The 11th Dubai open ches championship starts today. Top seeded are Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan (2659), Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus (2624), Malakhatko of Belgium (2618), Fedorov of Belarus (2611) The top junior is GM Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan (2599) and the top woman player IM Anna Zozulia of Belgium (2371).
Unfortunately for our Pinoy OFWs working in the region, they won't be able to see our top Filipino masters as they opted to skip this $45,000 championship to prepare themselves for the equally prestigious event, the Asian Continental Chess Challenge (Asian Individual Open and Women's Championships) slated on May 13-24 at the Subic Freeport Zone in Olongapo City. This tournament will serve as a qualifier to the World Chess Championships in Russia. GM Wesley So, the defending champion of the tourney where he made history last year by becoming the youngest player ever to win the event at 14 years and 6 months also begged off from defending his title.
Filipinos who are expected to see action in Dubai are the following names: Tabada, Jobannie C. (2186), Arellano, Robert (2094), Taopa, Gilbert (2035), Pabalan, Rocky (1938), Castillo Jaydee (1888).
-2009 Dubai open official website
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