Players protest cut in prize money

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Leading chess players participating in the Pune International Chess Festival today wore black badges to protest against the 10% prize money cut.

Players protest cut in prize money

Pune:

Leading chess players participating in the Pune International Chess Festival today wore black badges to protest against the ten per cent prize money cut effected by the All India Chess Federation. Four of the five Indian players playing in the Catgeory-16 Super Grandmasters tournament along with some others in the Open tournament wore black badges making it the first such protest in a Chess tournament in India. A section of the players including seven Grandmasters had earlier lodged a plea with the AICF Secretary P T Ummer Koya to withdraw the prize money cut as announced by the AICF after the last General Body Meeting. But Koya said that he is yet to receive any direct complaint from the players. He also added that he could do little in the matter as the decision to deduct the prize money was taken at the AGM held in New Delhi. (PTI)



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