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Swera wins Tarcar memorial women’s chess tourney

Panjim: Swera Braganca (ELO rating 1642) emerged winner at the Late Shripad Vishnu Kamat Tarcar Memorial Sate Women’s Chess Championship held recently at Media centre, Athletic Stadium, Bambolim.At the end of the seventh round, Swera was the runaway winner, tallying seven points and winning all her matches to lift the title.Gauri Hadkonkar (5 ½ points) was the runner up while WCM Gunjal Chopdekar (5 ½ points) came third in a close finish which had to be settled by the Buchholz tie-break method. Sayuri Naik, Snehal Naik, Tanvi Hadkonkar, Alaina Pereira and Netra Savikar, all with five points each, had to settle for the 4th to 8th places respectively while the 9th and 10th place prizes were won by Riddhi Zantye and Faiziya Khan, who both scored 4 ½ points.
The championship was organised under the aegis of Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association, Goa Chess Association and the Sports Authority of Goa.The top five players will participate at the Women’s National Challengers to be held at Karnataka in July 2017.Outstanding Category prizes were won by Maizah Sayyed (U-7), Keya Phadte (U-9), Sainee F Dessai (U-11), Sarah Fernandes (U-13), Anannya Pandey (U-15) and Dr Pradnya Kakodkar (Women).Sanjeev Dalvi, Director of Health Services was the chief guest for the prize distribution function. [H]

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