Vernon defends U-7 crown


Defending champion Vernon Colaco of Manovikas English Medium School, Margao retained his under-7 state chess crown in the open category while Sanvi Naik Gaonkar of Mahila Nutan HS, Margao secured the top spot in the girls category in the state championship organized by Bardez Taluka Chess Association and Saraswat Vidhyalaya Caculo College under the aegis of Goa Chess Association.
Vernon took home Rs 1,500 and a trophy. Standing (Second to sixth): Leon Mendonca, Pratik Borkar, Manthan Rane, Aryan Naik, Jugan Rodrigues.
Standings (girls):  Sanvi Naik Gaokar, Alaya D’Cruz, Stuti Pai, Sampatti Vaigankar, Sayun Naik, Sainee Desai.
In all, 35 players from seven talukas participated.
The top two in each category will represent Goa in the national under-7 chess championship in Maharashtra.
Chief guest Pradeep Joshi and Arvind Mhamal, secretary GCA gave away the prizes. Jayesh Churi compered. Vishwas Pilankar welcomed. Secretary Suhas Asnodkar proposed the vote of thanks. Earlier, Dr Santosh Patkar inaugurated the tournament. [H]