GUWAHATI, March 8 – The 5th edition of Jugal Kishore Newatia Memorial International Chess Championship will be organised by Lions Club of Guwahati Kamrupa at the Terapanth Bhawan, Fancy Bazar here from April 18 to 23.
Guwahati Chess Association is the co-organiser of the championship where below 2200 FIDE rated players will be accommodated. Binod Khemka, chairman of the organising committee, addressing the media in a press conference said that to facilitate young players of this reason top class players like Grand Masters or International Masters will not be given entry in this tournament where Rs 4.5 lakh is at stake as prize-money.
Claiming it as the biggest chess tournament of the eastern region, Khemka said to promote local players they have kept 2 prizes for north east players and 10 prizes for registered players of Guwahati Chess Association.
He also mentioned that some players from the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal have already sent their entry for the meet where around 300 players will vie for the title. Organising body member Sudhir Choudhury said international arbiter Debashis Barua of Kolkata has been entrusted as chief arbiter for the championship where altogether 64 prizes will be given. The champion and runners up will get Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively.
On local players, Choudhury said, Assam players like Santanu Borpatra Gohain, Sahil Dey will get opportunity to show their talent in the meet and they have bright chances to come among top 4. He also mentioned that they are trying to host as much as tournaments of this standard so that our players get the opportunity to play at home.
He also mentioned about their activities which are for the betterment of the society. Other officials Mrinal Kakati, LP Matolia and Arun Singh were also present in the press conference.