12-year-old girl set to represent Pakistan at World Chess Olympiad

Published: August 24, 2012
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Mehak Gul, 12, will leave for Istanbul this Monday as part of a ten-member team. PHOTO: FILE

Mehak Gul, 12, will leave for Istanbul this Monday as part of a ten-member team. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Mehak Gul, 12, is all set to leave for Istanbul this Monday as part of a ten-member team which will represent Pakistan at the World Chess Olympiad. Gul claims to be the youngest person ever to represent Pakistan in the tournament.

Gul, who has been playing chess since the age of six, came into the limelight after she succeeded in securing positions at provincial and national chess championships.

She was third at the Punjab Chess Championship in June this year and fifth at the National Chess Championship held in Karachi, helping her qualify for the team which would represent Pakistan at the world championship.

Her father and coach, Mohammad Zahid, has said that she is the youngest person to have qualified for the Olympiad from Pakistan. The previous person was a 15-year-old girl from Karachi.

The young chess champion aims to become a Grandmaster, a title conferred by the World Chess Federation.

Gul is the only member of the Pakistan women’s national team who hails from Lahore, with the rest being from Karachi.

The world olympiad is a biannual event which is going to be held in Istanbul from August 27 to September 10, and will host players from more than 160 countries.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Umer
    Aug 24, 2012 - 10:04PM

    If it’s a Muslim 12 years old she represents Pakistan, if it’s a Christian 11 years old she rots in jail.

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  • romeo
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:11PM

    @Umer:
    the 12 year old muslim girl did not do what the the christian 11 year old girl did. I dont know which religion you belong, anyways, everyone should respect other religions and should refrain from doing any type of blasphemy. How dare is this 11 year old christian girl burnt the holy book that belongs to muslim. If anyone have done with holy bible in America or Europe, do you think that he/she would have been nominated the best person of the year award. Recommend

  • Chess Player
    Aug 24, 2012 - 11:56PM

    At 0:06, Nd4 is an illegal move!

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  • Nimra
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:16AM

    @ Romeo
    “If anyone have done with holy bible in America or Europe, do you think that he/she would have been nominated the best person of the year award.”

    In Europe and America, there is NO rule which confers physical or psychological harm upon anyone who burns/humiliates other people’s religious holy books even if its Bible.

    Clearly, you have a poor understanding of North American rules as well as Islamic history. Holy Propher (PBUH) used to have litter and garbage thrown at him and yet he went to inquire about the health of the women when she felt ill. Does this Islam teaches you to hit/jail/terrorize the 11 year old girl?

    “How dare is this 11 year old christian girl burnt the holy book that belongs to muslim”

    I ask you: How dare people like you distort true Islam to serve and justify your excruciatingly intolerant behavior

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  • Nitin
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:26AM

    @romeo:
    you are sick !!! who glorify terrorism in name of Islam.

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  • Mountie
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Romeo are you being serious? or was that sarcasm? Since when did norani qaida become a holy book for Muslims? How pathetic you have to be to blame a 11 year old girl who has a down syndrome of such act. I dont know which islamiat books you read but i remember reading stories about how people threw stones and garbage at Holy Prophet PBUH and yet he never ordered to kill them, instead he prayed for them. Stop killing in the name of religion and start learning it!!

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  • shahid
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:41AM

    @romeo: Any body has the right to burn any thing as long as it is their property. Muslim eat cows? Shall they stop doing that. Live and let live. Don’t bother about others.you have no control on anybody except yours. If it is a crime.Let the god decide on the day of judgement.

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  • Sobriquet
    Aug 25, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @romeo:
    When the Muslims destroyed the idols in Mecca, was it an act of respect for other religions?

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  • Syme
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:04AM

    Ahh Romeo, Your lame sense of justice and dogmatic approach to everything is preposterous.

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  • A well wisher
    Aug 25, 2012 - 2:13AM

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