The second edition of the Khalid Bin Hamad Chess Championship for Bahrain Schools (2022-23) concluded yesterday.
Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) first deputy chairman, General Sports Authority (GSA) chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa patronised the closing ceremony, held at the Khalifa Sports City arena.
Education Ministry organised the competition in co-operation with the GSA, Bahrain Mind Sports Association (BMSA) and Bahrain Chess Club. Up to 5,000 students from public and private schools competed in the qualifying phase, of whom 400 reached the final stage to vie for top spots.
Shaikh Khalid praised the wide participation of students in the championship which was held as part of plans to develop school sports, in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and SCYS chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Also present were GSA deputy chairman Shaikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Education Minister Dr Mohammed Mubarak Juma, GSA chief executive Dr Abdulrahman Askar, BMSA chairman Dr Tariq Al Shaibani, Bahrain Chess Club chairman Dr Khalid Al Awadhi and other officials.