Chess coach Sami Al Safarini, has become the first Jordanian to achieve the International Grand Master title, which is the highest title for chess coaches, and given by the World Chess Federation.
Al Safarini gained the title after participating in a number of professional training courses and reaching the high levels for a number of years.
Al Safarini is the only Arab coach, who is titled FIDE (World Chess Governing Body) Senior Trainer; he is a member of the FIDE Coaches Committee; an Asian representative for FIDE; a member in the executive office of the Asia Chess Federation; national women team coach and Technical Manager of the Jordan Chess Federation.
He started playing chess when he was 14 years old, and has developed to become the leading light for the game in Jordan.
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