Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy, has described Fujairah Chess and Culture Club’s hosting of the 45th World Chess Solving Championship and 64th World Congress of Chess Composition as an additional qualitative leap for sport in the UAE in general and in the Emirate in particular.
Kovacevic has been a FIDE Grandmaster in composition since 2007 and in solving since 1988. In previous years, he held the position of WFCC Vice-President.
The Portuguses star footballer recently appeared in a glamorous ad for Louis Vuitton alongside long-time rival Lionel Messi, in which the pair were photographed playing chess. He said with a smile: “I would like to be the player who tells Messi checkmate."
Russian Grandmaster Danila Pavlov won the Open Championship for composition at the 45th World Chess Solving Championship, which was hosted by the Fujairah Chess and Culture Club.
The championship will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and organised by Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club.
Armenian Grandmaster Maria Gevorgyan took the top honours at the 4th FBMA Blitz Chess Championship, which concluded on Sunday. The tournament attracted over 100 registered players from 17 countries and carried a prize purse of Dhs33,000.
Abdusattorov, who demonstrated the potential of the Sicilian Paulsen-Taimanov, scored a crucial game against Saleh Salem in round seven which paved the way for his victory.
Issa Hilal Al Hazami, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council, received in his office Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the World Chess Federation, and his assistant Konstantin Kiselev.
Sheikh Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Almualla, President of the Arab Chess Federation and Chairman of the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, attended the launch of torch relay for the Chess Olympiad, which was held in Mahabalipuram in July 18.