Al-Hosani is the champion of the President’s Chess Cup. Al-Maamari wins the title in the women’s competition

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Omran Al Hosani led his club, Abu Dhabi Chess and Mental Games, to its first men’s President’s Chess Cup titles, which he crowned yesterday (Friday) at the end of the tournament organized by the club under the supervision of the Game Federation, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council of Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ), and the host of his competitions was the Business Center (ADNOC) in Abu Dhabi, with the participation of 105 players. from 17 clubs.

Al-Hosani’s coronation followed a thrilling title race with Ammar Al-Sidrani (Fujairah), which extended to a playoff between them, with Al-Hosani winning the title and runner-up going to Al-Sidrani, while Muhammad Saeed Lilily (Fujairah) was third.

Wafia Darwish Al-Maamari won the women’s title, Rawda Al-Serkal (Abu Dhabi) won second place, Hanan Khalil (Sharjah) was third, Saud Jaber (Sharjah) won the junior title and Salem Al- Second was Balushi (Ittihad Kalba), and Muhammad Yusuf Al Ali (Fujairah) third. As for the girls’ titles, Anoud Issa (Sharjah), second-placed Haneen Jamal (Dubai) and Moza Al Shamsi (Al Ain), third.

Hussein Abdullah Al-Khoury, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chess and Mental Games Club, and Abdul Karim Al-Marzouqi, Secretary General of the Game Federation, crowned the first place winners.

The tribute ceremony followed a simplified closing ceremony, which began with the national anthem and then a documentary film showing the highlights of the tournament, before player Fatima Saleh Darwish gave a speech on behalf of the players, during which she thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the country, “may God protect him.” For His Highness’s support of sports and athletes in various games, she also thanked Abu Dhabi Club and Al-Ittihad for their distinguished organization and partners for their support and all those working to organize the tournament.

For his part, Hussein Abdullah Al-Khoury said: “We at Abu Dhabi Club are very proud of the organization of this tournament, and we are proud that the champion will be from Abu Dhabi Club this year, after an interesting match that left the fans breathless, and the refereeing committee was forced to hold another decisive match, between Al Hosani and Al Sadrani players, and we congratulate Also, the club’s daughter, Rawda Al Serkal, won second place in the women’s championship, after an exciting competition with Wafia Darwish, who won title.

He added: “We thank all the committees working on the tournament and we also thank ADNOC for hosting, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, a strategic partner, and the Referees and Technical Committee.”

Al-Khoury thanked all the participating clubs and appreciated the level that the championship presented, especially the girls’ championship, which highlighted players with a promising future in the game at the level of Arab and international championships. I started in it in the eighties of the last century and excelled in it”.

For his part, Abdul Karim Al-Marzouqi, Secretary General of the Chess Federation, said: “We are happy to once again hold the most important and precious tournament in the Federation’s calendar. The gathering was nice for this large number of players, and the Competition was strong in four categories , and we witnessed a high level that heralds the arrival of world champions in the near future. We thank the Abu Dhabi club for the excellent organization and hosting, as well as all the participants, organizers and judges, emphasizing the continuation of the activities in the coming period, because we look forward to the same success at the UAE team championship which will be hosted by the Dubai Chess Club and will start next Monday.

Omran Al Hosani, the champion in the men’s competition, dedicated the precious title to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the country, “may God protect him”, expressing his great pride in this achievement, which was achieved for the first time for him and his club, and thanked his father for the continuous support and help that contributed to his brilliant success. In the game in general, and especially in this dear tournament.

Omran said: “The competition was tough and exciting until the last moments, everyone came back well and the race was strong from the first round to the ninth, and that was a strong boost for me, especially as I was up against the big players. in chess.”
He added: “Thanks to the Abu Dhabi Chess and Mental Games Club for the professional organization, which is no stranger to it, and thanks also to the game association and all the participants, organizers and judges.”

On her part, Wafia Darwish Al-Maamari, who won the title in the women’s competition, expressed her pride and happiness for the win and her return to crown this beloved tournament, saying, “The atmosphere was enthusiastic and everyone enjoyed in the tournament for a week, for which he thanks Abu Dhabi Club and Al-Ittihad for their outstanding and wonderful organization.”

And about her feelings after giving up the lead in the fourth round to Rawdat Al Serkal, before coming back and holding the top again, she said: “I was worried, but I managed to collect the points again until the last round, and I’m proud of this achievement.”


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