Mangalore Jul 3: Within a short span of its inception, the South Kanara District Chess Association (R) has crossed milestone in chess.
"All India Fide Rated Open Chess Tournament" under aegis of the South Kanara District Chess Association took off today here at Radhakrishna Temple Hall, Mangalore. The Tournament which will be held here from today July 2 to July 7th, is the first of its kind in the coastal belt. More than 300 players from all over the country are expected to participate in this mega event including 150 FIDE rated players, according to the association.
The tournament was inaugurated by Sri D.V. Sundar, General Secretary of All India Chess Federation, Chennai at 10a.m. T.Damodar Pai, D.G.M. of Canara Bank, M.R. Vasudeva, Director of Mangalore Airport, Sri Yogish Bhat, M.L.A., Grand Master Mr. Praveen Thipsey were also present as the Guests of honour.
State / National players of the South Kanara District Ms.K.Manasa, Viani D'Cunha, Gahan M.G.,Ananthram R.U., former State Champion Sriram Kote, former National 'A'player Gopal Krishna P., Prakash V.Rao, Vishwas Saralaya, Venessa D'Souza, Shalon J.Pais, Lenita Mathias and others are also participating in the event.
The International Masters Atanu Lahiri (Fide rating - 2279), Saptarshi Roy (2417) from West Bengal, Anup Deshmukh (2247) from Maharashtra, R.R.Laxman (2282), P.Konguel (2381) from Tamil Nadu, N.Sudhakar Babu (2340) representing Indian Bank, D.P.Singh (2466) from Jharkhand, and the youngest IM of our country 15 years old Shyamsundar (2247) are also participating in this Tournament.
Players from as far as Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi, West Bangal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Pondichery will be arriving in Mangalore in big numbers to participate in this major event.
The Prize distribution and valedictory ceremony will be held on 7th July, at 3-30 P.M., the Karnataka Bank Chairman Sri Ananthakrishna, Sri A.Mohan Rao, General Manager, Corporation Bank, Sri Krishna Palemar, M.L.A., South Zone I.G.P. Sri H.N.S. Rao will be the Chief Guests and will be distributing the prizes to the winners.
The South Kanara District Chess Association in its press release has stated that it is planning 1 National, 4 State level and 6 District and Inter-District tournaments every year. Special training for District players selected for State / National events is also planned apart from the ongoing chess training. With these continuous efforts the prime aim of the District Association is to create a platform for Chess playes and support them to perform in the National and International events.