Pinoy whiz kid to compete in HK open chess
MANILA, Philippines – Seven-year-old Filipino Fide Master (FM) Alekhine Nouri will compete with some of the world’s best chess players in the 2013 Hong Kong International Open Chess Championship.
Nouri, the world’s youngest FM, is coming off a gold-medal winning performance in the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival last month.
The Hong Kong tournament, an elite event in the Fide calendar, will be held at the University of Hong Kong from September 27 to October 1.
Nouri won an outright FM title by virtue of his excellent showing at the Standard competition of this year’s 14th ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championships in Thailand last June.
“It’s my dream to reach super GM (Grand Master) status and be a world champion,” said Nouri, who accounted for four of the 24 gold medals won by the Philippines in Thailand.
Nouri, a grade one pupil at the FEU-FERN College in Quezon City, has received support from the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Sports Commission, and the Philippine Olympic Committee. -- By Marlon Bernardino