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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Arab Elite Chess Championship begins in Dubai

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Hello everyone,

The Arab world is beginning to hold chess tournaments and it is heartening to see chess spread peace and joy in more parts of the world. So here is the chess news from Fide that the first ever Arab Elite Chess Championship has begun in Dubai. Dubai has fast developed as a beautiful chess centre in the region.

The 1st Arab Elite Chess Championship started at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club in Dubai, UAE. Fourteen players from as many countries are vyiing for the Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Cup and $20,000 in cash prizes. Visit the Dubai Chess Club official site in Arabic or English to watch online games. See results and standings in of the Swiss system tournament.

In photo above, FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong (in suit) and UAE Chess Federation president Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla start the clock on top board. Looking on are, from left, Abdul Mohsen Al Dasari, Assistant General Secretary of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ahmad Sharif, General Secretary of the Dubai Sports Council, and Arab Chess Federation president Ibrahim Al Bannai, also president of the Dubai Chess Club.

The starting list includes three grandmasters (
GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605, GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564, GM Salem A R Saleh UAE 2489) and four International Masters. Good promotion for chess in the region.

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  • At September 28, 2011 at 5:02 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    Good for them. Hope chess gives them new cultural insights in the middle east. I read yesterday that they sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for driving a car. gosh. international chess could really help them grow.


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