DOHA: The Qatar Chess Federation (QCF) will host the third edition of Qatar Masters International Open Chess Championship which will include an elite group of the most prominent players.
The championship will be held at the Lusail Sports Hall from October 10-20.
Qatar Masters carries a total prize money of $110,000 with the title winner receiving $25,000. The championship will witness the participation of 170 players with the biggest and brightest chess stars present.
World No 1 and five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway is at the forefront of the participating stars as he makes his third appearance after having previously appeared in the 2014 and 2015 editions.
World No. 3 American Hikaru Nakamura, Dutchman Anish Giri, ranked seventh in the world, India’s eight-ranked Dommaraju Gukesh, Jorden van Forrest and Iran’s Parham Maqsoudlou will also take part.
Also participating in the championship is 17-year-old Indian Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen last year in the Airthings Masters Chess.