CHENNAI: The All India Chess Federation has proposed to the International Chess Federation (FIDE) that a separate zone status be accorded to India like it had done for Russia, United States, Canada and China.
A decision to this effect was taken at the AICF’s Central Council meeting held in Chennai on Thursday. The meeting also planned to take up with FIDE to have a new line of specialists introduced under the title ‘International Chess Computer Analysts’. Another proposal for the World body decided at the meeting was to seek approval to treat National ‘B’ championship as a norm event.
A press release said all these three proposals would be decided upon at the Dresden Congress of FIDE in November this year.
D.V. Sundar, AICF Secretary, announced that Jennitha Anto of Tiruchi will play in the Chess Olympiad at Dresden for the world combined disabled Team on the basis of her second-place finish at the World Disabled Championship in Poland last year. For her coaching expenses, the AICF would provide her a one-time grant of Rs.10,000. The Central Council congratulated Abhijeet Gupta and Dronavalli Harika for bringing laurels to the country by winning the World Junior titles at Turkey.
— Special Correspondent