Recognising the need for reforms, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) on Friday decided to accept 30 players back in its fold after receiving their written apology for participating in tournaments organised by the rival Chess Players Association.
This was one of the decisions taken at the AICF's Central Council meeting held here.
Speaking after the meeting, AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan revealed that players keen to return to the AICF fold would be required to wait for one year before becoming eligible to take part in domestic tournaments.
“For those under the age of 10, there is no such restriction and they can straightaway register themselves with the AICF and play in our tournaments,” said Mr. Chauhan.
It was also decided to make the State associations more accountable.
“We have now made it mandatory for each State association to have an ungraded website in place and become more transparent in its activities. For all those States coming forward to hold various National championships, it is now mandatory to declare its sources of revenue/grants, etc, details of players' fee and other expenditure to the AICF.
“We will soon have a Feedback Form on the AICF website and in case of adverse feedbacks for any National championship from participants, officials, coaches, etc, the Federation shall reserve the right to deny the State the right to host any National-level event,” said Mr. Chauhan, who took over charge in June.
Ban on mobile phones?
It was also discussed to ban the use of mobile phones or any other electronic device in the tournament hall. Another preventive step to eliminate the possibility of the players using unfair means, no real-time moves will be beamed on the internet.
“We will defer the feeding of moves (on the internet) by at least 15 minutes to ensure fair play,” said Mr. Chauhan, who declined to accept the presence of unfair practices in the tournaments held in the country but said, “a section of our players do believe that such preventive steps are necessary.”
The meeting also cleared a maximum remuneration of Rs. 2,000 per day for coaches accompanying the Indian teams and agreed to hike the arbiters' fee by 25 per cent.
In order to encourage organisers to hold quality round-robin tournaments, the AICF reduced its fee from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 75,000. Also the maximum entry fee in any open event will be restricted to one per cent of the total prize-money.
Keywords: All India Chess Federation