a 2856 performance rating. He won 22 rating points (getting pretty close to 2700) and a cheque of $10,000, while Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela) shared the second and third prizes.

All photos courtesy of the Dubai Open

After three rounds five GMs and one FM were tied for first place in Dubai, as was reportedGM Romain Edouard of France, GM Axel Bachmann of Paraguay, GM Abhijeet Gupta of India, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela and GM Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan as well as FM Hatim Al-Hadarani of Yemen.

In round 4, Edouard and Bachmann drew on board one, and so did Ismagambetov and Iturrizaga on two. Gupta was the “lucky one” to get paired against the FM, and won quite a nice game against him:

Abhijeet Gupta

The very next day one of the top matches in the tournament took place, and it was a dramatic one. Gupta was outplaying his French opponent from the opening, but then, getting closer to the time control, he missed several chances for a big advantage. After move 40 the Indian got confused, and lost a game he should never have lost.

In the same round Vladimir Akopian had a nice finish. Can you play like him?

That was nice, but the next day Akopian was less sharp. He got an advantage in the middlegame against Edouard, but allowed his opponent to reach a complicated ending. And then he blundered big time.

In the same round there was a typical opening mistake, untypically played by a 2660 grandmaster!

Meanwhile, Gupta got back to half a point behind Edouard as his winning attempts in a drawn position were rewarded:

Round 7 saw 7 draws at the top, so let's skip that and move on to round 8. Edouard played an excellent game:

So did Gupta:

With one round to go, Edouard was on 7.5/8 and had a full point lead over Gupta. A draw was enough for the Frenchman, who didn't shy away from complications in the final round:

Gupta collapsed and lost without a chance against Iturrizaga.

And so Edouard won the Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup and the first prize of $10,000, having survived several worse positions. Was he lucky? Yes. But he certainly had the strongest nerves at the decisive moments, and he didn't play for a draw in the last round. Perhaps it's time to start calling the 23-year-old Frenchman Mr Cool.

Dubai Open 2014 | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 3 GM Edouard Romain FRA 2670 8 20691 0 51,5
2 10 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2635 7 20242 0 48,5
3 8 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2639 7 20098 0 48
4 17 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2603 6,5 20248 0 52
5 12 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2630 6,5 20178 0 52
6 16 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2607 6,5 20049 0 50
7 4 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2667 6,5 19747 0 47
8 14 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2627 6,5 19325 0 47,5
9 7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2650 6,5 19260 0 46,5
10 1 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2698 6 20607 0 54
11 24 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2568 6 20416 0 48,5
12 27 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2556 6 20372 0 48,5
13 39 GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2481 6 20319 0 47,5
14 47 IM Georgiadis Nico SUI 2421 6 20261 0 47
15 15 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2610 6 20045 0 51
16 6 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2656 6 19984 0 49
17 22 GM Bogner Sebastian SUI 2587 6 19955 0 47
18 28 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2554 6 19900 0 48,5
19 2 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2674 6 19893 0 51
20 31 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2513 6 19713 0 49
21 26 GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2557 6 19642 0 50
22 13 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2628 6 19596 0 46,5
23 11 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2635 6 19580 0 48
24 21 GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2594 6 19447 0 46
25 9 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2637 6 19392 0 47
26 18 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2601 6 19355 0 47
27 33 GM Kostenko Petr KAZ 2506 6 19192 0 45
28 25 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2568 6 18873 0 45,5
29 35 GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2493 5,5 20560 0 55,5
30 54 IM Ahmadinia Ebrahim IRI 2353 5,5 20363 0 49,5

Full standings here

The Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, more known as the Dubai Open, took place 7-17 April, 2014 at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the 16th edition 148 participants from 39 countries played, including 38 GMs and 8 WGMs, 16 IMs, 3 WIMs, 10 FMs and 5 WFMs. Games via TWIC.

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Anonymous's picture

Not that bad to be in Carlsen team

Anil Philip's picture

The topper won 3 games which was lost position. But this Euopen sight did not mention anything at all. But when Abijith Gupta won a game by luck they specifically mentioned it. Look chessvibes mentality. Chessives dont think that other are fools.

Anonymous's picture

Anil, you should READ ( you know the verb READING ) the entire article with analysis before talking

Anonymous's picture

I stay in Dubai and all day I was in the playing hall.

Anil Philip's picture

I was there in Dubai Chess Club in all days.

Anonymous's picture

you could have been on the moon, it doesn't change the fact that you didn't read the analysis and that your comment is rude and unfair

duda's picture

Maybe you should actually check the analysis of the games before leaving a comment like that, Anil.

Bronkenstein's picture

My favorite detail (from Al-Hadarani - Gupta, that is the very first game in this report) is GM´s 23...Bh6!? inviting 24.g4? Nf6!, and fine point is 25.Bxe5 Nxh3! =)

Goendi's picture

@chess.com/PD: it would be nice if you would adjust your website once more. I told it before, but the way content is being listed and displayed, makes bluecoat filters block articles.

Example: I (and possibly many others from now) are unable to see the games you display as bluecoat classifies them as "games" and "inappropriate". This wasn't the case before, so I assume something was changed.

I'm not gonna change the company's bluecoat configuration - so please correct it on your side.

Manoj's picture

I have the same problem. I could not access the click-thorugh games because they didnt pass my company's bluecoat configuration ("games" "inappropriate"). I could access these earlier. Wonder what has changed!

Remco G's picture

Well, they *are* games. Seems everything is working correctly?

Surfdude's picture

Dear editor,
In your article you say, incorrectly: 'With one round to go, Edouard was on 7,5/8.'
You mean 7/8.

Keep up the good work.

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