Ten overseas players from the GCC countries, Yemen, India and Syria have confirmed their participation so far in the Salalah International Chess Championship, to be hosted by the Oman Chess Committee (OCC) at Salalah Plaza Hotel from August 3-6.

The rapid chess tournament is open for all and will be played on the Swiss system, according to OCC general secretary Ahmed al Balushi, who is also the chairman of the tournament’s organising committee.

The Salalah tournament is recognised by the FIDE, the world body of chess. A registration fee of RO20 will be charged from each participant and entries can be emailed to omanchess

The deadline for entries is August 1.

Balushi said that Egypt’s Hesham Elgendy has been appointed as the chief arbiter of the tournament, while Oman’s Musallam al Wadhahi and Khalid al Hadidi have been named deputy chief arbiter.

Balushi said the hosting of the tournament comes within the framework of the OCC’s efforts to spread the game in the sultanate. “Already, we have received confirmation from 71 participants and we are expecting few more before the August 1 deadline.”