This 2013 event started from 17th of December and had six categories of players based on their ages. There were separate categories for both girls and boys. This event is one of the largest in the history of chess with around 1900 participants from almost all the countries of the world. The Al Ain Chess Club was the main organiser under FIDE for the organisation of this grand event.
The university’s Central Education Institution, UAE was where all the matches took place. The organisers did not expect such a massive turn out and where overwhelmed with the response they got from about 100 countries of the world.
The winner of the girls U8 category was Harmony Zhu of Canada while the winner of the girls U10 category was Saina Salonika of India. Shengxin Zhao of China won the girls U12 category and Stavroula Tsolakidou of Greece won the girls U14 event.
Tianlu Gu of China won the girls U16 event and finally the girls U18 event was won by Lidia Tomnikova of Russia. Now we look into the winners of the boy’s category.
Praggnanandha Ramesh Babu of India was declared the winner of U8 category and Liang Awonder of USA won the U10 title. Aram Hakobyan of Armenia won the U12 open while DI LI of china won in the U14 category. Karthikeyan Murli of India won the U16 title and the U18 title was won by Pouya Idani of Iran. Six winners of each category were declared by the judges.
Few people complained about mismanagement as there was always a huge queue for food and the food was also not up to the mark. The games also started late. But there are other host of good reasons to be happy about.