«Dubai Open Chess Tournament 2016». Chess fiesta on the Persian Gulf

 

The sprint distance of the Abu-Dhabi open allows one to divide it into three-round sections. Thus, today the opening was completed and the players move into the middlegame phase. One of the favourites disposed of his Turkish opponent convincingly:

Howell-Can Emre

David had been pressing from the opening and now landed the decisive blow: 30.Nxe5 – and Can decided to spare himself any further suffering . Black resigns (1:0)

A head-spinning game was played on board two:

Gopal-Jobava

The Georgian has created a typically unclear and original position, but on this occasion, he caught a Tartar. The Indian was happy to meet his opponent head-on. 21…d5!? – Instead of 21…Nxe4 Black throws fat onto the fire. Here intuition plays a big part and Baadur's opponent's initially let him down. 22.Bh4 – an inaccuracy (22.Nxd5) 22…Qd6 23.Ne7 Rxe7 24.Bxe7 Qxe7 25.Nxd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5 c6 27.Ba2 Nxa4 – even a player such as Jobava would find it difficult to choose Stockfish's recommendation 27…Bxb2. But maybe he should have done? 28.c3 Nc5 29.e5 Ba6 30.Qe3

It would be interesting to know what conclusions the players drew in the post-mortem. White is prepared to push his central pawns, but what about Black? In any event, the move he chose 30…a4 turned out not to be too successful: 31.f5 Qg5 32.e6 fxe6 33.fxe6 Qxe3 34.Rxe3 and the white rooks and powerful passed pawn decide the game in Gopal's favour. 34…Nb3 35.Rd7 Bf6 36.Rg3 Bg5 37.h4 Bc4 38.hxg5 Bxe6 39.gxh6

The deceased e-pawn is replaced by its colleague on the h-file: 39…Kh8 40.Re7 Bf5 41.Rf3 Bc2 42.Rf6 Nc1 43.Be6 a3 44.bxa3 Ne2 45.Kh2 Nxc3 46.Rb7 Ne4 47.Rf4 b5 48.Bf5 Black resigns (1:0). Baadur was disappointed, of course, but not too much so - it didn't work out this time, but it will next! 

Moscow Champion Boris Savchenko in a new role?

And lower down? There were many strong players there after two rounds, and most met opponents of a lower class. 

Antipov-Nyazi

Mikhail has just played 29.f2-f3, leaving the blakc knight until later. The Arab player was so disappointed with his position that he missed the chance 29… Bb5 – after which the world under-20 champion would have had to win the game again. Instead there followed 29…Nxe4 30.fxe4 Bc8 31.Bh6 Qf7 32.Qe2 Qd7 33.g4 Qc7 34.Qf2 Qe7 35.Kg2 a5 36.Ne1 a4 37.Nf3 a3 38.Ng5 Ra4 39.Rf1 Bxg4 40.Rxb7

The unfortunate steed finally perishes! Black resigns (1:0)

All of the top seed's opponents are playing with special care and attention against him. Today Ivan could only draw with Kivanc-а Haznadaroglu (Turkey)… and his current score is +1 =2.

Pairings for round 4:

Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi the World Student Championship has ended. Yet another interesting tournament! A real chess fiesta is taking place over these two weeks in the UAE! 

Vladimir Fedoseev led the youth event.

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