AAB Chess Open concludes with record participation

QCA President Mohamed Al Mudahka and AAB Government Relations and Public Affairs Director Dr. Eiman Al Ansari pose with the winners.

Doha: Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. (AAB), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Qatar, hosted the seventh edition of its Chess Open FIDE-Rated Tournament, in collaboration with Qatar Chess Association (QCA) at the Qatar Chess Association Training Centre recently.

This year, the FIDE Rated Tournament saw a record turnout of chess players in Qatar, where a total of 130 participants ranging from age six years old and above, battled for the championship and special prizes.

The tournament was played in 7-Round Swiss System format of standard chess over two consecutive weekends. The tournament results are linked for individual rating purposes with the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The Championship title of the 7th Edition of the tournament was clinched by Gyana Sai Santhoshof India. The 2nd place went to fellow Indian, Pranav Pradeep Nair and Sanjid Latheef, also from India, took 3rd place. Loyola Rolenson of the Philippines got placed at 4th and Elishev Ivan of Russia came in 5th place.The winners of the first five places received trophies and cash prizes.

Furthermore, the “Best Qatari Male” award went to Erfan Mohamad Firdaus while the “Best Qatari Female” went to Kholoud Al Khelaifi. 

In addition, the“Best Qatari U20” went to Aljamaat Khaled, the “Best Qatari U16” went to Al Mansouri Fahad, and “Best Qatari U12” went to Al Janahi Ibrahim.

QCA President Mohamed Al Mudahka and QCA members were present at the prize giving ceremony. Leading the AAB team was Dr. Eiman Al Ansari, Government & Public Affairs Director.

The AAB Chess Open, Qatar’s first FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament, is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative geared towards developing the community through sports. 

The tournament is organised every year to maintain the enthusiasm and interest of chess aficionados in Qatar. It provides a platform for both rated players to raise their world ratings, and for unrated players to become rated.Edition 7produced 12newly rated players. So far, this tournament has elevated 77playersto achieve international ratings since the first edition was played in 2018.

“We at AAB remain committed to social improvement through various sports activities and our long-time partnership with the QCA is a testament of our corporate social responsibility as an organisation,” said Abdulghani Nasser Al Abdulghani, AAB CEO.

AAB Chess Open has become hugely popular across Qatar and deemed one of the strongest chess tournaments in the country with high-rated players participating in it. It saw great participation from the Chess community past editions with a substantial number of participants who are FIDE rated.

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