Doha, 19 April 2020 - Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co (AAB), the exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Qatar, has continued its collaboration with Qatar Chess Association (QCA) for the second edition of 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,” a statement notes.
In the wake of the success of the first edition, the second edition was held to further enhance the chess community’s awareness of the importance of social distancing measures while at the same time connect chess players around the world, the statement adds.
More than 2,000 participants consisting of 48 Grand Masters (GMs) and renowned International Masters (IMs), FIDE Masters (FMs) and women GMs, CMs and IMs gathered for the tournament from all over the world.
The winners of the Stay Home Online Chess tournament, second edition, are:
1st Place: IM Harshit Raja (India)
2nd Place: GM Vahap Sanal (Turkey)
3rd Place: GM Matthias Bluebaum (Germany)
4th Place: GM Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan)
5th Place: GM Andrew Tang (US)
Best Female: Aizharkyn Shyngys Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan)
Eighteen-year-old Raja from Pune, India, is racing towards becoming India’s next Grandmaster.
Meanwhile, aside from the overall winners, the Top 3 resident players have also been recognised.
They are: Best Resident, 1st Prize: Abdulrahim al-Mahyo (Syria)
Best Resident, 2nd Prize: Eugene Pimentel (Philippines)
Best Resident, 3rd Prize: Rolenson Loyola (the Philippines)
The winners in the Best Qatari category are — Best Qatari – Male: GM Mohamed al-Sayed Best Qatari – Female: WCM Kholoud al-Khulaifi;
Best Qatari – U20: Ali al-Saadi;
Best Qatari – U14: Abdullah al-Homaid;
Best Qatari – U12: Layan al-Qassabi
The third edition of the Stay Home Online Chess tournament, in collaboration with QCA, will be held on April 24. To register, interested participants should visit social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook of both QCA and AAB Qatar.
“Stay Home Online Chess is not merely a tournament but also a statement that we all contribute to the flattening of the curve by finding ways to become creative and more productive as we observe and maintain social distancing.
It is a tribute to the frontliners in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus, who include not only medical and healthcare practitioners, the providers of basic needs, among others, but more importantly those who stay at home and support the government’s efforts in flattening the curve during its fight against the coronavirus,” the statement points out.