Teenage grandmasters look to stamp class in Dubai Open Chess Tournament

Abu Dhabi champ Arjun Erigaisi and also Magnus Carlsen-conqueror R. Praggnanandhaa amongst very early favourites

2 of the best young gamers in the global chess circuit want to proceed their remarkable kind as they begin 9 back-breaking rounds of classic chess activity in the 22nd Dubai Open Chess Event on Saturday at the Dubai Chess and also Society Club.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, fresh from a giant-killing spree in the FTX Crypto Mug in Miami where he lowered globe champ Magnus Carlsen in a remarkable final-round experience last Sunday, and also Arjun Erigaisi, that just 2 days ago bested an area of 43 topflight grandmasters and also over a hundred various other entitled gamers to rule the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Celebration, have actually arised very early favourites to rule in Dubai.

Praggnanandhaa, that transformed 17 this month, and also Erigaisi, that will certainly commemorate his 19th birthday celebration throughout the penultimate round of the Dubai competition on September 3, likewise come off an effective project at the Fide Globe Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India. Praggnanandhaa, playing 3rd board for India 2, grabbed group and also specific bronze medals, while Erigaisi won silver on 3rd board and also was the greatest marker for fourth-placer India 1.

The adolescent grandmasters (GM) will certainly be up versus among the most difficult areas in the Dubai competition’s background, where practically the whole Indian group that won the bronze medal throughout the Olympiad, too gamers from Olympiad champs Uzbekistan and also runners-up Armenia, will certainly be contending.

Participants of the Indian and also Uzbekistan Olympiad groups, both mainly powered by chess natural born players hardly out of senior high school, are presently the salute of the chess globe following their thrilling efficiency at the Chennai Olympiad, placing them straight in the crosshairs of the greater than 100 entitled gamers, consisting of 35 grandmasters, going after for the title in Dubai.

Praggnanandhaa will certainly be signed up with by Olympiad colleagues GM Nihal Sarin, 18, GM Raunak Sadhwani, 16, and also GM Adhiban Baskaran, 30.

GM Dommaraju Gukesh, 16, the greatest discovery of this year’s Olympiad having actually nabbed the gold medal on very first board in advance of Carlsen, will certainly not be contending in Dubai. Gukesh is presently playing in the Turkish Chess Organization, although his name was previously noted amongst the competition individuals. Additionally playing in Dubai are GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov, that played 5th board for Uzbekistan in Chennai, and also GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, that manned the 3rd board for Armenia.

The Olympiad medallists will certainly encounter tight competitors versus an area of greater than 170 gamers from 35 nations, led by this year’s highest-rated gamer GM Alexandr Predke of Russia, that has a global ranking of 2692.

2 previous champs are likewise trying a 2nd offering of the desirable chess crown– 1999 inaugural champion GM Vladimir Akopian, a previous Armenian champ currently betting the United States, and also 2011 champ GM Abhijeet Gupta of India.

The Dubai Open, back after a two-year respite because of the pandemic, hangs an overall reward fund of $50,000, with $13,000 mosting likely to the champ. Gamings are played each day from 5pm.

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