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Carlsen, Nakamura, Giri, Gukesh, Arjun, Nihal and co. set to star at Qatar Masters 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/10/2023

Almost eight years later, Qatar Masters is back with the third edition. Yangyi Yu won the first one in 2014, followed by Magnus Carlsen beating him in tie-break to clinch the second edition in 2015. The total prize fund being US$ 108250 with the first prize US$ 25000, attracted a lot of top players including the defending champion, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, D Gukesh and others. Above 2300 rating restriction in the Open A category ensured a strong line-up. Eight players are rated above 2700, 22 are 2600+, first 36 seeds are GMs only, 58 GMs, 58 IMs, six WGMs and two WIMs are taking part in this strongest Open tournament in the world today. Round 1 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Official site

Who will win the third edition?

A total of 160 players are slated to take part in the Open A (>2300) from 30 countries across the world. 124 of them are GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs only. The biggest contingent is India as 75 players are taking part. The only other country which has a participation in double digits is Uzbekistan - 14, followed by USA - 9.

Eight players are rated above 2700 | Photo: Official site

The World no.1 and FIDE World Cup 2023 winner - Magnus Carlsen won the last edition in 2015 | Photo: Official site
Magnus Carlsen, Gukesh, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura headline the Qatar Masters Open 2023 + Giveaway | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule

There are one round every day from 11th to 20th October 2023 starting from 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Monday 16th October 2023 is a rest day.

Tournament schedule | Source: Tournament Circular

Time control

Time control for each tournament game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Prize and Tie-break details

The total prize fund of the tournament is US$ 108250. The top three prizes are $25000, $15000 and $10000 each. For more details about prizes, check out the image below:

Prize details | Source: Tournament Circular

Tie-break details | Source: Tournament Circular

Photo Gallery

Lusail Sports Arena is the venue of the tournament | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Tournament hall | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Playing arena | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Top boards | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Magnus Carlsen returns to Qatar Masters after nearly eight years | Video: ChessBase India

Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting update

Qatar Chess Association announced on twitter that spectators are allowed watch the games live in-person at Lusail Sports Arena in Lusail, Qatar

Players list

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgIsexTyp
1
GMCarlsen, Magnus1503014NOR2839
2
GMNakamura, Hikaru2016192USA2780
3
GMGiri, Anish24116068NED2760
4
GMGukesh, D46616543IND2758U18
5
GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek14204118UZB2716U20
6
GMErigaisi, Arjun35009192IND2712U20
7
GMMaghsoodloo, Parham12539929IRI2707
8
GMVan Foreest, Jorden1039784NED2707
9
GMNihal, Sarin25092340IND2694U20
10
GMFedoseev, Vladimir24130737SLO2691
11
GMOparin, Grigoriy24125890USA2681
12
GMSindarov, Javokhir14205483UZB2658U18
13
GMNarayanan.S.L,5058422IND2651
14
GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2649
15
GMAryan, Chopra5084423IND2634
16
GMSalem, A.R. Saleh9301348UAE2632
17
GMMendonca, Leon Luke35028561IND2622U18
18
GMPuranik, Abhimanyu5061245IND2618
19
GMYakubboev, Nodirbek14203987UZB2616
20
GMKarthikeyan, Murali5074452IND2611
21
GMGupta, Abhijeet5010608IND2609
22
GMVakhidov, Jakhongir14201801UZB2607
23
GMParavyan, David4194985FID2599
24
GMSethuraman, S.P.5021596IND2598
25
GMJumabayev, Rinat13702661KAZ2585
26
GMKuybokarov, Temur14203049AUS2584
27
GMPranav, V25060783IND2579U18
28
GMVokhidov, Shamsiddin14204223UZB2578
29
GMCan, Emre6302181TUR2576
30
GMAditya, Mittal35042025IND2572U18

Details

Links

Official site

Tournament Regulations: Open A and Open B

Qatar Chess Association: facebook, instagram and twitter