PANJIM: Top seed Maheshwaran P. of TN emerged champion at
GVM HSS PTA All-India open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament in Ponda.
Sauravh Kherdekar of Railways got the second place and Santoshkashyap H. of Karnataka finished third.
Anish Gandhi, Kunal M., Rishubh Naik, Anilkumar O.T., Cyrus Pereira, Abhijit Manohar, Ameya Audi, Sammed Shete, Visveshwar A., Anirudh Bhat, Shubham Sawaikar, Ajeesh Antony, Deeptesh Karmalkar, Nandini Saripalli, Rajaryan Kuvelkar, Anant Prabhudesai, Gauri Hadkonkar, Wilson Cruz, Bhimappa Harijan, Parag Patil, Suhas Asnodkar and Vibhav Gandre got fourth to 25th places respectively in open category.
Lavoo Mamledar, MLA, was the chief guest and gave the prizes. Ashesh Keni (president GCA), Bhaskar Khandeparkar (qChairman GVM), Krishna Shetye (chairman, GVM HSS PTA), principal A. K. Kamat, Dr Shantanu Gauns, Amogh Namshiker were among those present.
Consolation prizes were awarded to: Best unrated players Vaishnavi Gaonkar, Tanad Bandodkar. Best Goan players - Barath M., Shaunak Kuncolienkar. Best women player Urvi Bandekar. Best U-15(Nat.) boys Rajas Chari, U-15(Nat.) girls Sayani Kerkar. Best U-13(Nat.) boys Vageesh Tendulkar. Best U-13(Nat.) girls Apurva Naik. Best U-11(Nat.) boys Sachin Pradeep. Best U-11(Nat.) girls Riddhi Zantye. Best U-9 (Nat.) boys Madhavan G. Best U-9 (Nat.) girls Krystal Fernandes. Best U-7 (Nat.) boys Shivank Kuncolienkar. Best U-7 (Nat.) girls Alaina Pereira. Best U-15 (Goan) boy Mrinal Telang. Best U-15 Goan) girl Disha Verenker. Best U-13 (Goan) boy Preet Kadam. Best U-13 (Goan) girl Sonali Kerkar. Best U-11 (Goan) boy Tushar K. Best U-11 (Goan) girl Aditee Prabhugaonkar. Best U-9 (Goan) boy Vraj Porob. Best U-9 (Goan ) girl Shambavi Gaonkar. Best U-7 (Goan) boy Om Barde. Best U-7 (Goan) girl Mayuri Chari.