1st Gnana Vidhya Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament has being organized by Gnana Vidhya Chess Academy supported by Master Mind Chess Academy under the Aegis of AICF, TNSCA & TLRDCA. The opening ceremony got underway at the Dhanakotti Ammal Thirumana Mahal, Vanagaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu on July 26, 2018 where Lion P. Elangovan, Past Multiple Council inaugurated the event by making the first move. Also present on the dias, were Mrs. Manamallee, Principal, Jaya Jaya sankara International School, Lion Dhanasekar, Lions Club of Karambakkam, Porur; Mr. N. Rajashekara IPS, Dy. Supernatant of Police, Bangalore and Mr. Balaji, Mumbai. Mr. S.Balaraman, I.A. Chief Arbiter of the tournament welcomed all participants. This 8 round Swiss System tournament embraced 335 players from almost of the states of India and from two other federation such as Norway and USA.
M.Kunal of Tamil Nadu emerged as champion with 7.5 points out of possible 8 rounds. In the final round he draw with P.Phoobalan of ICF took home the winners cash fund of Rs. 35,000 and a glittering trophy. M. Bharat Kalyan with 7 points and Ram S. Krishnan with 6.5 points finished second & third respectively. Lion R.Suresh MJF, District Governer, Madambakkam distributed the prizes to the winners of the tournament.