Ragai Al Susi, Omar Noman Al Ali and Alia Gharib with the players.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Chess & Culture Club for Sharjah Women is attending an international training camp to help players prepare for the upcoming international and local events.
The camp, which started on March 25 and will continue till April 8, is being organised by the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, in cooperation with the Chess & Culture Club for Sharjah Women and Sharjah International Chess Academy.
The six female players taking part in the camp include Aisha Sarhan Al Ma’eeni, Rayan Muhammad Ali, Fatima Saif Al Ali, Hanan Khalil, Maryam Muhammad Al Ma’eeni and Aisha Muhammad Al Ma’eeni.
Dutch-Bosnian Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Grandmaster from Germany/Azerbaijan, and Bulgarian FIDE Women World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova are giving lectures and imparting tips to the upcoming players.
The players attending the camp will participate in many international tournaments; the most important of which are the International Classic Chess Championship, the Allegiance to Zayed Rapid Chess Tournament 2022 and the Sharjah International Championship.
Najla Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chess & Culture Club for Sharjah Women, praised the successful organisation of the training camp, which comes within the club’s endeavour to raise the standard of the players and their technical level through intensive training under the supervision of the best chess players in the world.
‘The club management is working to provide all necessary training and facilities which help them to achieve success. Through the development of an integrated programme, which includes a group of different camps, that contributes to placing the players in a specific atmosphere where they can focus fully on the game. It also creates an atmosphere of familiarity between them, which is in the interest of the teams and players’,” she added.
"‘This group of players was chosen to attend the camp because of their talent, passion, and determination during the previous training periods.”
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