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Royal school to host chess meet

Guwahati, Jan. 27: The Assam Chess Club and Guwahati Chess Association are organising the 1st Royal Global School International Rating Chess Tournament on the school premises here from March 23 to 28.

“This is going to be the biggest chess tournament ever held in the northeastern region as far as the prize money is concerned. The tournament will be category-based on the basis of Fide ratings and will not feature any International Master or a Grandmaster as only Fide-rated players having 2,200 points or below are eligible for participation,” said Assam Chess Club secretary Biswajit Bharadwaj.

The tournament involves a total prize money of Rs 5.01 lakh while the top two players from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim will be awarded Rs 2,000 each.

The champion of the tournament will walk away with Rs 1 lakh while the second and third position holders will take Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.

“Royal Global School has come to our aid as the venue sponsors while Akshayam, a non-profit organisation, has also offered assistance. We will also try to ensure that any surplus funds, if raised, are used for the betterment of underprivileged children under Akshayam,” Bharadwaj added.

“As far as the game in the state is concerned, we are still developing. Although the region does not have any Grandmasters or International Masters till date but with competitions like this, we can certainly attempt to boost the game,” said Guwahati Chess Association secretary Arun Singh.

Bharadwaj revealed the chances of having foreign players in the tournament, saying: “Players from Bangladesh have confirmed participation though we are in contact with some of the European players.”