Nitish triumphs in Rudreshwar chess
RUDRESHWAR CHAMP: CM Nitish Belurkar, winner of 1st Rudreshwar (Panjim) all-India FIDE rating below 2000 chess tournament, receiving the cheque from Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Vishnu Wagh, MLA, Auduth Timblo, Dr Ashwini Kumar, Dipak Amonkar, Ashesh Keni, Satish Naik, Arvind Mhamal and others at Mira Mar, Friday.
Geno Pharmaceuticals’ CM Nitish Belurkar of Goa scored eight points from nine rounds to emerge champion of 1st Rudreshwar Panjim all-India FIDE rating below 2000 chess tournament organised by Rudreshwar Panjim under the aegis of Goa Chess Association and All India Chess Federation at Mira Mar, here, Friday. He dropped a point when he lost in the 6th round to Anirudh Bhat of Goa. Niraj Saripalli (7.5 points) of Goa took the second spot while WCM Riya Savant (7.5 points) secured the third.
Top 20: Nitish Belurkar (Goa), Niraj Saripalli (Goa), Savant Riya
(Goa), Nikam Ravindra (Mah), D Ashraf Subhani (AP), Yashpal Arora (MP), Cruz Wilson (Goa), Vagesh Tendulkar (Goa), Parag Ravindra Patil (Mah), Dhiraj Patil (Mah), Rajas Chari (Goa), Anirudh V Bhat (Goa), Audi Ameya (Goa), Salil Kumar D (Ker), Shubham R Sawaikar (Goa), Suhas B Asnodkar (Goa), Nitul Khare (MP), Vikram Mukhija (Raj), Gupta Suyash (Mah), Gauri Keshav Hadkonkar (Goa).
Consolation prizes: Best above 40: Vijaya Kumar V,
Sonecha Raju. Best woman players Fernandes Krystal, Nandhini Saripalli. Best unrated players Patekar Anand, Kulkarni Pradip S. Under-15: Karmalkar Deeptesh, Damle Omkar. Under-13: Tushar K, Snehil Shetty. Under-11: Shreyash A Kulkarni, Damale Anwit. Under-9: Chopdekar Gunjal, Swera Ana Braganza. Under-7: Alaina J J Pereira, Leon Mendonca.
Consolation prizes for Goa players: Under-15 – Suyan Belurkar, Riddhi Zantye.
Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Vishnu Wagh, MLA was the guest of honour. Auduth Timblo, chairman of Fomento Group of Companies, presided. Dr Ashwini Kumar, Dipak Amonkar, Ashesh Keni, Satish Naik, Arvind Mhamal and others were present.
Dr Ashwini welcomed. Dipak Amonkar proposed the vote of thanks.