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Tabatabaei wins Al Ain Spring Chess Festival Blitz 2023, Arjun Erigaisi second and Raunak third

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/05/2023

GM Arjun Erigaisi does not plan on slowing down. After winning 6th Sharjah Masters, he went to Al Ain to play in the Al Ain Spring Chess Festival Blitz 2023. Iran no.2 GM M Amin Tabatabaei scored 8.5/11 to finish first. His sole loss of the event was against the eventual second runner-up, GM Raunak Sadhwani. Five players - GM Arjun Erigaisi, Raunak, GM Adham Fawzy (EGY), GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) and GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA) scored 8/11 each. They were placed second to fifth according to tie-breaks. All top ten finishers lost at least one game each. The total prize fund of the tournament was 20000 AED (approx. ₹449640). The top three prizes were 5000 + trophy, 4000 and 3000 AED along with a medal each respectively. Arjun and Raunak won ₹89928 and ₹67446 approx. The one-day blitz rating tournament was organized by Al-Ain Chess Club & Mind Games. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Only GMs in top ten

Apart from Arjun and Raunak, GM S L Narayanan and GM Leon Luke Mendonca are the only two other Indians to make a top ten finish. They scored 7.5/11 and 7/11 each to secure seventh and eighth place respectively.

Champion - GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Runner-up - GM Arjun Erigaisi 8/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up - GM Raunak Sadhwani 8/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Raunak Sadhwani 8/11, 2nd GM Arjun Erigaisi 8/11 and 1st GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

4th GM Adham Fawzy (EGY) 8/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

5th GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) 8/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Best Woman - WIM Cecile Haussernot (FRA) 6.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

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A total of 50 players including 12 GMs, an IM and a WIM participated from 18 countries across the world. The one-day nine-round Swiss league Blitz Rating tournament was organized by Al-Ain Chess Club & Mind Games at Hili Rotana Hotel in Al Ain, UAE on 26th May 2023. The time control for the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15GMTabatabaei, M. AminIRI25758,507671
21GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27198077,571,5
34GMSadhwani, RaunakIND26318076,571,5
49GMFawzy, AdhamEGY2539807671
53GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI26558075,571
68GMIordachescu, ViorelMDA25528074,570
810GMMendonca, Leon LukeIND2464707873
92GMNiemann, Hans MokeUSA27087076,571,5
1011GMKuybokarov, TemurAUS2458707369



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