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Move to host five-nation chess tournament in Kolkata


Kolkata : Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and Kolkata Municipal Corporation could jointly hold the first four-continent Mayor’s Invitational Chess Tournament in 2008.

Announcing this here Monday, Mayor Bikash Bhattacharya said, “A five-member team consisting of Grandmasters Dibyendu Barua, Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Sandipan Chanda, Atananu Lahiri and Saptarshi Roychowdhury has just won the Warsaw Invitational Mayor’s Trophy, a meet held from Dec 11-13.”

“This gave Dibyendu Barua the idea to hold the tournament here also that will feature the three teams that participated in Warsaw. He came to me with the idea and I found it interesting. He also presented the Corporation with the trophy they won,” he said.

The teams are from Warsaw (Poland), Buenos Aries (Argentina) and Kolkata. In addition Barua would like to get two teams from Australia and Africa making it a five-nation affair.

Barua told IANS that his team won all their matches there and came back with Mayor’s Trophy, a crystal cup exquisitely designed with a brass brocade of a mermaid. “We approached the Kolkata Municipal Corporation if a similar project could be organized here. Mayor Bhattacharya has been very responsive.”

Bhattacharya said: “A proposal has been given to us. We will talk with the sports department on the matter and hopefully we will do something.”

Barua said the cost for holding the invitational tournament would be around Rs 20 lakhs and so he needed government help. He sounded very positive with the kind of help promised by the Mayor.

Ganguly said: “The idea is to invite Melbourne or Sydney and Cairo if the tournament come through.”