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Saturday, August 31, 2013

President Chess Cup in Dubai: Omar Noaman wins Clear First

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 
The prestigious President Cup Tournament was held from 15th to 22nd August, 2013, at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club in Dubai, UAE. Top seeded player International Master Omar Noaman from Sharjah won the competition with 8,5 points from nine rounds.

CM Faisal Abdulla of Abu Dhabi Chess Club was runners-up with 7,5 points while FM Ibrahim Mohamed Khouri also from Abu Dhabi chess Club was placed third with 7 points. Mansour Abbas finished fourth with 5 points.

The tournament had a notable absence of Grandmaster Salem A.R.Saleh, the defending Champion, who was away playing in the World Cup at Tromso, Norway.

Mahdi Abdu Rahim, the Technical Secretary of the UAE Chess Federation, said: “The tournament was held smoothly as per FIDE Rules and will be a FIDE rated chess event”.

Saud Mohammed, the Manager of UAE Chess Federation, said: “The tournament showcased the best talents in UAE and also provided a unique opportunity for the budding chess players to hone their skills”.

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