The first ever Barak Valley Open Chess Tournament Winter edition has commenced in the spirit of International FIDE Rating competition. Organized by the Cachar District Chess Association (CDCA) in collaboration with Rotary Club, Silchar, a total of 63 players have participated in this edition, among which 26 are International FIDE rated chess players.
After successfully organising Silchar Open International FIDE Rating Chess tournament in 2018, this is the first state level chess tournament taking place in the entire North-East region. Owing to the All India Chess Federation (AICF) not starting the International FIDE Rating tournament calendar yet amidst the pandemic, the CDCA has taken the initiative to organise this tournament under the banner of All Assam Chess Association (AACA).
The inaugural session of the event took place in the Rotary Club of Silchar, Tarapur in the auspicious presence of Dilip Kumar Ram, Superintendent Postmaster of the Cachar Post Office, Shiv Prasad Dutta, Service Director of Rotary Club of Silchar, Former District Governor Arijit Endaw, President of CDCA Dr. Charvak, General Secretary of AACA Rajiv Dhar, General Secretary of CDCA, Nirmalya Chakraborty, and Vice-President of AACA, Bibendu Das.
“Usually in Cachar district, every local tournament is being moderated by normal arbiters with normal clocks and everything. But this particular tournament everything we’ve tried to keep upto the FIDE standards, starting with national level chess boards having its own clock, FIDE rated International arbiters, everything including the atmosphere according to FIDE style’, said the General Secretary of CDCA, Nirmalya Chakraborty.
He also said that the tournament will be moderated by International arbiter Pradip Kumar Roy from Tripura, who is a FIDE rated arbiter.
During the session, The President of CDCA, Dr. Charvak thanked Rotary Club of Silchar, Agartala Matrix Chess Academy, Late chess player Santanu Singha, Late Karuna Sindhu Dey, Late Rakesh Ranjan Dhar, and the family of Ranbir Dhar for their unflinching support and in help that they’ve provided in organizing the tournament.
Keeping in accordance with the FIDE standard time limit, every player at the start of each round will get 45 minutes and with each move will get 10 seconds more. The two-day tournament has been divided into 3 rounds per day. At the start of the tournament, top seeded player Rajib Dhar had 2052 FIDE Rating points in his bag, followed by Soram Rahul Singh having 2051 rating points. At the conclusion of the day, sitting at the top bagging three points in three rounds are Soram Rahul Singh, Rajib Dhar, Rajdip Das, Iftikhar Alom Mazumdar, Bibendu Das, Abhinav Paul, Abhrajyoti Nath and Ballyr Sinha.