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Qatar Masters Open

The Qatar Masters Open is an open chess tournament organized by Qatar Chess Association in Doha, Qatar. Its first edition took place from 25 November to 5 December 2014.

Qatar Masters 2014

The tournament was open to every player with Elo 2300 or above. The prize fund equaled over $100,000, with $25,000 for the winner. There were also prizes for the best female and Arabic players, 5,000 and 3,500 USD for the first place in each category, respectively.

Yu Yangyi, a 20-year-old Chinese chess prodigy, became the Qatar Masters Champion, scoring 7.5/9; Anish Giri finished second and Vladimir Kramnik third, both scoring 7/9.

Place Prize
1st $25,000
2nd $15,000
3rd $10,000
4th $7,000
5th $6,000
6th $5,000

Qatar Masters 2015

This was the Second edition of the Qatar Masters Open, played from December 20th to December 29th 2015. The time control for each of the tournament games was 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 the move 1. Tiebreak play offs consisted of a 2-game blitz match with time control of 5 minutes with 3 seconds increment per move starting from the move 1.

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the tournament, scoring +5 (7 points out of 9) and defeating Yu Yangyi in the tiebreak. There was a 5-way tie for third place, amongst Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Sanan Sjugirov, Ni Hua, and Vassily Ivanchuk.

The Prizes for the 10 best players of the tournament are as follows:

Place Prize
1st $27,000.00
2nd $16,000.00
3rd $12,000.00
4th $8,500.00
5th $7,500.00
6th $5,500.00
7th $4,500.00
8th $3,500.00
9th $2,500.00
10th $2,000.00

There were additional prizes for the best female players (ranging from $500.00 to $8000.00), best Arabic players (ranging from $1000.00 to $2500.00), top two Junior players, and special prizes in different rating groups.