Russian GM Artemiev wins Abu Dhabi Super Blitz

Source: ADSC 4/16/2020 12:00:00 AM Share this:

Russian Grandmaster Vladislav Artemiev won the US$5,000 first prize in the online Abu Dhabi Super Blitz Challenge on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old defeated GM Oleksandr Bortnyk of Ukraine in the knockout final with GM Daniil Dubov finishing third in the competition organized by the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club in association with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
The Abu Dhabi Super Blitz Challenge had a star-studded field, with five players from the world's top 10: GMs Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, and Anish Giri.
Other big names included GMs Leinier Dominguez, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Dmitry Andreikin, and even Peter Svidler that drew 1,146 players from 106 countries.
In the competition held earlier for the UAE residences, Emirati Salem Abdulrahman emerged the winner from a field of 1,431 players both locals and expatriates across the country.
The online competition is the first of its kind to be held to encourage the chess fraternity to adhere to the UAE government’s stay at home order to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.