Tuesday, February 05, 2008

UAE National Day Chess Championship begins
Khaleej Times (3 December 2007)
By Our Sports Reporter

DUBAI — Two Grandmasters, Elmar Magarimov and Guliev Sarhan, both from Azerbaijan, head a strong field of 76 players from 12 countries in a two-day UAE National Day Chess Championship which began at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club here yesterday.

UAE’s challenge, however, is led by three players, Osman Moosah, Arab gold medallist, Ahmed Issak, Arab under-16 champion and his brother, Saeed, under-14 Arab champion. Three players with international master norms participating in the championship are Fouad Al Taher, Abdul Hamed El Arousy, both from Egypt, and Sharif Mehrshad, from France.

The event, sponsored by Emirates Cooperative Society, opened with five rounds yesterday with the final rounds of four scheduled for today. Closing ceremony will be at 8.30pm. The tournament was inaugurated by Atiq Al Suwaidi, assistant financial manager of Dubai Chess Club. Present also were Suhail Tayeb, technical manager of the club, and Mohammed Al Hussaini, executive director of the club. The championship, being presented by Khalid bin Zayed, a member of UAE National Council, and vice-president of Emirates Cooperative Society, carries a total prize money of Dh10,000. The winner in the men’s category will collect Dh2,000, the runner-up Dh1,500, third placed Dh1,000. The winner in the women’s division will receive Dh500, the boys and girls under-12 winners will get Dh400 each while the best player under-10 will be awarded Dh300 each.
The championship will be held according to Swiss system of nine rounds and Fischer system of 15 minutes plus ten seconds for each player.

Top seeds in impressive form
Khaleej Times (4 December 2007)
By Our Sports Reporter

DUBAI — All the top seeds notched up impressive victories on the first day of the UAE National Day Chess Championship which began at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club on Sunday night.

Top seed Grandmaster Elmar Magerramov of Azerbaijan defeated Hilwan Talal after a close tussle to clinch the valuable point raising his tally to 3 ½ points. Talal, seeded seven, had earlier won his four matches.
Magerramov’s countryman, Guliev Sarhan, also a grandmaster, overcame Gilbert Taupa 1-0 to increase his points tally to three.

Women’s Grandmaster Mahri Geldyeva also improved her position in the championship by beating Fide Master Molina Toni while women’s Fide master Grishina Alexandra defeated Ahmed Osama.
UAE’s Saeed Issak and Mohammed Mousa, both Fide masters, were also in fine form as they recorded great wins to increase their tally to 3 points each.

Issak defeated Abdullah Tato while Mousa had the better of Rafael Natividad.

Results: Elmar Magerramov (GM) bt Hilwan Talal 1-0; Fouad El Talal (IM) bt Tayeb Suhail 1-0; Robert Arellano drew with Abdul Hameed El Arousy (IM); Guliev Sarhan (GM) bt Gilbert Taupa 1-0; Sharif Mehrshad bt Hiba Ali 1-0; Juma Abo bt Abdu Somov 1-0; Geldyeva Mahri bt Molina Toni (FM) 1-0; Saeed Issak bt Abdullah Tato 1-0; Mohammed Mousa bt Rafael Natividad 1-0; Maher Ahmed drew with Elena Nekrasova (WFM); Pocholo Yape bt Abdullah Ali 1-0; Armel Abucejo bt Naif Saleh 1-0; Ahmed Issak (FM) bt Ibrahim Sultan 1-0; Grishina Alexandra bt Ahmed Osama 1-0.

why there was no single game of chess ever shown which is the essence and basis of the tournament? so more would be interested following the website, i am thinking some games would be needed to exhibit which would also justify the results of losses, wins or draws mentioned in the news. As was observed in many international tournaments, they at least shows complete games, thank u.
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