8-year-old Israeli chess player proudly raises the Israeli flag after winning the European Championship

Israeli chess prodigy Noam Sasson (centre) holding an Israeli flag after receiving his prize at the 2022 European School Chess Championship. Picture: Screen capture.

An eight-year-old Israeli chess player won an international chess competition for children nine and under on Friday in Rhodes, Greece.

Chess prodigy Noam Sasson of Ganei Tikva won the gold medal after winning seven out of nine rounds in his division at the 2022 European School Chess Championship, beating opponents from Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, D Ukraine and other countries. More than 200 children took part in the competition, which had separate categories for players under seven, nine, 11, 13, 15 and 17 years old.

Sasson is a trainee of the “Chess4All” club in Savyon, Israel. Club manager Lior Eisenberg spoke to Israeli media about Sasson’s performance in the Championship, saying: “We watched the match live and it was really tense. After the eighth round, there was a draw between him and the Turkish player. It wasn’t until the last lap that Noam finished in a draw and the Turk lost, and thus he took first place in the championship.

During the contest’s award ceremony, Sasson stood on a podium and held the Israeli flag as its national anthem, “Hatikvah,” played in the background.

Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Hili Trooper congratulated Sasson after his victory saying, “We are proud of you.”

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