Bhubaneswar, Jun 01: Grandmasters, International Masters, Woman Grand Masters and Woman International Masters from 30 different countries are participating in the 12th KIIT International Chess Festival 2019 (KICF 2019).
Jointly organized by AOCA and KIIT-Deemed to be University under the aegis of AICF and World Chess Federation (FIDE), the festival was inaugurated on KIIT Premises today.
The tourney would continue till June 7.
The prize money of Rs 25 lakh is the attraction of the tournament which will be played in three categories based upon ELO Rating.
Those having ELO Rating of 2,000 and above will compete in Category A. Around 3,000 players, guardians and officials have attended the event.
The participating countries include India, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Armenia, Belgium, U.S.A, Spain, Venezuela, Russia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Chile, Afghanistan, South Africa, Singapore, Greece, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Mongolia.
The event will be conducted under the leadership of International Arbiter R Anatharam. (UNI)