Chennai, Oct 1 (UNI) Nearly 250 players will be seen in action in the Canara Bank National Sub-junior Boys and Girls Chess Championship beginning were tomorrow till October 10.
The Championship would be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Sports and Environment Minister T P M Mohideen Khan.
This championship would be an 11-round Swiss tournament. About 150 boys and 96 girls from all over the country would vie for honours. The championship offers a prize money of Rs 1.35 lakh. It ends on October 10.
The top three boys and top three girls of this championship would represent India at the Asian and World Chess Championships in 2008.
Among the Andhra Pradesh entries are National 'A' players M R Lalith Babu and Mehar Chinna Reddy.
Karnataka's Girish Koushik the World U-10 Champion, Vizag's Ch Mohineesh, the World U-8 champion, N Srinath, former World U-12 Champion, and Tamil Nadu's International Master M Shyam Sundar are also in the fray.
Three of the five member Indian U-16 team, which won the World Youth Chess Olympiad at Singapore in August -- B Adhiban (TN), S Nitin (TN) and Swayams Mishra (Orissa) -- start as favourites along with International Master elect S P Sethuraman of Chennai. The reigning Asian Under-10 champion Shardul Gagare (Maharashtra) would also make his presence felt.
Among the girls are popular stars Devangi Patankar (Mah), Pon N Krithiga (TN, former Asian U-12 Champion), World Under-8 Girls bronze medallist M Mahalakshmi (TN) and World U-10 Girls Champion CH Sahajasri (AP).
Debasish Barua of Kolkatta would be the Chief Arbiter.