Arabian Karpov Cup

1 - Playing venue

The playing venue of the festival is : Hotel Ramada by Wyndham Continental Jeddah.

Address: Palestine St.Corner Madinah Rd, Jeddah Arabie saoudite.

Transport to the site from the official hotel will be provided by the organizer if you are accommodated in a distant hotel.

Transportation schedule will be available at the information desk located at the hotel as well as at the official website of the festival. Please note that the players are requested to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the round to proceed to the security checks.

Furthermore, the participants are not allowed to bring non-authorized items (Mobiles, Electronic Devices etc.) with them to the playing venue. Storage facilities will be available at the venue for deposit of such items.

Please note that possession of non-authorized items in person at the playing venue will lead to forfeiture/loss of the game as per FIDE Fair Play regulations.

2 - Participation

The Arabian Karpov Cup is a 9-round Swiss individual tournament, open to all players born after the 31/12/2005 (U18) and registered to National Federations affiliated to FIDE (i.e. having a FIDE ID).

The tournament is FIDE registered by the Saudi Chess Federation under the number xxx

3 - Technical Regulations

3.1 Laws of Chess

The FIDE Laws of Chess valid at the time of the event are applied (current version from January 2023), with the following specifications:

  1. 6.7.1: the default time is 30 minutes.
  2. 9.1: draw offers are allowed in the event, without restriction on the number of moves.

Results: At the end of the game, players are requested to sign their scoresheets and hand them to the arbiter who will confirm the result before the players are invited to leave the playing area.

Electronic devices: see §1

Game analysis: Players are not allowed to analyze games in the playing area.

Forfeits: Any player absent from a round without informing the chief arbiter will not be paired in the next round. An absence for two consecutive rounds will result in the player’s withdrawal from the tournament.

3.2 Technical information

Rate of play: 60’ + 30” per move from move 1

Tie-break system:    

    1. Buchholz cut 1
    2. Buchholz
    3. Number of wins with Black
    4. Average rating of opponents

4 - Dress Code

Players involved in the Arabian Karpov Cup are requested to dress properly for an international chess event.

 5 - Pairings and Results

The pairings and results will be available on the official website:, as well as in the playing venue.

Players have to confirm their presence (check-in) before 12:00 on January 24th 2024, to be included in the pairing for round 1.

Pairings are made with the help of the Swiss Manager pairing software.

6 - Schedule

Date Time Event
23/01/2024 All Day Arrival Day
24/01/2024 15:00
Technical Meeting
Opening Ceremony
Round 1
25/01/2024 10:00
Round 2
Round 3
26/01/2024 10:00
Round 4
Round 5
27/01/2024 10:00
Round 6
Round 7
28/01/2024 16:00 Round 8
29/01/2024 10:00
Round 9
Prize giving
30/01/2024 All Day Departure Day

7 - Prizes

Recognizing excellence and achievement, participants have the chance to win prestigious trophies, medals, and special gifts. The top three players in each age category, along with additional awards for Best Female Player, will be celebrated for their outstanding performance and contributions to the chess community.


Best Female Player

1st Prize Trophy + gold medal + gift
2nd Prize Silver medal + gift
3rd Prize Bronze medal + gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift


1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift

2016 or younger

1st Trophy + gift
2nd gift
3rd gift

Prizes will be awarded according to the final standings applying the selected tie break systems.

8 - Registration

The registration for the Arabian Karpov Cup is done online at 

The deadline for participant registration is December 31, 2023.

The deadline for settling financial matters with the festival committee is January 24, 2024 (upon arrival). Instructions for check-in (exact schedule and place) will be shared by the organizers in due time.

Registration fee for non-residents: The registration fee is $100, and each participant must pay at least 50% of the registration fee before December 31, 2023. Late registration is possible after this date, with an increased fee of $200.

9 - Accreditation

All participants of the festival must be accredited and wear their accreditations when in the playing venue.

Players and accompanying persons shall collect their accreditation card at the check-in desk on arrival.