12th KIIT International Chess Festival 2019 To Begin From May 31
Bhubaneswar: The 12th KIIT International Chess Festival 2019 will be held at KIIT deemed to be University in Bhubaneswar from May 31 to June 7. Grandmasters, International Masters, Women Grand Masters and Women International Masters from 30 countries will participate in the tournament having total prize money of Rs 25 lakh.
The participating countries include India, Spain, Russia, USA, Belgium, South Korea, Ukraine, Chile, Hong Kong and Japan. Organisers said that Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela with Elo rating of 2637 is the top-seeded player while Odisha’s Debashis Das with Elo rating of 2544 will lead the Indian challenge.
The tournament will be jointly organized by All Odisha Chess Association and KIIT deemed to be University under the aegis of All India Chess Federation and World Chess Federation (FIDE).
“The tournament will be played under three categories basing upon the Elo rating of the players. Players having Elo rating of 2000 and above will compete in category A. Around 3000 players, guardians and officials are likely to attend the event,’ said vice president of All Odisha Chess Association, Ranjan Mohanty in a press meet held at KIIT campus on Tuesday.
The results will be published on www.chessresults.com website and the Top 20 boards of Category A will be telecasted live in www.followchess.com. The event will be conducted under the leadership of International Arbiter R. Anatharam.
Organisers said that all games will be played at International Chess Hall (campus 15 B) and KIIT International School Campuses.
KIIT having world-class facilities for hosting International level chess tournaments had also earlier hosted 11 editions of KICF and FIDE World Junior Chess Championship in 2016 besides a number of International tournaments.