The FIDE Rating Chess Championship entered day two with some remarkable performances by players taking part in it from across the country at Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines on Friday.
As many as 175 players are taking part in the championship organised by the Ludhiana District Chess Association (LDCA).
At the end of the fourth round, five players were leading the tournament with full four points- Amarjit Singh and Sushant Manuja from Ludhiana, Sudhir Kumar from Haryana, Santosh Gautam from Nepal and Manoj Kumar from Amritsar.
These players were closely followed by seven others, namely, Vikram Mukhija and Arpit Saxena from Rajasthan, Imaran Hussain from Uttar Pradesh, Sanjeev Sood and Shubham Shukla from Ludhiana, Kirti Sharma from Jalandhar and Jagdeep Singh Sudan from Delhi, on 3.5 points each after the end of the fourth round.
The organisers have dedicated a website to the event, which is being constantly updated. On the one hand, this facility allows players to access updated information about current standings and future opponents, on the other hand, it also serves as a tool for the managers to carry out the championship in a fair manner. Apart from Atul Kumar Gupta, joint secretary, All India Chess Federation (AICF) officiating the championship, five arbiters have been appointed by the AICF to closely monitor and ensure that all the rules and regulations mandated by the World Chess Federation are strictly adhered to during all matches.
Players from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir are taking part in the championship.
Arvinder Preet Singh, general secretary, LDCA, said, “Once the championship is over, all the participants will be rated as per the FIDE rating norms, which will enable them to take part in any international chess event.”
Singh further said the winner would take away Rs. 1,70,000. “To fund the championship , the LDCA has charged each participant a registration fee which is one per cent of the winning price (as per AICF norms),” Singh added. Regular updates and details of all the matches can be acquired from the following website : chess-results.com.