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Fujairah Chess and Culture Club Set to Host 45th World Chess Solving Championship

Dr Abdulla AAL Barakat, Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, Engineer Ibrahim Jalal, Jassem Heikal, Maryam Al Matroushi and Marjan Kovacevic during the press conference.

Adding another feather to its hat, the Fujairah Chess and Culture Club will host the 45th World Chess Solving Championship.

Alongside the World Chess Solving Championship, the 64th World Chess Composition Congress will take place, with the participation of delegates from all over the world.

The club will also host the Fujairah International Blitz Chess Championship, which will mark the end of eight days of activities.

The UAE will be the first Arab country in the Middle East to hold the World Chess Solving Championship and host a general assembly, as never before.

The 45th World Chess Solving Championship and the 64th World Chess Composition Congress will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.

649 participants representing 45 countries will take part in the World Chess Solving Championship.

Details of the two world-class events taking place from November 12-19 were revealed at a press conference held at the Novotel Hotel in Fujairah.

Dr. Abdulla AAL Barakat, President of Fujairah Chess and Culture Club and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, and Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, Vice President of the Club, addressed the media in the presence of the Board of Directors, including the engineer Ibrahim Jalal, Jassem Heikal and Maryam Al Matroushi.

Harry Fougiaxis, president of the World Federation of Chess Composition (WFCC), joined by videoconference.

Fougiaxis, in his speech said: “Thank you for inviting me to this press conference! I see it got a lot of media attention, and for good reason.

“It’s a historic event, the first time it’s happened in the Arab world. It attracted a record number of countries and participants from all over the world.

“I would like to thank the Crown Prince of Fujairah for his sponsorship, Dr Abdulla Ali AAL Barakat, the UAE delegate to the WFCC, the Fujairah Chess and Culture Club for his organization, and Marjan Kovaevi and Julia Vysotska, who assist them . I will join you in a few days, but I already see that it will be a memorable event.

Dr. Abdulla AAL Barket expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman of Fujairah Department of Industry and Economy, for their unwavering support, which enabled failures to Fujairah to experience incredible growth globally and has helped the emirate host this prestigious tournament.

“The event offers cash prizes worth €40,000, with the winner taking home €30,000. Fujairah International Blitz Chess Championship is endowed with a purse of Dhs 40,000. , these awards are the most important,” said Dr. Barakat.

Zaabi said that arrangements are being made to host the first World Chess Solving Championships and World Chess Composition Congress in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.

He also mentioned that the organizing committee has put a lot of effort into helping players register successfully by working with the International Federation to resolve the issues.

Marjan Kovacevic, arguably Serbia’s most iconic first-class solver and one of the few in the world to hold the title of grandmaster in both solving and composition, said: “Many important issues will be discussed during of the 64th World Chess Composition Congress with tournaments held in conjunction with the World Championship to solve chess-related issues. This reflects the prestige and value of the important chess gathering.