“I Choose not to place ‘’Dis” in my ability – Robert M Hensel”
As many as thirty nine players representing six states which included 12 FIDE rated players vied for the top honors’ in the 2nd Physically Disabled National Individual Chess Championship, 2017 which was organized by Chess Federation for Physically Disabled at Pavevendar Bharathidasan College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli. The star attraction of this year’s event was five times of IPCA World Women Champion Women International Master K.Jennitha Anto (Tamil Nadu) and Bronze medalist in IPCA Junior Category Samarth J Rao (Karnataka) and the defending champion FIDE Master Venkata Krishna Karthik (Andhra Pradesh).
The additional glamour of this four days event was the inaugurated by Five times FIDE World Champion Grand Master Viswanathan Anand on 9th November, 2017. A battery of chess players and general public thronged the tournament venue to get an audience with India’s pride. This being a selection event for the Asian and the World Physically Disabled National Individual Chess Championship and also for the para Asian games, the players fought all the seven rounds with more grit and determination. It was very encouraging to note that all the players though fighting against many odds showed true spirit of a sportsman leading to no protest or no complaint.
In the men’s category FIDE Master Venkata Krishna Karthik K (Andhra Pradesh) retained the Physically Disabled National Individual Men’s title with 6.5 points out of possible seven. The champion carried home a cash prize of Rupees Ten Thousand apart from glittering Champion’s Trophy. The runner up was Kannan V (Tamil Nadu) who became richer by Rupees Seven Thousand and the third place was Candidate Master Samrath J Rao (Karnataka). Five times World Champion WIM Jennitha Anto K emerged as the Physiclly Disabled National Individual Women Champion with 5 points. She too carried home the champion’s share of Rupees Ten Thousand. Kanishri R P (Tamil Nadu) finished second with 4 points. Manjula Ramu (Tamil Nadu) was third with 2/5 points. Praneeth KSSRA (Telengana) became the Junior champion with 4 points.
In a glittering closing ceremony Shri. R. A. Krishna Kumar, Executive Director, Dalmia Cements Bharth Ltd., felicitated all (!) the participants In the presence of Ms. Uma Arun, Academic Director, Pavendar Bharathidasan Group of Institutions and Ms. Aamenabai Mariyam Pitchai, Secreatary, Tamil Nadu Physically Disabled Chess Association. Shri.Kanickai Irudaya Raj, Secretary Chess Federation for Physically Disabled proposed vote of Thanks.
|1||Venkata Krishna Karthik K||Andra Pradesh||6½|
|3||Samarth J Rao||Karnataka||5|
|8||GnanaSakthivel A||Tamil Nadu||4½|
|9||Suresh Agarwal||Tamil Nadu||4½|
|Women Prize Winners|
|1||JennithaAnto K.||Tamil Nadu||5|
|2||Kanishri R P||Tamil Nadu||4|
|4||Valarmathi M||Tamil Nadu||2½|
|5||Sathya M||Tamil Nadu||2|
|6||LeemaRoseline C||Tamil Nadu||2|
|7||Jeyarani P||Tamil Nadu||2|
|8||Priya V||Tamil Nadu||2|
|9||Shanthi R||Tamil Nadu||1|
|BOYS JUNIOR PRIZE|
|1||Praneeth K S S R A||Telangana||4|
|2||Aadhithyan S||Tamil Nadu||3|
|BOYS JUNIOR SPECIAL PRIZE|
|1||Arnold Sugadev T||Tamil Nadu||2½|