Salem and six others share the lead at the Sharjah Masters
Salem Abdulrahman Mohamed Saleh (right) reflects on a decision against Niemann Hans Moke as Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla and Omar Noman Al Ali look on.
Gulf Today, journalist
The third round of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship produced some interesting results.
The fourth edition of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship takes place under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Sovereign of Sharjah.
The top 60 players representing 30 countries participate in the championship, which has a purse of $ 60,000.
The third round of the tournament took place under the supervision of Raja’i Al Sousi, executive director, Omar Noman Al Ali, deputy general secretary of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, and Husan Turdialiyev, vice president of the Chess Federation of ‘Uzbekistan. .
Sousi praised the strength of the competition and the level of chess players participating in the Sharjah International Masters Championship.
“41 Grandmasters, two female Grandmasters, 13 International Masters and two FIDE Masters show the strength of the players that the championship has attracted despite the challenges posed by the pandemic,” he added.
The high level of the competition was such that the organizing committee of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club had to reject the participation of 80 players because they did not reach the required level.
“With the fourth edition of the Sharjah Masters, the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club is proving its pioneering role, hosting such strong competition and earning praise for its organizational skills and infrastructure.”
Aiming to lift the trophy at home, UAE Grandmaster Salem Abdulrahman Mohamed Saleh dominated the proceedings from the start. Making superb moves on the board, the Emirati defeated American grandmaster Niemann Hans Moke.
In 2017, Salem tied for first place in the 1st Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship with Wang Hao, B. Adhiban, Martyn Kravtsiv, Yuriy Kryvoruchko and SP Sethuraman.
Indian grandmaster SL Narayanan, who enjoyed quite a bit of success in online chess tournaments during the coronavirus pandemic, stunned veteran Turkish grandmaster Mustafa Yilmaz.
The Egyptian Grand Master Ahmed Adly drew with the French Grand Master Jules Moussard while the Georgian Mchedlishvili Mikheil also drew with the Indian Grand Master Arjun Erigaisi.
Iranian Grandmaster Seyyed Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei defeated Turkish Grandmaster Can Emre.
On the fifth chessboard, Ukrainian grandmaster Pavel Eljanov, who won two team gold medals and one individual silver medal at the Chess Olympics, defeated Armenian grandmaster Tigran K Harutyunyan.
The third round also saw some surprises as Indian grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta, who is the first player to win the Commonwealth Chess Championship five times, surprised by beating Uzbekistan Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Bassem Amin, one of the top-rated Egyptian and African players, drew with German-Swiss grandmaster Sebastian Bogner.
Saeed Ishaq of the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai Chess Club was pitted against Ukrainian grandmaster Vitaliy Bernadskiy.
International Master Ishaq managed to beat Bernadskiy after a close match.
The Syrian master of FIDE Sohib Okla found success after his victory over Indian Dushyant Sharma.
After the conclusion of the third round, Salem, Moussard, Mikheil, Adly and Erigaisi lead the Sharjah Master International Ches Championship with 2.5 points each.
Narayanan and Amin Tabatabaei share second place.
Fast Contracting Company, National Paints and Centro Sharjah Hotel are the sponsors of the fourth edition of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.
The Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club was established in 1979 and joined the UAE Chess League in June 1981 with the aim of disseminating the game in the emirate of Sharjah.