New Delhi (30 Sep 11) :-    Finally some payments to officiating coaches of the Indian chess team, an enhanced payments to the arbiters of the game and an assurance of greater transparency through making various State Association more accountable.

The Center Council of All India Chess Federation took some path breaking decisions which will definitely serve as a boost to the game in the country.
Till date, despite chess being a popular sport now at the school level, the officiating coaches for the International events were not paid anything by the national federation and as such the more serious trainers were not interested to be a part of any training regime that works to bring medals for the country.

A payment to be made @ Rs. 2000 could perhaps serve as a perfect prelude to bringing in good coaches under the AICF umbrella. A similar decision was taken for the Arbiters of the game who will see a 25% increase in their pay-package starting January 2012.

Perhaps the best step forward was to make the State Associations more accountable. As such it has been made mandatory by the CC that all State Associations should maintain an informative website and should conduct all the State championships as per norms of AICF.

To encourage more International round-robin events, the AICF has reduced the fee by 50%. Those who are interested in organizing the high level tournaments will now have to pay a fixed fee of Rs. 75000/- instead of the earlier Rs. 1.5 Lakhs.

The CC also gave permission to many players to come back in their fold. It was found that some players were not registered under AICF and were participating in unauthorised tournaments. Following apologies from quite a few of them, notably Joydeep Dutta, the AICF has cleared their participation in official events.

AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan also came up with suggestion of reduced entry fee for players in open tournaments which are rampant in the country. It has been decided that a player will not pay more than one percent of the total prize fund towards the entry fee. 

In other major steps, the CC has proposed reduced registration fee if the age-group State level chess tournaments are FIDE rated.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Pradeep Jain, Vice President AICF and Chairman, Parsvnath Developrs Ltd.   Notable guest included Grandmaster Dibyeyandu Barua, who is also Vice President in AICF, treasurer R M Dongre and members from 20 states chess associations. 

Source: Delhi Chess Association- Official Blog