Muscat: The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) in association with Oman Chess Committee organised a chess tournament and training programme for students in Dhofar. The closing ceremony of the training camp and championship organised at the Zubair chess centre was held in the presence of Rashid Al Hooti, head, corporate affairs, Zubair Automotive Group, Jamal Al Balushi, GM, human resources Zubair Automotive Group, members of the Omani Chess Committee, parents and students.
The camp which was held for two consecutive days in Dhofar followed the successful organising of a similar programme in Zubair chess centres in Sohar, Muscat, Ibri and Nizwa recently.
The chess tournaments and training camps were intended to help young players to augment their game and discover new local talents. The Zubair chess centres have seen a huge response from people of all age group to learn chess and participate in tournaments across different governorates. The chess tournaments and training camps organised in Dhofar witnessed a high level of competition which reflected the efforts that have gone into popularising the game of chess in Oman.
In the ‘under 16-years category’, Mohammed bin Ali Al Said won the first place, Ahmed bin Said Al Said took the second place and Mehdi bin Hamid bin Suhail Hawass secured the third place.
In the ‘under 14-years category’, Abdulrahman bin Saeed bin Saeed Shamma won first place, Mohammed bin Nasser bin Mahad Al Mahri second place and Mohammed bin Saeed bin Ahmed Al Said the third place.
In the ‘under 12-years category’, Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Said captured the first place, Fahd bin Khalid Al-Muhrisecured second spot and Ali bin Ahmed Al Shanfari won the third place.
In the ‘under 10-years category’, Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Said won the first place, Mohammed bin Badr bin Suhail Jadad secured second spot and Ahmed bin Salim Fadel won the third place.
In the category of under eight years, Mohammed bin Salim Fadel won first place, Omar bin Badr bin Suhail Jadad won the second place and Amribn Yahya Hardan won the third place.
The competition followed the principles of the Swiss System and each category had to play seven rounds of chess, at 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.