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Chess is common in Afghanistan since decades

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Chess is common in Afghanistan since decades

 Many people and families are interested in Chess playing and usually play it at home. The Kabul Times reporter has made an exclusive interview with International Chess master of Afghanistan and the country’s representative at the international Chess Federation Zahiruddin Asafi.

Talking on the foundation of Afghanistan chess Federation, Asefi said Afghanistan Chess Federation was established in 1361 H.S (1982 AD) and its founder was Dr. Hassan Totakhyel.
Touching their achievements, Asefi added, “Afghan Chess players attended an international Chess competition in 2004 in Spain and we received the first Master Degree. At present we have three Masters and two of them are living outside the country. We have one Master candidate, Khyber Farazi who received his Master Degree in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey”.
Asefi went on to say, “I have attended many foreign competitions in Japan, Italy, France, Turkey, US, Iran, Russia, Netherlands, Germany etc most of them from my private budget. Our last international competition was in Norway in 2014 and our players managed to defeat Lybian and Elsalvadarian chess players. We plan to organize a national competition in Kabul on March 25.2016”.
Asefi added, “we have males, females and teenagers chess teams but unfortunately they have no regular exercise. But we hope they would improve. We plan to help them to organize regular exercise. The Afghan female chess team also attended two international competition but unfortunately due to lack of regular exercise failed to achieve good results. On march 18.2016 another females competition is planned to be held in Kabul. “I want to suggested to youth and teenagers if they are enthusiast of chess, they should do their best, focus their attention, build their capacities. Because chess improves mental skills and makes mankind more patient”, Asifi concluded.
Nesar Ahmad Askarzada