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Manipal University to host Asia Pacific Chess for visually challenged from March 22

Manipal: The International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Asia Pacific Chess Championship 2017 for the visually challenged will be organized by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) under the aegis of IBCA and All India Chess Federation from March 22 to 31, 2017 in Manipal University, Manipal.

Addressing media persons, Dr H.S Ballal, Pro Chancellor Manipal University said that the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah is expected to inaugurate the event and sports minister, Pramod Madhwaraj would be present. The championship will be part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Manipal Institute of Technology. Executive Director and joint director, Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL), Kishore Alva who was present at the briefing said that the Adani Group would be too happy to be part of the championship and would extend all support as co-sponsors. 

After the successful conduct of the 11th Individual Chess Championships for the Visually Challenged in Goa and 14th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, the IBCA unanimously awarded the conduct of the 2nd Asia Pacific Chess Championship to India. Manipal University has the honor to play host to this event which is being conducted for the second time since its inception in 1951, in India.

Dr Rajgopal Shenoy, Associate Dean KMC, Manipal, a keen chess enthusiasts said that the championship was one of the biggest international chess events for the visually challenged. National champions and top players will be representing the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The championship will be webcast live and Radio Chess app has been designed to receive live commentary on internet radio as well.

Dr Vinod Nayak, Secretary Manipal University Sports Council said that a maximum of five players would be allowed to participate from a country and 20 countries are expected to be present here. “So far,” he added, “Mongolia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand have confirmed participation”. Vice Chancellor, Dr H. Vinod Bhat said that Manipal University was privileged to host this championship. In 2015, Manipal University had hosted the national championship for the blind. Registrar, Dr Narayan Sabhahit and Director MIT, Dr G.K. Prabhu were also present.

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