Vasant Naik wins Sukhthankar memorial chess tournament

PANAJI: Vasant Naik won the second All Goa Open Rapid Chess Tournament, organised, in memory of late Lcdr Gopal S Sukhthankar, by Parent Teacher Association of Mushtifund High School, Panaji in association with Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias, Miramar under the auspices of Goa Chess Association.

Mr Shripad Naik, MP (North Goa) and president of Goa Olympic Association awarded the championship trophy to Vasant during the prize distribution function held on Sunday evening.

Mr Gurudatta Bhakta, secretary general of Goa Olympic Association was the guest of honour. Mr Gaurish Dhond, businessmen and social worker and Mr Ashish Keni, president of Goa Chess Association were present as special invitees.

The second place in open category was bagged by Wilson Cruz, while last year’s champion Rushabh Naik secured third place and Anant Prabhudessai bagged the fourth place. The other top 16 players were: Amey Audi, Niraj Saripalli, PM Kantak, Anirudha Bhat, Vagesh Tendulakr, Sumit Asnodkar, M Bharat, Nandini Saripalli, Prasanna Swamy, Diptesh Karamalkar, Rajat , Riddhi Zantye, Pradeep Kulkarni, Shiv Swamy, Shane Braganza, Snehil Shetty.

In U-7 category, Shivnak Kuncolienkar, Sahil Dessai, Chopdekar Gunjal,Alaina Pereira bagged the prizes

In U-9 category, the first four prizes were bagged by Jayesh Shettigar, Viraj Parab, Svera Braganza, and Merlynn Mendonca.

In U-11 category winners were: Milind Gawas, Saish Avdi, Aditi Prabhugaokar and Sakshi Naik Gaokar.

In U-13, Saurabh Prabhu, Tanad Bandodkar, Sonali Kelkar, and Aishwarya Thorat were the winners.

The following players of Mushtifund High School were awarded special prizes: Vaibhav Pednekar, Sumukh Pinge, Sriram Parab, Sweta Koyande, Chetan Mahale, Ishika Chopdekar, Rohit Naik, Aditya Wagh, Vedant Dessai, Pranav Shirodkar. All these players were awarded trophies and cash prizes sponsored by Ms Aarti Sukhthankar, ex-Headmistress of Mushtifund High School who instituted these prizes in memory of her late father LcCdr Gopal Sukhthankar.

Special prizes for four promising players that were sponsored by Professor Vikas Chodankar of Goa Engineering College were awarded to Milind Gawas, Sonali Kerkar, Vaibhav Pednekar and Sumukh Pinge.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shripad Naik lauded the effort taken by players and their parents and stressed on the importance of sports for a healthy life. Earlier, Mr Prashant Kuncoliekar, chairman of Mushtifund PTA welcomed the gathering. Ms Aparna Chari, Headmistress and Ms Arti Sukhthankar also spoke on the occasion.

Mr Ramrao Wagh introduced the guests, Mr Sunil Kher proposed the vote of thanks while Ms Soniya Sulakhe compered the programme. Mr Dattaram Pinge, chief arbitrator announced the winners while Ms Beena Shankhwalkar, Secretray, PTA coordinated the prize distribution function. The guests were presented with mementoes at the hands of Mr Prashant Kuncolikar.