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Friday, April 20, 2012

Dubai Chess Open R5: Akopian, Ni Hua in Joint Lead

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Hi everyone,

Vladimir Akopian of Armenia and Ni Hua of China are in shared first place after five rounds at the Dubai Open. Both GMs scored 4.5/5 and will meet each other in round 6 on Saturday. The 14th Dubai Open, also called the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, is currently under way in the Dubai Chess & Culture Club. The tournament is named after the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The prize fund of US $50,000 has attracted a number of strong grandmasters: the top 10 present consists of Baadur Jobava, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Sokolov, Viorel Iordachescu, Abhijeet Gupta, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Tigran Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi and Ni Hua.

The first round saw few upsets but Marcos Marvin (2079) of the Philippines managed to beat GM Georgy Timoshenko (2569) of Ukraine and Shekhar Madhurima (1947) drew with GM Morteza Mahjoob (2455) of Iran. After four rounds only Ni Hua of China still had a 100% score. You can read the full report in ChessVibes.

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