Manipal witnesses first inter-collegiate online chess tournament
Manipal: The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) bagged top spots on the podium of the Manipal University International Inter-Collegiate Chess Tournament. Organised by Kasturba Medical College (KMC) on the 20th and 21st of September, at the counselling hall of the university, it was the first edition of the tournament to use technology to involve international participation.
After some intense five rounds of play, in which each player got just an hour to checkmate their opponent, the six-man MIT A team comprising of Tarun M, Vaibhav Bhat, Sanath Mharolkar, Vikalp Shukla, Rithvik Kishore and Deepika Giridhar, topped the pool with their college counterparts, the MIT B team, finishing second.
While the tournament is held every year, the 2017 edition was the first one to witness the use of technology, as online chess was introduced to connect players from Dubai and Jaipur campuses of Manipal University. Audio-visual aids for players were also available. “This is the first time in the history of inter-collegiate chess competitions that players from abroad have been connected through the online medium,” said Sakshat UK, the Chief Arbiter of the tournament. “The online connectivity has made this year’s tournament much better compared to previous years. In the coming years, we hope to expand our participation strength by including the Sikkim and Malaysia campuses as well,” added Harish Kumar, the Technical Arbiter of the tournament.
The tournament witnessed participation from 19 Manipal University college teams, which included 15 teams from the Manipal campus, two teams from the Mangalore campus and one team each from the Dubai and Jaipur campuses. Every institute’s team comprised of six of their best players, out of which four players played the match and the remaining two acted as substitutes. “This was the first time that the Jaipur and Dubai campuses were involved. The whole idea of putting technology into use is something we all liked, and it was implemented in a proper way, so I’d like to call it a success,” said Konapur Rahul, a third-year student at the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) and the captain of their side.
Edited by Pravin C
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