School students all set to rub shoulders with Chess biggies

Young chess champions of Tamil Nadu are in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Published: 22nd October 2013 08:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2013 08:32 AM   |  A+A-


Young chess champions of Tamil Nadu are in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The finalists of the district level school chess competitions held this year will find themselves competing with each other at an event where four times World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand and World Number 1, Magnus Carlsen would come together.

The event, which is scheduled for November 7, will see 360 students shortlisted students from across the State. “We are extremely delighted to be able to get an opportunity to get the students together at such an event. This will be a huge boost for the budding chess enthusiasts,” said a spokesperson from the school education department.

The Tamil Nadu government has released Rs 29 crore for the World Chess Championship to be held in November this year. This is this first time that the State government has organised State-level chess championship programmes for school students. The programme, launched in association with the Sports Development Authority and the Tamil Nadu Chess Association, is aimed at enhancing the intellect and thought of school children through the medium of Chess.

As part of the project, 55,667 training programmes were conducted across the schools in Tamil Nadu in August this year.

This was followed by the school-level chess championship. After four qualifying rounds, 360 students were shortlisted from a total of 11,25,628 students who had participated.

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