Only 24 youngsters are participating at the 12th edition of state junior (boys and girls) chess championship, which started on Monday at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
Organisers All Jharkhand Chess Association (AJCA) said the low turnout was due to first terminal examinations. Participants are from Jamshedpur, Chakradharpur, Dhanbad and Seraikela.
K.M. Prasad, former president of East Singhbhum District Chess Association, inaugurated the five-day event. But organisers had to cancel events lined up for contestants between Under-14 to Under-6 categories.
“We received very less entries in this edition of the championship due to terminal exams, which forced us to cancel events for younger boys and girls,” said B.T. Rao, AJCA working secretary.
He added that few entries forced them to combine Under-19 and Under-17 entries.
Registered and rated players of Jharkhand are competing in the championship. From this tie, two boys and two girls will represent Jharkhand in the Under-17 National Championship in Kanpur from July 16 to 27.Four boys and four girls will represent the state in the Junior National Championship in Rajasthan from September 4 to 15.
Rao added that that elaborate arrangements have been made for the efficient conduct of the event.
Accommodation has been provided free of charge to outstation players and one official at the residential wing of the JRD Tata Sports Complex.
Prizes are up for grabs at this championship, too.
The first four winners will walk home with cash prizes Rs 5,000, Rs 3,500, Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,500.