Gangtok, Dec 19
Grandmaster Aravindh Chithambaram of Tamil Nadu emerged as the champion of the National Senior Chess Championship 2019 held here at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology [SMIT], Majhitar in East Sikkim. He secured nine and a half points to lift the champions’ trophy. Likewise, International Master, Akash G of Tamil Nadu stood on the second position with eight and a half points and International Master Ravi Teja S of RSPB finished on the third position with eight and a half points in the premier national chess championship of India. The winner has received the cash prize of Rs five lakhs, while Rs four lakhs give to first runner-up and Rs three lakhs to second runner-up.
In the top ten positions in the championship, Vaibhav Suri of Delhi stood on the fourth position, Anurag Mhamal of Goa on fifth, Lalith Babu MR of PBPB on sixth, Visakh NR of Tamil Nadu on seventh, Himanshu Sharma of Haryana on eighth, Konguvel Ponnuswamy of PSPB on ninth and Kunte Abhijit of PSPB on tenth position. A total of prize money of Rs 20 lakhs have been provided to top ten players of the championship.
The ten-day long prestigious championship is being organized by Sikkim Chess Association [SCA] on behalf of All India Chess Federation [AICF] and supported by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India. A total of 192 top-rated players from different States, Union Territories, and PSUs have been participating in the championship included 19 Grandmasters and 25 International Masters.
The closing ceremony of the championship held this evening, which has the former Indian football team captain, Bhaichung Bhutia as the chief guest and Secretary of Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kuber Bhandari as the guest of honor.
In his address, the chief guest has congratulated SCA for conducting the premier national chess championship in a grand and successful manner for the first time in Sikkim and the entire north-eastern region. He also thanked the AICF for given an opportunity to Sikkim to host such a prestigious championship.
Mr Bhutia also shared about an instance of his interaction with grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in the past. He stated that chess was always a major sport of the country and expressed his best wishes for the further growth of Indian chess. He also congratulated winners and participants in the championship and encouraged them to do better in the future.
Secretary to Sports & Youth Affairs Department congratulated SCA team led by Mahendra Dhakal for making the State proud by conducted a premier chess championship in grand and successful manner for the first time in the entire north-eastern region. While congratulated participants in the championship, Mr Bhandari referred them as future stars and ambassadors of the country to shine the name of India in the international level. He further encouraged them to always remain motivated and to go ahead with their best efforts.
Earlier, chief arbiter of the championship, Dharmendra Kumar gave a brief report of this 10-day long championship. He also appreciated efforts of SCA and Mahendra Dhakal for hosted the biggest national chess championship of the country in a successful manner. An International Master, Anup Deshmukh has also shared his experience of the championship.