Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dragan Solak and Five Players Shared First at Dubai Chess Open 2015

(bahasa Indonesia di bawah)
Nine rounds of chess is not enough to determine a clear winner for 17th Dubai Chess Open 2015. More than 150+ participants in this open event, and about 30+ titled master are join in. The top seeds is Englishman GM David Howell with 2687 elo rating, followed by Russian Vladimir Fedoseev. In the end, GM Dragan Solak from Turkey wins the first spot with 7/9 scores. He is joined by other five players with 7/9. Other interesting report is American GM Alexander Shabalov on the runner-ups line up with his great 6.5/9 performance.

The tournament become international sensation thanks to the cheating scandal by IM Gaioz Nigalidze from Georgia. The incident widely covered in chess sites as well as international media. Here some of the story compilation:

First report by Russian website - www.chess-news.ru/en
The Guardian - The Chess Toilet Scandal Shows Cheating isn't Black and White
BBC - Chess Player Out of Competition after Toilet Phone Use
The Washington Post - Chess Grandmaster Accused of Using iPhone to Cheat during international tournament

Repeating story on the cheating scandal in Dubai :

“Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet,” Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said. “I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.”

Petrosian complained to the officials. After Nigalidze left the bathroom once more, officials inspected the interior and say they found an iPhone wrapped in toilet paper and hidden behind the toilet.

“When confronted, Nigalidze denied he owned the device,” according to the tournament’s Web site. “But officials opened the smart device and found it was logged into a social networking site under Nigalidze’s account. They also found his game being analyzed in one of the chess applications.” - The Washington Post

Nevertheless, here the results for 17th Dubai Chess Open 2015:

Final Standings Dubai Chess Open 2015

1 Solak Dragan TUR 7
2 Howell David W L ENG 7
3 Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 7
4 Istratescu Andrei FRA 7
5 Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 7
6 Safarli Eltaj AZE 7
7 Shabalov Alexander USA 6.5
8 Grandelius Nils SWE 6.5
9 Mammadov Zaur AZE 6.5
10 Fier Alexandr BRA 6.5
11 Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 6.5
12 Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 6.5
13 Guseinov Gadir AZE 6
14 Kovalenko Igor LAT 6
15 Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 6
16 Zhigalko Sergei BLR 6
17 Das Sayantan IND 6
18 Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 6
19 Bartel Mateusz POL 6
20 Ipatov Alexander TUR 6
full list on chess-results

Dragan Solak for winning Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Cup
Best performance under 2300 : 1- Deshpande Anirudha 2-Rajarishi Karthi 3-Soozankar A.M
Best Arab Results: 1- Ezat Mohamed 2-Abdelnabi Imed 3-Yousry Salah
Best Female Results: 1- Mammadzada Gunay 2- Karavade Eesha 3- Yildiz Betul 
Best UAE Results: 1- Ahmad Farid 2- Saeed Ishaq 3- Hamdan Marshoul 


Turnamen catur terbuka di Dubai, yaitu 17th Dubai Chess Open 2015 dimenangkan oleh pecatur Dragan Solak. Dragan tampil sebagai rangking 1 walaupun ada sekitar 5 pecatur lainnya yang memperoleh nilai sama, yaitu 7 dari 9 babak. Pecatur Inggris David Howell termasuk di antaranya. Lihat final standing di atas. Dragan Solak adalah pecatur Serbia yang pindah federasi ke Turkey.

Turnamen Dubai Open 2015 ini menyita perhatian dunia karena skandal curang oleh pecatur IM Gaioz Nigalidze dari Georgia. Gaioz adalah dua kali juara nasional Georgia malah. Sewaktu pertandingan melawan pecatur Armenia Tigran Petrosian (mirip namanya dengan juara dunia catur Petrosian) , dia sering mengunjungi toilet, dan menggunakan ruang toilet yang itu-itu saja. Si Tigran menjadi curiga dan setelah diselidiki, wasit menemukan iphone di toilet tersebut lengkap dengan analisis partai catur nya yang sedang berlangsung. Gaioz dikeluarkan dari turnamen setelah betul-betul terbukti iphone tersebut miliknya.

iphone chess cheat scandal at Dubai 2015

David Howell, pecatur Inggris berdarah Chinese yang menjadi runner-up di Dubai 2015

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