Protecting nation like playing chess, public told

Tengku Hassanal (green shirt) with the Pahang International Open Chess Championship participants, winners and organising committee members.

PEKAN: Protecting the nation is akin to playing chess, said Pahang Regent Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah.

He said in the game, the players were committed to safeguard their king to avoid check-mate.

Tengku Hassanal said in playing chess, there were evaluation of positions, setting of goals and long-term plans for future play.

“Strategically, a player must take into account such factors as the relative value of the pieces on the board, pawn structure, king safety, position of pieces and control of key squares and groups of squares.

“Tactics are involved and the players must move by setting up defences and attacks.

“The champions in this game are considered as genius, however geniuses will not necessarily be the champions,” Tengku Hassanal said at closing of the Pahang Internatio­nal Open Chess Championship here.Tengku Hassanal said citizens of any country had similar responsibilities to protect their nation, their king and leadership.

“People from all walks of life have the responsibility to safeguard the country and states. Like in the game, there are pawns, bishops, rooks, knights and queen where all play important roles in the game.

“All of us have a part in ensuring we live in harmony and peace. – By NIK NAIZI HUSIN

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