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JEDDAH: Members of the Jeddah Deaf Women’s Association (Emkan) recently triumphed in a Jeddah chess tournament, competing against non-deaf people for the top four spots.

On Friday, Emkan President Princess Nouf bint Muqrin bin Abdulaziz paid tribute to Shadin Al-Amr for winning first place in the Jeddah Women’s Chess Refresher Tournament.

She also honored Ibtisam Ba-Saeed, Sawsan Saleem and Rania Al-Faham for their second, third and fourth place.

The tournament, organized by the women’s committee of the Saudi Chess Federation, brought together Saeed Al-Qahtani, president of the Saudi Deaf Sports Federation, Al-Jawhara Al-Hasan, head of the SDSF chess committee, and Ayman Al-Harbi, director of the social development center of Jeddah.

Emkan Vice President Faiza Natto and Saudi Arabia’s first female chess arbiter Al-Anoud Isaac were also among the attendees.

Natto told Arab News that the number of deaf women participating in the tournament reflects the state’s interest in developing the skills of Saudi women in general and those with disabilities in particular.

She said their presence also demonstrated the government’s desire to improve the participation of the deaf community in society, especially in sports and activities requiring a high level of intellectual competence.

“At the association, we offer our 200 members social, cultural and sports programs. Two months ago, we founded a team of chess players, whose age varies between 30 and 40 years old,” she said.

She added that Emkan also offered programs that improved members’ skills, including photography and sewing.

“We also organize seminars on social, religious, health and psychological subjects to enrich their knowledge. These and other programs are all aimed at integrating them into society.

She said she appreciated the great support Princess Nouf gave in motivating deaf women and integrating them into the wider community. “This is one of Emkan’s main goals in Jeddah.”

She said the association was working to expand its partnership with all Saudi women’s sports federations, especially the Saudi Chess Federation.

“Through this partnership, five of our hearing-impaired champions played against seven chess players from the Makkah region last week. Despite the participation of ordinary players in the tournament, two of our team, Fatima Al-Amoudi and Rasha Abu Zaid took third and fourth place respectively,” Natto said.

Al-Hasan said the tournament is part of the social responsibilities the SDSF is committed to, adding that Saudi women have moved from spectator seats to become event makers in their own right through their active participation in the sector. Sport.

She said previous tournaments had revealed a lot of chess talent among the hearing-impaired women of Jeddah.