Amin holds off Short to win in Abu Dhabi
Reports Aug 22, 2017 | 8:53 PM 8

Amin holds off Short to win in Abu Dhabi

Egyptian GM Bassem Amin has won the 24th Abu Dhabi Masters with 7.5/9 and is now only 7 rating points short of becoming the first African 2700 player. Nigel Short is only 2 points away from returning to the 2700 club himself at the age of 52, and would have made it if he’d won a good position against Amin in the final round. Instead he was lucky he offered a draw in time to avoid defeat and finish half a point behind in 2nd place. 7 players finished another half point back, including 12-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who claimed his 2nd GM norm.

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