Grandmaster Salem Abdul Rahman will lead UAE charge at the UAE charge Sharjah Masters.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The 5th Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship will kick off at Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club with the participation of 80 players.
The championship will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and organised by Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club.
Top Grandmasters and International Masters representing 48 countries will compete in the championship, which carries $60,000 in prize money and takes place from Saturday to May 29.
On the sidelines of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship, the club will also host a Challenge Championship.
Sixty international players will take part in the Challenge Championship with the aim of improving their rankings and gaining valuable experience.
Grandmaster Salem Abdul Rahman (Sharjah Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club), Amran Al Hosani (Abu Dhabi Chess Club), International Master Saeed Ishaq (Dubai Chess Club) and Ammar Al Housani (Fujairah Chess Club) will lead the UAE charge at the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.
Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Almualla, President of the Arab Chess Federation and Chairman of the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, thanked and appreciated the support of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi.
He also thanked Sharjah Sports Council and the sponsors of the tournament.
“The 5th Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship is regarded as one of the most important tournaments in the world as it has attracted the top Grandmasters and International Masters from across the world.
“The championship also provides a great opportunity for UAE players to compete along with them and gain experience.
Due to its strong reputation, the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club has become a most sought after destination for chess players throughout the world.
“The Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club’s reputation has been solidified by the high level of organization, as well as the remarkable success of Fide World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix events for men and women, the World Stars Championship and earlier editions of the Masters Championship.
“Fans anticipate the Sharjah Masters due to its high-profile participants and huge prize pool,” added Sheikh Saud.
Rajai Al Susi, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab Federation, revealed that the Arab Chess Federation, based in Sharjah Club, has invited a number of Arab chess players from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan to participate in the tournament, in collaboration with the organising committee, with the goal of helping them develop their game.
Ragai also stated that the number of international players competing in the Sharjah Masters tournament, including 60 male and female players, belongs to the world’s oldest chess-playing nations such as Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, India, France, Spain, and Hungary.
“The participating players have made their mark on the world stage and bagged many international titles and continental achievements.
“Iran, Mongolia, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Australia are among the participants, in addition to the UAE and a number of other Arab countries.
“The 5th Sharjah Masters is one of the strongest at the global level, bringing together the best international masters, international players, and title holders from around the world. The tournament’s rating this year is 2556 points, making it the highest rated at the global level of all tournaments organized over the past three years,” said Rajai.
Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev, with 2,701 points, is the top seed at the tournament.
Armenian Grandmaster Gabriel Eduardi Sargissian, with 2,694 points, is seeded second, while the UAE’s Saleh, with 2,690 points, is third.
Iranian Grandmaster Seyyed Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei won the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship in 2021.
Fast Contracting Company, National Paints, and Centro Sharjah Hotel are the sponsors of the fifth edition of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.