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A R Saleh Salem
A R Saleh Salem 
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Number of games in database: 777
Years covered: 2004 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2682 (2689 rapid, 2678 blitz)

Overall record: +199 -123 =133 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 322 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (45) 
    E54 E56 E43 E24 E52
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D31 D35 D38 D37 D39
 Slav (39) 
    D15 D17 D10 D16 D18
 King's Indian (31) 
    E81 E71 E60 E87 E62
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D86 D80 D87 D73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (118) 
    B90 B51 B33 B30 B22
 Grunfeld (58) 
    D85 D76 D73 D80 D90
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B92 B91 B96
 King's Indian (31) 
    E94 E97 E92 E61 E81
 English, 1 c4 c5 (25) 
    A34 A37 A30 A31 A36
 Reti System (24) 
    A04 A05 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Soors vs A R Saleh Salem, 2012 0-1
   A R Saleh Salem vs Smeets, 2013 1-0
   A R Saleh Salem vs S Mahadevan, 2016 1-0
   Timman vs A R Saleh Salem, 2015 0-1
   A R Saleh Salem vs K Georgiev, 2014 1-0
   A Lipecki vs A R Saleh Salem, 2013 0-1
   R Mamedov vs A R Saleh Salem, 2014 0-1
   A R Saleh Salem vs R Svane, 2016 1-0
   S Mihajlov vs A R Saleh Salem, 2018 0-1
   A R Saleh Salem vs M Petrosyan, 2018 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   54th Biel Master Open (2021)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2019)
   Biel Master Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Baku Open (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

   🏆 27th Sigeman & Co
   Adams vs A R Saleh Salem (May-09-22) 1-0
   A R Saleh Salem vs J van Foreest (May-08-22) 1-0
   N Grandelius vs A R Saleh Salem (May-07-22) 1-0
   A R Saleh Salem vs Niemann (May-06-22) 0-1
   A R Saleh Salem vs Shirov (May-05-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-04-1993, 29 years old) United Arab Emirates

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International Master (2008); Grandmaster (2009); Asian U14 Champion (2007); Arab U18 Champion (2007); Arab Champion (2008); Asian U16 Champion (2008); UAE Champion (2008, 2011 & 2102); Asian U18 Champion (2009); Arab Junior Champion (2010); Arab Elite Champion (2011)*; Asian Continental Blitz Champion (2015); Asian Continental Champion (2015).


<Youth> A.R. Saleh Salem first played in a FIDE-rated championship when he participated in the Arab U12 Championship in 2004. He seems to have placed =3rd at the Asian U12 Championship hosted by Singapore in 2004. (1) He was =1st (possibly the winner) of the Arab U16 Championship in 2006. (2) In 2007, he won the Arab U18 Championship and the Asian U14 Championship, and in 2008 he took out the Asian U16 Championship, a point clear of runner up Baskaran Adhiban. In 2009 he won the Asian U18 Championship that was staged in New Delhi (3) and was =5th in the World U18 Championship 2009 that was held in Turkey.

<Junior> He won the Arab Junior Championship in 2010 with 8/8 and came 5th in the World Junior Championship (2010), this event having been held in Poland. He was =3rd behind Srinath Narayan and Sahaj Grover in the Asian Junior Championship of 2013.

<National> He came second at the UAE National Championship in 2007 to Hassan Abdullah and went one better in 2008 when he won. In 2011 he won the national championship with the perfect score of 9/9. He also won in 2012, this time conceding a draw in the 9 game event.

<Regional and Continental> Salem won the Arab Championship in 2008, was second in that event in 2009 and played in his first Asian Continental Championship in 2010, scoring 4.5/9. In 2011 he won the Arab Elite Championship*, placing third behind Bassem Amin and Mohamad Al-Modiahki in the next iteration of that event in 2013, and =2nd in the 2015 version of the event. He was =2nd behind Bassem Amin in the Arab Championship of 2013, 2nd at the 2014 Arab Championship, third in the 2012 Asian Continental Championship (see next section below in "World") and sixth at the Asian Continental 2014 which was good enough to qualify him for the World Cup 2015. He won the Asian Continental in 2015.

<World> He qualified for the World Cup (2011) by winning the Western Asian Zonal 3.1 ahead of Ehsan Ghaem Maghami and Pouria Darini, but was defeated in the first round by Russian super-GM Dmitry Jakovenko. In 2012, he defeated tournament winner Parimarjan Negi in the last round to place outright 3rd in the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012), qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Dutch #1 and #1 World Junior Anish Giri in the 1st round, ending his participation in the Cup. He qualified for the World Cup (2015) via his result at the Asian Continental qualifier (see above), faring no better on this occasion as he lost to Wei Yi in the first round.


<2003-2009> A.R. Saleh Salem first played in FIDE-rated tournaments when he was ten years old in 2003, firstly in August 2003 in the 2nd Sharjah Open in the UAE, followed by the 2nd Sharjah Closed tournament the following month, these events being the basis of his initial rating (see below). 2006 saw the commencement of a few years of rapid almost uninterrupted rating rises, starting with strong, albeit unplaced, results at various tournaments in the UAE such as the President's Cup in 2006 and 2007, the UAE Open Championship, the 8th and 9th Dubai Opens in 2006 and 2007, the Asian Youth Championships, the Aeroflot Open B Group in 2007, the national and youth championships in 2007, the Abu Dhabi Masters in 2007, Aeroflot Open A2 in 2008 and other events. This period from early 2006 until late 2008 was a very productive development period for the budding grandmaster and saw his rating rise by nearly 500 points to close to 2500 in October 2008, soon after which he gained his GM title.

<2010-2015> He won the UAE President Cup 2010 with 8.5/9, 2.5 points clear of the field, and also won in this event in 2012 with 8/9, 1.5 points clear of the field. He wound up 2010 with clear second behind Mohammedat Al-Sayed at the Arab Tournament 2010 held in Jordan in December. He was =6th with 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) and scored the same amount of points in Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) although that resulted in a lower placement. In 2013 he was outright second to Yu Yangyi in the men's individual chess section of the 4th Asian Indoor Games 2013 held in Incheon in Korea. In July 2013, he scored a strong 7/11 to place =8th at the powerful Biel Open Masters tournament. He was =7th at the even more powerful Qatar Masters (2014), scoring 6/9. He was =5th in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015 - Challengers and =4th with 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2015)

Team Events (4)

Salem started playing in both the Arab League and the UAE League in 2004 when he was eleven years old. (5)

<National representative> Salem represented the UAE on reserve board for the U16 Olympiad in 2002. He also represented his country on top board for the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Olympiads, at the 2007 and 2011 Pan Arab Games and at the GCC** Team Championship in 2008 where he won team silver.

<Cities and Clubs> Salem played for the Sharjah Chess Club in the Arab lub Championships of 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning team silver and individual gold (board two) in 2007. He represented Sharjar on top board at the World Cities Team Championship (2012) and at the Asian Cities Championship in 2012, winning individual gold in the latter. (xx) He also played top board for the Al Ain club at the Asian Club Cup in 2014, again winning individual gold.


Salem played a best-of-six game match against Zaven Andriasian in Sharjah in January 2009 in what was designated as the Official Match UAE-Armenia. The first four games were drawn and Andriasian won the fifth. Trailing by a point in the final game, Salem won the final game and leveled the match for a drawn result in the standard games (3-3 from +1-1=4). It is not known if the result was decided in a rapid game tiebreaker. He played against Russian super-GM Denis Khismatullin in January 2014 in a match dubbed the UAE Chess Challenge, and was defeated 0.5-4.5.


Salem is also very effective in the faster form of the game, his best results including:

- winning the Dubai International Blitz Tournament in 2013 in the UAE;

- a rating enhancing (+60) 7.5/15 result at the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship 2013;

- 2nd to Samy Shoker at the Arab Rapid Chess Championship in the UAE in December 2013;

- 2nd to Bassem Amin at the Arab Blitz Chess Championship staged in the UAE in December 2013;

- another rating enhancing result (+86) at the World Blitz Championships 2014 in Dubai in 2014;

- 2nd behind Ivan Sokolov at the Sharjah International Blitz Championship in 2014 in Sharjah;

- winning the Al Ain Rapid 2014 in the UAE in December 2014;

- 2nd at the 2014 Arab Individual Blitz Chess Championship;

- winning the Allegiance to Zayed Rapid Chess Tournament in June 2015 in the UAE ahead of Sokolov and others;

- =3rd at the Sharjah Blitz International Championship 2015 in the UAE behind Gadir Guseinov and Ulvi Bajarani

- winning the Ramadan Blitz Teams Chess Tournament in July 2015 in the UAE with 9/9, half a point ahead of runner up Dimitri Komarov and a point ahead of outright third Davorin Kuljasevic and

- winning the Asian Continental Blitz Championship 2015.

Ratings History

Salem's initial rating was 2018 in January 2004 that was calculated on the basis of his first two FIDE rated tournaments in Sharjah in 2003. (see in "Tournaments" above). His highest rating to date was 2615 in July 2015.

Sources and references

(1); (2); (3); (4) except where otherwise footnoted; (5)

* Arab Elite Championship consisted of one representative from each of fourteen Arab countries as shown here:; ** Gulf Cooperation Council

Wikipedia article: Salem Saleh (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-07-07 15:48:28

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 848  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A R Saleh Salem vs N Saleh  0-1252004Dubai OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. A R Saleh Salem vs A Pourkashiyan  0-1352005Abu Dhabi op 15thD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. R Babaev vs A R Saleh Salem  1-07120068th Dubai OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. A R Saleh Salem vs S Sale  ½-½4320068th Dubai OpenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A El Arousy vs A R Saleh Salem  0-13220068th Dubai OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A R Saleh Salem vs F Abbasov  1-07420068th Dubai OpenE15 Queen's Indian
7. Kotsur vs A R Saleh Salem  1-03620068th Dubai OpenB54 Sicilian
8. A R Saleh Salem vs O Kulicov  0-15820068th Dubai OpenE12 Queen's Indian
9. M Sharbaf vs A R Saleh Salem  1-02720068th Dubai OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. A R Saleh Salem vs A El Arousy  1-049200616th Abu Dhabi International Chess FestD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. A R Saleh Salem vs C Kayle 0-1392008Dubai OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. K Al-Housa vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1312008Dubai OpenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A R Saleh Salem vs Neverov 1-0592008Dubai OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. A R Saleh Salem vs Zhou Weiqi  1-0562008Dubai OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
15. So vs A R Saleh Salem 1-0342008Dubai OpenB33 Sicilian
16. T Gelashvili vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1812008Dubai OpenA06 Reti Opening
17. A R Saleh Salem vs Li Chao 0-1592008Dubai OpenD85 Grunfeld
18. A R Saleh Salem vs Kotsur  1-0462008Dubai OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. S Guliev vs A R Saleh Salem  1-0292008Dubai OpenA56 Benoni Defense
20. Caruana vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1312008Dresden OlympiadB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. A R Saleh Salem vs M Palac  0-1552008Dresden OlympiadD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. A R Saleh Salem vs K Mak  1-0492008Dresden OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
23. Chandler vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½482008Dresden OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. A Corke vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½612008Dresden OlympiadA59 Benko Gambit
25. A R Saleh Salem vs Efimov  1-0242008Dresden OlympiadD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-14-09  wordfunph: AR Saleh Salem finally granted the Grandmaster title by FIDE. Congratulations GM Saleh Salem!
Mar-14-09  al.Bashir: Congrats to the Emirati! More success in the future ISA.
Jun-13-10  BIDMONFA: A R Salem


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  Tabanus: Placed 5th in World Junior Ch (Poland) 2-17 August 2010:

May-13-12  1813: congratulations A R SALEM for placing 3rd in asian continental 2012.....
May-13-12  wordfunph: ...and a slot in 2013 World Cup, congrats GM Saleh Salem!
May-14-12  twinlark: Well done indeed, GM Salem Saleh! two consecutive World Cup qualifications.
Nov-08-12  Abdel Irada: Precisely as I'd thought: The "A.R" stands for Abdul Rahman: "Servant of the Merciful."

But of course, mercy has little place in chess. :-D

Nov-08-12  Abdel Irada: Remarkable. So far this year, Salem seems to have been invincible when playing the Grünfeld as Black.

I'm not completely current on the state of the opening, but I have to wonder if he's found some improvements to rehabilitate the defense. (Or has he just not faced strong enough opposition to find the flaws in what he's doing? I suppose that, too, is possible.)

Jan-17-14  lakers4sho: recently got thrashed by Khismatullin, must be tough to the psyche
Dec-02-14  fisayo123: This guy is playing very dynamic, attacking chess at the Qatar Open. Very impressive young player.
Dec-04-14  Llawdogg: A true swashbuckler!
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  Penguincw: A R Saleh Salem is the winner of the "Allegiance to Zayed Chess Tournament 2015". He entered as the 2nd seed, and started with 7 straight wins, before drawing his R8 game against top seed Sokolov, and also his R9 game. Overall, he finishes in sole first with 8/9 (+7,-0,=2), half a point ahead of 4 other players.
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  cro777: Salem won Asian Continental Chess Championships 2015.

He beat second seed GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam in the penultimate round to grab solo lead. A 10-move-draw in the last round was enough to win the Championship.

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  Penguincw: A R Saleh Salem wins the Asian Continental Championship, and qualifies for the World Cup 2015. He scored 7/9, ahead of Ganguly on tiebreaks.
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  cro777: Salem's opponent in the first round of the World Cup is Chinese young star Wei Yi.
Aug-20-15  epistle: In that case may I suggest the pun for their decisive game: <Salem's Lot>
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  ketchuplover: down goes nakamura!
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  ketchuplover: and grischuk!
Jan-04-18  Sularus: happy birthday!
Jan-04-22  Albertan: Here is a link to his blitz game against Carlsen at the 2019 World Blitz Chess Championship:

Jan-04-22  Albertan: A 2021 13 minute interview with the GM:

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