30th Spic FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament
30th episode of SPIC FIDE Rated Chess Tournament gave enjoyment to the participants and parents more than the last year. Mr. Gnanasekaran from Chennai informed that he has been playing continuously for 20 years without any break. There are players like Mr. Gnasekaran, regularly visiting the Spic tournament. For some players and parents it helped a pilgrimage to Thiruchendur. This year organizer has arranged transport facilities to Thiruchendur. Spic is providing accommodation to the players and the parents and people are getting interest to participate in this tournament.
5th seed, 17 years old M. Barath Kalyan of Pattukottai won the title in 30th SPIC FIDE Rated Open Chess tournament at Spic Nagar Thoothukudi, he collected 7 point in 8 rounds and won the Winner’s trophy and pocketing a cash prize of Thirty five thousand rupees.
Pranatheeswar of Salem became the champion in Non-medalist section with 7.5 points. The Chief Guest for the function was Shri. S. Saravanan IAS Deputy Collector Thoothukudi District gave away the prizes. Shri Manuel Aaron, India’s first International Master, 9 times National champion, Arjuna award winner felicitated the event. Mr. Denim Mathew E C member Thoothukudi District Chess Association, welcomed the gathering and Mr. AL Subramanian Secretary, Thoothukudi District Chess Association proposed the vote of thanks.
Earlier, the 30th SPIC FIDE Rated Open Chess tournament got underway at Spic Silver Jubilee Hall, Spic Nagar, Thuthukudi from 24th September 2017. The event attracted 300 players in Medalist section out of which 199 players are FIDE Rated. Players from Kerala, Jharkhand, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu participated.
In Non-Medalist section there are 242 players. Spic is the only organization in Tamil Nadu which is conducting chess tournament for Non- medalist players regularly.
Kunal of Trichy was the top seed. Participation of an International Master C Praveen Kumar of ICF gave glamour to the tournament. The total prize fund of the event was Two Lakhs in medalist section, out of which, Rs. 35000/- was reserved to the winner. The total prize fund for Non medalist was Rs.23000/- The tournament was declared open by Shri. S R Pattanayak,Harbour Master VOC Port. Five players scored 7 points in eight rounds but better tie break helped master M.Barath Kalyan, the seventeen years old boy from Pattukottai won the title. M Kunal, become the runner up in this tournament.