The 4th Al Ain Chess Classic, was held in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, between December 22nd and 31st. Top seed was Yuriy Kryvoruchko, but only just over Wang Hao. Other competitors included, Alexander Areshchenko, Alexei Shirov, Alexander Motylev and Zahar Efimenko.
The event was won by Chinese Grandmaster, Wang Hao. And won convincingly — his score of 8-points from the 9-rounds meant that he claimed the title by a point and a half over his nearest rivals.
The following win over Vladimir Onischuk, from the opening round, got Wang’s tournament off to a flying start.
As you can see by the table, below, the event was extremely competitive, a whole line of players with the second best score of 6.5/9. However, Wang was clearly in a class of his own.
Top Final Standings: