AICF To Initiate An Enquiry
According to a press release by AICF, AICF is strongly objecting to a resolution passed by Bengal Chess Association to not invite Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Grand Master Deep Sengupta for any chess functions.
Office bearers of Bengal Chess Association are said to have taken a decision in that regard and AICF had no clue about it till it was brought to their notice a few days back.
The release further states that AICF stands for its players and said Ganguly and Sengupta are players who brought laurels to this nation. To try to sideline them is never our agenda and we strongly stand by all our players irrespective of their standing. All the chess players in the country are a part of AICF family.
And anyone trying to damage their interests or goodwill will not be a part of AICF in any capacity. AICF does not approve the Bengal Chess Association’s move to stop a nine year old girl to participate in chess tournaments.
It is learnt that Bengal Chess has also stopped one nine year old girl to participate in chess tournaments. The charges are again against Bengal Chess Association Secretary Atanu Lahiri and the AICF wishes to inform all involved that we do not approve of this. No player can be stopped from playing chess. This is the motto of AICF, said the release.
A mail was received from Atanu Lahiri that a certain tournament in Kolkata was not approved by the local association and hence cannot be organized, said the release. Mr. Lahiri or anyone in any capacity in either AICF or any other State Association or district association are not empowered to stop any chess tournament organized by anyone.