Qatari Grandmaster Mohammed Nasser Al Sayed said more international tournaments were needed for the game’s development in the country.
“It’s good to have the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Doha. We were hoping for Qatar Masters this year, but since it’s not happening, the Worlds are a blessing in disguise,” said Al Sayed.
“It’s a great opportunity to watch players like Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand in action. The tournament will provide Qatari youngsters with a rare chance to see them in action,” he said.
Al Sayed, who has an Elo rating of 2,508 in standard format, exuded confidence that the game had good future in Qatar.
“It’s heartening to see so many Qatari boys and girls play chess. As a Grandmaster, it gives me satisfaction,” he added.