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Chess date next week

Over 150 participants from across the country will display their wits at the 4th JRD Tata International Rating Chess Tournament to be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex from March 31 to April 4.

Both rated and non-rated players will compete in the 10-round tourney organised jointly by East Singhbhum District Chess Association and Tata Steel. The total prize money is Rs 1.6 lakh and as many as 24 trophies will also be up for grabs.

“Matches will commence sharp at 8.30am on April 1. Three rounds will be played daily. So far, we have received 60 entries from Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Entries will be accepted till March 31 noon,” said Charles Borommeo, organising vice-president of the tournament, at a news meet on Friday.

Jayant Kumar Bhuiyanhas been appointed the chief arbiter of the event.

The third edition saw 166 players. Bengal’s Arpal Das clinched the title and walked home with Rs 25,000 and the trophy. Over 80 players from Jharkhand played had participated. Nishant Kumar from Adityapur in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district was adjudged one of the best young players with a score of 7.5 points and was ranked seventh in the merit list.

Young Nishant is among the top 20 players named for the tournament this year. Others are Sayantan Chandra, Anshul Nigam, Nikhil Singh, Ayush Agarwal, Dev Anup Singh, Bidisha Roy, Archit Mukherjee — all from Jharkhand — Ashutosh Kumar (Bihar), R. Prakash Ram (Tamil Nadu), Prabhat Koutha (Andhra Pradesh), Anshuman Samal (Odisha), Aswin Shroff, Anila Kumar, B.M. Raval, (Gujarat), Kushagra Gupta (New Delhi), Amitash Kumar Singh (Karnataka), D.K. Tribhuvan Das, Tanya Pandey (Maharashtra) and Suman Fadekar.