WGM Bhakti hopes Goa becomes chess capital of India

Bhakti Kulkarni, first Goan Woman Grand Master on Saturday inaugurated the 2nd All Goa Open Rapid Chess Tournament organised for late Cdr  Gopal Sukhthankar Memorial trophy by PTA of Mushtifund High School, Panaji in association with Club Gaspar Dias Miramar, under the auspices of Goa Chess Association at Miramar.

Speaking during the inaugural function, Bhakti expressed her wishes and hoped to have many more grand masters from Goa and also hoped that Goa becomes the chess capital of India.
Mr Gaurish Dhond, businessmen and social worker also spoke on the occasion. The tournament was declared open by playing inaugural match between Bhakti Kulkarni and Gaurish Dhond.
The traditional lamp was lighted by Bhakti, Mr Gaurish Dhond, Ms Aparna Chari, headmistress, Mushtifund HSS, Mr Prashant Kuncolkar, chairman, PTA, Ms Beena Shankhwalkar, secretary, PTA and Mr Dattaram Pirye, coordinator.
Mr Sarvendra Padte, teacher of MHSS compered the programme while Mr Sanjay Kaisare proposed the vote of thanks.
The tournament has received tremendous response and over 200 participants have registered for the event. The two day tournament will conclude on Sunday, Sept 16. Various attractive prizes & trophies will be distributed at the prize distribution function to be held at 5 pm on Sunday at the hands of Mr Shripad Naik, MP of North Goa and Mr Gurudatta Bhakta, among other dignitaries. [NT]