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Asian Amateur chess concludes today


Muscat, Oct 4

The Asian Amateur Chess Championship will conclude in Muscat on Wednesday, under the auspices of Dr Laila bint Ahmed al Najar, Minister of Social Development.

The concluding ceremony will witness a visual presentation of the tournament, followed by honouring the winners of the tournament, the organising committee, referees, sponsoring companies and the collaborating parties.

In the seventh round results of men's section, Musallam al Amri tied with the Lebanese Mahmoud Masarani, Mohammad al Omari beat Salem al Omari, Saeed al Balushi beat Lebanon's Michel, Abdul Rahman al Zadjali beat India's Akshobia and Imad al Balushi beat Kuwait's Mashari al Hassan.

In the women’s section, Anah al Esai defeated Ohoud Issa from the UAE, Al Anoud al Ghafri lost to Salma al Khelaifi of Qatar and Afra al Balushi beat Al Badia Hamad from the UAE.

The mother of the Palestinian player Iman Khalil Sawan said: “We reside in Jordan and came to Oman to participate in the tournament. I thank the organising committee for this success and excellence in organising the tournament. Every time my daughter participates, she achieves the goals by interacting with the strongest and experienced players around the world."

“My daughter came to win the title, but we were surprised with great levels and competition from the participants, but she will continue to fight to achieve one of the top three places. Iman had won many titles, as she was crowned the champion of the Arab U-14 Championship in 2021, participated in the Chess Olympiad in Chennai last July and participated in a Dubai tournament before this championship," she added.

Awad Ahmed Jamil, international referee from Yemen, said: "My role in the Asian championship is to resolve disputes and disagreements if they occur, but that has not happened so far, and that the championship is on the right path. We are happy to participate in this tournament, which will add great benefit to everyone by exchanging experiences and acquiring skills.”

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