Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2015-12-22 17:33 Manipal: Manipal University will be hosting the First National Open FIDE rated Chess Tournament and National B Chess Championship for the Blind from December 26 to 30 for the TMA Pai Memorial Trophy, in association with the Udupi district Chess association. Both the events carry a prize money of Rs 3 lakhs and Rs 70,000 respectively and will be held at TMA Pai halls of KMC, Manipal. In addition, cash prizes will be given to best veteran players in the above 60 and 70 categories and Rs 12,000 each will be given to the first three. Trophies will be given to boys and girls up to the fifth place in the five age group starting from Under-8 to Under-16. Cash prizes and trophies will also be given to unrated players who finish in the top five. A total of 350 players have registered for the National Open FIDE rated tournament and 132 for the National B Blind championship. During the championship for the blind, players to represent the country at international meets will also be selected. A large number of rated players will be seen in action and the cynosure of all eyes will be international masters, DV Prasad (Rating 2345), Ravi Hegde, Tej Kumar (Rating 2439) and Gahan (Rating 2255) of Karnataka. Vasanth BH of Bangalore will be the chief arbiter for the FIDE Rated Tournament and Manjunath M of Shimoga will be the chief arbiter for National B chess for the blind. The youngest participant is five-year-old Sarthak Anand Devadiga of Udupi and the oldest is 75-year-old Brahmaih VJ of Mysore with a rating of 1351. Another rated player on view will be Samarth J Rao (1320). Hailing from Udupi, Samarth is now in Honnavar. He won a bronze medal at the Slovakia championship for the disable in June this year. Elaborate arrangement have been made for the stay of the players in the MIT hostels. As a goodwill gesture, the University management has decided to extend the boarding and lodging facilities free to the blind participants, and free lunch to the players of the FIDE rated tournament.