Doha: After its successful hybrid Chess Open competition last year, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. (AAB), the Toyota and Lexus distributor in Qatar, is bringing back the AAB Chess Open FIDE-Rated Tournament, in collaboration with Qatar Chess Association (QCA).
All chess enthusiasts in Qatar are invited to join the “AAB Chess Open Edition 6” Over the Board (OTB) Tournament that will run from October 13-15 and 20-22, 2022 (Thursday-Saturday) at the 5th Floor – 501 & 504 of Al Abdulghani Tower, C-Ring Road.
The tournament will be played in 9-Round Swiss System format of standard chess over 2 consecutive weekends. It is open for all players under 2200 rating points. A valid FIDE ID is required for every participant.
Registration is open until October 10, 2022. Entry fee to the tournament is QR150. There are limited seats only and QCA reserves the right to accept or reject registration.
The winners will be determined on the last day of the tournament at the iconic AAB Tower.
As it falls during the Qatar Sustainability Week 2022 (QSW), AAB is running this sports event as part of its QSW activities under Quality Education as the game of chess develops the strategic thinking of the players, especially the youth.
Chess can help sharpen one’s foresight and goal planning abilities, making it an important skill to have in the future.
In line with this, AAB is supportive of building a new generation of world-rated chess players in Qatar.
The AAB Chess Open brought the first Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Rated Tournament in Qatar, held in collaboration with QCA. It was launched in 2018 and has produced more than 50 rated chess players who were previously non-rated through the tournaments.
According to QCA President Mohamed al-Mudhahka, the tournament is an important opportunity for all participants to interact after an absence from competitions due to the pandemic. He praised the efforts made by AAB towards the resumption of OTB games.
The AAB edition chess tournaments have been through online and hybrid platform for the last few years. During the pandemic, it brought the sports to various platforms with a series of online tournaments attended by over 1,200 chess enthusiasts from around the world, including 40 Grand Masters and 180 Titled Players.
This 6th Edition is its comeback as full OTB games with social distancing and safety measures protocols in place.
The games will be open to a maximum of 70 players with the lifting of the restrictions on social gatherings and sports events.
Registration can be done at www.aabqatar.com
AAB Chess Open Edition 6, Qatar Chess competition