Asian Senior and Amateur Championships in Beirut

6/11/2010 – The event is taking place on June 4-14 2010. It was opened with pageantry and politics, with a spectacular Arabic dance number and with Morten Sand campaigning for the Norwegian city of Tromsø to stage the 2014 Chess Olympiad. International dignitaries, including FIDE Presidential candidate Anatoly Karpov, were informed. Pictures and videos by our colleagues at Europe Echecs.

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The First Asian Senior and Amateur Championships are taking place 4-14 June 2010 in Beirut, Lebanon. Eleven countries are seeing action in the two new events of the Asian Chess Federation, namely Palestine, Syria, UAE, India, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon. A total of US $12,000 are at stake, with $6,000 for the Asian Seniors and $6,000 for the Asian Amateurs.

Present at the inauguration was the President of the Asian Chess Federation Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, as was the President of the Lebanese Chess Federation and many personalities from the Asian and Arab countries.

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Beirut, where the First Asian Senior and Amateur Championships is taking place


Pigeon Rocks in Raouché, which is known for its upscale apartment buildings,
numerous restaurants, cliff-side cafés and its wide seaside sidewalk


The sear front and harbour in Beirut


A mosque in the city, just a stone's throw away from...


...more Westerna and secular institutions


Beirut at night


A dance troupe at the opening ceremony


In the audience, from right to left: Morten Sand, the President of Lebanese Chess Federation Nabil Sinno,
the brother of Sheikh Sultan, Sheikh Sultan, the Minister of Sport and Leisure, Anatoly Karpov


Asian Chess Federation President Sheikh Sultan speaking to the participants


Sheikh Sultan plays the first move in an informal game between Anatoly Karpov and Bachar Kouatly


Morten Sand, the legal representative of Norway for the campaign of the Chess Olympiad in Tromso 2014,
held extensive talks with Sheikh Sultan and officially handed over all necessary documents.


Explaining the bid to the President of Lebanese Chess Federation Nabil Sinno...


... and, more relevantly, to Anatoly Karpov, candidate for FIDE Presidency


Striking a heroic pose at Beirut harbour

Video reports by Europe Echecs


Impressions from the First Asian Senior and Amateur Championships in Beirut


Interview with Morten Sand on the 2014 bid for the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø


Part two of the interview with lots of interesting details

Copyright Europe Echecs

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This is a short video of Magnus Carlsen playing human chess against Norwegian Parliament
Member Kåre Simonsen to campaign for Tromsø as the Chess Olympiad venue in 2014


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