23 Jan 2023  |   02:01pm IST

Reuben emerges victorious at State senior chess championship

Team Herald

PANJIM: Reuben Colaco, student of Loyola HS Margao defeated Aryan Raiker on the top board in the final round to score 7 ½ pts from 8 rounds to remain undefeated throughout the tournament thus to clinch the State senior chess championship 2022 Title. 

The turning point was when he beat the sole lead Mandar Lad in the crucial 7th round to make his task easy.

Lad Mandar beat Ayush Pednekar on the 2nd board to finish runner up and Rishikesh Parab bt Sudhakar Patgar to remain on the 3rd position. Aryan Raiker had to settle on the 4th place. The top 4 players are selected to represent Goa state for All India Nationals at New Delhi from 22nd December 2022.

The four-day Marathon Chess ended smoothly under the supervision of Chief arbiter Sanjay Kavlekar and Deputy Chief arbiters FA. Swapnil Hoble and FA Gautam Tari. The tournament attracted 72 participants from which 23 were FIDE rated players and  was organised by Quepem Taluka Chess association under the aegis of Goa ad-hoc committee at the Quepem Sports complex.

 The top 20 and also category prizes were awarded to the following players:-

5th to 20th :- Parsekar Anirudh,Amanat Ali, Ayush Pednekar,Rajveer Patil,Saish Fondekar, Ruthvik Raiker, Sudhakar Patgar,Ayush Naik,Alex Sequeira, Saras Powar, Sanket Shamkuwar,Aryavrat Desai,Nivesh Naik,Jennica Sequeira, Shree Ghonsekar,Vipul Kadam.

Age category U-7,9,11,13:- Shresth Ghonsekar, Aryan Naik, Twisha Vaallabh Desai, Redkar Shanvi, Maccaire Gomes,Shaurya Agrasani, Terse Amit Asmi, Rochel Pereira, Pagi Sarvang, Avnish Borker, Racheal Pereira, Tanisha Uday Naik Desai, Aarth Karapurkar, Sahil Sachin Shetty, Shriya Patil, Pushti Bhosle, Best Women Player(Above 18): Veena Gomes ,Best Veteran Player Above 45: Prasad NaikBest Quepem taluka Players: Amrut Naik, Sushant Vaidya,Rudra Kavlekar

 The prizes were given at the hands of Chief Guest Kishor Gauns Dessai(President SanguemTCA), Suhas Naik, Sharendra Naik(Secretary GCA), Kishor Bandekar(Treasurer GCA), Sachin Arolkar(Conveyor Goa ad-hoc committee), Samir Naik(Secretary QTCA), Sanjay Kavlekar(Chief arbiter),Swapnil Hoble(Deputy chief), Gautam Tari(Deputy chief),Amrut Naik, Pritee Pereira.