Qatar Masters Open 2014, 26 Nov – 4 Dec 2014, Doha (Qatar)

Qatar Masters Open 2014, 26 Nov – 4 Dec 2014, Doha (Qatar)

Qatar Masters Open

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I decided to do a little analysis to determine how the Qatar Masters Open compares to other significant high level open tournaments. To compare, I took the average rating of the top 20 players from each tournament.

  • Qatar Masters 2014 – The average rating of the Qatar Master’s top 20 players is a staggering 2713. If the tournament was between those 20 players only, it would be a Category 18.

  • Aeroflot Open 2012 A Group – Probably the only other tournament which would stand tall next to the Qatar Masters. In its last edition in 2012, the average rating of the top 20 players was a hefty 2690. If the tournament was between those 20 players only, it would be a Category 17.

  • Moscow Open A 2014 – Another prominent and strong tournament held in Russia. The top 20 players in this year’s edition had an average rating of 2637.

  • Millionaire Chess Open 2014 – The recently concluded Millionaire Chess saw the top 20 players averaging a 2636 rating. Not a bad start for the tournament’s first edition.

A review of some notable tournaments indicates that the Qatar Masters Open is indeed decisively the strongest Open ever! A historic moment indeed for the chess world. Here are the top 40, every single one a GM (in fact you have to go down to place 76 to encounter the first IM).

1 Giri, Anish GM NED 2776
2 Kramnik, Vladimir GM RUS 2760
3 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 2757
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 2751
5 Ding, Liren GM CHN 2730
6 Harikrishna, Pentala GM IND 2725
7 Jobava, Baadur GM GEO 2722
8 Eljanov, Pavel GM UKR 2719
9 Naiditsch, Arkadij GM GER 2719
10 Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM RUS 2714
11 Bu, Xiangzhi GM CHN 2707
12 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy GM UKR 2706
13 Yu, Yangyi GM CHN 2705
14 Moiseenko, Alexander GM UKR 2701
15 Sargissian, Gabriel GM ARM 2687
16 Cheparinov, Ivan GM BUL 2684
17 Saric, Ivan GM CRO 2680
18 Melkumyan, Hrant GM ARM 2678
19 Sjugirov, Sanan GM RUS 2673
20 Berkes, Ferenc GM HUN 2669
 
21 Fedorchuk, Sergey GM UKR 2664
22 Bartel, Mateusz GM POL 2662
23 Kuzubov, Yuriy GM UKR 2661
24 Edouard, Romain GM FRA 2659
25 Movsesian, Sergei GM ARM 2659
26 Akopian, Vladimir GM ARM 2657
27 Mamedov, Rauf GM AZE 2652
28 Efimenko, Zahar GM UKR 2644
29 Bologan, Viktor GM MDA 2643
30 Ivanisevic, Ivan GM SRB 2643
31 Shankland, Samuel GM USA 2642
32 Vovk, Andrey GM UKR 2640
33 Romanov, Evgeny GM RUS 2636
34 Rakhmanov, Aleksandr GM RUS 2636
35 Gupta, Abhijeet GM IND 2632
36 Adhiban, B. GM IND 2630
37 Dubov, Daniil GM RUS 2629
38 Safarli, Eltaj GM AZE 2628
39 Volokitin, Andrei GM UKR 2627
40 Mchedlishvili, Mikheil GM GEO 2622

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The Qatar Masters, a new mega-open chess tournament, is set to take place from 25th November to 5th December at the 5-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in Doha, Qatar.
The organizers are excited to have such great chess players as Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Alexei Shirov, Gata Kamsky, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov and many others.
159 players already confirmed their participation.
The total prize fund is $110,000, with top finishers earning $25,000 / $15,000 / $10,000 / $7,000 / $6,000 / $5,000 / $4,000 / $3,000 respectively.
The organizers have awarded ten wild-card invitations during the Tromso Chess Olympiad. These players are invited to play in Qatar Masters Open 2014 with travel, hotel and food expenses covered by the organizers.

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The wild-card winners are:
IM Belouadah Saad 2320 (Algeria)
FM Vazquez Guillermo 2323 (Paraguay)
GM Aleksandar Indjic 2539 (Serbia)
IM Goh Wei Ming Kevin 2433 (Singapore)
GM Gomez John Paul 2526 (Philippines)
WGM Nemcova Katerina 2315 (USA)
WGM Gara Ticia 2321 (Hungary)
WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2352 (India)
WGM Golubenko Valentina 2269 (Croatia)
WGM Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2252 (USA)

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25th November 2014 Arrivals &
Opening Ceremony
7 PM
26th November 2014 Round 1 3 PM
27th November 2014 Round 2 3 PM
28th November 2014 Round 3 3 PM
29th November 2014 Round 4 3 PM
30th November 2014 Round 5 3 PM
1st December 2014 Round 6 3 PM
2nd December 2014 Round 7 3 PM
3rd December 2014 Round 8 3 PM
4th December 2014 Round 9
Closing Ceremony
12 PM
7 PM
5th December 2014 Departures

Qatar Masters Open 2014-11-26 – 2014-12-05

Tournament website

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