Nagpur News: Akash Thakur, on Tuesday, won Maharashtra State Open FIDE Chess Tournament. Akash won the tournament with 8 points out of possible 9 points. While Mumbai Railway player IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni secured runners-up position and FM Saurabh Kherdekar became second runners-up.
Retired Chief Justice, V K Shirpurkar was the chief guest on the occasion. Rameshbabu Bang was guest of honour. Other guest who shared the dais were vice-president of Raisoni Group, Hemant Sonare, President of South Indan Education Society, Subramanian, Secretary Maharashtra Chess Association, Dilip Pagay, Working President, Vidarbha Chess Association, Manoj Itkelwar, President, Nagpur Taluka Chess Association, Sanjay Dahale and President of Parents Chess Association, Abhay Shrivastava.
In all 230 chess players from all over Maharashtra took part in the tournament. In total 66 prizes were distributed in cash and trophies in the prize ceremony.
Swapnil Bansod was the chief arbiter of the tournament while Pravin Takare was his deputy. He was also assisted by Chetan Deodhagale and Umesh Panbude.
Milind Marathe, Deepak Patrikar and group of parents of budding kids (PCA) took pains to make the tournament successful. Results (last round)