Long-running chess tournament for 14-under players to kick off Wednesday
Dubai, UAE (July 15, 2016) – Top junior chess talents from Asia, Europe and the Middle East will converge at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club from July 20-26 to compete in the 14th Dubai Juniors Chess Tournament – Sheikh Maktoum Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup.
Jamal Al Abdouli, Secretary- General of the club, said invitations have been sent to various chess federations around the world. Some of the countries that have confirmed to send delegations include Armenia, Azerbaijan, UK, Sri Lanka, India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Bangladesh and Iran, while top junior players from the UAE will lead the contingent from the region.
The tournament is open to players 14-years-old and under.
Al Abdouli said the club has completed preparations for the annual tournament, led by tournament coordinator Mohammad Husseini, who is the Executive Director of the club, and International Arbiter (IA) Mahdi Abdul Rahim, the chief arbiter of the tournament.Foreign players are expected to arrive on Tuesday, July 19, while the opening ceremony and first-round matches will be held on Wednesday.Al Abdouli said the Dubai Juniors Chess Tournament has become one of the most prestigious and strongest junior competitions in the world, consistently attracting many of the best 14-under players form different countries. The tournament is also part of the club’s program to organise high-level competitions for its students and UAE players in general.
The nine-round Swiss system tournament offers a total prize fund of US$10,000, with US$2,000, a gold medal and the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup going to the champion. The rest of the top 10 players will also receive cash prizes, along with the top UAE and Dubai players.