Oman chess players will take part in the Fide Online Cadets and Youth Rapid World Cup which will be held virtually from August 16 to 30 for the first time in history. Oman’s talented player Anas al Darwashi will represent the Sultanate chess team in U-18 category while Mohammed al Rashdi will take part in U-16 category. It is historical participation for the national team in the show piece event which will be held this time remotely due to the unstable situation of health crisis of Covid-19 outbreak.
All the national chess team players training sessions were held under the watchful eyes of the Yemeni coach Basheer al Qudaimi. He supervised all the players during the preparatory programme which included virtual chess events and friendly games.
Also, the Sultanate head coach was eager to enter the players in events which implement similar system of Fide Online Cadets and Youth Rapid to ensure good exposure before the event.
The technical meeting of the top cadets and youth chess event took place on Saturday remotely. The playing system and regulations were explained to the team’s representatives. Chess World Cup for cadets and youth will be held in five age groups including U-10,12,14,16 and U-18. The tournament will consist two stages. The selection stage will be played by separate online 10-round Swiss system.
As many as 19 chess activities were organised by Oman Chess Committee (OCC) this year from February to July despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The OCC managed to implement the virtual communication effectively in all the activities either competition, events and educational courses. Six domestic tournaments were organised while players attended five overseas events. Four educational courses were held along with four camps and preparatory events.