2nd Arab Elite Championship Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Cup
Monday, 17 June 2013 08:54
The 2nd Arab Elite Championship Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Cup with twelve of the highest rated players from eleven Arab countries competing for $20,000 in cash prizes is taking place at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Seeing action in the 9-round Swiss System event are the highest rated representatives of their countries, namely GM Amin Bassem of Egypt (2640), GM Mohamd Al-Modiahki of Qatar (2546), GM Salem A. R. Saleh of the UAE (2531), IM Mohamed Haddouche of Algeria (2470), IM Sami Khader of Jordan (2380), FM Mokliss El Adnani of Morocco (2365), IM Fadi Eid of Lebanon (2357), FM Zoubaier Amdouni of Tunisia (2261), FM Jasem Alhuwar of the UAE (2258), Ahmed Al Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia (2182), Bader Al Hajiri of Kuwait (2045) and Khalil Al Housa of Palestine (1986).
Defending champion is local hero GM Salem who was pitted against his brother FM Alhuwar in the first round. Games are scheduled 6pm daily, 16th to 24th June 2013 at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Visit chess-results.com for results and standings.
Tournament Director is Najeeb Saleh while Chief Arbiter is Saeed Yousuf. Technical Adviser Abdulrahim Mahdi said players from some other Arab countries could not come due to visa problems.
Live games at http://www.arabfide.com/arabfide2013/arabfide2013/
Starting the clock of the top board game between GM Amin Bassem of Egypt (left) and IM Eid Fadi of Lebanon are, from left, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council Dr. Ahmed Saad Al Sharif, UAE Chess Federation President Saeed Al Megbali, UAE Sport Authority General Secretary Ibrahim Abdul Malik and Arab Chess Federation president Ibrahim Al Bannai, president of the Dubai Chess Club.
The photo of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov adorns the prestigious Cup at stake in the tournament with the top prize of $8,000.