Doha, 12 April 2020 - Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co (AAB) collaborated with Qatar Chess Association (QCA) in organising the Stay Home Online Chess initiative over the weekend.
“This is part of AAB’s corporate social responsibly (CSR) initiative to promote strategic thinking in the community as well as to develop the community through sports. With the strong partnership with QCA, the tournament has created a meaningful impact on the lives of young chess enthusiasts and adult players who are given the chance to get world-rated,” a statement notes.
The online tournament was organised with the aim of increasing the chess community’s awareness about the importance of social distancing measures and at the same time connecting chess players around the world. It attracted 2,453 participants consisting of 40 Grand Masters and renowned chess players from all over the world.
The winners of the Stay Home Online Chess tournament are:
First place: GM Andrew Tang (US); Second place: GM Baadur Jobava (Georgia); Third place: GM Matthias Bluebaum (Germany); Fourth place: FM Shakhzod Vakhidov (Uzbekistan); and Fifth place: GM Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan).
Best Female: WIM Teodora Injac (Serbia).
Meanwhile, aside from the overall winners, top three resident players have also been
recognised. They are:
Best Resident First Prize: Rolenson Loyola (the Philippines)
Best Resident Second Prize: Eugene Pimentel (the Philippines)
Best Resident Third Prize: FM Sidi Boidiya (Mauritania)
Another category of winners of the online tournament was for Qatari players -
Best Qatari – Male: Hamad al-Jaber
Best Qatari – Female: Layan al-Qassabi
Best Qatari U20: Ali al-Saadi
Best Qatari U14: Abdullah al-Homaid
Best Qatari U12: Abdulrahman
The upcoming Stay Home Online Chess tournaments will be held for the next two weekends, April 17 and 24.
To register, interested participants should visit social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook of both QCA and AAB Qatar.
“True to its unwavering commitment in helping to build a new generation of chess players in Qatar, AAB encourages participation in the Stay Home Online Chess tournament. Chess is one of the games that transcends borders and complies with social distancing measures during these challenging times while bringing all enthusiasts together. This is one of the worthwhile activities that people can engage in with each other and at the same time contribute to the government’s effort of flattening the curve during its fight against coronavirus,” the statement adds.