The Dubai Chess & Culture Club organised the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship to be held in (DUBAI) United Arab Emirates from 6th - 16th April 2014. This Dubai Open Chess Championship is synonymous to Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup.
This prestigious event has 148 players from 39 countries and 794 titled players. In addition to that the championship is witnessing the participation of 38 GMs in the field and the average rating of the tournament is 2214. The time control is devised as one hour 30 mins + 30 seconds with increment per move. The first prize announced in the tournament is US $10,000, with the total prize fund of $50,000.
Dubai Open Chess Championship is considered to be the strongest Open tournament in the Middle East and even it is one of the most popular chess events on the chess calendar. The tournament is the biggest event in comatisom than most modern dedicated chess club in the world.
After eight from nine rounds French GM Romain Edouard seems to be leading, with 7.0/8 points. Half a point behind is his main contender, former Junior World Champion Abhijeet Gupta of India, and six players still have chances at 6.0/8. The result will be decided on the final day that is on Tuesday.
The Dubai Chess & Culture Club has announced participation & entry fee:
The match is open for international rated players. All rated chess players above 2000 may be accepted, however in this case the participating players paid the entry fee and accommodation expenses during the period of championship.