The inaugural King Salman World Open and Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships have begun, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the first time in history, with Chinese classical chess champion Ju Wenjun achieving a perfect opening score. Meanwhile the World Number One, Magnus Carlsen, got off to a less than ideal start. Surely, he will look to improve on his game today.
The event, running until 30th December, marks an important advance in Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a sporting hub capital and provides a refreshing inclusion of women in such high profile public events.
The event has attracted attract more than 200 players from all over the world, providing aspirational role models for players in the region and sees famed male and female chess players compete on the World stage for a chance to prove their strategic prowess against some of the highest IQs in the world.
Content now available:
26th December, 12pm: Opening Ceremony Web Film
27th December, 2pm: Opening ceremony event, key highlights, GVs Rapid Rounds 1-5; IV Magnus Carlsen; IV Georgios Makropoulos, Acting President of FIDE; IV Kosai Al-Fawaz, Investment & Marketing Advisor to the President of the General Authority for Sport His Excellency Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh
Additional content coming:
29th December, 10am: IVs Rapid Round Winners; GVs Rapid Rounds 6-15; GVs Award Ceremony
31st December, 10am: IVs Blitz Round Winners; GVs Blitz Rounds; GVs Award Ceremony; GVs Closing Ceremony
High resolution imagery also available daily, courtesy of Getty.
For further information, please contact: Sam Dibley on +44 (0)7796 854096