Indian Trio sweep Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged
The ten day long Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged, organized by Manipal University, came to an end on March 31 with a valedictory ceremony at the TMA Pai Hall. The Indian trio Kishan Ganguli, Makwana Ashvin K and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan secured Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively in the tournament.
Mr. Charudatta Jadhav, Founder and President of All India Chess Federation (AICFB) shared a message sent by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the closing ceremony, in appreciation of the tournament.
Dr. Vinod Nayak, Secretary Sports Council, Manipal University, pleased with the success of the event said, “It gives us immense satisfaction to have organized this event on such a large scale.Doing something for the visually challenged is something really great. We will definitely try to continue this event in the coming years.”
Twenty-Two players from Bangladesh, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka competed in the tournament with a total of eight rounds.”We were expecting more overseas participants but due to personal issues, they could not make it. In fact, the team from Mongolia had booked tickets till Delhi but realized only later that Manipal was farther away. They were unable to get sponsors and so the team could not fly down to Manipal,” said Majunath M, representative of the All India Chess Federation for Blind’s and Chief Orbiter of the tournament.
The hospitality extended by the university was appreciated by the participants.Rodolfo D. Sarmiento from the Philippines said, “People have been very kind to us especially the Manipal officials. They took us to a musical concert as well. This is one of the best experiences I have had during my stay here.”
Charudatta Jadhav announced that the annual Braille chess tournament will commence this December in Hyderabad and will be exclusively for Indian players.
Edited by: Shreya Job
Featured image courtesy: Adwitiya Shukla
The author is a freelance contributor.