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200 to take part in chess event

Over 200 boys and girls, aspiring to become grandmasters, will participate in the 34th East Singhbhum District Chess Championship that begins at the eastern wing of the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Friday.

Players in the under-9, 11, 15, 17 and 19 age groups are expected to display smart moves during the five-day-long event being organised by East Singhbhum District Chess Association (ESDCA).

“All arrangements for the championship are complete and we are looking forward to some good contest across the table,” said ESDCA secretary Narendra Kumar Tiwary.

According to him, a total of Rs 14,000 will be distributed among the top 20 players from the five groups. This apart, the winner of each group will be given a trophy.

Also, there will be consolation prizes for youngest participants in each age category.

The organisers have fixed an entry fee of Rs 300 for the participants, but school students need to pay only half of that amount to take part in the competition.

Further, the participants will have to register themselves with the district body (for the year 2014-17) by depositing Rs 100 before the start of the championship and submit their birth certificates for enrolment.

According to sources, the district chess championship is a yardstick to pick players for the state outfit for various national meets held under different age groups.

“Like always, most of the participants are from Jamshedpur. The contestants are in good form. They have picked lessons at various chess training centres operated by experienced mentors. So, one can expect some stiff competition,” said ESDCA committee member Jayant Kumar Bhuyan.


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