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The world's largest state-of-the- art chess facility. The Sharjah Chess Club, Sharjah, UAE.

UAE is now home to the world’s largest state-of-the-art chess facility (34,000 square feet) as the new Sharjah Chess Club opens. Many international chess tournaments are expected — such as the Al Ain Classic, World Cities Championship (pictured here) held in December, 2012.

The new home of the Sharjah Chess Club was opened Thursday, March 28, 2013, launching the largest state-of-the- art facility of its kind, anywhere in the world.

The facility was inaugurated by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

Upon arrival at the club, Sheikh Sultan was welcomed by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout Al Nahyan, President of the Asian Chess Federation, Sheikh Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Mua’lla, Chairman of Sharjah Chess Club, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of World Chess Federation (FIDE), and a number of senior local officials, chairmen of chess clubs in other emirates and prominent players of the game.

Sheikh Sultan said the club will serve as a favourite place for young minds to practice for competition and spend leisure time.

The Sharjah Chess Club covers an area of 34,000 cubic feet, including the main hall which can accommodate up to 500 players.

Sharjah Chess Club Logo designed by Emirati artist Hisham Al-Mazloum

Sharjah Chess Club Logo designed by Emirati artist Hisham Al-Mazloum

The logo for the Chess Club was approved in early February this year, which coincided with the opening of the Club’s new headquarters.

The logo was designed by Emirati artist Hisham Al-Mazloum, who is the head of Arts Directorate at Sharjah’s Department of Culture and Information. It is inspired by the UAE’s traditional cultural identity and features the barjeel (a local word describing a traditional circular wind tower) reflecting its vision of old-world values combined with modern-day norms.

 

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