CHITRAL: First Open Chess Tournament, held in Chitral, is being participated by 52 chess players from across the country who hold prominent place in local and international game of chess.
The tournament is jointly organized by Chitral Chess Club and Sawabi Chess Club. MNA Mualana Abdul Akbar Chitrali was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the tourney, which was presided over by the deputy commissioner of Chitral.
The king’s game will comprise nine rounds as per the Swiss system. Four rounds were completed on the first day. Sardar Gohar said the champion will be announced after the final round will be finished.
District Sports Officer Akhwanzada Abdul Rehmat said that the district sports office will continue to promote all such sports which could protect youth from drugs and engage them in positive activities. One of the local participants of the game, Azeemuddin said that he had been playing chess for the last 25 years. He said not just he was keen of playing chess but his wife, sons and daughters were also fond of the king’s game.
He said Chitral possessed immense potential, however the game was not supported by the government. He said they had rented a room in Chitral, where they played chess.
One of the participants of the tourney is an 82-year-old man from Punjab. He said he came to Chitral so that he could attract youth of the local area towards the king’s game.