Jammu, April 26: Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC), Nuzhat Gull Tuesday formally declared the 34th MPL National U-10 Chess for boys and girls Championship open at Kangra Fort in the city outskirts, in Jammu.
Around 500 persons, including 245 players, coaches, managers, arbiters, live game operators and other officials from 26 states are part of this mega event being organised by All J&K Chess Association (AJKCA).
On the occasion the visiting guest interacted with the young chess players from different parts of the country and appreciated their zeal and spirit for the game of Chess.
She also praised the organising committee for providing the best facilities of the city to the competitors and was surprised to see most of the participants, being so young, who were accompanied by parents, especially mothers, all the way from South Indian states of Kerela and Tamil Nadu.
On the occasion Chairman, Organising Committee and President AJKCA, Atul Kumar Gupta informed Secretary JKSC Nuzhat Gul about the participating players and other officials being part of this mega event.
The event carries a total prize fund of Rs five lacs which will be distributed among top 15 players from each category with first prize being Rs.70,000 in each category.
The officials revealed that the event is a direct selection for world, Asian and commonwealth events.
Divisional Sports Officer of the JKSC, Ashok Singh, All India Chess Federation (AICF) Vice President, Dr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Punjab State Association President, Muneesh Thapar were among the special guests on the occasion.
Dr AS Bhatia, HOD Bio sciences GMC Jammu, Raj Kumar, Chief Prosecution Officer, Baldev Raj, Vice President AJKCA, Ajit Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Arvindu districts association members, Advocate Himani Kohli were other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Later on, Atul Gupta, on behalf of the organising committee, expressed gratitude to Chief Guest, Secretary Sports Council and Divisional Sports Officer for their cooperation and support for organising such an event.
Gupta also thanked Digvijay Singh Samkaria, owner of Kangra Fort for personally monitoring the arrangements.
As per the official the top 10 games of the event are being telecasted live worldwide with the support of DGT Boards which are being used first time in J&K.
Official added that top expert K Moorthy from Tamil Nadu has been invited for Live games coverage. Chess Base India cameraman, Aditya has also been made part of the event for World Wide coverage during the six day championship.
Pertinently, Chandigarh based International Arbiter, Dr. Vipnesh Bhardwaj acting as Chief Arbiter and Deputy Chief Arbiteer, Salim Beig are being supported by 10 other Arbiters and 25 support staff.The event is being organised by "Crown Trust" under the banner of All J&K Chess Association with the support of J&K Sports Council.