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Eltaj Safarli wins 5th Fujairah Endurance Blitz 2024, Raunak Sadhwani second

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/02/2024

GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) and GM Raunak Sadhwani scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 each at 5th Fujairah Endurance Blitz Rating (Above 2000) 2024. Eltaj won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Raunak was placed second. The sixth round battle between them ended in a draw. They both finished a full point ahead of the field. GM Farrukh Amonatov (TJK) scored sole 6.5/9 to secure third place. The total prize fund of the tournament was AED 130000. The top three prizes in Blitz were AED 7000, 6000 and 5000 each respectively. The tournament was organized by Fujairah Chess and Culture Club on 20th January 2024 at Hotel Novotel in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Photos: FI Niklesh Jain

Top two remain undefeated

GM Raunak Sadhwani and GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) were the coleaders 7/8 heading into the final round. They both drew their round 9 games against GM Gadir Guseinov (AZE) and GM Adam Tukhaev (UKR) respectively. GM Farrukh Amonatov (TJK) also shared the point against GM Victor Bologan (MDA). Eltaj became champion, Raunak second and Farrukh third.

Champion - GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) 7.5/9
Interview with the champion - GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.5/9

Top two in Blitz: 1st GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) 7.5/9 and 2nd GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.5/9

IA IO FI Dr. Abdulla Murad (UAE), President of Fujairah Chess Club, made the inaugural first move

Players in action

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah was the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony

Fujairah Club President - Dr. Abdulla Murad announced the future plans for chess in Fujairah

Organizing Secretary IA IO DI Mohammad Alhallak (SYR) with the trophies given to the winners

On the following day, 20th International Solving Contest took place

Read more about International Solving Contest in a separate report here.

An international standard chess club is currently under construction in Fujairah and is expected to be completed by the end of this year

The Head of ChessBase India Hindi - FI Niklesh Jain, visited the construction site along with club officials and GM Victor Bologan, Executive Director, FIDE Management Board

At present construction is going on at a rapid pace here and in the coming times it will...

...look something like this (artist's impression). ChessBase India will once again bring you special coverage

Video Gallery

GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA) - GM Raunak Sadhwani, Round 2 | Video: ChessBase India
FM Danila Pavlov - GM Victor Bologan (MDA), Round 3 | Video: ChessBase India
GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) - GM Arkadij Naiditsch (AZE), Round 8 | Video: ChessBase India
Vlog: From India to Fujairah, UAE | Video: ChessBase India
Another great chess club is coming, with the tallest and biggest queen in the world! | Video: ChessBase India
FM Danila Pavlov - GM Victor Bologan (MDA), Round 3 | Video: ChessBase India

For more videos, click here.


A total of 38 players including 16 GMs, 5 IMs and a WGM took part from 20 countries across the world. The one-day nine round Blitz Rating (Above 2000) tournament was organized by Fujairah Chess and Cultural Club at Novotel in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on 20th January 2024. The time control of the event was 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMSafarli, EltajAZE2653WFCC_Solving7,50,54943,522586
GMSadhwani, RaunakIND2667WFCC_Solving7,50,548,543,522547
GMAmonatov, FarrukhTJK25466,5046,542,532519
GMErdogdu, Aziz MertTUR23746046,54232481
GMGuseinov, GadirAZE2583WFCC_Solving6045,54122483
GMBologan, VictorMDA2444604541,512412
GMNaiditsch, ArkadijAZE2579WFCC_Solving60454112520
GMTukhaev, AdamUKR2482WFCC-Solving60444012397
GMIordachescu, ViorelMDA2552WFCC_Solving60423842385
GMMchedlishvili, MikheilGEO2522WFCC-Solving5,5043,53922391



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