Hisham Al-Taher, Secretary-General of the Asian Chess Federation, by default, crowned India the champion of the West Asian Chess Championship, with the participation of 900 players representing 15 countries from the western section of the continent from the regions of North and Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the countries of the West Asian region, for the age groups under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 males and females.
India won first place in the overall standings, followed by Iran in second place and Sri Lanka in third place.
Al-Taher praised the Sri Lankan Chess Federation, the organizer of the event, and thanked them for their good organization with the Asian team of referees, technicians, observers and the Appeal Committee, wishing the champions to be the best ambassadors for the continent in the Grand Slam Championship for age groups, which will be organized by the International Federation next November.
In addition to the UAE, 5 Arab teams participated in the tournament: Kuwait, Oman, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Central and Western Asian countries Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives also participated.
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