Khaled Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi (centre), Saeed Yousuf Shakari (left), and Othman Musa are seen throughout their press convention.
A complete of 170 gamers representing 47 international locations will battle for high honours on the twenty third version of the Dubai Open Chess Match. Hosted by the Dubai Chess and Tradition Membership, the celebrated match will happen from Might 27 to June 4.
The small print of the match had been revealed throughout a press convention held on the Dubai Chess and Tradition Membership, which was convened by Khaled Ali Bin Zayed Al Falasi, Chairman of the Dubai Chess and Tradition Membership, within the presence of Saeed Yousuf Shakari, Secretary Normal of the membership and match’s technical director; Othman Musa, head of the membership’s technical workers and director of the match; and match’s common coordinator Mohammed Al Husseini.
Khalid Bin Zayed praised the vital function performed by the Dubai Sports activities Council, headed by Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in creating alternatives for the membership to excel and succeed via the council’s continued help and sponsorship of the membership’s actions.
He added that the membership’s technical workers has been directed to work on growing the match and placing ahead new concepts that may develop the ability degree and worldwide score of native skills, and provides them a chance to compete with among the greatest gamers from all over the world.
For his half, Musa, the match director, defined that the membership is all set to host the match in accordance with the best worldwide requirements.
He defined that the membership has been making ready for the occasion for the previous few months and that the organizing committee is totally dedicated to sustaining the match’s excessive requirements consistent with its repute as one of many largest and most prestigious long-standing tournaments within the Center East.
He additionally revealed that for the primary time within the historical past of the Dubai Open, the match shall be divided into two classes: the Masters class for gamers with a global score above 2200 and the Open class for gamers rated under 2200.
This permits for extra aggressive video games and thrilling motion in each classes and provides better alternative for gamers aspiring to acquire worldwide titles within the Masters class.
The competitors options 170 female and male opponents from 47 totally different nations, together with 109 gamers who’ve gained worldwide titles. They’re led by 52 Grandmasters (GM), 19 Worldwide Masters, 11 Fide Masters, three Ladies Grandmasters (WGM), and three Ladies Worldwide Masters (WIM).
The organizing committee additionally introduced a complete prize purse of $52,000 to be awarded to the highest 10 gamers in each classes.
The Masters class champion will obtain $12,000 and the championship trophy, whereas the Open class champion will obtain $2,000. Particular prizes will even be awarded to 2 score class winners for each the Masters and Open occasions.
Shakari mentioned that the participation of gamers from 47 international locations the world over is testimony to the sturdy repute that the match has loved through the years.
“The match has been a very favourite vacation spot of most of the world’s most gifted younger gamers, who’ve finally turn out to be nationwide, continental, and even world champions,” he added.
With 26 gamers in each classes, India is sending the largest contingent this yr, adopted by the UAE with 21 gamers and Egypt and Russia with 9 gamers every.
Topping the checklist of gamers is the Chinese language grandmaster Yu Yangyi with a score of 2729, adopted by India’s GM Arjun Erigaisi (2701), Russia’s GM Alexandr Predke (2685), and Iran’s Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei (2677).
Reigning Dubai Open champion Aravindh Chithambaram from India, in the meantime, returns this yr, in search of to attain a uncommon back-to-back championship.
Most of the world’s greatest younger skills are additionally competing this yr, together with the American Abimanyu Mishra, 14, the youngest participant within the historical past of chess to be awarded the worldwide grandmaster title. Mishra secured the GM title in 2021 when he was simply 12.
Different younger gamers to be careful for are second-seed Arjun Erigesi (20 years previous) and Russia’s Volodar Murzin (17) and Artem Uskov (13).
Additional underlining the range of participation, Shakari revealed that the oldest participant of the match is Englishman John Bennett (70 years previous), whereas the youngest is the Syrian Rami Talab, who is just 10 years previous.
The Organizing Committee has appointed Worldwide Arbiter and Lecturer Mahdi Abdulrahim, Chairman of the Guidelines Fee of the FIDE and Chairman of the Arbiters Fee of the Asian Chess Federation, as head of the arbitration staff.
That is the tenth Dubai Open match the place Abdulrahim will function the chief arbiter, as he holds the excellence of getting officiated essentially the most Dubai Open tournaments.
The worldwide arbitration staff consists of Jamal Qassem, Mohamed Abdullah, Majed Al-Abdouli, Salman Al-Taher, and Hamad Al-Shezawi.