Carlsen to participate in Qatar Masters Chess in October

DOHA: Reigning five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen will participate in the Qatar Masters Chess.

The competition will be back on the calendar in 2023 after a gap of eight years.

With an $110,000 prize fund, it will likely be one of the strongest open tournaments of the year with leading the field. 

Organised by the Qatar Chess Federation (QCF) under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the tournament will be held for the third time from October 10-20.

The Qatar Masters Open was first held in 2014 and won by Chinese Grandmaster Yu Yangyi, while Norwegian Carlsen defeated Yangyi in a play-off to win in 2015.

There will be nine rounds with the winner taking home $25,000. 

QCF President Mohamed Al Medaikhi said that the Qatar Masters is considered one of the most competitive open tournaments in the world as the line-up includes some of the best players in the world. 

“Everyone witnessed the great success of Qatar in organising the 2022 World Cup for the first time in the Arab region and the Middle East. Other sports will certainly follow the same path of success,” said Al Medaikhi.

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