Chennai, Dec 23 (UNI) The next National 'B' Chess Championship to be held in Goa in 2008 will be a Grandmaster Norm Tournament.
A decision to this effect was taken at the Central Council meeting of the All India Chess Federation Central Council held here.
The meeting chaired by the AICF President N Srinivasan, also approved reducing of the National 'A' to a 14-player event with 11 players qualifying from the National 'B' and three players seeded from the National 'A'.
The National Women 'A' will be a 12 player event with nine players qualifying from the National Women 'B' and three players seeded from the National Women 'A'.
The Indian team for all future Chess Olympiads, Men and Women would be selected from the FIDE rating list.
For the Dresden Olympiad in 2008, April 2008 rating list would be the selection criteria for men and women.
AICF Secretary D V Sundar said a new event, National Schools Championship would make it to the National Chess Calendar and the details were being worked out.
A total of 20 National Championships were taken by ten State Chess Associations for the year 2008. They included National A 2008 (Karnataka), National 'B' 2008 (Goa), National Women 'A' (Delhi), National Women 'B' (Kerala), National U-25 (Men) (Bihar), National U-19 (Boys/Girls) (Andhra Pradesh), National U-17 (Boys/Girls) (Puducherry), National U-15 (Boys/Girls) (Karnataka), National U-13 (Boys/Girls) (Tamil Nadu), National U-11 (Boys/Girls) (Gujarat), National U-9 (Boys/Girls) (Delhi), National U-7 (Boys/Girls) (Maharashtra), National Rapid (Men) (Andhra Pradesh).