Kozhikode: Defending Champion N Abdul Majeed, PK Arjun from Kerala, Cheniram Pegu from Assam and Malleswar Rao from Andhra Pradesh will be among 100 renowned chess players who are all set to participate in the five-day long All India Open Chess Tournament from March 3.

The tournament will be held under CAI Chess Carnival 2012 programme.

Speaking to reporters, PT Ummer Koya, chairman, Organising Committee and former FIDE vice-president, informed the tournament carries a prize money of Rs 1 lakh.

FIDE rated players, including ANK Jose, K Chandramohan, K Mohanan, Dheerendrakumar Das, Anirban Basu and Calicut University Champion NK Anwar are also expected to take part, he said.

International Arbiter K Ratnakumar would be the Chief Arbiter for the tournament, Koya said.