CHITRAL: Lahore’s Waseem Akram became champion of First Chitral Open Chess Tournament, while Faisalabad’s Muhammed Shehzad grabbed second position of the tourney which concluded on Tuesday night.
District Sports Officer Abdul Rehmat was the chief guest on the occasion of distribution of trophy cup and cash prizes among the players.
Addressing the concluding ceremony, Abdul Rehmat said that chess players of Chitral had enormous potential. They played chess by renting a room, he said. He said soon a stadium would be built by the government for them to play the game. He also announced to provide 0.1 million rupees grant annually to promote chess.
Talking to Dialogue Pakistan correspondent, Abdul Rehmat said that chess was taught at school level in Europe and Russia and there were people who had three of their children as world champions.
Waseem Akram said he was disappointed for the fact that the game did not have government support.
Raja Gohar Zaman invited chess players of Chitral to Punjab and announced to bear their expenditures of their trip.
The Chitral event was participated by 52 chess players from across the country who hold prominent place in local and international game of chess.