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Chess gains more popularity in Oman


23 Dec 2014
The first edition of the Ministry of Sports Affairs Chess Championship Shield concluded in the Sultanate of Oman with the participation of 136 players of 30 clubs. Thirty players qualified for the finals all competing for the first position. The final match was presided over by His Excellency Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardhoof, Minister of Sports Affairs, in the presence of board members of Oman Chess Committee and a host of journalists.

His Excellency highly commended the efforts made by the Oman Chess Committee which he said were the prime factor in the success of the competition’s first edition. “The committee has succeeded in a very short period of time to improve the Sultanate’s international ranking in chess following successful participations in external competitions. I also anticipate that further successes will be achieved at all levels in the future”, His Excellency said.

On her part, the chairman of Oman Chess Committee, Layla Al Najar, expressed her happiness at the success of the competition’s first edition pointing out that there were future plans to be implemented in cooperation with the ministry of education with a view to exercising the game inside schools which would allow coaches a better chance to selected potential players.
 
She said that the Sultanate’s ranking progressed from the threshold of 171 to 141 moving 30 position forward in just one year following the success that was achieved at the Norway Olympiad in which three of our players attained international ranking.
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