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Former Ukraine champion Yuriy Kryvorucko, rated 2711, is top seed in the 4th Al Ain Chess Classic which started yesterday at the Hili Rayhaan Rotana Hotel in Al Ain, UAE. With over 60 Grandmasters participating, the tournament is one of the year’s strongest in the world.


Second seed is Olympiad champion Wang Hao of China, rated 2707. Two dozen players are rated over 2600 in the field of 135 players from 33 countries. Al Ain Chess Club Tournament Director Tarek Al Taher announced that there will be two categories – the Al Ain Classic for players rated over 2000 and the Al Ain Amateur for the players rated below 2000. At stake is a total of $57,000 in the Al Ain Classic and $7,000 in the Al Ain Amateur.

Over the Thursday and Friday weekend, games start 3pm. Two rounds are scheduled on Saturday at 10am and 5 pm. From Sunday to Tuesday, games start 4pm. The last round on Wednesday starts 2pm followed by the closing ceremony at 8:30 pm.

In photo are, from left, Deputy Arbiter Ilgar Bajarani, Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetian, Tournament Director Tarek Al Taher and Deputy Arbiter Michail Kryukov.

Other strong grandmsters are Igor Kovalenko and Alesei Shirov of Latvia, Alesander Areshenko and Zahar Efimenko. Yuriy Kuzubov, Andrey Vovk, Mykhaylo Oleksiyeno, Vladimir Onischuk, and Martin Kravtsiv, Vladimir Onischuk, Alexander ovchan of Ukraine, Amin Bassem of Egypt, Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus, Alexander Motylev of Russia, Anton Guiarro David of Spain, Alexander Rakhmanov and Sergey Volkov of Russia, Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia, Edouard Romain of France, Rogert Hovhannisyan, Hvkhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia, Abhijeet Guptan, Deep Sengupta, Lalith Babu, Suri Vaibhav, G.N. Gopal, Arun Prasad Prasanna Vishnu, Abhujeet Kunte, Das Debashis of India, KLaido Kulaots of Estonia, Ulvi Bajarani of Azerbaijan, Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium, Zeng Chongsheng of China, Aloyzas Kveinys of Lithuania, Jean Noel Riff of France.

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