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All India Chess Federation

All India Chess Federation
Sport Chess
Jurisdiction National
Founded 1951
Affiliation FIDE
Headquarters Administrative office
Room No 70, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Chennai - 600003
President J C D Prabhakar
Secretary V Hariharan

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. Its current headquarters is in Chennai.

Charges of bureaucratic interference

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. The same year the AICF was accused of arbitrarily banning grandmaster G N Gopal 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.

The current president is the owner of India Cements.


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

Affiliated state bodies

Special units


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