The second edition of the Qatargas Chess Championship, organized by the Qatar Chess Association (QCA) was held from 13 – 15 November at the Copthorne Hotel in Doha. Nearly 150 boys and girls between 6 – 16 years old participated in the tournament. A ceremony was held on Saturday after three days of exciting competition, to award prizes to the winners. Hamad Ali Al-Awi, A/Head of Public Relations Business Support attended the ceremony on behalf of Qatargas and gave away the prizes. He was joined by Mohammed Ahmed Al-Medaihki, General Secretary, Amal Al Mannai, Board Member, and other senior officials of QCA.
The top ten winners received prizes. The top three prizes were claimed by Canadian national Adnan Habib (9 points), Qatari national Abdullatif Al-Hor (7.5 points – came second in tie breaker) and Indian national Rahul George Eapen (7.5 points) respectively. Qatari national players Salih Al Hor (7 points), Alla Hussain (7 points) Ghanem Al Shamari (6.5 points), Hamda Al Hajri (6 points), and Maryam Al Hajri (6 points), put on a good performance.
The championship started on Thursday, 13 November and concluded on Saturday 15 November. A total of nine rounds, were played with each round lasting up to 20 minutes. Valuable prizes were distributed to winners and participants. Qatargas launched the championship last year in partnership with QCA as part of the Company’s strategy to promote sporting activities that are gaining popularity in Qatar. The aim of this strategy is to help in nurturing young talents in the country by creating opportunities for them to develop further, thereby contributing to achieving the Human Development goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. The championship provides an excellent opportunity for young chess enthusiasts in Qatar to compete against each other and test their skills.