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Rebel Chess body World Chess Federation announces biggest ever prize
money tourney the $7.443 million 3 stage World Chess Championship
candidates cycle culminating in first to 11 wins unlimited match
starts tommorrow with opening ceremoniesin Las Vegas with the stage 1
Reuben Fine Memorial Candidates Qualifier a one round a day 12 round
swiss Dec 2-13 Stage 2 is Dec 15-28 and Stage 3 candidates knockout

Rebel Chess body Chess Association of India also announces biggest
ever prize money tourney in India
PTI 30 November 2009, 04:15pm IST

NEW DELHI: Chess Association of India, a rebel body comprising
disgruntled members of the official All India Chess Federation (AICF),
on Monday sounded the war bugle by announcing the country's biggest
ever prize money tournament next month.

The 'Delhi All India Open Chess Tournament' - a Rs 15 lakh event -
will be held at the Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls from
December 23 to 29. The winner of the event would take home a hefty Rs
3 lakh prize money, CAI president Naveen Kumar Wal said.

"More than 500 participants, including some Grand Masters,
International Masters and other rated players from India and abroad
are expected to take part in the tournament. The entry fee for
participation is Rs 1,000 with free accommodation to all players," Wal

CAI has also decided to hold seven tournaments - each with prize money
of Rs five lakh - at Haryana, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh,
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh in the near future.

In December next year, the association will organise a championship
with cash prize of Rs 25 lakh in Lucknow, CAI Treasurer SK Tewari

The body came into existence on October 11 after a meeting of former
AICF members here and decided to organise National championships and
coaching camps for young players.

"For the past four-five years, chess players, organisers and State
Associations are being deprived of their rights and treated as bonded
labourers. To save all those from such humiliation and with an
objective of developing the game, it has been unanimously decided to
form a separate national body in the name of CAI," Wal said.

At the time of its formation, 18 state associations sent their consent
to be a part of CAI and more are likely to join in near future, Wal

"We are ready to face any kind of challenge from AICF. There is a
possibility that they might create hurdles for us, but we are ready
for everything," Wal added.
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