Top seed GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko of Ukraine beat FM Othman Mousa of the UAE as favorites hurdled their opening round assignments in the 20th Dubai Open Chess Championship at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai.

A record 164 players from 33 countries are seeing action in the strong tournament including 36 Grandmasters, 24 International Masters, 5 Woman Grandmasters, 7 Woman International Masters, 16 FIDE Masters and 4 Woman FIDE Masters.

Kryvoruchko, 32, a former Ukrainian champion, is rated 2703. Also winning as expected in the first round were Grandmasters rated over 2600, namely Amin Bassem (2700) of Egypt, Gawain Jones (2675) of England, Vladimir Akopian (2667) of Armenia, David Anton Guijarro (2653) of Spain, Eltaj Safarli (2653) of Azerbaijan, Aleksandr Rakhmanov (2652) of Russia, Vladislav Kovalev (2648) of Belarus, Sandro Mareco (2645) of Argentina, Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2642) of India, S.P. Sethuraman (2631) of India, Ahmed Adly (2626) of Egypt, Mustafa Yilmaz (2626) of Turkey, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela, Mykhailo Oleksiyenko (2621) of Ukraine, Aghijeet Gupta (2617) of India, Alexander Zubov (2606) of Ukraine, Amin Tabatabaei (2605) of Iran.

Under the Patronage of Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the tournament is a 9-round Swiss system with games scheduled 5:30 pm daily except for Saturday, 7 April, when two rounds are scheduled 10am and 6pm. At stake is a total of $50,000 in cash prizes with a top prize of $13,000 for the champion. Top games are broadcast live on the internet. Visit official site www.dubaichess.ae or find full results and standings in chess-results.com.

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