Saudi Arabia hosts chess championship

Updated 25 December 2017
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Saudi Arabia hosts chess championship

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, the world chess championships kicks off on Tuesday at the APEX Convention Center with the participation of 400 international players.
The world’s top players, including the Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen, have arrived in the Saudi capital to take part. Chess is not very popular in the Kingdom but the Saudi Chess Federation aims to attract the Saudi youth to the game. It also hopes Saudi chess players will gain experience through meeting the international stars.
A sum of $2 million has been allocated for the prizes of the King Salman World Chess Championships, the highest in the history of the Chess Federation.
According to the championship timetable, the opening ceremony will be on Monday, while Tuesday will see rounds 1-5 of the Rapid category. Rounds 6-10 of the same category will be played on Wednesday at the same time.
On Thursday, Dec. 28, rounds 11-15 will be played to mark the conclusion of this class. Dec. 29 will be the first day of the Blitz category. Rounds 1-11 will be played on Friday. On the other day, the remaining rounds (12-21) of this category will be played at the same time. After that, the closing ceremony will held be at 8:30 pm.
The World Chess Federation has announced on its website that the dress code for the event will be dark blue or black formal suits, with white shirts, either open-necked or with a tie, for men and dark blue or black formal trouser suits with high-necked white blouses for women. The website added that there will be no need to wear a hijab or Abaya during the games.
Saudi champion Abdurrahman Al-Masrahi, along with Ahmed Al-Ghamdi and Emad Al-Habeeb, will join renowned champions including Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated chess player in the world and World Champion in classical chess, the incumbent World Rapid and Blitz Champions — Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) — and more than 180 top grandmasters who have confirmed their participation.
Notable entries include world No. 2 Levon Aronian of Armenia, No. 3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India.


Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

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Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

JEDDAH: The role of social media influencers in helping to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs was highlighted during a forum organized by the women’s supervision division of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Riyadh.

Titled “The Determination of a Nation,” the event, at the National Center for Measurement and Evaluation in Higher Education, was part of a program to support the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Attended by a number of social-media celebrities and followers, the event was accompanied by an awareness exhibition featuring drug samples and smuggling tools.

Women’s supervision director Mona Al-Sherbini said: “The issue of drugs, its size, the ways to address it and the fact that it targets the young generation pushed us to give it more attention and care. These efforts will not work unless all concerned parties stick together and stop this issue from spreading in our society. This made it our responsibility, along with social media influencers, to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.” 

The forum also included a screening of a documentary that explores the efforts of those involved in the fight against drugs, ways to deal with addicts, the role families play in the recovery process, cybercrimes, mental toughness, and treatment methods.