All of the teams competing in the “Western Asian Junior Chess Championship 2022” have arrived in the Maldives.
A total of nine countries will be joining the championship, deemed the biggest international championship to be hosted by the Maldives, to date. The championship will be held in Ukulhas island of Alif Alif atoll, from June 16 – 23.
Teams from Maldives, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be competing in the championship.
On Tuesday, teams from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan arrived in the Maldives for the first-ever international chess championship to be hosted by the Maldives.
The team from Uzbekistan comprises of 31 players, with the Kyrgyzstan team being comprised of 29 players.
Further, two players from the Pakistani team also arrived on Tuesday. All of the players were accompanied by their family members as well as officials.
The last team to arrive was the one from Sri Lanka.
All of the teams have since arrived in Ukulhas island as well, where the championship’s inauguration ceremony will take place at 11am on Thursday.
The nine-day championship was organized by the Maldives Chess Association.
The championship is on the theme “Smart kids – use only non-violent solutions to problems”.
The championship will proceed under six age groups, in both male and female divisions.
Privately-run television station, RaajjeTV is the media partner for the Western Asian Junior Chess Championship.