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A board exam with a difference

- Test for U-11 players on smart chess moves as the clock goes tick-tock

Ten questions in 90 minutes. Easy test, right?

Fifty aspiring grandmasters from Jamshedpur find out how hard or easy this is at a problem-solving contest at Tata Chess Centre on Tuesday.

An initiative of East Singhbhum District Chess Association, the event is aimed at assessing the performance of chess players in the Under-11 group and identifying areas where they make frequent mistakes.

East Singhbhum District Chess Association general secretary Narendra Kumar Tiwary said contestants, both boys and girls, would have to solve 10 problems in a stipulated time of 90 minutes.

“Participants will be given 10 questions. Thy will need to make the right moves at the different stages of a match, be it opening, middle or end. For example, chess pieces will be placed at different places on the board and participants will be told to finish the game in two or three moves,” said Jayant Bhuyan, a functionary of the district chess outfit.

Bhuyan, who will supervise the contest with chess coach Ashok Verma, added that 10 top contenders would receive trophies and certificates.

“The competition is only open to unrated players. While players registered with the district chess association will need to shell out Rs 30 as entry fee, unregistered players will be charged Rs 130,” Bhuyan, said, adding a maximum of 50 participants would be taken.

Junior chess enthusiasts of the city welcomed the test.

“I’m looking forward to this event. I’ll be looking to score as many points as possible. I’ve been undergoing training for over a year now and can grasp a few smart moves,” said participant Rachna Kumari.

The past few years have seen an exponential rise in the number of children in Jamshedpur enrolling at various city-based chess training centres.

In a bid to promote the game of wits in Jamshedpur, East Singhbhum District Chess Association organises several competitions at junior and sub-junior level at regular intervals.