Niraj emerges speed king

Niraj Saripalli (1994) scored eight points from nine rounds to emerge champion in all-Goa rapid chess tournament organized by Ratna Diva Sports and Cultural Association in association with Hoble Parivar under the aegis of Goa Chess Association (GCA) in Vasco, Sunday.

In all, 133 including 23 FIDE rated players participated.

Sanjil Hoble secured the second spot with 7.5 points while M Bharath (1719) also finished with 7.5 points but had to settle for the third spot followed by Rajas Chari, Shane Braganza, Sahil Shetty, Gaurav Madkaikar, Kanthak PM, Gunjal Chopdekar, Swera Braganza.

Other prizes — Under-7 boys: Suyash Pai, Sharath Shanbhag; girls: Alaina Pereira, Vidhi Gawde. U-9 boys: Vraj Porob, Jayesh Shettigar; girls: Krystal Fernandes, Pranali Naik. U-11 boys: Anirudh Parsekar, K Tushar; girls: Sachi Bandodkar, Yuga Gosavi. U-13 boys: Saeesh Bandodkar, Tanad Bandodkar; girls: Urvi Bandodkar, Exita Patekar. U-15 boys: Sharmad Bodke, Abhinav Sawant; girls Dhanvi Fondekar, Rama Sirisha. Youngest players: Sahil Dessai, Mayuri Chari. Best veterans: Kiran Chopdekar, Sadanand Rawal. Best locals: Rajat Vaskar, Shaikh Mohammed, Kambli Dutta, M Somdutt, Mendonca Rajiv, Naik Shvesh, Madkaikar Sakshi, Gosavi Harshal, Mendonca Xena, Rudresh Phadte.

Sanjay Kavlekar was the chief arbiter and was assisted by Swapnil Hoble and Gautam Tari.

Saifulla Khan was the chief guest for the function. [H]