Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Begins
Abu Dhabi: No surprises were achieved in the first round of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, with the top seeds winning their encounters in the three competitions that got underway here on Sunday.
The annual event, held under the patronage of Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, was opened by Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Society Development and the President of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, at the Sofitel Hotel.
Hussain Abdullah Khory, Chairman of organisers the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club, welcomed the players and said: “We achieved a great success this year with a record 342 players from 30 different countries taking part in the festival.” Khory wished all the competitors good luck in the competition.
A total of 49 highly-rated players are competing in the Masters Championship, with Grand Master Igor Kurnosov from Russia the top seed. Kurnosov won his first match by beating International Master Sergio Estremera Panos, while second seed GM Andrei Istratescu from France overcame Misratdin Iskandarov.
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