National Chess Master Harry Camilleri of Fgura, has won his eighteenth National Chess Championship at the ripe age of 72, beating a field of young men in a gruelling ten match all-play-all competition.
The event was held at the Visitors Lounge of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, sponsors of the Chess Championship cycle.
Undoubtedly this is an impressive result for Camilleri that cannot go unnoticed.
He scored seven and a half points out of ten with five wins and five draws.
The name of Harry Camilleri is synonymous with Chess. He won his first national title in 1965 when he was thirty two years old and since then he has played hundreds of games against all levels of play and represented Malta numerous times in the Chess Olympiads held every two years, in the World Championship Zonals, and other tournaments abroad. He also finds the time to participate in all the major events held locally.
Camilleri has repeatedly inspired the local chess enthusiasts with his wit, energy, and dedication to the game. He is a true master of end-game technique capable of squeezing out wins from seemingly impossible positions.
The most remarkable fact about Harry Camilleri is that, at his age, he has managed to maintain an outstanding level of concentration and mental prowess showing everyone that the mind can get sharper and sharper whenever a person decides, and keeps up, a nourishing lifestyle.
Harry is an inspiration for Chess lovers, for senior citizens and indisputably a living legend in an age where heroes are so hard to come by.