With the 11-month impasse in the governance of Indian chess ending following the election of office-bearers of All India Chess Federation, a change for the better is expected.

The new AICF president Sanjay Kapoor and a third-time secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan are staring at the mess in chess administration and other logistical challenges.

The youngest AICF president at 45, Kapoor heads the Uttar Pradesh Chess Sports Association and is Chairman, Kanpur Cricket Association. Retained secretary, Chauhan enjoys a player-friendly image and sticks to ear-to-the-ground approach.

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“Having witnessed how the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) functions, I would like to bring in some of those benefits to chess administration. My first priority is to ensure that each affiliate get its share from the revenue generated…

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