Fourth Sharjah Masters Chess Championship starts off perfectly


Issa Hilal Al Hazami, Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla and other dignitaries at the start of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.

Gulf today, Journalist

The opening round of the fourth edition of the prestigious Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship, hosted by the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, started on Friday.

Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship is organized under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Sovereign of Sharjah.

60 players including 41 Grandmasters, two women Grandmasters, 13 International Masters and two FIDE Masters representing 27 federations are competing for top honors.

The championship has a purse of $ 60,000.

The high level of the competition is such that the organizing committee of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club had to reject the participation of 80 players because they did not meet the standard.


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The tournament is played on a Swiss 9-round system type format, with standard time control totaling 90 minutes and 30 seconds per move from move one for each player.

Ahead of the first round of the strongest open category tournament in chess history, a sparkling opening ceremony was held at the club.

The opening ceremony was attended by Issa Hilal Al Hazami, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council, Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, Chairman of the Arab Chess Federation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, Sheikh Rashid Bin Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Dr Sarhan Hassan Al Muaini, President of the United Arab Emirates Chess Federation, other members of the club’s board of directors and a large group of guests and sports officials .

Sheikh Saud praised Dr Sheikh Sultan for his support of the championship and all club activities.

He also appreciated the efforts of those involved in organizing the Sharjah Chess Masters. Cheikh Saud also thanked the Sharjah Sports Council and the tournament sponsors.

“Sharjah Masters has paved the way for the return of top leagues as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has decimated sporting activities in general and chess in particular over the past two years,” said Sheikh Saud.

“In 2021, we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates, we can promise extraordinary events in close cooperation with FIDE and the Arab Chess Federation in the near future. ! The 4th Sharjah Masters 2021 is just the start of the journey !. “

Hazami praised the extraordinary efforts of the organizing committee and for taking all prudent measures to ensure the safety of players and officials participating in the championship.

“Without the support and strong backing of the ruler of Sharjah, it has not been possible to host such a large chess championship during the current Covid-19 crisis,” Hazami added.

Dr. Sarhan Hassan Al Muaini, praised the high level of competition at the Sharjah Masters.

Meanwhile, UAE Grandmaster Salem Abdulrahman Mohamed Saleh got off to a perfect start after a first-round victory over Algerian Bilal Belhassan.

Seeded Egyptian grandmaster Bassem Amin shared the lead with Armenian Harutyunyan Tigran K.

In the biggest surprises of the first round, Georgian grandmaster Mikheil Mchedlishvili surprised Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo while 17-year-old Uzbek chess prodigy Javokhir Sindarov got the better of Pavel Eljanov.

The great Indian master B Adhiban seized the point to the detriment of the Bulgarian Nikolov Momchil.

Among the other interesting results of the day, the Egyptian Grandmaster Adham Fawzy took a well-deserved victory over the German Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter and Ahmed Adly, the winner of the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship, defeated the German Baskin Robert.

Fast Contracting Company, National Paints and Centro Sharjah Hotel are the sponsors of the fourth edition of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.

The Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club was established in 1979 and joined the UAE Chess League in June 1981 with the aim of disseminating the game in the emirate of Sharjah.


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