Sis­ters make na­tion proud in chess tour­ney

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

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.

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