Indian Bhakti Kulkarni topped the 11th Sharjah International Virtual Chess Cup for Women, organized by the Chess and Culture Club for Girls in Sharjah, under the auspices of the Sharjah Sports Council and the Sharjah Foundation for Women Sports, with the participation of more than 500 players from 50 countries, including a group One of the top female titles and women.
Kulkarni scored 4.5 points from 5 rounds, while the trio consisting of Russian Polina Shuvalova, Ukraine Lulia Osmak and Polish Monica Soku came third with 4 points.
The Sharjah International Chess Cup for Women is held for the first time in an online manner in light of the current circumstances and within the precautionary measures to prevent Coronavirus, and its prize money amounts to more than 10 thousand dollars.
The eleventh edition was opened on the Zoom electronic platform the day before yesterday, in the presence of Sheikh Saud Al Mualla, President of the Arab Chess Federation, Issa Hilal Al Hazami, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council, Nada Al Naqbi, Director General of the Sharjah Foundation for Women’s Sports, and Najla Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chess and Culture Club for Girls In Sharjah.
Najla Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Chess and Culture Club for Girls in Sharjah, expressed her happiness at the successful launch of the tournament amid strong participation from the top performers and the brilliance of all the players, despite it being hypothetical.
Al Shamsi revealed that the club is not satisfied with the establishment of the Sharjah International Cup, and that it will work during the coming period to organize more tournaments in order to provide the opportunity for UAE female players to come into contact with the world’s top performers and gain experience.