Commonwealth Chess Championship 2016 will be held by The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka on behalf of FIDE and The Commonwealth Chess Association at Waskanduwa , Sri Lanka. Citrus Hotel is expected to be the venue for the tournament as well as for accommodation. The tournament will Commence on 30/7/2016 with a technical meeting which will be followed by an Inaugural Function on the very next day. Final Round of the tournament with the Prize Distribution Function is planned for 6/8/2016. Total prize money of the tournament will be Rs. 25,00,000/- which will be divided into different categories. Prize for the 1st position will be Rs. 3,00,000/- and Rs. 2,50,000/- for the 2nd position.
Categories for price will be divided by age groups and other factors like Open, Women, Senior (Above 60 years), Under-20, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12, Under-10 and Under-8. Last date for registration lapsed on 29th June which was to be made with a registration fees of $75. Each Commonwealth country can send one boy and one girl in each category except for the senior category. Standard 9 Round swiss rules will apply to every match with the time limitation of 90 min. from first move and duration of 30 sec for every move.
Last years Open Champion Abhijeet Gupta will not be representing India this year. Yet India has always been a dominant country in the commonwealth tournaments and is expected to win medals in most of the categories. As for the last four years India has been maintaining its top position in the tournament, since 2012 every year gold medal for open champion is won by an Indian. This can also be a factor that this year’s representative will be quiet confident as well as a bit nervous. But we’re expecting India to win big this year too, but you never know what surprise the tournament brings unless it starts.
Stay tuned for more updates about the matches and names of the players in each category. Details regarding the opening ceremony will also be updated soon and the drum rolling comencment of Round 1 is also around the corner.