Cultural Village Foundation – Katara opened the Katara Ramadan Open Chess Championship this week participated by 102 professional chess players from abroad.

Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti officially opened the championship, making the first move and announcing the start of the tournaments. The Katara Ramadan Open Chess Championship will run until Tuesday, 21 May. According to Dr Sulaiti Katara is keen on spreading the game among Qataris and support players and amateurs who want to move to the next level and hit the international level.

Championship coordinator and manager, Hussein Aziz said that this year’s championship has witnessed a big time improvements in all ways.

First of all, we have acquired accreditation from the International Chess Federation, which gives international players (participating in the championship) a chance to achieve more points and add to their careers.’

Highlighting the new improvements in this year’s championship, Aziz assured that the success of the championship was reflected by the large number of  professional players from around the world who registered and enrolled in the championship. Unfortunately, only 102 players were selected to qualify and compete in the championship.

The championship this year also offers much bigger prizes, with the first place winner taking home QAR 6,000.’

Aziz said that there are quite a number of young players this year, below 12 years old, which makes the championship a door to many amateur players towards professionalism.

The championship is monitored and supervised by internationally accredited referees who maintained strict rules and regulations for the game to meet with the standards of international chess championships.

A player is only allowed with two illegal moves or else they will be disqualified from the game; mobile phones are strictly prohibited during the games; friends or family members are also not allowed inside the championship hall, this according to international referee Yousef Al Mahasna.

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