As per the International Chess Federation
(FIDE) regulations, Asian Regional event was contested among 33 players international four Grand Masters, three International Masters and three FIDE Masters from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and host Nepal.
Karpov and former FIDE champion Garry Kasparov - who claims to be world champion - refused to play because of disputes with the International Chess Federation
while Viswanathan Anand, of India, was unable to attend because of other commitments.
Meanwhile, International Chess Federation
(Fide) Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos met with Arab Chess Federation President and Dubai Chess and Culture Club Chairman Ebrahim Al Bannai and Ahmad Khalifa Al Thani, Vice-President of the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, on the sidelines of the seventh round matches.
Muscat: The International Chess Federation
, Fide, yesterday awarded the prestigious arbiter title to Musallam Al Wadhahi, a development that will further boost the promotion of chess in Oman.
The association will apply the International Chess Federation
's new timing rules.
Tournament director Mohammad Al Hussaini welcomed the participants and guests and relayed a message from International Chess Federation
(Fide) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
It is worth noting that this is Oman's second international tournament after they received official recognition from the International Chess Federation
(FIDE) in March this year.
The two-day tournament, organised as per Fide (International Chess Federation
) rules and played on Classical Time Control (five rounds of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move) format, attracted 32 players from different nationalities including Oman, Iran, India, Jamaica and the Philippines.
Hussain Abdullah Khoury, the member of the festival organising committee in charge of the chess competitions, announced that FIDE (the International Chess Federation
) has sanctioned the competitions of the AFOC Ramadan Festival and the results achieved in it will help in earning international ranking.
Muscat: In what could boost the development of chess in the country, the International Chess Federation
(FIDE) has 'officially' recognised the Oman Chess Committee (OCC) during the Presidential Board held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia recently.
Dubai Shaikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum has accepted a position at the International Chess Federation
(FIDE) as the organisation's CEO of commercial affairs.
Muscat: The International Chess Academy (ICA), the only mind sport training centre in Oman affiliated to the International Chess Federation
(FIDE), has plans to host the Asian School Chess Championship in Muscat.