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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pakistan national chess championship begins Feb 2; GM Nigel Short to hold simuls at event

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Hello everyone,

Here is update about some chess news from Pakistan. Pakistan’s top player for the last many years and the reigning national champion Mahmood Lodhi will defend his title in the second edition of PCPA Chess Championship for the Zahiruddin Farooqui Trophy due to staged at a local hotel from February 2 to 5.

The four-day event, being organised by the Pakistan Chess Players Association (PCPA) with the collaboration of the Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP), was launched with a media briefing at the Karachi Club on Thursday.

The details of the championship, dedicated to the late Zahiruddin Farooqui, who excelled in chess as well as bridge, were unveiled by Hanif Qureshi, Chairman PCPA, and Tariq Rasheed Khan, Director MSAP, who is tipped to be elected as the Vice Chairman of the chess body in its elections on February 4.

International Master Shahzad Mirza also spoke on the occasion.He said British Grandmaster Nigel Short will be attending the event to hold simultaneous display against the top performers of the International Students Olympiads.

The championship will be carrying a prize money of Rs 1,25,000 (about $2500) with the winner to take home a purse of Rs 25,000 (about $500).

There will be special prizes for top two unrated, women and student players. The cash prizes will be disbursed among the top 16 players of the event to be contested on Swiss League eight-round system. Each player will be allocated 55 minutes in every round. The last date for entry is January 30.

The championship will get underway at 4 pm on February 2 with the opening round and will conclude with the eighth round on February 5. Speaking on the occasion, defending champion Lodhi expressed his keen desire to become the country’s first Grand Master.

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