Dubai Open 2017: Gawain Jones wins

Dubai Open 2017: Gawain Jones wins

The annual Dubai Open is a regular affair for many grandmasters and talented youngsters. This time, about 214 players were competing for USD 50,000. Surprisingly, 91 of these players were Indians. We bring you an illustrated report with grandmaster analysis. Tip: Alexander Fier of Brazil who finished eighth in the tournament has annotated his final round game in wonderful depth that you just should not miss—the analysis is a work of grandmaster art. 65415
Gawain Jones

Former British champion GM Gawain Christopher Jones forced a draw in his last round game against co-leader Mustafa Yilmaz of Turkey to finish with 7.0/9 and win a 7-way tie for first place. Jones is on a roll these last few months, with a second place in Millionaires Chess and also the winning performance at the TATA Steel-B coming to mind.

Mustafa Yilmaz01

Turkish GM Mustafa Yilmaz (2614), also 1.0/9, was second in the tiebreak.

91 players of the total field, which accounts for 43%, were from India. The number was reduced somewhat thanks to the cheating scandal that occurred towards the beginning of the tournament. The leader of this pack of Indian players, most of them young talented kids was...
Vidit Gujrathi

GM Vidit Gujrathi (2670), who also scored 7.0/9 to take the third place. Here is a beautiful game of his where he beat GM Antipov (2586) with a great mix of concrete play and strategic understanding.

Sergei Zhigalko

GM Sergei Zhigalko (2639)


Spare a thought for IM Jaime Santos Latasa (2565) who was leading after six rounds with 5.5/9, only to fall apart towards the end, finishing with 6.0/9, +12 in Elo and a GM norm performance nevertheless.

Eduardo Iturrizaga

The only player from Venezuela in the tournament, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (2671), was fourth.

Anton Korobov

The top seed GM Anton Korobov (2695) of Ukraine started with a loss against Azeri player Vusal Abbasov (2211), but then mounted a comeback as expected and was vying for the top place, which was prevented by a final round loss to.

Alexander Fier

ChessBase author GM Alexander Fier (2562) was also playing the tournament and he scored 6.5/9 to become first among equals and take the eighth place. The honesty and candour in his analysis are remarkable. Let me not spoil it with my words—enjoy it for yourself.


IM Praggnanandhaa R. (2447) finished with 6.5/9 after his opponent for the final round GM Eltaj Safarli failed (refused?) to turn up for the game. Strangely, one could see Safarli playing immediately after this tournament ended at the GRENKE Chess Open. For Pragg, each game matters as a learning experience to move forward. Even though he was not in the running for a norm, depriving him of a chance to play is cruel, if it was done intentionally.


Rk. Name Pts.  TB1
1 Jones Gawain C B 7,0 0,0
2 Yilmaz Mustafa 7,0 0,0
3 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 7,0 0,0
4 Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 7,0 0,0
5 Adly Ahmed 7,0 0,0
6 Zhigalko Sergei 7,0 0,0
7 Rakhmanov Aleksandr 7,0 0,0
8 Fier Alexandr 6,5 0,0
9 Amin Bassem 6,5 0,0
10 Idani Pouya 6,5 0,0
Check complete standings.

19th Dubai Open 2017 (Dubai UAE) Mon 3rd Apr 2017 - Wed 12th Apr 2017 - Official Site - Results

19th Dubai Open 2017 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC: 90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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