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In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh

The championship, which enjoys great interest by international media, is held in the kingdom for the first time and hosts 236 players representing 70 countries at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh.

In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Attendees play chess for fun as they attend at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the first time with the participation of 236 players from 70 countries.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Attendees play chess for fun as they attend at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the first time with the participation of 236 players from 70 countries.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Attendees play chess for fun as they attend at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the first time with the participation of 236 players from 70 countries.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Chess players attend the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Emirati Sheikh Sultan BinKhalifah Al Nahyan, President of the Asian Chess federation plays with a falcon on the spot as they attend the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the first time with participation of 236 players from 70 countries.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Turki Al-Sheikh, Saudi Sports Federation CEO, gives a speach during his official opening at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Georgios Makropoulos speaks at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Chess players attend the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Chess players listen to Saudi musicians playing music on the post at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Championship is taking place in Saudi Arabia for the first time with participation of 236 players from 70 countries.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Trophies are displayed at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Chess players attend the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pictures: King Salman World Chess Championship in Riyadh
Chess players enjoy their time with a falcon on the spot as they attend at the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.