In Pakpattan, Nazar Hussain, the star player from Sheikhupura won Punjab Chess Championship by a clear margin of a full point. He remained unbeaten and bagged 6.5 points from 6 wins and one draw. This was his 2nd tournament victory in as many months. In the last round he was tied to play against Mudassir Iqbal from Multan. Mudassir pressed hard to squeeze a win in a game of Sicilian Defence, but could not convert his minute positional advantage. Nazar held on to his position and secured the draw to lift the trophy. 

Fauzan Ullah from Lahore was 2nd, trailed by Mudassir in 3rd place. Interestingly, top five positions were shared by Chess players from five different cities showing a remarkable revival and competition among different cities of Punjab.

Top five players were given trophies and cash awards by Professor Tariq Aziz of Government Faridia Post Graduate College. On this occasion, CFP Secretary also announced various incentives for local young Chess players aspiring to compete at National level. Final Standings were;

1st- Nazar Hussain (6.5), Sheikhupura.
2nd- Fauzan Ullah (5.5), Lahore.
3rd- Mudassir Iqbal (5.5), Multan.
4th- Haroon Ahmad (5), Depalpur.
5th- Shafiq Junior (5), Gujranwala.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar