AICF to select 268 kids from state-level tournaments to interact with top players at 44th Chess Olympiad

In a bid to promote the upcoming 44th Chess Olympiad and popularize the sport in the country, the Indian Chess Federation (AICF) will organize state-level tournaments for schoolchildren across India over the coming month.

They will select 268 children who will have the unique opportunity to interact with international chess stars and watch the world’s biggest chess event unfold live for the first time in India, scheduled for Mahabalipuram near Chennai from 28 July to August 10.

The initiative, which is part of the AICF’s Chess in Schools project, will be carried out through the state associations and with the support of the government of Tamil Nadu. The national sports body will spend Rs 86,000,000 to organize the tournaments and educate school children about chess and boost chess activities in the country ahead of the Chess Olympiad.

A total of 76 children from 38 districts of Tamil Nadu and six players from each of the other 32 states/union territories affiliated to the All India Chess Federation will travel to Mahabalipuram to witness the Olympiad.

No entry fee will be collected from players to participate in tournaments. A travel allowance will be given to each student, in addition to free accommodation and board for three days.

The AICF will allocate Rs. 1,00,000 to each district for a district-level tournament in Tamil Nadu, while Rs. 1,50,000 for each of the thirty-two states/union territories affiliated to the All India Chess Federation.

44th Chess Olympiad Tournament Director Bharat Singh Chauhan explained, “We are trying to attract the younger generation to chess. Our goal is to get at least 30,000 students to participate in this project For school children, access to travel and tickets for the Olympiad would be difficult and we want to provide them with this much needed exposure.We are spending around SR 1 crore on this project.

Schoolchildren, registered with the AICF for the year 2022-23 and under the age of 15, born on or after 01.01.2007, will participate in tournaments for boys and girls for two days in each state. Tamil Nadu being the host state has the privilege to hold the district level tournaments in all districts separately.

The winners and runners-up of the state-level tournaments as well as the best boy and the best girl among the government school children will be selected while from Tamil Nadu, the boy and girl champion from each district will get this life experience.

The coordinators are the FIDE trainers, Mr. Praful Zaveri and Mr. Prasenjit Dutta. Email ID: [email protected]

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