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.


Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is international one

Updated 15 min 51 sec ago
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Saudi FM: Justice for Khashoggi is a Saudi demand before it is international one

  • Anyone seeking justice for Khashoggi should provide evidence they have to Saudi judiciary, says Al-Jubeir
  • King Salman and his crown prince a ‘red line’ for Saudi people, Saudi FM reiterates

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister reiterated that the Kingdom is foremost in seeking justice for citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
Adel Al-Jubeir said justice for the slain journalist is a Saudi demand before it is an international one.
Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. 
He said Saudi Arabia had investigated the case because it involved the murder of a Saudi citizen. Anyone seeking justice should provide Saudi judiciary with whatever evidence they have, urged Al-Jubeir.
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of journalist.
The Kingdom’s top diplomat also talked of the strong links between the leadership and the people of Saudi Arabia in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
“The Kingdom’s leadership, represented by the king and crown prince, is a red line and we won’t allow any attempt against our leadership or to attempt to undermine our leadership by anyone and under any pretext,” he said.