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International chess festival returns to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi to host 20th running of tournament from June 30 to July 8

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The opening gambit of the 20th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival takes place on June 30, continuing until the final checkmate on July 8.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club, the event is held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.

The Festival consists of the Master Tournament (for players rated above 2200 FIDE and Abu Dhabi players), Open Tournament (for Under 2200-ranked players), Junior Tournament (for U15 players), and Blitz tournament.

Masters and Open will be nine-round Swiss events, Junior will be seven-round Swiss and Blitz will be 11-round 3+2” Swiss.