All-India Chess Federation Chief announces first Punjab International Grandmasters tournament
On Sunday, the President of All-India Chess Federation (AICF) Sanjay Kapoor officially announced that the first Punjab International Grandmasters tournament will be held in Jalandhar this year.
President of All-India Chess Federation (AICF) Sanjay Kapoor was felicitated by the Punjab State Chess Association for becoming the youngest AICF president.
While unveiling new initiatives to promote chess, Sanjay said, “We believe that fans need to see top players in action for chess to become a true phenomenon in the country and we aim to have the cream of the players for this tournament.”
Kapoor talked about ways to make Chess universal. He said that for true development of the game at grassroot levels, the federation would be soon selecting and training at least three organisers in each district of the country. This process will be starting next month.
Talking about the objective of the federation, he said, “Our goal is to create close to 1,500 trained organisers in the country soon so that we can have multiple tournaments all through the year.” (ANI)
Sanjay revealed that currently under the Training for Trainer program, 14 Grandmasters and 14 International Masters are training 1,500 trainers.
He announced, “Our aim is to create employment for thousands of chess coaches, who will, in turn, teach and develop lakhs of players. We are looking at creating an intellectual force in modern India, the kind of which has never been seen before anywhere.”
The president of AICF also disclosed that they are in an advanced stage of talks with Punjab government to implement his ambitious ‘Chess in School’ program in the state.
The president said, “We want every child in India to play chess for at least three to four years in their lives. Hundreds of chess teachers will be going to schools all over the country. We will also create the biggest digital platform so that lakhs can learn and play chess online.”
The upcoming Senior National Chess Championship will be held in Kanpur from April 13 to 20 this year.