GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � An international rating chess championship will be organised by the Assam Chess Club and Guwahati Chess Association, at the Royal Global School here from March 23 to 28. Informing this in a press conference here today, organisers Binod Khemka, Debajit Sarma, Mridul Mahanta, Arun Singh, Nandan Buragohain and Biswajit Bharadwaj said that the championship, meant for players of below 2200 Fide rating, has been recognised by the World Chess Federation, All India Chess Federation and All Assam Chess Association.
A total amount of Rs 5,01,500 is at stake as prize money in the championship and the top three players will walk away with Rs 1,00,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
Top two players from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim will be awarded Rs 2,000 each. The organisers will also award Rs 2,500 to 2 top women players and Rs 1,500 to the best girl player.
Players from Bangladesh have already confirmed their participation while the organisers are trying to hook in players from Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
They are expecting more than 300 players.