Competitors at the World Chess Championships are playing for a grand prize of $2.5 million
The Middle East’s Gulf region is increasingly becoming the preferred site for global sporting competitions.
“Dubai is a base of many sports… of course chess will be special in this tournament,” Dubai Sports Council Secretary-General Saeed Mohd Hareb told i24NEWS.
Competitors are playing for a grand prize of $2.5 million.
“In order to study chess, you need to have good trainers, and the possibility to participate,” said Emil Sutovsky, an Israeli chess grandmaster.
Sutovsky explained that ever since the sport of chess was pushed by the Soviet regime as a political agenda, "people from countries that are not traditional chess countries can come as players.”
Among those countries is Israel, whose junior team did not reach the final phase of the chess tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
However, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) continues to encourage new competitors.
There is “social chess, including chess for the disabled, chess for refugees, for inmates, for kids with autism, and bringing chess to more women players,” FIDE President Arkadi Dvorkovitch told i24NEWS.
Chess, with a 1,500-year history, is now recognized as a sport that could possibly join the Paris 2024 Olympics.