SILCHAR Sept 27 - Dibyendu Barua, the second Indian grandmaster inaugurated the first-ever open International FIDE rating chess tournament at Silchar on Wednesday.
The tournament which will continue till October 1 is being organised by the Cachar District Chess Association. Over 200 players from Nepal, Australia, Bangladesh and also from various places of India are taking part in the event held in the premises of a local hotel here.
Sharing his reactions with The Assam Tribune after the inauguration, Barua said, �There should be more chess tournaments if the game has to improve. The State Government must get involved in drawing more players into the sport and district chess bodies must arrange events of such magnitude to give opportunities to players to improve on their international rankings.�
On the other hand expressing his happiness over hosting the international tournament, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan said, �It is an excellent opportunity for players from this part of the country to know how international matches are held. Also, the tournament shall open new vistas for the organisers here.�