26th Natnl. U-25 Chess C’ship 2017 begins at JNRM

Contest to hone skills of local talents to achieve big in natnl, international events: CS
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Port Blair
13 Jul 2017

The 26th National Under-25 Chess Championship-2017 got underway in the auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya (JNRM) here on Thursday. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar inaugurated the Championship as the chief guest. Mr B Eswar Rao, Chairperson, PBMC, Mr D V Sunder, Vice President, All India Chess Federation (AICF), Mr G Bhaskar, President, Andaman Nicobar Chess Association (ANCA), Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary AICF, Mr H Dinesh, Secretary ANCA and Mr R R Vasudevan, Chief Arbitrator of the Championship were among others who graced the function. The Championship is being organized by ANCA, under the aegis of the AICF.
Declaring the championship open, the Chief Secretary expressed his desire that Chess be promoted at the youngest level, i.e at school level and urged the officials of the ANCA to work with the Department of Education for introducing the game at the school level. There is needed to encourage young players so that more and more chess talent can come up and compete at national and international level championships like in other games in which Islands have achieved success, he said assuring all possible support from the Administration in various forms.
The Chief Secretary further said that the tournament is the beginning of a big journey in promoting chess in the Islands. It will benefit the young chess players of the Islands and bring them in the higher orders of the game, he said. Islands have good talents in sports and if promoted in the right way, many young players of the Islands will come up as the game belongs to young minds, he said.
About the Championship, the chief guest said that it is a platform for spotting best talents for international chess championships. It provides opportunity to the players to showcase their talents and win. It also provides an opportunity for the players to enjoy the game, make friends and go back home with sweet memories about these beautiful Islands and the peace loving people, he said wishing all the participants their best.
Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, while speaking on the occasion expressed gratitude the A&N Administration and the members of ANCA for the cooperation and the hospitality extended to them for organizing the Championship. This Championship will surely leave foot print for the development of Chess in the Islands, he said.
Mr D V Sunder highlighted the activities of AICF in promoting Chess in the country and said that AICF had nurtured chess talents, who are now international chess masters. At present, 82 of the 122 participants in this Championship are graded players and the objectives of this Championship is to select players for participating in Asian and World chess championship, he said. There are 5 grand masters in India and AICF is striving to broadbase the game of Chess and to lift the status of the game in the country, he added.
As many as 122 players from 19 states of the country, including A & N Islands are participating in the Championship. The Nicobarese students of JNRM presented a welcome song on the occasion.
Earlier, Mr G Bhaskar welcomed the gathering. Mr Abhijit Agrawal, Vice President ANCA proposed the vote of thanks.