Abu Dhabi Chess Festival attracts 12 Indian Grandmasters

Ninety Indian players including 12 GMs and 13 IMs are taking part in the Abu Dhabi International Open Chess Championship 2018 in UAE from August 6 to 16. Six coaches are also accompanying the Indian delegation to Abu Dhabi. The team has been sent to the prestigious event as part of an exposure tour ahead of the World Youth and the World Cadets Chess Championships to be held in Greece and Spain later this year.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs is sponsoring the full expenditure of National Youth and Senior championships winners for this exposure trip.

Indian Chess thanks Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for their contribution to the growth of chess.

Former World Junior champion Abhijeet Gupta, ranked 21, heads the Indian challenge. Karthikeyan Murali, two-time National champion, Aravindh Chithambaram Vr, Narayanan.S L, reigning National champion M. R. Lalit Babu and IM Nihal Sarin are other Indians with a rating of over 2500 in the 9-round contest.

Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED Rtg
1 GM Le Quang Liem 12401137 VIE 2727
2 GM Rapport Richard 738590 HUN 2718
3 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2905540 GEO 2717
4 GM Wang Hao 8602883 CHN 2711
5 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 24130737 RUS 2706
6 GM Dubov Daniil 24126055 RUS 2690
7 GM Amin Bassem 10601457 EGY 2683
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel 13300881 ARM 2680
9 GM Sjugirov Sanan 4189302 RUS 2677
10 GM Korobov Anton 14105730 UKR 2662
11 GM Short Nigel D 400025 ENG 2659
12 GM Morozevich Alexander 4116992 RUS 2656
13 GM Akopian Vladimir 13300032 ARM 2655
14 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 14113147 UKR 2653
15 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 1204297 ROU 2644
16 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 12539929 IRI 2636
17 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 9301348 UAE 2635
18 GM Adly Ahmed 10601619 EGY 2634
19 GM Lupulescu Constantin 1207822 ROU 2619
20 GM Vocaturo Daniele 813192 ITA 2617
21 GM Gupta Abhijeet 5010608 IND 2613
22 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 13301616 ARM 2610
23 GM Karthikeyan Murali 5074452 IND 2609
24 GM Jumabayev Rinat 13702661 KAZ 2608
25 GM Andersen Mads 1413864 DEN 2601
26 GM Idani Pouya 12510130 IRI 2599
27 GM Tabatabaei M.Amin 12521213 IRI 2590
28 GM Pantsulaia Levan 13602071 GEO 2587
29 GM Jojua Davit 13602543 GEO 2582
30 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 5072786 IND 2581