Gangtok, Aug 7
The five-day long Smart Girls FIDE Rating Chess Tournament was started here at 5th Mile Tadong on Wednesday. The tournament exclusively for girls and women is being organised by Sikkim Chess Association for the first time in Sikkim and in entire north-east region. Sixty-four participants from different parts of Sikkim and few from West Bengal have been participating in the tournament.
The inaugural function has Upper Tadong incharge of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, Anand Lama as the chief guest and was accompanied by international arbiter, Dharmendra Kumar as the guest of honour and other dignitaries.
International arbiter, Dharmendra Kumar, who is the chief arbiter of the tournament, mentioned that the main objective of the tournament exclusively for girls was to promote girls chess. He congratulated SCA for a good start in the girl’s chess with good numbers of participants in the tournament. He also appreciated the growth of the chess in the State in a short span of time. He also congratulated parents for their support and encouragement to their children.
SCA general secretary, Mahendra Dhakal, who is also an international arbiter, mentioned that as the tournament was a rating tournament so it is a good opportunity for young players to play with rated players and to get their rating by showing the good performance. He also mentioned Smart Girls FIDE Rating Chess Tournament exclusively for girls and women was being held for the first time in Sikkim and in entire north-east region.
Mr Dhakal mentioned that this tournament has been allotted to Sikkim only in the entire north-eastern region due to huge numbers of girl’s chess players in the State. He also thanked every individual for their constant support to bring the chess to this level in the State.
The inaugural function was followed by commencement of matches in the tournament. The tournament will be played on Swiss League system of nine rounds. The tournament carries the total cash prize of Rs 30,000 along with trophies and certificates. The tournament also has age categories of U-7, U-9, U-11 and U-13. The valedictory function of the tournament will be held on 11 August.