Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2010 Chess Championship 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 200 Cambodian people will attend the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Chess Championship” for over three days from April 1st-3rd at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh. The Samdech Techo Hun Sen Chess Tournament, organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and the Cambodian Chess Federation (CCF), are aiming to select the best players of chess in Cambodia in 2010.

Vath Chamroeun, Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that the Samdech Techo Hun Sen Chess Tournament is the first time the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Cambodian Chess Federation will organize “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Chess Championship 2010” in Cambodia.

“We are very proud to organize the Tournament it’s a historical event as we are going to hold this competition in Cambodia,” he said during a press conference at NOCC on March 10th.

Chamroeun said that the main purpose of the chess competition is to select the best players of Cambodia and prepare for the future international chess competitions abroad. He added that it is also to develop as well as to conserve the chess sport which is one of the Khmer traditional cultures and ancient sports and will help the next generation of Cambodian players.

Chamroeun said that according to research and studies, by playing chess it will help the players to have a good brain and strong spirit. He added that the competition will also be able to promote the players’ thinking, mental health and strong spirit in doing their daily jobs and during their lives.

“Most of all the Khmer ancient commanders and Khmer leaders who were good at leading their country in the past were good chess players,” he said. Playing chess is very useful because it will strengthen their ideas and spirit in thinking and to do their work better,” he added.

Chamroeun appealed to the Cambodian people to attend the chess competition and play as they can improve their ideas, spirit and mental health in contributing to the development of human resources, the promotion and the conservation of the playing chess for the next generation in Cambodia.

Ly Hout, President of the Cambodian Chess Federation, said that to prepare for the chess tournament 2010, his federation has prepared over 100 chess tables for the players. He pointed out that according to their estimation; about 200 people will attend the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Chess Championship 2010” in Phnom Penh.

Regarding to the competition, Hout said that the competition will be divided into two categories including “dropping competition” and “final competition”. Each competition has a total of 45 minute-period. He added that the chess competition will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of April at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh. The entry is free of charge for all national citizens and foreigners in Cambodia are welcome.

Relating to the chess tournament’s prize, Chamroeun said that one out of about 200 of the competitors who finishes in first place will receive a gold medal with US$ 5,000 award; the second winner receives a silver medal with US$ 3,000 award; and the third winner receives a bronze medal with US$ 1,000 award.

To promote the playing chess as well as to develop and preserve the chess sport for the next generation, the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Cambodian Chess Federation will continue to organize chess competition every year in Cambodia, he said, adding that they have also planned to send Cambodia’s selected chess players for the international chess tournaments abroad in the future. ////




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