Sisters make nation proud in chess tourney
PUTRAJAYA: Two sisters, Nur Anisah Salihin, 17, and Afiqah Zahra, 7, practised six hours each day, each week, to prepare for the World School Chess Championship (WSCC) held in Romania last month.
Their hard work paid off when they did well in the tournament, especially Afiqah, who was placed 5th out of 28 participants in the “Girls under 7” category.
Their father, Salihin Ahmad, said he spotted his daughters’ talent in playing chess, and encouraged them to develop their talents.
“They spent six hours practising each day playing chess with each other, on the computer and solving puzzles as part of their preparation.
“Afiqah played her best game during the tournament and it was stressful for her. She cried when she had to accept 5th place in the final round.”
Salihin was beaming with joy when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made time to meet his daughters and congratulated them, advising them to continue playing the game with all their hearts.
“We are proud of the girls’ achievements and the sacrifice their parents have made to ensure their daughters could take part in the competition,” Najib said.
It was reported that Salihin had to sell a house in Segamat, Johor, to finance their trip to the WSCC.
Najib said such a sacrifice reflected the parents’ strong commitment in encouraging their daughters’ talents and potential, which had made Malaysia proud.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak having a light moment with Salihin Ahmad (second from left), his daughters, Nur Anisah and Afiqah Zahra, and his family at the Perdana Putra in Putrajaya yesterday.