Millions of people play chess worldwide and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent around the globe.
With such a large player-base and cultural acceptance, there is no doubt that there are many cities and towns in the world
which host a range of tournaments that attract players of all levels.
Abu Dhabi - UAE
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters.
Abu Dhabi Masters tournament took place from 17-25 August 2022 in the United Arab Emirates and brought together 148 players from 31 countries.
18 year old GM Arjun
Erigaisi, India emerged as the winner of the 28th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival – Masters scoring an impressive 7.5/9. Arjun completed the event unbeaten and picked up 22 rating points, meaning he will join an elite 2700+
😎 Video - 10 best things to do in Abu Dhabi (5:50)
Torquay - England
Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon, south west England. Its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera. Torquay Harbour near the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. Made famous by the legendary comedy
series Fawlty Towers, Torquay is distinctly Mediterranean and is a family favourite with plenty of attractions and things to do.
The Chessable British Chess Championships were held at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay from 8th to 21st
August 2022. This was the 108th British Chess Championship in a series which has run almost unbroken since 1904, with Torquay having previously hosted the Championships on six occasions, most recently in 2019.
Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia. It is in the northwest of the country, along the Sava River. Zagreb is the heart of contemporary Croatia’s culture, art, sports, and academics, but its
history is not forgotten. The unique blend of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, open-air markets and ancient cathedrals make Zagreb the perfect city to explore.
The SuperUnited Rapid & Blitz Croatia is the 3rd stage on the 2022 Grand
Chess Tour, a series of five events with a total prize fund of $1.4 million. The 10-player event took place in the Westin Hotel in Zagreb from July 20-24, 2022.
The city of Kavala in Northern Greece, which rises up from the sea like an amphitheater, is a gem waiting to be explored for its rich history and beautiful surroundings. Kavala is an important economic centre of commerce, tourism,
fishing and oil-related activities and formerly a thriving trade in tobacco.
😎 Video: Kavala - top 11 places you have to see (4:21)
Birmingham - England
Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom, after London. It is located in the West Midlands, in England. More than one million people live in Birmingham. More than 30 percent of them have roots in other parts of
the world. This gives Birmingham an interesting mix of cultures and religions. It has been an important region for business and industry for more than 200 years. Birmingham is the host city for the XXII Commonwealth Games.
The 4NCL, or Four
Nations Chess League, is a chess league in the United Kingdom and named after its four nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. However, the league is truly international, with players from as many as 27 different
countries taking part. It is the United Kingdom's foremost chess league, run independently as a limited company and outside of the control of the individual nations' chess governing bodies.
* 5 positions to
ponder from the 4NCL tournament 2015-16
Port of Spain, on Trinidad’s northwest coast, is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s known for its huge Carnival, with calypso and Caribbean soca music. Bordering the expansive Queen’s Park Savannah, the Royal Botanic
Gardens displays plants from all over the world. The gardens also encompass Emperor Valley Zoo. The “Magnificent Seven,” near Queen's Park, is a row of extravagant mansions from around 1900.
6 chess positions from the Trinidad & Tobago Masters 2022