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Chess clash begins

Ranchi, April 23: The 7th All India Chess Championship of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) began in Ranchi on Wednesday. Three players with international ranking are taking part in it.

Twenty-two matches were played today. The tournament will draw to a close on April 28.

While the Tamil Nadu telecom circle is contending to retain the title, the Punjab telecom circle, the runners-up of previous year, would try to clinch the medal this time. Punjab has to fight hard this time as the Tamil Nadu has Rama S. Krishnan in team.

In international rating of World Chess Federation (FIDE), Krishnan secured 2,299 points. He is sure about retaining the title. “We are sure we will be able to retain the title,” said Krishnan.

H.S. Verma, a member of the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited of Delhi circle has 2,050 points to his credit. P. Kumar of Delhi telecom circle is another player with 2,103 points. The highest point awarded by the FIDE is 2,803.

The 21 telecom circles taking part in the championship would have to play as many as nine rounds to claim the title.

“This is an occasion to bring together officers and employees working in the public sector undertaking at one place,” said Gopal Chandra Basu, the chief general manager of Jharkhand telecom circle.

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