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10/10/2023 – Eight years after two very successful editions of the Qatar Masters, won by Yu Yangyi (2014) and Magnus Carlsen (2015), the extraordinarily strong open is back. Carlsen returns to Doha and is joined by the likes of Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri and Dommaraju Gukesh. The tournament will be a 9-round Swiss open, with a $108,250 prize fund up for grabs. | Photo: FIDE / Fischer Random World Chess Championship

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Before the start of the Grand Swiss, however, Nakamura will be joined by Carlsen in the privately organized Qatar Masters. The two superstars will head an extraordinary field, which will also include Anish Giri, Parham Maghsoodloo, Jorden van Foreest and Vladimir Fedoseev as the players aged 20 or above in the top-10. The Indian trio of Gukesh D, Arjun Erigaisi and Nihal Sarin, in addition to Uzbek star Nodirbek Abdusattorov, will be representing the under-20s among the favourites.

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The first edition of the tournament took place in 2014, when Yu Yangyi outscored rating favourites Anish Giri and Vladimir Kramnik to take home the title. The next year, it was Magnus Carlsen who won the event — Carlsen tied for first with Yu and then beat him in a blitz playoff, while Kramnik had the best tiebreak score among the players finishing a half point behind the leading duo.

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Magnus Carlsen and Yu Yangyi during the 2015 Qatar Masters blitz playoffs

This year’s edition is a 9-round Swiss open, with a time control of 90 minutes for the first 40
moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

A prize fund of $108,250 will be provided by the Organizing Committee, with $25,000 reserved for the winner, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place. Special prizes for women, juniors and Arabic players will also be provided.

Rounds will be played daily from Wednesday, October 11 until Friday, October 20. The players will get a rest day after round 5, on Monday, October 16.

Read the full tournament regulations...

Registered players

1GMCarlsen, Magnus1503014NOR2839
2GMNakamura, Hikaru2016192USA2780
3GMGiri, Anish24116068NED2760
4GMGukesh, D46616543IND2758U18
5GMAbdusattorov, Nodirbek14204118UZB2716U20
6GMErigaisi, Arjun35009192IND2712U20
7GMMaghsoodloo, Parham12539929IRI2707
8GMVan Foreest, Jorden1039784NED2707
9GMNihal, Sarin25092340IND2694U20
10GMFedoseev, Vladimir24130737SLO2691
11GMOparin, Grigoriy24125890USA2681
12GMSindarov, Javokhir14205483UZB2658U18
14GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2649
15GMAryan, Chopra5084423IND2634
16GMSalem, A.R. Saleh9301348UAE2632
17GMMendonca, Leon Luke35028561IND2622U18
18GMPuranik, Abhimanyu5061245IND2618
19GMYakubboev, Nodirbek14203987UZB2616
20GMKarthikeyan, Murali5074452IND2611

...160 players

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