Like to play in the Sharjah Masters?

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8/30/2021 – The United Arab Emirates have the world's tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s biggest mall – and the world's biggest chess club. It covers an area of 34,000 square feet, including the main hall, which can accommodate up to 500 players. Now the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club (SCCC) is inviting you to play in the 4th Sharjah Masters 2021, from September 16 to 26. All event’s participants must present a Covid vaccination certificate.

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Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Sharjah - UAE, the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club (SCCC) is pleased to invite you to participate in the 4th Sharjah Masters 2021, which will be held at the Club’s premises, from September 16th (Arrival) to 26th (Departure).

Participation & Registration

  • The event will be held as an Invitational Tournament, with (maximum) 80 players of FIDE Standard Rating of 2300 and above, as of September 2021 FIDE Rating List (Standard).
  • Out of these 80 players, the 60 will be selected by the middle of August 2021 (after relative Application) and the rest 20 will be given Wild Card participation permission.
  • The highest rated player per federation will be invited to participate, after Application. Priority will be given to higher (over-the-board) titles and ratings. Exceptions can be given to the Wild Cards.
  • All participating Players and Accompanying Persons are obliged to fully comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Tournament, the Organising Committee & the United Arab Emirates.
  • All event’s participants must present a Vaccination Certificate (pre-send by e-mail). The UAE’s Approved & Accepted vaccines are Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik-V, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.
  • FIDE Name & FIDE-ID must be mentioned in any communication or Bank Transfer.
  • Any participation’s Application must be pre-approved. The Organising Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any participant’s application according to FIDE Rules and Regulations, the UAE Laws and Health Reasons, or, finally, a Force Majeure.
  • All Applications will be closed on August 15th (24:00 UAE Time) and only an online one is accepted via the tournament’s official e-mail:


  • The tournament will be held as a 9-round Swiss System Type, with a Standard Time Control of a total of ninety (90) minutes & thirty (30) seconds increment per move starting from move one (1), for each player.
  • Delay Time will be on thirty (30) minutes.
  • The tournament will be FIDE Rated (Standard FIDE Rating List - FRL).

The Playing Hall will be at Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club premises [click to enlarge].

Entry Fees

  • The entry fees will be as following, as per title and FIDE rating (Standard FIDE-FRL) of September 2021:
    • GMs & WGMs: USD 0.
    • Rating 2600 and above: USD 0.
    • Rating 2500-2600: USD 150.
    • Rating 2400-2500: USD 200.
    • Rating 2300-2400: USD 250.

The Organising Committee, taking into reference the Standard FIDE Rating List of September 2021 and prior Application & Approval, shall provide:

  • GMs rated 2700+: Single-room accommodation with full board.
  • GMs rated 2650+: Shared double-room accommodation with full board.

UAE Visa

  • A UAE Entry Visa can be obtained upon request (Application), by August 30th.
  • A digital Passport Copy (JPEG - scanned & Coloured) and a Face-photo (JPEG - scanned & Coloured) should be sent to the event’s e-mail:
  • Entry Visa for the invited players is free.
  • Coaches & Accompanying Persons: USD 100.
  • All Visa Fees for Coaches & Accompanying Persons must be paid in advance (net - Bank Expenses on the Regulations Sender) in the SCCC Bank Account.
  • Entry Visas to the UAE will be issued for the eligible Participants Coaches & Accompanying Persons and will be valid for thirty (30) days from the date of arrival.
  • All Visa Applications are subject to the approval of the UAE General Directorate of Residency & Foreigner Affairs.
  • All Visa Application fees are non-refundable.
  • Please check the requirements of Visa here.

Playing Schedule

The tournament will be played according to the following Schedule (UAE Timing - GMT +4):

Dress Code & Forbidden Items

  • All participants are obliged to follow the dress code of business casual or elegant casual, with no shorts, slippers, etc.
  • Any electronic equipment (computers, cameras, mobile phones, tablets, hand-watches, pencils, etc.) is strictly forbidden in the Playing Hall, as per FIDE Handbook.

Hotel Accommodation

  • All Invited Participants will stay in the official tournament Hotel. Other Players, Coaches and Accompanying Persons will have a free choice of their accommodation.
  • The 3* Hotel Centro Rotana Sharjah ( - Al Dhaid Road, E88 - Sharjah -UAE - Phone 00971-06-5088000), will be the official Hotel of the tournament.

The accommodation offer of the tournament is as following:

  • Single Room USD 110/night, Full Board.
  • Double Room USD 160/night, Full Board.
  • Transportation will be only provided if accommodation is booked via the Organising Committee:
  • To and From the SCCC premises to the official Hotel (daily).
  • From and To Dubai (Terminals 1-2-3) or Sharjah airports to the official Hotel.
  • The Invited Arbiters, are also entitled to the above privileges.
  • All Payments should be made to the SCCC Bank Account (net of Bank expenses).


  • Website:
  • E-mail:
  • Tournament Director IM Omar Noaman Al Ali.
  • General Coordinator Mr. Rajai Al Susi.
  • Assistant Coordinator GM/FST/IA/IO Efstratios Grivas -
    WhatsApp 00306936888163 - Mobile 00971551880025.

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