Jammu, Sep 01:

For the first time, South Asian chess championship started today at Gurjar desh charitable trust in Jammu City.

Total 430 Players and 200 coaches, managers, officials are participating in it. Players from Nepal and Bangladesh are also participating in this event. While, players from Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan did not come even after sending their entries because of Kashmir unrest. Players from 28 states of India are participating in this event.

Sunil Kumar Sharma,  MoS Transport and youth services and sports declared opened the event and appreciated the efforts of All J&K Chess Association for organizing such a mega event in Jammu and kashmir and said it will go a along way in channelizing the energies of the youth in right direction.