Kashmir chess festival concludes

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Mega Chess Festival, which started on March 26 in all 10 districts of the valley concluded on Monday.
Training, demonstrations and events were conducted at various locations by members of All J and K Chess Association under the guidance and planning of Atul Kumar Gupta, President AJKCA.
A spokesperson of AJKCA in a statement said that thousands of players participated in various training camps and events held at various locations simultaneously in different districts.
“Most encouraging thing was girls participated in very large numbers,” the statement said.
The event was sponsored by J&K State Sports Council and initiated by its secretary Dr. Naseem Javaid choudhary.
Various dignitaries inaugurated the events at different headquarters including Secretary Youth Services and Sports , Sarmad Hafeez, Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Dr. Shamin Ahmad , SDM, ADCs , principals of various degree colleges and other dignitaries and officers of sports council.
“All the dignitaries praised the great work by All J and K Chess Association in promoting sports culture and expressed hope that chess will be useful in making smart and mentally sharp citizen,” the statement said.
Chess is played in 186 countries.
“Cash prizes worth Rs.150000 along with 240 medals will be distributed among the winners in mega function in the last week of April. Parents and players thanked the government for such a big platform for youth,” the statement reads.