All India Chess Federation took an important decision to revoke a one year ban on Grand Master G.N. Gopal. The decision was taken at the Central Council and Annul General Meeting in Chennai. Grand Master G.N. Gopal finally got the justice!
Another major decision was taken to change the National Championship's (National ‘A’) format. The new format comprises, a 13 round Swiss league event.
In the last year, Indian Grandmaster G.N. Gopal’s decision to skip the 46th National ‘A’ chess championship proved costly. The All India Chess Federation (AICF) took disciplinary action against the player.
Disciplinary action by AICF
The All India Chess Federation (AICF) decided not to recommend Grandmaster G.N. Gopal who had skipped the last National ‘A’ championship despite being warned by the federation to represent India in any official tournaments for a year with immediate effect. That, in effect, put the Kochi-based player out of any official Indian team for one year. He was, however, free to play in tournaments for which he is personally invited.
The decision was taken in Chennai at the AICF Central Council meeting, which found his reasons for staying away from the last National ‘A’ championship held in Mangalore last December,
and playing in a tournament overseas instead, not satisfactory.
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