4th GCC Team Chess Championship: Dubai 2008

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Basic data

4th GCC Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 9th - 14th October 2008
City: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Venue: Flora Grand Hotel
Tournament Director: IO Najeeb Saleh
Chief Arbiter: IA Saeed Al Taher
Teams participating: 4
Players participating: 20 (incl. 1 GM, 4 IMs, 5 FMs and 1 CM)
Games played: 48
Competition format: Four board double round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: 90 min + 30 min/moves + 30 sec starts from move one
Websites: GCC Team Chess Championship 2008 Full Report
Downloadable game file: 08gcc.zip
Special thanks to Khalid Hashem (Kuwait) for providing the games.

Tournament review

The fourth GCC team championsip saw fourth consetutive win of Qatar and the final order was nothing new either: second UAE, Bahrain third and Kuwait last. Actually no match was closer than 3-1 so the table looked pretty clear. Qatar only dropped four draws v UAE, while winning 20 games overall. UAE finished second again beating Bahrain 3-1 twice, but Hussain Ayyad won both games vs UAE players, same as last year. Mohamed Al-Modiakhi scored perfect 6/6 again and has now impressive all-time record of 22½/24.

Best board results

bd name code pts gms %
1. GM Al-Modiahki, Mohamad QAT 6 6 100.0
2. IM Al-Sayed, Mohamad Naser QAT 6 91.7
3. IM Nezad, Husein Aziz QAT 6 91.7
4.= FM Al-Huwar, Jasem UAE 5 6 83.3
4.= Al-Tamimi, Hamad QAT 5 6 83.3
r. FM Yahya, Mohamed Saleh UAE 3 4 75.0

Interesting games

The only win scored by Kuwait.
Yahya, Mohamed Saleh (UAE) - Al-Hageri, Badr (KUW) 0 - 1

Chess is not easy game. Black six times "offered" draw in the RBvR ending. None of them was accepted, unfortunately.
Ayyad, Husain (BRN) - Al-Sayed, Mohamad Naser (QAT) 0 - 1