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ABMIPS triumphs at Muscat Chess Championship

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MUSCAT: Students of Ahmad bin Majid International Private School (ABMIPS) victoriously secured first place among 72 schools at the highly anticipated Chess Championship for Government and Private Schools of the Muscat Governorate at the Bausher Stadium recently.

The Muscat Chess Championship is an annual event that brings together the finest young chess players from across Muscat.

The chief guest, Mubarak bin Said al Mashari, Director of the Career Guidance Department and Students Statistics, Directorate of Education, Muscat Governorate, conferred the awards. The first-place honours were claimed by grades 5 and 6 students, notably, Aws bin Faisal al Mahdali, Houd bin Hilal al Rashdi, Jibreel bin Raif al Harthi, Jasim bin Fahad al Kindi and Yousuf bin Salah al Balushi, whose

exceptional talent led to the victory. Displaying analytical skills and precision, these students showcased the true spirit of a champion with impressive manoeuvrers and unwavering focus.

Al Saeedia School for Basic Education secured the second place and Mohammad Al Mundhiri Government School took the third place.

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“Chess is not just a game; it is a sport that builds students' character and hones important skills that transcend beyond the chessboard. As such, ABMIPS recognises the value of chess in nurturing young minds and instilling a passion for intellectual pursuits," said Abdalhadi Mustafa Mohamed, sports teacher.

Chess is known for its cognitive benefits, developing critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills. “The game requires students to strategically plan their moves, anticipate their opponents strategies, and make quick decisions under pressure. These skills are crucial in various aspects of life, from academic pursuits to future careers," he said.

While the win exemplifies the strong foundation and training received at school, it would not have been possible without the unwavering support of passionate parents and the dedicated teachers. Their commitment to encourage the students was vital in achieving such a remarkable result. This win reaffirms the school’s commitment to nurturing young minds and instilling a passion for intellectual pursuits, noted Rayan bint Najim al Timami, Board Member, ABMIPS.

Al Timami expressed her utmost pride and admiration for the extraordinary achievements of the students, stating, "We are thrilled to witness such an exceptional display of talent and determination. I congratulate the entire community of the school for this momentous accomplishment.”

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