Khalid bin Hamad attends the closing ceremony of His Highness’ Chess Championship for Bahrain Schools
The tournament comes as part of efforts to develop school sports
– His Highness emphasizes the importance of accepting games that strengthen the mental abilities of students
– More than 400 male and female students participate in the Khalid bin Hamad Chess Championship for schools in Bahrain
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Public Authority for Sports and Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Education organized the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Khalid bin Hamad Chess Championship for Bahraini Schools , in collaboration with the Public Authority for Sports and the Bahrain Games Federation and the Bahrain Chess Club, at the Khalifa City Sports Hall, with the participation of more than 400 students in the final stage of public and private schools, and the participation of about 5,000 students in the qualifying stage.
His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa witnessed the conclusion of the tournament in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Vice President of the Public Authority for Sports, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education and His Excellency Dr. Abdul Rahman Askar, Executive director of the Public Administration for Sports and prof. Nawal Ahmed Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Policies, Strategies and Performance, Dr. Tariq Al-Shaibani, President of the Bahrain Mental Games Federation, and Dr. Khaled Burhan Al-Din Al-Awadi, President of the Bahrain Chess Club, in the presence of numerous assistants undersecretaries, directors and officials in the Ministry of Education.
His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed his great happiness at the great participation of students in His Highness’ Chess Championship, which witnessed an honorable sporting competition in one of the most important mental games that is gaining popularity in the world due to its benefit in fostering thinking and creative skills solutions, along with what it represents. These school sports activities are an ideal opportunity to achieve rapprochement, cooperation, commitment and many other sports values.
His Highness added that the holding of this school chess tournament is part of the plans for the development of activities, events and school sports games, in the implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the representative of His Majesty the King for humanitarian work and youth affairs and the President of the Supreme Council for youth and sports.
His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa emphasized the importance of games that strengthen the mental abilities of students and create an atmosphere of fun and leisure for them at the same time, especially since chess is considered one of the games that rely on intelligence, develop problem-solving skills and contributes to the opening of the perception and mental abilities of students, praising His Highness, in the fruitful cooperation between the Public Administration for Sports and the Ministry of Education, in the organization of this tournament in partnership with the Bahraini Mind Games Federation and the Bahrain Chess Club, wishing His Highness the continuation and development of the tournament in light of the great demand for participation in it.
His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education, delivered a speech in which he expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for sponsoring this tournament and attending its closing ceremony, which resonated best in highlighting that and encouraging youth in Bahrain. In particular, students are more interested in playing this mental sport.
His Excellency, the Minister expressed deep pride at the pioneering role His Highness played in supporting the march of sports and youth in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in light of the comprehensive and blessed renaissance led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Great of the Land of Monarchs, may he God preserves and preserves, with the constant support and monitoring of His Highness. Royal Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, may God protect him.
He also praised with great respect and pride the great efforts led by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty the King’s Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs and President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, through the ambitious visions and strategies he draws and supports which provides athletes to shine, achieve and honor the Kingdom at various regional, continental and international forums.
His Excellency the minister added that chess is not just a game or sport for fun, but has become a strategic skill based on reflection, planning, risk assessment and problem solving and has become an integral part of educational programs and schools. activities in developed countries, due to the importance this sport assumes. The amount of mental excellence and the ability to think and solve problems in a short time, which the Ministry of Education considers one of its immediate and future priorities, to increase the presence of this sport, and to motivate all schools to participate in it , congratulating all winners and expressing gratitude to all participants, appreciating the support and partnership of Public Sports Authority, Bahrain Mental Games Federation and Bahrain Chess Club for their fruitful cooperation with the Ministry in organizing this tournament.
For her part, Mrs. Kifaya Al-Anzour, Assistant Under-Secretary for Education Services, said: “We are proud that this tournament has received the patronage and support of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, which has helped to attract a wide range of students from public and private schools, especially with our striving to spread various sports.” In the school communities, the gathering of public and private school students under one roof to compete with each other, as the Khalid bin Hamad School Chess Championship is an important addition to school sports, and we are sure that it will contribute to pushing chess in the Kingdom towards wider horizons of success and achievement. “
She added: “On this occasion, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for his support and support for school sports, as this support had a clear stamp on the development and prosperity of school sports and in line with national aspirations in the field of sports.”
Then the winning teams were crowned. On the boys’ level, and in the primary school category (ages 6-9), first place was won by student Hudson Anthony from New Millennium Private School, and second place went to student Muhammad Nabil Salim from elementary school Omar bin Abdulaziz Kod a boy, Hamza Mohammed Tayseer from the private school of St. Christopher won third place.
In the primary age category (10-12 years), the first place went to the student Navaneet Srikanth from New Millennium Private School, the second place went to Fares Asim Qenayer from Choueifat Private School, and the third place went to Rakan Nabil from Omar. bin Abdulaziz Elementary School for Boys.
As for the preparatory stage (13-15 years), first place was won by James Thomas from New Millennium Private School, second place was won by Pranav Bobby from Indian Private School, while third place went to Taha Fathi Al-Bashir from Othman Bin Affan Preparatory School for boys. In the middle stage (16-18 years) the first place was won by Gobikrishna Saravanan from New Millenium Private School, while the second place was won by Muhammad Al-Jawad Faisal from Gulf Pearl Private School and the third place went to Muhammad Taqi Muhammad from Sheikh Abdulaziz High School bin Muhammad for boys.
At the girls’ level, in the Primary stage category (6-9 years), student Laila Aria Hussain from Bahrain Private School won first place, while second place went to student Judy Mansour Faisal from Gate of Maali Private School. , while third place was won by student Aya Fadi Mohamed from Al-Maarif Al-Hadith private schools.
In the Primary stage category (10-12 years old) the first place was won by Maryam Muhammad Tayseer from St. Christopher Private School, second Sarah Dashti from Capital Private School and third Tania Singh from New Millennium Private School.
As for the preparatory level category (13-15 years), first place went to Maram Hadi Al-Mousawi from Bahrain Bayan Private School, second place went to student Broadha Babbitt from New Millennium Private School, while third place went to Sondos Osama Fouad from Al-Falah Private School.
In the middle stage (16-18 years old), student Amrudha Lakshmi from New Millennium Private School won first place, while Khadija Jaafar Salman from Saar Secondary School for Girls won second place, and Sarah Ayman came third. Hujairi from private schools of modern knowledge.
The closing ceremony included a short film about the school’s sporting achievements, along with a sports event for public school students, along with a drawing corner that included a range of distinctive artwork.