The Oman Chess Committee has officially commenced the first preparatory tournament in anticipation of the World Amateur Chess Championship, scheduled to take place in November.
The tournament is currently underway at the training hall of the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher and will continue until September 23.
Thursday marked the initiation of the tournament, hosting 100 national players from various countries residing in the Sultanate of Oman. The competition follows the classic chess system, consisting of 7 rounds, each lasting 60 minutes with an additional 10 seconds granted for every
move. The first and second rounds took place on Thursday, showcasing varying skill levels.
On Friday, three rounds will be held. The third round begins at 3 pm, the fourth round will be held at 5:30 pm and the fifth round will be held at 7:30 pm. Two rounds will be held on Saturday.
A significant representation from the Sultanate of Oman, comprising over 40 national players, is seen in the event. Notable players include Mohammed al Saeedi, Mohammed al Amri, Ahmed al Rahbi, Hamoud al Busaidi, Mana al Kathiri, Muslim al Amri, Amin al Ansi, Rashid al Jabri and Salem al Amri. Additionally, members of the national team, including Anat al Issayah, Rawan al Balushiyah, Kawthar al Maamariyah, Hour al Shukailiyah, Al Anoud al Ghafriyah and Youmna al Nadabiyyah, are actively taking part.
The tournament presents a significant opportunity for fair competition, fostering enhanced technical proficiency among national team players. It aims to secure advanced positions in international rankings while facilitating valuable experience and implementing the training imparted under the guidance of the team's technical staff.
This initiative aligns with the objective of preparing players to represent the Sultanate of Oman in the forthcoming World Amateur Championship, set to be hosted by Oman in early November. The committee is steadfast in its commitment to involve a substantial number of Omani players, striving to improve their international rankings and attain titles.