Mumbaikars fared well at the Asian Chess Championship for the visually impaired organized at the Manipal University, Udupi. Players from India, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Nepal had participated.
Kishan Gangolli(1973) won the gold medal while Ashwin Makwana (1811)won the silver and Soundarya Pradhan(1669) won the bronze.
Mumbaikars did well in the tournament as Swapnil Shah managed a hard fought draw against bronze medalist Soundarya Pradhan after 22 moves.
Swapnil eventually stood 5th in the tournament.
Shirish Patil (1681) lost his last match to much higher rated Ejaz Hussain(2010)of Bangladesh in 55 moves.
Vaishali Salavkar(1431) lost to Milind Samant in 34 moves while Sachin Waghmare(1600) lost to Bappi Sarkar(1809) in a tough game after 43 moves.
Hon Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a special message to the visually impaired players.