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Fide World Championship Dubai 2021


Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Cup kicks off in Dubai

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Cup in honour of the late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, organized by Dubai Chess and Culture Club is underway in Dubai. The international chess tournament  is also a tribute to one of the biggest sports patrons of Dubai and the UAE.

A total of 24 invited elite grandmasters are competing for the $30,000 in total prize fund at the venue of the world’s most significant events taking place this year: the FIDE World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi and the Expo 2020 in Dubai. This includes a $9,000 fund allocated for prizes for female players.

The line-up of the tournament includes Vladislav Kovalev (FIDE), Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), Salem A.R. Saleh (UAE), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Bassem Amin (Egypt), Loek van Wely (Netherlands), Hans Moke Niemann (USA) and two female players Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kazakhstan) and Irene Kharisma Sukandar (Indonesia).

The event is taking place from 6–9 December 2021 at the Expo 2020 Dubai Exhibition Centre. During the first three days of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Cup, players compete in the nine-round Swiss System tournament with 15 minutes for the entire game, plus a 10-second increment starting from move one. On Thursday, December 09, 11 rounds of blitz (3 min + 2 sec/move) will be played.

After six rounds of play, Hans Moke Niemann and Vladimir Fedoseev are sharing first place with five points each. So far, the American has been undefeated, whereas the Russian compensated for his single loss with five victories. The leaders are followed by Bartosz Socko  and  Vladislav Kovalev sitting on 4 points.

All the results, standings and pairings can be found here.

Photo: Eric Rosen

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