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Arab Chess master expects tough Ashgabat 2017 competition

09 September, 2017 (12:47)
Tags: Chess

For almost two decades, Fadi Eid has been competing at interntional Chess competitions across the continent, but he expects one of his toughest tournaments to date when Turkmenistan hosts the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games from September 17–27.

His experience has led to him being recognised as the country’s first Chess master, and he is using his international profile to encourage more young people to take up the sport in his beloved Lebanon.

“It is not easy in a country like Lebanon with all of its distractions. Young people ignore sports like Chess, but I am doing what I can to encourage more to get involved and play, even socially,” said the 47-year-old, who expects Ashgabat 2017 to provide a world-class Chess competition.

He is trying to mix his experience from playing and his passion for training, by teaching his players the best techniques and moves to enable them to compete at the highest level. It is starting to pay off as well, with a number of his players winning trophies and moving up the rankings.

Eid's up-and-coming talent is boosting the national team with players like Omar Al-Jawish and Ibrahim Shahrour, who have both won the Lebanese championship at a young age, benefiting from Eid’s experience. His own son Christopher, 18, is also shaping up to be a useful player.

But preparing for Ashgabat 2017 is intense. A training day can consist of up to five hours of studying the science of the game as well as up to two hours of time spent monitoring, playing and learning over the internet. It is a never-ending process and one of the ultimate psychological tests in sport.

Whilst hoping he can push for medals along with the likes of teammate and former Lebanese champion Ahmed Najjar, he knows the competition will be fierce with China in particular sending a top-class delegation.

Away from the 64-square board, Eid enjoys basketball and tennis, but with Ashgabat 2017 inching ever closer his full focus is on building a strategy that could bring back Chess glory for his beloved Lebanon.

Chess is one of 21 sports being played at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and will take place at the Chess Arena from September 21-27.

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