Chess in Andaman: Fly to the land of Kaala Paani!
Imagine playing chess on an island. Wouldn't that be amazing? The twenty-sixth edition of the National U-25 Chess Championship is being held in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The cherry on the cake: the AICF is giving the players return air tickets to the land of kaala paani.
Announcement from AICF
National Under 25 at Port Blair, Andaman – AICF to offer air ticket for one player per state association.
In a historic decision, the All India Chess Federation has allocated the conduct of National Under 25 Championship to Andaman & Nicobar Chess Association. The same will be organized at Port Blair from 12th to 21st July 2017.
The organizers have graciously agreed to host the players for two more days for sightseeing. As a one time measure, AICF has decided to extend air ticket from Chennai to Andaman & back to one player (presumably the State 25 Champion) from each affiliated State Association who is selected by the State Association on merit to participate in the above Nationals.
15 June 2017 will be the last date for availing the above facility. Apart from the above players, Lodging & Boarding (in lieu of Rs.1000 lump sum given by the Federation) will be provided by the organizers for the selected & seeded players as per rules. All other players/ State Associations shall make their own travel arrangements.
We, therefore, request all State Associations & players to make use of this opportunity and to visit Port Blair so that an effort can be made to popularize the game in the island.
This announcement was made by AICF on their official website.