Kanpur: The first rated UP under-15 open selection chess championship will be held under the auspices of UP Chess & Sports Association at KDMA World School on July 9 and 10.
As many as 275 young chess brains are expected to participate in the two-day tournament which may prove a boon for them, said Dinesh Sharma, international master. Addressing media persons here on Friday, he stated that around 150 boys and 80 girls were participating in this 9 round championship. The top three players of boys and girls group will get a chance to visit Chennai in the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held from July 27 to August 10.
The selected chess players would get an opportunity to meet the world level chess players (GMs & IMs) and play Samuel games with them. He stated Sanjay Kapoor, president of All India Chess Federation had already announced that AICF would bear the total expenses of the Chennai visit of the six selected players.
Such types of tournaments are being held in every state and each state will send its top six players (3 boys and 3 girls) to Chennai, he added.
Satish Parth Reddy of GB Nagar is a top rated player in boys group with 1830 rating while Parth Bhatnagar of Agra is number two in seeding with 1509 ratings.
Similarly, among girls Vaishnavi Prakash of Varanasi is top seeded with 1247 rating and Tanya Verma of Kanpur at number two with 1220 rating. Reshmi Pathak of Varanasi who had participated in Asian under-7 chess championship would be an attraction. The championship will be supervised by 10 arbiters.
Dilip Srivastava, secretary, Kanpur Chess Association said around 150 chess players of the city are participating in this event. Top 25 players in each group would be felicitated at the end of the event. Arun Pathak MLC will inaugurate the event at 9.30 am,