Sunday, December 10, 2023

The Iranian chess player who plays without a veil, Sara Khadem, Spanish champion in Marbella

The player of chess of Iranian and Spanish nationality who plays her games without a veil in defense of equal rights for women, Sara Khademhas been proclaimed Spanish champion this weekend in Marbella.

Number 15 in the world and resident of Marbella, Khadem has won the title in his first participation in the tournament after achieving Spanish nationality last summer; and takes over from chess player Marta Martín García.

Khadem dispensed with the veil in the 2022 World Rapid Chess Championship. After that tournament, he moved to Spain to avoid possible consequences from the Iranian regime and settled in Marbella.

In the men’s category, the Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga revalidated the title for the third consecutive year by having a better tiebreaker than Alan Pichot and Maksim Chigaev.

In the championship, which has reached its LXXXVIII and has been able to be followed telematically in real time through various platforms, the players Gerau Masague and Daniel Tabuenca They have achieved international master standard.

The tournament has included several complementary activities with simultaneous games in which they have participated Paco Vallejocurrent number one in Spain, and the young Ukrainian Alina ProchaievaSpanish Women’s U16 champion, who played different simultaneous games with schoolchildren from the Xarblanca school.

In parallel, some tables donated by the local businessman were inaugurated Sunil Wadhwani for play chess outdoors on the La Alameda promenade.

“I wanted to give back my grain of sand to what the city gives me,” said the businessman.

“It has been a great privilege for the city to host a competition of a high sporting level for nine days, which has included great international figures and representatives of all the autonomous communities,” said the Sports delegate, Lisandro Vieytes.

Marbella already hosted in 2019 one of the best national championships in historywith almost 60 titled players.


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