Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua today returned to competitive chess after a gap of three years in the Xtra Time All India Open Rapid FIDE Rating Chess Tournament 2017 at Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra here.
Dibyendu and his wife Saheli Dhar Barua were the star attraction in the two-day tournament where four GMs, five IMs and one WGM among 159 players are vying for Rs 6 lakh prize money.
Talking about his participation, an excited Dibyendu said, "Both of us last played competitive chess during Commonwealth Chess Championship in July 2014. Since then we have not taken part in any tournament. We thought about participating since it was a rapid rating chess tournament."
"We need to have this kind of tournament more, then only we can improve the general standard. At the same time I would request the Bengal players to take part in this kind of tournament. The parents need to encourage them to participate in these tournaments. I should thank the organisers for such an event," he added.
WGM Saheli Dhar Barua did not hide her excitement on participating in the tournament.
"I wasn't sure I was playing even an hour back. It was a last minute decision. Result wise I do not have much expectation. It's mainly to enjoy playing chess with the talented kids here," she said.
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