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​ Abu Dhabi International Chess starts in 2 weeks!

by Sneha Tiwari - 01/08/2023

One of the biggest and most popular chess festivals in the world, the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, is back in 2023. The event will start on August 14, 2023. From all over the world, 61 countries are participating in the event, and numerous 2700+ GMs have already participated. A total of 63 Indian players are participating in the master's section, while 54 Indian players are taking part in open section A. What is the schedule and prize money for the event? Who are the players participating? Find out more information about the event in this short article.  


Celebration of chess in a beautiful city

The official logo of the tournament. Photo: Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Facebook page.

One of the most-awaited chess tournaments around the globe, the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival will start on the 14th of August, 2023. The festival features no less than 11 events spread throughout 11 days - it will come to an end on 25th August. The headliner, of course, is the Masters' event which has attracted more than 150 highly talented players so far. The top seed is world no. 11, and India no. 2, Gukesh D (Elo: 2744). What is more exciting is that the second seed is also an Indian player, GM Arjun Erigaisi (Elo: 2710).

The top 6 seeds of the Abu Dhabi Masters. L to R: GMs Gukesh D., Arjun Erigaisi, Vladislav Artemiev, M. Amin Tabatabaei, Nihal Sarin, Hans Moke Niemann. Almost all of the top seeds are playing in the FIDE World Cup also!.


Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a coastal city that boasts a splendid skyline and sandy beaches. The official hotel and playing venue will be the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The players can enjoy the amazing beach view on the rest day. Photo: Radisson Hotels official website.

Following are the booking rates for the hotel:

Source: Abu Dhabi international chess festival Official website.

Various events, Prize money, and Eligibility:

The total prize fund for the Chess Festival is a massive 41,600 USD. Following are the details of the Prize money structure spread across the 11 events to be held throughout the festival. All the prize money amounts are in US Dollars.

Source: Abu Dhabi international chess festival Official website.

These are the eligibility criteria for the events. The Family Team tournament, Ladies chess tournament, and Senior chess tournament have free registration. 

Source: Abu Dhabi international chess festival Instagram page.

Indian players in the tournament: 

There are a total of 63 Indian players participating in the Master's event. Some of the well-known players, who will participate in the event are GM Gukesh D, Arjun Erigaisi, Nihal Sarin, S.L. Narayanan, etc. The top seeds for the Masters section are as follows:

Check out the full list here. Both Gukesh and Arjun are playing in the FIDE World Cup right now!

In the open section A, with less than 2300 Elo a total of 54 Indian players are participating. The top seed in the open A section is WGM Priyanka Nutakki! (Elo: 2293).

Check out the full player list here. Priyanka Nutakki is also participating in the FIDE World Cup - she has advanced to Round 2!

Important links:

Full players list of all events

Official website

Link for registration

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