The leaderboard was trimmed down to just two players who will now clash for the pole position in fifth round of the 22nd Dubai Open Chess Tournament.
The tournament’s two highest rated players and sixth-round co-leaders GM Alexandr Predke of Russia and GM Arjun Erigaisi of India drew their game, ensuring both players remained in the lead with six points each.
Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship is being held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Top Grandmaster and Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club player Salem Abdulrahman Mohamed Saleh left the UAE on Monday to participate in the Prague International Masters Championship.
Abdusattorov, who demonstrated the potential of the Sicilian Paulsen-Taimanov, scored a crucial game against Saleh Salem in round seven which paved the way for his victory.
Armenian Grandmaster Maria Gevorgyan took the top honours at the 4th FBMA Blitz Chess Championship, which concluded on Sunday. The tournament attracted over 100 registered players from 17 countries and carried a prize purse of Dhs33,000.
Issa Hilal Al Hazami, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council, received in his office Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the World Chess Federation, and his assistant Konstantin Kiselev.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Al Nahyan has won the presidency of the Asian Chess Federation by acclamation for a fifth term until 2026, after closing the door for candidacy for the elections without any competitor applying for the position of president.
The Portuguses star footballer recently appeared in a glamorous ad for Louis Vuitton alongside long-time rival Lionel Messi, in which the pair were photographed playing chess. He said with a smile: “I would like to be the player who tells Messi checkmate."