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CHESS - National24 Jan 2023

DC Sahiwal Open Chess Tournament: Sadim Lodhi claim the title
Sports Bulletin Report SAHIWAL: Sadim Lodhi from Multan has won the title of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sahiwal Open Chess Tournament, which was organized by Sahiwal District Chess Association (SDCA) in collaboration with Chess Association of Punjab (CAP), Four Brothers Group of Companies and District Management Sahiwal here. Sibt Ali of Bahawalpur and Mohammad Afzal of Sahiwal got second and third position respectively in the Open Category competitions. Lahore's Farah Majeed and Ijtiba Amir Karim were declared the winners of women’s and children's category respectively. The seven rounds, the FIDE rated tournament was a rapid format that played using the Swiss league system. As many as 108 players from across the Punjab participated in the tournament. Cash prizes, trophies, medals and certificates of Rs 150,000 were awarded to players divided into Open, Women, Senior and Under-14 categories. Shahid Saleem Qureshi- Director of Four Brothers Group of Companies and District Sports Officer Sahiwal Nisarul Haq distributed cash prizes, trophies and medals to the winning players. Also, well-known political and social personality Chaudhary Asif Nawaz Vaens, National Chess Champion FM. Aamir Karim and officials of Chess Association of Punjab attended the closing ceremony. On this occasion in Sahiwal Chess Association eminent and sports loving personalities of Sahiwal were elected office bearers for the session 2023 to 2027 by the local clubs of Sahiwal. Names of office bearers: Chief Pattern: Shahid Salim Chairman: Ch Asif Vance President: Dr Mohammad Abdullah Senior Vice President: Adv. Mohammad Raza Khan Vice President: Asif Bajwa & Afzal Mughal General Secretary: Jameel Khan Finance Secretary: Mohammad Bilal Chief Guest Shahid Saleem said: “Chess is a great game for mental development, I congratulate the Punjab Chess Association for taking the best steps to promote this game and under the patronage of the Sahiwal Chess Association as well as the Punjab Chess Association. I also assure the associations of all possible cooperation". District Sports Officer Nisar ul Haq congratulated the organizers for organizing the biggest tournament in the history of Sahiwal and congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Sahiwal Chess Association and in recognition of Raja Gauhar Iqbal's services to Sahiwal, he announced the establishment of Chess Academy named after Raja Gauhar.

CHESS - National26 Dec 2022

Salman Ali Khan wins Quaid-e-Azam Classical Chess Tournament
Faisal JB ISLAMABAD: Salman Ali Khan has won the Quaid-e-Azam Classical Chess Tournament, which was organized in collaboration with Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP), Islamabad Chamber of Commerce (ICCI) & Industry and AEO to celebrate the Quaid Day. As many as 67 selected players from across the country participated in the tournament. The FIDE rated tournament was consisted of eight rounds, with classical format and played with a Swiss league system. In the open category, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa player Salman Ali Khan won the first position, while Punjab players Saad Farooqi and Raja Gauhar Iqbal won the second and third positions. Muneza Kanwal from Sindh and Raja Hattam-ur-Rehman from Islamabad were declared the winners of Women and Under-14 categories respectively. Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon, President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari and Patron Chess Federation of Pakistan and Federal Additional Secretary Finance Anwar Sheikh were among the guests at the closing ceremony. On this occasion, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon said, "Chess is the best game for mental development, I congratulate Chess Federation of Pakistan for the best initiatives to promote the game and ensure all possible cooperation with the Federation." President Chess Federation Pakistan Hanif Qureshi appreciated efforts of General Secretary CFP Umar Khan, Finance Secretary CFP Raja Gauhar Iqbal and Rating Officer CFP Shujaat Ali for promoting the game of chess in the country.

CHESS - National22 Dec 2022

Quaid-e-Azam Classical Chess Championship on December 24-25
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (December 22, 2022): The two-day Quaid-e-Azam Classical Chess Championship will be played on December 24 and 25 in collaboration with Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) and Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) at the Main Building ICCI G 8/1 Islamabad. According to an official of CFP, as many 80 selected players from across the country will participate in the tournament that carries prize money of Rs 75,000. Also, trophies, medals and certificates will be awarded to players, divided into Open (U-1800 FIDE), Women and Under-14 categories. Match duration in the aforesaid FIDE rated tournament will be 30 minutes + 30 seconds increament from first move. This tournament to be played with the Swiss league system will consist of 8 rounds. Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, Irfan Nawaz Memon, President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, and Patron-in-Chief, Chess Federation of Pakistan Anwar Sheikh will be guests at the closing ceremony.

CHESS - National18 Dec 2022

Chief Commissioner Usman Younus joins ICA as Patron-in-Chief
faisal ISLAMABAD: Chief Commissioner Islamabad Captain (Retd) Usman has become the Patron-in-Chief of Islamabad Chess Association (ICA) Younus at the request of ICA’s top officials. According to an official of ICA, while appreciating the ongoing efforts of Chief Commissioner Islamabad for the promotion of chess and for making chess activities in Islamabad more comprehensive and wide, Acting General Secretary ICA and Vice President, Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) Dr. Iqtidar Uddin presented the offer letter of Pattern-in-Chief on behalf of Islamabad Chase Association to the Chief Commissioner. Usman Younus gladly accepted the aforementioned offer and announced holding the upcoming National Rapid Chess Championship 2023 in Islamabad while announcing the organization of large scale chess activities in the capital city of Islamabad. On this occasion Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, the administration of the Islamabad Capital Territory, and prominent chess players of Islamabad including Salman Ali Khan, Muneeb Yaqoob Jatt, Shujaat Ali, Colonel Jawad, and others were present on this occasion.

CHESS - National19 Sep 2022

Sulaiman Ashrafi wins 1st Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Chess Championship
ABDUL JABBAR FAISAL Islamabad:-Sulaiman Ahmed Ashrafi has lifted the title of 1st Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Chess Championship that took place at F-9 Park Islamabad on Sunday. The championship was organized by Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) and Islamabad Chess Association (ICA) with the support of Directorate of Sports Culture and Tourism CDA MCI on the special directions of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Administrator Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI) Arfan Nawaz Memon. . According to secretary CFP Gohar Iqbal, in the professional category, Sulaiman Ahmed Ashrafi claimed first position while Sabat Ali remained second. Salman Ali Khan got third position in a one-day fixture. Noor Fatima Rashid was on top in the women’s event.   Over 100 top players from all over Pakistan participated in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship, as the basic aim was to provide an occasion to upcoming budding young boys and girls to improve their game by playing with renowned players. Deputy Commissioner of Islam Arfan Nawaz Memon participated in the event as a special guest. Cash prizes were distributed among the first ten players who won and the winner was awarded with a beautiful trophy. Chess Federation of Pakistan President Hanif Qureshi appreciated the efforts made by Metropolitan Corporation Islam to promote mind games. The organizers of the championship and Secretary Finance of Chess Federation of Pakistan Raja Gohar Iqbal congratulated the winning players. Administrator MCI Irfan Nawaz Memon said: "ICT administration is also going to establish a chess club in F-9 Park and chess activities will be organized on every Sunday in F-9 Park Islamabad.

CHESS - National13 Sep 2022

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy chess tournament on September 18
SPORTS BULLETIN Islamabad:-The 1st Quaid-e-Azam Trophy chess tournament will be played on September 18, 2022 at F-9 Park, Islamabad. According to an official chess federation, the tournament will consist of three categories including Men’s, Ladies’ and Under-14, as the entries will be received till September 17. The tournament will start on September 18 at 10:00 am, as the entry fee will be Rs. 2000. Tournament will be played on 7 Rounds Swiss basis. The winners will be awarded cash prizes.

CHESS - National06 Aug 2022

Azadi Cup Rated Rapid Chess Championship on August 13, 2022
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-The 2nd Azadi Cup Rated Rapid Chess Championship 2022 will be held on August 13 at Jinnah Stadium PSB Library Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad, as the championship will be played under the banner of Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) in collaboration with Islamabad Chess Association (ICA) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).  According to an official CFP, the tournament will only have a limited number of participants and there will be no on the spot registration. As many as 80 players will take part in the men’s fixture while each 15 players will take part in women’s and Under-14 categories. Registration will be closed on 10th August 2022 at 11:59 PM or as soon as the maximum number of players are registered. No registration will be accepted after the given date. Pairing of the 1st round will be displayed on the evening before the match. Rs. 2000 will be the entry fee, as the tournament will be played according to Swiss System Format. Cash prizes of Rs. 250 thousand will be disbursed among the top players. Also, gifts, trophies, medals will be given to the best players and E-certificates for all participants. Hanif Qureshi will be the chief organizer of the championship while Umar Khan, Raja Gauhar Iqbal and Shujaat Ali will discharge the duty of tournament directors. Ehtesham-ul-Haq will be chief arbiter of the top national chess fixture.

CHESS - National31 May 2022

Syed Mohammad Ali wins Punjab Qualifying Chess Championship: Chohan congratulates
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Syed Mohammad Ali has won the Punjab Qualifying Chess Championship 2022, as Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan has congratulated all the winners.  In his greeting message on Tuesday, Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan said that the players have performed brilliantly in the chess championship. “There is a lot of chess talent in Punjab, and we are providing best platform for the youth to express their abilities and we are happy that the youth are also availing these opportunities to the fullest”. Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan said that Sports Board Punjab was taking important steps to promote the game of chess. “A few months ago, a mega chess event was organized in which more than 600 players participated”. Syed Mohammad Ali of Gujranwala won the Punjab Qualifying Chess Championship 2022 held under the auspices of Sports Board Punjab and Punjab Chess Association while NazarHussain and Rashid Rafique of Sheikhupura bagged the second and third positions respectively. 16-time National Champion and International Chess Master MahmoodLodhi was the guest of honour at the closing ceremony. He distributed trophies and cash prizes among the winners and other top performers of the event. More than 100 top players from all over Punjab participated in the Punjab Chess Qualifying Championship organised at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall. Some players participated in the championship through wild card entry. The top 14 players in the championship will represent Punjab in the National Chess Championship to be held in June. The top five players of National Chess Championship will be selected to participate in International Chess Olympiad scheduled to be staged in India in July this year. The players who have qualified to represent Punjab team in upcoming National Chess Championship include Aqib Javed Butt (Lahore), Rashid Pervez (Sargodha), Iftikhar Ali (Gujranwala), Fauzanullah (Lahore), Shehryar Najmi (Lahore), Ali Akbar (Toba Tek Singh), Zaman Sohail (Lahore), Junaid Sohail (Lahore), Jahanzeb Sohail (Rawalpindi), Asadullah (Lahore) and AtiqManzoor (Lahore). President of the Punjab Chess Association appreciated the efforts of Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan for promoting the mind games in Punjab. Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan also congratulated Raja Gohar Iqbal, General Secretary Punjab Chess Association, Umar Farooq, Joint Secretary and Master Amir Karim.

CHESS - National25 May 2022

Chess Federation of Pakistan elections on June 4 in Islamabad
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-The Executive Council elections of Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) will be held on June 4, 2022 here at a local hotel. According to an official, the election of Chess Federation of Pakistan will be organized under the supervision of Election Commissioner Dana Reizniece-Ozola, (FIDE Reverse Delegate for Pakistan). All General Body members of Chess Federation of Pakistan will be eligible to cast their votes in the election. Candidates and voters are advised to seek further information from the Election Commissioner to participate in the election. The representatives of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and Asian Chess Federation (ACF) will observe the election process.

CHESS - National27 Jan 2022

Punjab Open Chess Championship on February 6 at Lahore
Sports Bulletin ISLAMABAD:-The Punjab Open Chess Championship will be held on February 6, 2022 at Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Training Center, Ferozpur Road Lahore. According to an official, the top national chess players will take part in the event, as the tournament will be held in three categories including Men’s, Women’s and Under-20. Top ten men, top for women and top four Under-20 players will be awarded cash prizes. February 5, 2022 will be the last date for entries. Players can contact Waqas Dogger at 0092-322-4406210 for their entries.