25th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival

It will be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE from 6th until 16rd of August, 2018

Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Committee has the honor of inviting the players to take part in a distinguished chess annual event, which consists of numerous FIDE registered tournaments. It will be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE from 6th until 16rd of August, 2018.

Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club is organizing the festival under the Patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sport Council.

1 Masters Tournament:
Open to all Fide-rated players with standard rating of 2100 ELO and above “Exception Abu Dhabi chess players” (as of 1st Jul 2018,). Tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 90 min for each player and 30 seconds increment for each. 30-minute tolerance will be applied. The organizing committee shall provide free accommodation in a five stars’ hotel for players rated 2600+ and women with standard Elo of 2400+ (prior approval from the committee is needed in order to guarantee the accommodation. Only for limited players who register first). FIDE ID is required. Entry Fees AED 073 (US$ 033). GM, IM with standard Elo Above 2400 and WGM are exempted from entry and registration Fees.

2 Open Tournament:
Open for players rated 2100 ELO and below (as of 1st Jul 2017,). The tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 90 min for each player and 30 seconds increment for each move. 30-minute tolerance will be applied.
FIDE ID is required. Entry fees AED 033 (US$ 03). IM’s & GM’s are exempted from this condition.

3 Juniors Tournament (under 16 years):
Open for players born in 2002 or later. The tournament will be a 9 rounds Swiss system, time control 70 min for each player for the whole game. 30-minute tolerance will be applied.
FIDE ID is required. Entry fees AED 100 (US$ 27). IM’s & GM’s are exempted from this condition
*Only rated junior players are eligible to play in two tournaments (open and juniors tournament).
Exception Abu Dhabi Chess players if the committee accepted.

4 Blitz tournament:
Swiss system, 11 rounds, 3 min + 2 sec increment. Entry fees AED 100 (US$ 27). GM, IM with standard Ello Above 2400 and WGM are exempted.

5 Simultaneous exhibition:
Held by a renowned international GM. Free Registration.

6 Homeland protector’s tournament:
Open to members of military and police and national service. Swiss system, 7 rounds, 15 min. If there are 10 or less teams participating, the tournament will be a round robin. Free Registration.

7 Family Team Tournament:
Swiss system, 7 rounds, 15 min. Open to teams of 2 players (player + one of the parents). If there are 10 or less teams participating, the tournament will be a round robin. Free Registration.

The total prize fund is $61,000, with $13,000 reserved for the winner of the Masters tournament.

Special prizes:

  1. Simultaneous exhibition winners.
  2. Best UAE player in Masters Tournament
  3. Best UAE Player in Open Tournament
  4. Best UAE Female Player in Open Tournament
  5. Best UAE player in Juniors Tournament
  6. Best UAE female player in Junior’s Tournament
  7. Best player of the Abu Dhabi Chess Club in each category (U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16)
  8. Best female player of the Abu Dhabi Chess Club in each category (U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16)

For further information, please contact Mr. Zuhair Ahmad, general coordinator of the festival on phone number: (+971506113117) or email: adchessfestival@gmail.com or you can visit the website www.adchessfestival.

Abu Dhabi Chess Club website www.abudhabichess.com

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