Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co (AAB), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Qatar, is conducting the 6th edition of AAB Chess Open FIDE-Rated Tournament in collaboration with Qatar Chess Association (QCA).
The event, which commenced recently at the iconic Al Abdulghani Tower, has invited all rated players under 2,200 rating points to participate.
This edition promises to deliver a series of exciting matches in an Over the Board (OTB) tournament setting. A total of 66 players including 13 national players are taking part in the event.
AAB Vice-President Abdulghani Nasser and AAB’s CEO R K Murugan opened the tournament with the first move in the presence of QCA President Mohamed al-Mudhahka and members of QCA.
The tournament is being played in a classical chess format of 9 rounds Swiss System, which runs for two weekends. Its tournament results are linked for individual rating purposes with the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
As it falls during the Qatar Sustainability Week 2022 (QSW), AAB is holding 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.
The AAB Chess Open has become hugely popular across Qatar and deemed one of the strongest chess tournaments in the country with high-rated players participating in it. It saw great participation from the chess community this year with a substantial number of participants who are FIDE rated.
The AAB Chess Open, Qatar’s first FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament, is also a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative geared towards developing the community through sports.
Organised to nurture and sustain the interest and passion of chess enthusiasts in the community, the tournament paved the way for the Rated players to improve their world ratings and for the Non-Rated players to be rated on an international level. Since it began in 2018, over 50 players in Qatar have become rated and received their FIDE rating.
With a strong partnership with QCA, the tournament has created a meaningful impact on the lives of the young chess enthusiasts as well as adult players who are given the chance to get world rating.