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Korobov hot in Abu Dhabi

Another success this summer for Anton Korobov, this time in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from the 12th to the 20th of August 2010 where he finished ahead of 25 other players on 6.5/9.
His opponent in the photo was the highest-placed non-GM Mohseb Sharbaf.

The Gulf states have become more present in the chess world in recent years. The first notable venture was the Dubai Olympiad in 1986, but since then serious training programs have led to a general improvement in the strength throughout the region. Strong open tournaments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi give the local players a chance to compete against visiting GMs.

Titled players in the region:

RankingNationGMsIMsWGMs
46Iran5102
73Iraq050
83UAE240
86Yemen030
132*Qatar310
139Bahrain000

Qatar's world ranking is rather meaningless as they have three GMs (one of them being female Zhu Chen), but lack a sufficient number of active Elo-rated players for their country to have an appropriately high-ranking.

In the Ramadan Masters Open in Abu Dhabi (26 players in a 9 Round Swiss) the favourite Anton Korobov took clear first place with 6.5/9. Another success for this young Ukrainian who is definitely making a name for himself at the moment. How long will it be before the Ukraine can boast yet another 2700 player?

There were ten grandmasters, and a nice mix of nationalities, present in this classical time limit open (90 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds for all moves, is slightly faster than most but still qualifies for this category).

Final results:

1 GM Anton Korobov UKR 2657 6,5
2 GM Zurab Sturua GEO 2512 6,0
3 GM Sarhan Guliev AZE 2485 6,0
4 GM Ashot Anastasian ARM 2578 5,5
5 GM Avetik Grigoryan ARM 2584 5,5
6 FM Mohsen Sharbaf IRI 2370 5,5
7 GM Basem Amin EGY 2568 5,5
8 GM Gadir GuseinovAZE 2611 5,5
9 FM Jasem AlhuwarUAE 2311 5
10 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2409 5
11 GM Arun Prasad S IND 2535 5
12 GM Vadim Malakhatko BEL 2576 5

Note the presence of the Iranian (Mohsen Sharbaf) and United Arab Emirates (Jasem Alhuwar) FMs getting up amongst the big stars.

One of the world's fastest growing cities.

Abu Dhabi is now well known as a major sporting venue as well as one of the most dynamic cities in the Arab world.

This Persian Gulf city has grown dramatically in recent years despite being on the edge of a desert.

For more information concerning the event go to the Official site


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