29 April, Kolkata
Some record 900 players from different parts of India are expected to participate in the four-day Chess tournament from May 6 at Indian Council For Cultural Relations in the city.
It will be organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy in association with Allsport Foundation. Theme is “Chess For Youth”- a unique yearly tournament for the young aspiring players of the country under the aegis of All India Chess Federation and Bengal Chess Association, Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua Saturday said.
“This is the biggest chess tournament in India for the youth. This tournament has gained a lot of popularity in India, the last edition of which attracted more than 800 players, including some top players of the country,” he added.
The event is held in two sections -premier, which is of all India level and players below 25 years of age. The junior section, which is for the local players only, is further divided into six age group categories: Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16.
In the premier group, Rs 1,25,000 as cash prize is to be distributed amongst the top 20 rank holders, the first prize being Rs 30,000 and a trophy. In the junior group, trophies will be given to the top ten in the boys’ section and top five in the girls’ section in each category.
“This year we are expecting around 900 participants. The latest GM of Bengal Diptayan Ghosh has confirmed his participation in the Premier group,” Barua said.