In third place was Ahmed Alghamdi of Saudi Arabia, who with Fadi Malkawi, Ali Alghasra, Ahmed Abdullateef, Sheer Mohamed and Dado Cagampan.
More than 80 participants from 11 different countries competed in three different categories in the competition, which offered a total prize fund of BD2,000. In the women's section, sisters Sara and Zainab Alafoo finished equal first after a superb performance. They were followed by Bayan Hameed in third place and with a better tie-break than Fatima Jawad, who finished fourth. Maleeha Hussain was fifth.
In the juniors category, Canadian Adnan Habib managed to keep the lead with a score of five points, while the experienced Arpit Hamirwasia slew down after leading the early stage of the competition and finished in second.
Third Briton Easan G and Indian Anvay T shared third place with four points each. Three players shared places fifth through seventh, including Mahmood Abdulla, Salman Al Mahmood and Abishek Ganesan. The awarding took place directly after the last game. Bahrain Mind Sports Association (BMSA) president Hassan Bukhamas was present.
Bukhamas also thanked the organising committee and Golden Tulip general manager Abdulraheem Al Sayed and the staff for the great effort in bringing the event to success. The tournament was organised by the BMSA with the support of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and Asian Chess Federation. Players came from India, the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Nepal, the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia and hosts Bahrain. Four Fide masters and one Candidate master, in addition to many internationally rated players made this event such a unique opportunity for the local players to try their skills and gain some ELO points. (Gulf Daily News)