The 2nd annual Chess Grand Prix 2011 organised by the Perak International Chess Association (PICA) ended smoothly on Sunday, July 10 at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh.
The competition, themed “Chess Makes Us Smart”, attracted over 200 participants of all ages from all over the state. The youngest was a 9-year old boy. The competition, organised in five legs, was held at Taiping, Bagan Serai, Slim River, Kampar and Ipoh.
According to the spokesman of the main sponsor, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK Group), chess should be encouraged as a healthy sport in Perak. He congratulated the mayor for his presence and the event organisers for a successful outing.
Mayor Dato’ Haji Roshidi Hashim thanked the participants and the organisers. In his closing address he said that the council would support measures taken to enhance the game’s appeal, especially to Perakeans. He pledged RM10,000 as donation to PICA before giving away prizes to the winners.
Seventeen-year old student, Fong Yit San from Kampar, walked away with top honours winning a gold medal, cash prize and a certificate of recognition.