The Qatar Chess Association (QCA) is conducting a championship featuring primary schools within the framework of the “Naqla” project for chess in schools following the partnership between the Federation and the Ministries of Sports and Youth, and Education and Higher Education.
The tournament has so far witnessed the participation of 200 students, both male and female, representing 10 public and private schools. The championship will end on Feb 22.
The QCA is tirelessly working on expanding player base in the country by encouraging young children to feature in chess competitions that are held in Doha from time to time.
In such competitions that QCA stages, young children are given education on the game’s history and methods of playing chess. The children are also explained the rules. They also get information on how to take part in international events.
Hamad al-Tamimi, Executive Director of QCA, said: “We are witnessing tremendous participation from schoolchildren in the “Naqla” project, which comes within the Federation’s goals aimed at spreading the culture of chess in schools, creating a broad base of talent from all age groups participating in local tournaments, and increasing the number of players.”
Al-Tamimi pointed out that the game of chess depends mainly on higher-order thinking skills and mathematical abilities, and contributes to comprehending and understanding mathematical sequences. The Executive Director thanked all the schools participating in the tournament.
The QCA pays significant attention to this project to develop the game of chess within schools with the aiming refining and developing young talent.