Qatar Masters Open

Carlsen, Magnus vs. Batsiashvili, Nino

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the 2nd edition of the Qatar Masters Open, taking place in the ASPIRE Dome, Doha from 20-29 December 2015. The 9-round open sees the return of 2014 Champion Yu Yangyi, Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri, while women's no. 1 Hou Yifan and the world's hottest junior Wei Yi just add to the star power on display. The total prize fund is $130,000, with $27,000 for overall first place and $8,000 for the top female player. In the event of a tie for first place a blitz playoff will follow. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Official website: www.qatarmastersopen.com

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