Sharjah International Chess Championship starts on Wednesday

From left to right: Rajai Al Susi, Efstratios Grivas, Omar Noaman Al Ali and Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, Jamal Al Midfaa, Hassan Al Hammadi and Faisal Al Hammadi during the press conference.

Amir Naqvi, sports editor

The 27th edition of the Sharjah International Chess Championship 2022 will kick off at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club on Wednesday.

The highly anticipated Sharjah International Chess Championship will be held every year under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

The event is organized by the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, with the participation of around 200 to 220 players representing 31 federations, including 31 players with international titles from inside and outside the country.

13 Grandmasters, including Sokolov Ivan, Salem AR Saleh, Miladinovic Igor, Arencibia Rodriguez Walter, Naiditsch Arkadij, Iordachescu Viorel, Adly Ahmed, Yakubboev Nodirbek, Antoaneta Stefanova (FIDE World Champion), Sindarov Javokhir, Grivas Efstratios, Erdogdu Mert and Zubarev Alexander, participate in the Sharjah International Chess Championship.

The championship will be held in two parts. Starting with the Rapid competition, which will take place on April 6 and 7, and the Blitz on April 8, the three-day event, games will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The championship has a purse of Dhs 27,000 and will take place under strict health and safety protocols established by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.

Details of the Sharjah International Chess Championship were revealed at a press conference held at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club on Monday.

Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, Chairman of Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, stressed the importance of such events for Sharjah and the UAE in general. The press conference was attended by Jamal Al Midfaa, Secretary General of the club, Omar Noaman Al Ali, Technical Director, Hassan Al Hammadi, Head of Media, Faisal Al Hammadi, Chief Referee, Rajai Al Susi, Executive Director of the club and grandmaster. Efstratios Grivas, director of the Sharjah International Chess Academy.

Sheikh Saud praised Dr Sheikh Sultan for his unwavering support and generosity towards the club and the players.

Sheikh Saud also welcomed the support of Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Governor of Sharjah, and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah.

Sheikh Saud confirmed that hosting such a large event strengthens the position of the UAE in general and the ability of the Sharjah Cultural Chess Club to organize a great event while the world is reeling from the pandemic. of coronavirus. “Organizing such events also aims to bring a lot of benefit and development to the national team and club players, a number of whom will participate in the championship,” he added.

In the event, all age groups from six years and up will participate.

The club has taken preventive and precautionary measures for players and referees, in accordance with approved health and safety protocols.

Midfa, the club’s general secretary, stressed that bringing these events back to the board aims to provide a meaningful opportunity and benefit national team players and club players, which will help them prepare. and to excel in chess tournaments.

Omar Noaman Al Ali, Tournament Director, said: “The tournament will be broadcast live on chess24.com, one of the three largest internet chess platforms in the world.” Last year, the UAE’s top chess player, Grandmaster Saleh, became the sole winner of the 26th edition of the Sharjah Rapid International Chess Championship. The top-rated Emiratis in the competition collected 9 points in nine sets and overcame the challenge of Moroccan International Master Mokhliss El Adnani. GM Saleh also dominated the Blitz Championship, which was held on the sidelines of the tournament.

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