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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pakistan national chess championship begins; Nigel Short to hold special simul

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Hi everyone,

More chess news from the Pakistan national chess championship. Defending champion and favourite Mahmood Ahmed Lodhi got his second successive win in the 2nd PCPA Open Chess Championship for Zahiruddin Farooqui Trophy being held in Karachi, Pakistan. Lodhi’s two main challengers, National Masters Wasim Akram and Tanvir Gilani, both of them also from Punjab, also remained in the hunt for the trophy by registering second victory in as many games. 

The fancied quartet of Mohammad Waqar, Haseeb Ahmed, Asadullah Khan and Syed Wahid Ali has also earned a couple of points by winning both their games. However, two other National Masters Aziz Farooqi and Anwar Qureshi were held to draw by their opponents Israr Hussain and Nadeem Aziz respectively.

International Master and national champion Lodhi, hailing from Gujranwala, was given a run for his money in the 75-minute encounter by the dangerous Raees Ahmed Anasri before gaining his second point in the 8-round competition being played on Swiss league basis.

National women champion, Nida Mishraz, playing in the open tournament, suffered her second defeat going down to Younus Malghani from Balochistan. Having flown in from London to take part in the event after the Gibralter Open, she had lost to Mohammad Waqar in the opening round. Sisters Misbah Yamin and Urooj Yamin won their second round matches. A total of 67 players are featuring in the four-day competition which will be concluding on Sunday (tomorrow).

Grandmaster Nigel Short arrives today
British grandmaster Nigel Short will arrive in Karachi today and appear at the championship to play exhibition matches against the top junior players, according to PCPA Secretary Shehzad Mirza.
“It’s an initiative to promote chess,” Mirza told The Express Tribune. “Short’s not charging anything for the appearances.”


First round: Mahmood Lodhi bt Mohammad Shahid; Tanvir Gilani bt Zaheen Shahzad; Wasim Akram bt Asif Majeed; Anwar Qureshi bt Salahuddin; Mohammad Waqar bt Nida Mishraz; Aziz Farooqui bt Zafar Ahmed; Asadullah Khan bt Usman Farooq; Wahid Hussain bt Israr-ul-Haq; Khurram Qureshi bt Imtiaz Ahmed; Riasat Ali bt Haseen-ur-Rahman; Al Haj Mahmood drew with Shamsuddin Hai; Jahangir Ahmed bt Mohammad Yamin; Asif Abbasi bt Uzair Rasheed.

Second round: Mahmood Lodhi bt Raees Ahmed Ansari; Tanvir Gilani bt Muhammad Ramzan; Syed Wahid Hususain bt Imrtiazul Haq; Asadullah Khan bt Akhtar Hussain; Mohammad Waqar bt Faraz Saleem; Younus Malghani bt Nida Mishraz; Wasim Akram bt Tafseer Ahmed.

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  • At February 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi said...

    i heard they have shortage of women playing chess in pakistan - the shortage afflicts the entire world particularly the tournaments i play.

  • At February 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is not Pakistan National Chess Championship. You are requested to please make the correction.


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