5 points together with grandmasters
Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L.
Abu Dhabi: Russian Grandmaster
Igor Kurnosov became the sole leader of the Masters Championship at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Chess Festival after beating Romanian Grandmaster
Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the fourth round and French Grandmaster
Andrei Istratescu in the fifth to take his tally to 4.
5 points apiece taking home $1,370 (Dh5,032) each, namely Armenian grandmasters
Vladimir Akopian, Tigran L.
A strong group of 84 players from 21 countries took part in the one-day competition, including 21 Grandmasters
and 9 International Masters.
The top seed is Grandmaster
Jobava Baadur of Georgia with a rating of 2,705, followed by Loek Van Wely of Netherlands, rated 2,691.
A record 40 grandmasters
are competing in the strong Dubai Open.
Saleh held Grandmaster
Al Modiahki Mohammad of Qatar to a draw.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov played an exhibition match against 30 participants in the festival's under-15 competition and won 28 of them while settling for a tie with UAE youngster Saif Al Hamed.
Chinese chess prodigy Grandmaster
Yu Yangyi beat pre-tournament favourite Grandmaster
Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, the former world champion, to emerge the champion of the 1st Qatar Masters Open, the strongest open tournament in chess history, in Doha on Thursday.
Qatar Masters Open will bring in 160 players to the country--100 of them are Grandmasters
with 20 being Women Grandmasters
--representing 40 countries for the prestigious tournament.
Eldar Gasanov, Valeriy Neverov of Ukraine, John Paul Gomez of Philippines and Russian Grandmaster
Alexander Evdokimov are giving company to Lalith, Rajpara and Sattarov at joint second spot with six points each.
PUPILS from three Teesside primary schools are set to check out grandmasters
at a major chess tournament.
With more than 45 years experience in Wing Chun, Kwok is the disciple of both Grandmasters
Ip Chun and Ip Ching, sons of the legendary Ip Man.
India is really big on chess with so many Grandmasters
and so many major tournaments.
He gives information on the tournament's history, each match, specific rounds, games, and plays (with board diagrams), background on the players, crosstables, anecdotes, and perspectives from grandmasters