UAE Chess Player, Saeed Ahmad Saeed Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

1981 - Saeed Ahmad Saeed won the under-14 World Chess Championship in Mexico. Saeed beat Pakistan’s Asad Rizvi in the 10th round to take an unassailable lead of 9 1/2 points. His last match against a Colombian being of no consequence ended in a draw — Saeed’s second in the nine-nation tournament. Congratulating the UAE people, the Chess Federation and the champion’s father, on “the world acclaim earned by the gifted young son of the land”, Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, assistant secretary-general of the Higher Council for Youth and Sports, said. “We are going to offer the maximum facilities so that we can produce more [champions like]Saeed, honour the country with more and more achievements and inspire others to emulate them,” Al Suwaidi said.

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