While people are worried about the lockdown, Nirmal Das, who is fond of playing chess in Tripura, started the international chess tournament sitting at home.
It gained so much popularity that more than 2 thousand players from 29 countries, including international masters, were participating in it.
The chess tournament will have its 100th and final match on 9 June. On this day, cash prizes will also be given to 15 top players.
Apart from India, players from Germany, Scotland, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Chile, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia are participating.
Eight-year-old Arshiya is also playing in the Chess tournament.
International masters like FIDE Master Prasenjit Dutta and Diptyan Ghosh participated in this tournament. At the same time, 8-year-old Arshiya Das of Tripura, who won gold in the Asian School Championship, is also playing.
The idea came after participating in a tournament: Nirmal.
Regarding the chess tournament, Nirmal said- I participated in an online chess tournament a few months ago. It was running from Chennai. For the players, an entry fee of Rs 200 was keeping in it. That is why I also got the idea of an online tournament.
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‘Help keep people at home.’
He further stated that the lockdown started on 24 March in the country. Then I felt that this chess tournament could prove helpful in keeping people safe at home. So I launched it on 28 March. Gradually its popularity started increasing, and new players from 29 countries are participating in it. The tournament is playing on the Le Chase app.
Tripura government also praised
Amit Rakshit, Secretary, Sports Council of Tripura, praised Nirmal’s initiative. He said that this chess tournament is a unique way of keeping people indoors during the lockdown. This also prevented people from corona infection.