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GM Salem Saleh sustains assault as junior standout Ibrahim Sultan holds Azeri grandmaster to a draw

Lead pack down to eight as Saleh takes on Cuba’s Arencibia in Allegiance to Sheikh Zayed Chess Tournament’s anticipated first all-GM clash Standings after four rounds Rank       Title        Name                                                           Fed          Rtg           Pts. 1               GM          Amin Bassem                                         EGY          2647      4,0 2               GM          Sokolov Ivan                                           NED         2634      4,0 3               GM          Adly Ahmed                                             EGY          2624      4,0 4               GM          Salem A.R. Saleh                                  UAE         2712      ... Read More »

Allegiance to Sheikh Zayed Chess Tournament kicks off with 150 players

Asian champion Salem A.R. Saleh, the UAE’s top-ranked international chess grandmaster (GM), won both his games to lead the early pacesetters of the Allegiance to Sheikh Zayed Chess Tournament on Tuesday night at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Saleh, whose stratospheric 2712 International Chess Federation (Fide) active chess rating makes him the top-seed and the only player rated above ... Read More »

Dubai Chess and Culture Club extends chess training programme to Enoc kids

40 children complete sessions with chess Grandmaster Dubai, UAE (May 27, 2016) – Dubai Chess and Culture Club recently distributed certificates of completion to more than 40 up-and-coming youth players who took part in an exclusive training programme conducted by the club’s top coaches. Two groups of children attended the eight-week training sessions, which were organized in collaboration with the ... Read More »

Four tied for the lead heading into the homestretch of Dubai Open Chess Tournament

Sokolov, Akopian, Jones, Savchenko have six points each British Grandmaster (GM) Gawain Jones and Russia’s GM Boris Savchenko caught up with the leaders after grinding down their respective opponents in drawn-out endgames in the seventh round of the Dubai Open Chess Tournament – Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Cup at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Sixth-round joint leaders GM Vladimir ... Read More »

Sokolov, Akopian share lead after six rounds in Dubai Open Chess Tournament

Sokolov scores back-to-back wins on Saturday; Akopian ends five-game win streak with a draw UAE national coach Grandmaster (GM) Ivan Sokolov rocketed to the lead after back-to-back wins in Saturday’s double round, joining erstwhile solo leader GM Vladimir Akopian of Armenia, who settled for a draw in the sixth round after stringing together five wins in a row in the ... Read More »

GM Gawain Jones rules Dubai Open Blitz Cup

Grandmaster (GM) Gawain Jones of the UK defeated GM Boris Savchenko of Russia in the final round to rule the Dubai Open Blitz Cup on Friday at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Jones overcome an early third-round loss of Egypt’s International Master (IM) Hesham Abdelrahman by scoring 7.5 points from the next eight games to claim the championship with ... Read More »

Howell, Akopian remain at the top

Three-time British champion Grandmaster (GM) David Howell and two-time Armenian champion GM Vladimir Akopian remained the only players with perfect scores after registering emphatic wins in the fourth round of the Dubai Open Chess Championship – Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Cup at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. In matching his clean sweep of his first four games at last ... Read More »