Raipur: Chhattisgarh is all set to host the International Grandmaster Chess Tournament scheduled to be held from September 19 to 28. The chess tourney is being organized jointly by
Chhattisgarh sports and youth welfare department. The winner will be awarded the “Chief Minister’s Trophy”.
Congratulating all the players participating in the tournament, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that this event will encourage people who play chess and the state players will get an opportunity to showcase their talent on international level.
More than 500 chess players from about 15 countries of the world will participate under the guidance of more than 100 experienced masters. This tournament will host players hailing from various countries of the world. The players belonging to 15 countries including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, U.S.A., Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Vietnam, Columbia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal have already registered. This tournament will enable rated players from the nation/state to improve their rating, GM/IM Norm, and achieve titles.
This tournament will be held in two categories including Masters and Challengers. An amount of Rs. 23 lakh with a trophy will be awarded in the Masters category while Rs. 12 lakh and a trophy will be given to the winner in the Challengers category. The live telecast of the 50 games under this tournament will be done on a global level so that more and more people can watch the tournament.
The officials in charge of the tournament said that such events are organized very rarely where high-rated players from all over the world will perform on one platform. Due to the lack of such events, players face difficulties in achieving international titles and they have to travel to European countries. The players have to deal with many economical and mental troubles in such situations. This event is being organized to encourage players and provide a platform for emerging talent.