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Aravindh Chithambaram leads the Masters in 30th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival

by Himank Ghosh - 08/07/2024

The 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival is here! This esteemed chess festival consisting of several different tournaments including a very strong Masters event will take place from 14th-25th August 2024 at Abu Dhabi. As announced in the closing ceremony of the last edition, the prize for the winner of Abu Dhabi Masters 2024 is USD 30,000! The total prize fund for the Chess Festival is a huge USD 107,650. The top seed of the tournament is none other than the latest Indian entrant at the 2700 Club - GM Aravindh Chithambaram! A total of 14 different chess events will take place in the festival. Read this article for all the details. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy, Abu Dhabi Chess Festival  

The 30th edition of one of the strongest Chess tournaments in the World

The official logo of the 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival. Photo: Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Brochure

The 1st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival took place back in 1991. Emirati International Master Saeed Ahmed Saeed (2435) was the Champion of the first edition! 29 more editions of this prestigious tournament have taken place since then. Although the defending Champion of the Masters event, Vladimir Fedoseev is missing from the lineup this year, there are a huge number of strong players taking part!

Follow the Twitter handle of Abu Dhabi Chess Festival for a list of the winners across all 29 editions held so far!

There are a total of 14 different Chess tournaments taking place in the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival this year from 14th-25th August, 2024. The major attraction is of course the very strong Masters tournament, which has a total of 187 players taking part! More than half of the participants are from India - a total of 85 players from India are taking part in the Masters event. No less than 48 Grandmasters will be playing, and many more titled players! Over 2000 registrations have been done, and there are 1000 confirmed participants so far. Players from more than 60 countries are taking part!

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2703, IND), the latest Indian Grandmaster to cross 2700, is the top seed of the tournament! He finished 3rd in the Abu Dhabi Masters 2023 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Alexandr Predke (2685, SRB) is the 2nd seed of the tournament. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM David Anton Gujjaro (2669, ESP) is the 3rd seed of the event. | Photo: Prague Chess Festival

The top 6 Indian seeds of the Abu Dhabi Masters 2024. L to R: GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2703), GM SL Narayanan (2648), GM Raunak Sadhwani (2644), GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2634), GM Aryan Chopra (2632), and GM Pranav V (2620). Photos: Aditya Sur Roy, Niklesh Jain.

No. NameFideIDFEDRtg
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2703
GMPredke, Alexandr24107581SRB2685
GMAnton Guijarro, David2285525ESP2669
GMAmin, Bassem10601457EGY2667
GMNarayanan, S L5058422IND2648
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek14203987UZB2648
GMSadhwani, Raunak35093487IND2644
GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin14204223UZB2643
GMIvanchuk, Vasyl14100010UKR2638
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh9301348UAE2638
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu5061245IND2634
GMAryan, Chopra5084423IND2632
GMTheodorou, Nikolas4262875GRE2622
GMPranav, V25060783IND2620
GMDaneshvar, Bardiya12576468IRI2617
GMHakobyan, Aram13306677ARM2617
GMMendonca, Leon Luke35028561IND2615
GMSuleymanli, Aydin13413937AZE2615
GMParavyan, David4194985FID2608
GMMishra, Abhimanyu30920019USA2604
GMGanguly, Surya Shekhar5002150IND2592
GMAditya, Mittal35042025IND2583
GMPranesh, M35028600IND2581
GMSonis, Francesco895733ITA2577
IMErdogmus, Yagiz Kaan44599790TUR2576
GMTin, Jingyao5804418SGP2575
GMJumabayev, Rinat13702661KAZ2565
GMLodici, Lorenzo884189ITA2562
GMMoroni, Luca Jr865834ITA2558
GMNasuta, Grzegorz1141686POL2551

Check out the complete players list of the Masters section


There are two official hotels available - The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche ( 5 star) and Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Corniche ( 5 star). The Masters tournament and Open A event will take place at St. Regis, and all the other events will take place at Radisson Blu. The players can chose any of these two hotels for accomodation! It is expected that the total player count will go beyond 2000 across all 14 events.

A view of the St. Regis Corniche Abu Dhabi Hotel | Photo: Google Maps

Check out all the necessary information about Hotels and booking here. Photo: Tournament regulations

Various events, Prize money, and Eligibility:

There are a total of 14 events taking place across the span of the 30th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival - from 14th to 25th August. Here's a brief description about all of the events:

The eligibility criteria and details of all the tournaments taking place. Photo: Tournament regulations

Mandar Pradip Lad (2245, IND) is the 2nd seed of the Open A event!

IM Mayank Chakraborty (2424, IND) is the 2nd seed of the Juniors event! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WIM Rucha Pujari (2104) is the top seed in the ladies category! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

There is an special online event planned as well - the Abu Dhabi Masters Online on 21st August! There is an attractive prize fund of USD 10,000, open for all titled players. Check out the image below for detailed information for the Online events and the Blitz arena for all players.

For more information to this, you can register at the Online Abu Dhabi Chess Club.

There is one rest day for the Masters event after the 2nd round, but there are no rest days for any of the other events. Here's the schedule of the entire proceedings:

The complete schedule of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival. Photo: Tournament regulations

The total prize fund for the 30th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival is a massive 107, 650 USD. Following are the details of the Prize money structure spread across the 14 events to be held throughout the festival. All the prize money amounts are in US Dollars.

The Champion of Abu Dhabi Masters 2024 will take home USD 30,000! | Photo: Tournament regulations

How to register for the tournament?

The tournament registrations will be closed on 15th July 2024. You can go and register for the tournament at this link. Here's what the tournament registration page looks like:

You can fill up all your personal details here, and opt for the tournaments you want to participate in.

There are various entry fees for various events. Check out all the details regarding entry fees and registration below:

The entry fee for the Masters category is USD 120. There are exemptions available for GMs/IMs/WGMs/WIMs. Photo: Tournament regulations

Important links:

Full players list of all events

Official website

Link for registration

Tournament regulations



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