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Important AICF Central Council decisions of the meeting held on 24th of March 2019

by ChessBase India - 04/04/2019

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) Central Council meetings are important for all the chess players of our country. The reason? The decisions made and implemented by AICF officials at this meeting will dictate the federation's policy and decision making throughout the year. 2019 is an extremely important year for Indian chess as two huge events are going to be held in the country - World Juniors (u-20) in Delhi and World Youth (u-18, u-16, u-14) in Mumbai. What are the criteria for Indian players to participate in these events? We tell you in this article. Apart from these certain decisions have been made for the National Teams and National School Championships. Finally, a request has been made to Indian Air Force to grant an honorary rank to Viswanathan Anand.

The Central Council meeting was held on 24 March in Chennai. The following important decisions were made:

Air Force Honorary rank to Vishy Anand

It was unanimously decided to request Indian Air Force for granting Honorary Rank to Viswanathan Anand which will boost the youngsters in chess field as well as play a pivotal role to encourage the youth to join the prestigious force to defend our great nation.

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan with Air Commander Rajendra Jonnalagadda

World Junior (Open & Girls) Chess Championships:

India will be hosting World Junior and Junior girls Chess Championship at New Delhi from 14 to 26 October 2019.  In addition to the FIDE regulations, the following rules will apply to the AICF registered players who are desirous of participation.

Top-ranked player (Gold medallist) in the 2018 National Junior and Junior girls chess championship will be selected for whom the AICF will bear the entry fee, Board and Lodge, kit and reimburse 2nd AC train travel.

1. Participation in 2018 National Junior and Girls chess championship held at New Delhi will the be basis for considering applications.  Those who have not participated in the above championship are not eligible for participation. However, exemptions are given to the following category of players.

Note : The following players will play as special entries. 

(a) GM/IM/WGM/WIM in respective categories, subject to age. 

(b) 2018 World and 2018 Asian Medal Winners in Under-16 and Under-18 (Standard format) Open & Girls categories respectively.

(c) 2018 National Champions in Under-17 and Under-15 Open and Girls categories respectively (Standard Age Group Event) 

 

2. As per FIDE guidelines, the total number of participation from one Country should not exceed 1/3 of the total number of participation. In this connection, only the top 50 ranked players from the 2018 National Junior and National Junior Girls are considered to participate.  Therefore, AICF will entertain participation from players strictly on merit as per the following order.  :-

(a) 2018 National Junior and 2018 National Girls Chess champion 

(b) Players having the personal right (seeding) as per the championship regulations.

(c) 2nd and 3rd in 2018 National Junior & Girls Chess Championship 

(b) All GMs in Open/WGMs (Female IMs) in Girls (As per order of rating as on 01 Aug 19) category

(c) All IMs in Open / WIMs in Girls (As per order of rating as on 01 Aug 19) category 

(d) 2018 World Under-18 Medal Winners (As per order of merit)

(e) 2018 World Under-16 Medal Winners (As per order of merit)

(f) 2018 Asian Under-18 Medal Winners (As per order of merit)

(g) 2018 Asian Under-16 Medal Winners (As per order of merit)

(h) 2018 National Under- 17 Champion 

(i) 2018  National Under-15 Champion 

(j) One host entry in each category (Player’s participation in 2018 National Junior (Open &Girls) Chess Championship is mandatory and in consultation with AICF) 

(k) As per ranking of 2018 National Junior and Girls chess championship 

 

3. All entries to be submitted online at www.aicf.in on or before 31 July 2018 with  Rs. 12000/- towards FIDE Entry fee. 

4.  The AICF after finalizing the entries shall send a mail confirming the participation of the Indian players.  Those not selected shall get back their money.

5.  The short listed players will have to participate with the official uniform.

7. Players should bear travel expenses, board and lodge on their own.  However, the organizers can provide board and lodge on payment basis as per tournament regulations.

8. All players must be registered with AICF for the year 2019-20. 

World Youth (Open and Girls) Chess Championships 

India will be hosting World Youth Chess Championship at Mumbai from 01st to 13th October 2019.  In addition to the FIDE regulations, the following rules will apply to the AICF registered  who are desirous of participation.

Top ranked players (Gold medallists) in the 2018 National Under-13 / Under-15 / Under-17 chess championship will be selected for whom the AICF will bear the entry fee, Board & Lodge, kit and reimburse 2nd AC train travel.

1.  Top 50 rankers in order of merit from the 2018 National Under-13 / Under-15 / Under-17 chess championships held at Ahemdabad / Kalyani / Sonipat respectively will alone be considered for participating in the championship.  Those who have not finished top 50 in the above championships are not eligible for participation. However, exemptions are given to the following category of players.

(a) GM/IM/WGM/WIM in respective categories, subject to age. 

(b) 2018 World and 2018 Asian Medal Winners (Standard format) will be considered for special entries as detailed below  

(i) Medal winners in Under – 10 and Under – 12 will be allowed in Under – 14 category only 

(ii)  Medal winners in Under – 12 and Under – 14 will be allowed in Under – 16 category 

(iii) Medal winners in Under – 14 and Under – 16 will be allowed in Under – 16 category. 

(iv) Players having personal right (seeding) as per the championship regulations

(v) One host entry in each category (Players who have participated in the 2018 standard age group Nationals alone will be identified as per merit and in consultation with AICF) as special entry

2. All entries to be submitted online at www.aicf.in on or before 31 July 2018 with Rs. 12000/- towards FIDE entry fee.

3.  The short listed players will have to participate with the official uniform.

4. Players should bear travel expenses, board & lodge on their own.  However, the organizers can provide board and lodge on payment basis as per tournament regulations. 

5. All players must be registered with AICF for the year 2019-20. 

National Team Chess Championships

The prize money for the Open team championship has been increased to Rs. 2,25,000/- while the women prize money has been increased to Rs. 1,50,000/-. Every state now can field maximum up to three teams only and needs to play the event with suffixing ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ to their state name. No other names for the team are allowed. The special affiliated units can field maximum of two teams while the host state will have one additional entry apart from allotted three.

National Schools Championship

For the year 2019, the winners of the National Schools Championship to be held in Raipur in April will qualify for the Asian and World Schools Championships for the year 2019. Another edition of National School Championships will be held in December 2019 to determine the qualifiers for the 2020 World and Asian Schools Championships.

From 2020, the medal winners of the National School Championships will qualify for the next year's World and Asian Schools Championships.

 

Source: AICF


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