Some 400 players from around the world to take part in the December 26-30 King Salman World Chess Championships in Riyadh
RIYADH, December 24, 2017 – Hundreds of chess players from around the world, including some of the top-ranked grandmasters, descend on Saudi Arabia this week to take part in the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2017 to be held in Riyadh, December 26 – 30.
Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, who is currently the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, will take part in the championship, along with world no. 2 and no. 3 Levon Aronian of Armenia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, respectively.
Saudi players participating include the current Kingdom’s champion Abdulrahman Al-Mushari and also No. 1 ranked Saudi player Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, who will have a chance to test their skills against the world’s best such as the incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions — Russia’s Sergey Karjakin and Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk.
In total, more than 180 chess grandmasters will take part in the event, which is taking place in coordination with the General Sports Authority and the Saudi Chess Federation.
According to the tournament website, the games and official ceremonies will be broadcast online from the venue, the Apex Convention Centre at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh. There will be expert commentary by chess grandmasters.
The first two Rapid Championships (Open and Women) will be on December 26 to 28 and the Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will follow on December 29 and 30.
The events offer a record breaking prize fund of USD $2,000,000 with the Open events having individual prize funds of USD $750,000 and each women event having a prize fund of US$ 250,000.