All India Chess Federation

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All India Chess Federation
AICF logo.jpg
Sport Chess
Jurisdiction National
Abbreviation AICF
Founded 1951
Affiliation FIDE
Headquarters Administrative office
Room No 70, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Chennai – 600003
President J C D Prabhakar
Secretary V Hariharan
Official website

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) (Hindi: अखिल भारतीय शतरंज महासंघ) is central administrative body for the game of chess in India. Founded in 1951, the federation is affiliated to Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the world body for chess. The AICF has produced champions Viswanathan Anand, Manuel Aaron, Dibyendu Barua and Parimarjan Negi. The organisation is also in charge of managing women's chess in India.[1] Its current headquarters is in Chennai.

Charges of bureaucratic interference[edit]

AICF has been repeatedly accused of bureaucratic incompetence. In October 2009, chess Grandmaster Humpy Koneru (then female world No. 2) accused the AICF secretary DV Sundar of preventing her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin.[2][3] The same year the AICF was accused of arbitrarily banning grandmaster G N Gopal[4] for not playing in a match (the ban was subsequently revoked).

Inv 2012, the AICF president N Srinivasan, was criticised for not supporting Viswanathan Anand in World Chess Championship 2010, by not trying to host the match in India.[5]

The current president is the owner of India Cements.[6]


Till date the federation has more than 30 affiliated state associations, 16 special members and 23 recognised academies as its constituents.[1] Here is a list of them:[1][7]

Affiliated state bodies[edit]

Special units[edit]

  • AAI Sports Control Board
  • Air India Sports Promotion Board
  • All India Chess Federation for the Blind
  • BSNL Sports and Cultural Board
  • Defence Accounts Sports Control Board
  • Delhi Development Authority
  • Indian Bank Central Sports Committee
  • LIC Sports Promotion Board
  • Ordnance Factory Board
  • Petroleum Sports Control Board
  • Railway sports Promotion Board
  • Services Sports Control Board


AICF has also played host to a number of major world events in India. Some of them are:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "All India Chess Federation". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Koneru Humpy accuses AICF secretary of harassment". 23 October 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Humpy replies to Sundar – issues open challenge". 2009-10-25. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Players’ body backs ‘barred’ Gopal - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "AICF boss plays chess, but only in the BCCI". Times of India. 1 May 2010.  the world champion faced an... inconsiderate All India Chess Federation, which showed no interest in the world championship match when bids were invited last year. The AICF, incidentally, is headed by someone who is also the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
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  7. ^ "All India Chess Federation". Official Website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 

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