More than 200 young brains from various parts of the country turned up at Sakchiís Agrasen Bhavan on Monday to take part in the Everest 26th National U-11 (boys and girls) Chess Championship.
The championship, which has a prize money of Rs 1,75,000 at stake, will also be used by scouts as a hunting ground for talents to represent the country during the World Youth Championship, which is scheduled to be held in the UAE from August 13.
Dalbhum subdivisional officer Subodh Kumar inaugurated the championship, in the presence of Bharat S. Chouhan, Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua and a number of functionaries of All Jharkhand Chess Association and Jamshedpur Chess Academy.
The event, which will conclude on August 14, has eight players from Jharkhand who would be vying for the championís crown.
International master Neeraj Kumar, the technical director for the meet, said the players will also stand a chance of bagging national berths for the Asian Youth Championship.
ďBased on the performance in this meet, the national outfit for the Asian Youth Championship, which will be held sometimes next year, will also be selected,Ē Kumar said.
He added that the place of the Asian championship had not yet been fixed.
The first round of the championship was in progress till this report was filed.