Chess in the birthplace of Modern Persian

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Chess in the birthplace of Modern Persian

By Nima Javanbakht

Statue of Ferdowsi

Statue of Ferdowsi in Rome, Italy

 Mashhad is known as the city of Ferdowsi (940–1020), the Iranian poet and author of Shahnameh ("Book of Kings"), which is considered to be the national epic of Iran. Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, the product of over three decades of labor (977 to 1010), is the most popular and influential work in Iran and other Persian-speaking nations. Among its themes, Ferdowsi complains about poverty and the ravages of old age. 

 chess in the Shahnameh

Courtiers of Bayasanghori playing chess in the Shahnameh

 Ferdowsi also wrote poetry about the emergence of chess, and he was not alone as other Iranian poets and writers loved chess and their literature and old books all talk about it.



 Imam Reza's shrine at the heart of Mashhad

Mashhad is at the the centre of the Razavi Khorasan province, located in northeastern Iran, and is not only the second largest city in Iran, but also one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world. Today, Mashhad is notably known as the resting place of the Imam Reza.

2nd Ferdowsi International Chess Open Tournament
The second Ferdowsi International Chess tournament drew 136 participants, consisting of 8 GMs, 10 IMs, 5 FIDE masters from 11 countries (Azerbaijani, Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, India, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Pakistan, Iran) and was held in the city of Mashhad, Iran. 

 Tournament poster

Tournament poster 

A generous $25,000 prizefund was reserved for the event.

Final Ranking

 Sergei Tiviakov  

This image is not a magician, but that of Sergei Tiviakov celebrating his birthday.
The good-tempered Dutch grandmaster took second place. 


The Khayam Tournament

The Khayam Tournament specifically for women 


 Rasul Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) playing Pouria Darini (Iran)

Rasul Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) playing Pouria Darini (Iran), 0-1 in round 10Pouria Darini 
came thiurd and scored a GM norm


 Memorial plaques

 Memorial plaques given at the event


Armenian GM Amran Pashikian (first), Sergey Tiviakov (second) and Pouria Darini (third)

Armenian GM Amran Pashikian (first), Sergey Tiviakov (second) and Pouria Darini (third)
Nima Javanbakht
 Nima Javanbakht, the author, in action
Photos by Reza Pashanejati

"شطرنج در زادگاه زبان فارسی مدرن " به زبان انگلیسی در فروردین 1391 در "پایگاه جهانی شطرنج"  منتشر شده است.



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