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Monday, June 17, 2013

2nd Arab Elite Championship for Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Chess Cup Begins

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Hi everyone,

The 2nd Arab Elite Championship Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Cup with twelve of the highest rated players from eleven Arab countries competing for $20,000 in cash prizes is taking place at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Seeing action in the 9-round Swiss System event are the highest rated representatives of their countries, namely GM Amin Bassem of Egypt (2640), GM Mohamd Al-Modiahki of Qatar (2546), GM Salem A. R. Saleh of the UAE (2531), IM Mohamed Haddouche of Algeria (2470), IM Sami Khader of Jordan (2380), FM Mokliss El Adnani of Morocco (2365), IM Fadi Eid of Lebanon (2357), FM Zoubaier Amdouni of Tunisia (2261), FM Jasem Alhuwar of the UAE (2258), Ahmed Al Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia (2182), Bader Al Hajiri of Kuwait (2045) and Khalil Al Housa of Palestine (1986).

Defending champion is local hero GM Salem who was pitted against his brother FM Alhuwar in the first round. Games are scheduled 6pm daily, 16th to 24th June 2013 at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Visit for results and standings.

Tournament Director is Najeeb Saleh while Chief Arbiter is Saeed Yousuf. Technical Adviser Abdulrahim Mahdi said players from some other Arab countries could not come due to visa problems.

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