Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club honors former FIDE World Chess Champion Anand

Anand was invited to visit the club and attend the closing ceremony of the Sharjah International Junior Championships.

Gulf today, Staff reporter

Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Almualla, President of the Arab Chess Federation and President of the Cultural and Chess Club of Sharjah, welcomed former FIDE World Chess Champion and Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand to the club’s headquarters .

Anand was invited to visit the club and attend the closing ceremony of the Sharjah International Junior Championships.

He honored the winners in the presence of Jamal Issa Al Midfaa, secretary general of the club, members of the board of directors, Wahib Jaafar Al Zarouni, Omar Noman Al Ali, and the CEO, Rajai Al Sousi.

Large crowds of players, coaches and fans flocked to see Anand.

Former world champion Anand expressed his joy at being present at the biggest chess club in the world, praising the efforts of its organizers in organizing major chess events such as the men’s Grand Prix tournaments and women, the individual Asian championship for men and women, and so on, as well as the professional level of the organization of the traditional Sharjah Masters Championship.

This confirms the distinguished global presence witnessed by the emirate of Sharjah in general and the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club in particular.

Anand also praised the level of young talents participating in the tournament, advising them to work seriously and diligently in training, wishing them a bright future full of achievements.

Anand also recalled his memories with Sousi, when he participated in the Sharjah World Junior Championship in 1985 and, moreover, with Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas, the SCCC coordinator and director of SICA, with whom they played together. in the same event. The three share a long-standing friendship.

He also spoke with Omar Noman Al Ali, vice president of the technical staff.

Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster and five-time world chess champion. He became India’s first grandmaster in 1988 and is one of the few players to surpass an Elo rating of 2800, a feat he first achieved in 2006.

Anand was known for his fast game as a child, as he was nicknamed “The Genie” early in his career in the eighties. He also won the World Blitz Championship title in 2000, in addition to numerous high profile rapid events and tournaments.

Meanwhile, Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club player Rashid Hussein Al Hammadi (Arab Junior Champion) finally managed to win the Open International Junior Championship with 6½ points from 7 rounds (six wins, one draw and no losses) in The Sharjah International Junior Championships: After seven enjoyable rounds dominated by mental competition and high sportsmanship.

Palestinian and Sharjah International Chess Academy player Raji Sayel Abu Azizah came in second place with 6 points, and Salem Abdel Rahim finished in third place.

In the U-12 Championship, India’s Safin Safarullakhan managed to take first place with 6½ points, while his compatriot Ganesan Chakresh came second with 6 points. Another Indian player, Sarish Shetty took third place.

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