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School chess meet from I-Day

Around 200 budding players will be engaged in a battle of wits at the second edition of All India Open School Chess Tournament to be held from August 15 to 18.

The four-day tournament is being organised by All Jharkhand Chess Association (AJCA) in association with Jusco School South Park, Bistupur, where the competition will be hosted.

“We are looking forward to a satisfactory turnout of school children in the tournament. We have sent invitations across the country but most of the participants are expected to come from Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Bengal. The event will help us develop chess in the East Zone,” said association secretary Pritam Singh.

Shedding light on the eligibility criteria, he added the tournament was open to all students up to standard Xth. Participants must be registered with All India Chess Federation (AICF).

“Entry fee for outstation rated and unrated players have been fixed at Rs 800 and 1,000 respectively. Participants from Jharkhand will have to pay Rs 800, while the entry fee contestants from Jamshedpur has been kept at Rs 600. There is a 50 per cent concession for physically-challenged players and BPL card holders,” Singh said.

Besides the entry fee, players will also have to deposit Rs 150 (registration fee of AICF for 2014-15) and Rs 100 (registration fee of AJCA for 2014-15).

The champion will receive Rs 15,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up will walk home with Rs 10,000 and a trophy. The third placed contestant will get Rs 6,000 and a trophy. Cash prizes have also been earmarked for those managing spots in the top 20.