Raipur,(thestates.news)| Chhattisgarh Chief Minister’s Trophy International Grandmasters Chess Tournament organized again after 20 years by Chhattisgarh Pradesh Chess Federation under the guidance and patronage of All India Chess Federation, Sports and Youth Welfare, Chhattisgarh Olympic Association. But to be held from 18 September to 28 September in the capital Raipur. About 500 chess legends from 15 countries of the world will participate in this tournament. The winning players will get Rs 35 lakh as prize money.
Selected 50 games from these events will be broadcast live daily through the world’s leading chess site. In a press conference, Gurcharan Singh Hora, General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association and Chief Patron of the State Chess Federation, has given this information on Friday.
Gurcharan Singh Hora, chairman of the organizing committee and chief patron of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Chess Association, said that this tournament is being held again after a long gap of two decades. With such an event at the international level, this tournament will definitely prove to be a milestone for the chess players of the country and the state.
Apart from the winning trophy, a total prize money of Rs 35 lakh has been kept in this competition. The competition is being organized in the form of two categories i.e. Masters and Challengers. In Masters category Rs 23 lakh and trophy and challengers Rs 12 lakh and trophy will be given to the winning players. At the same time, this tournament will be organized at a cost of about Rs. 1 crore 75 lakh.
So far entry of 15 countries including India
Entry of players from 15 countries including India, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, USA, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Vietnam, Colombia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Nepal in participating countries in CM Trophy It’s over.
The event will be held in Hotel Grand Imperia and Shagun Form
The competition of Masters category will be held at Hotel Grand Imperia and the competition of Challengers category will be held at Shagun Form VIP Road, Raipur. The said competition will be held in 10 rounds and only 1 match will be played every day from 3 PM. Whereas, the Challengers will face off at Shagun Farm. Where players will be able to play two rounds every day from 9 am and 3 pm.
So far 16 Grandmasters, 17 International Masters, 02 Women Grandmasters, 08 Women International Masters, 05 FIDE Masters and 200 Elo Rated players have been included in this tournament. The last date for registration has been kept till September 12, in which more eminent players are likely to come.
Maharashtra’s international judge Swapnil Bansod has been given the responsibility of chief judge by All India Chess Association, Bhilai Steel Plant’s assistant general manager and international judge Alankar Bhivgade will be the deputy chief judge.
On this occasion Vinod Rathi General Secretary Chhattisgarh State Chess Association, Hemant Khute, Executive General Secretary Chhattisgarh State Chess Association, Chief Minister’s Trophy Chief Coordinator Soumya Batra were present.(HS)