The fourth edition of Satish Sabnis Open Rapid Chess Championship was played at Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Dadar on 21 May. Around 300 participants were part of the championship. Present to grace the championship were Abhay Thipse, Retd. Judge, Marathi actor Bharat Jadhav and Former Indian Cricketer Pravin Amre.
The championship was helmed under the aegis of Milind Sabnis, CMD Zen Media Private limited. The championship was held in the memory of Satish Sabnis, who was a national level chess player himself.
"This tournament is organised in the memory of my father. My father himself was a very proficient chess player. In order to promote chess in India and to provide aspirant chess players with a platform, he started International Chess tournament in the city in 1986. Last year 110 players participated but the number has increased magnificently to 300 in comparison to previous year. There were few blind kids who also participated in the championship and I am overwhelmed with their presence", quoted Milind Sabnis.
I can't play the game as I only know about the movement of pieces. I have to learn the tactics and techniques of the game. I do play sometimes on my mobile phone. I wish to participate in the championship when I come next quoted Bharat Jadhav.
Winners of The Championship - Mohammad Sheikh - Winner Akash Dalvi - Runner-up 6 years Category Boys - Shaurya Khadilkar - Winner Kairav Thakkar - Runner-up Girls - Saaj Mandalik - Winner Krishi Chaudki - Runner-up
8 years Category Boys Jaisal Shah-Winner Kshatriya Vekhande - Runner-up Girls Suhani Lohiya - Winner Apeksha Marbhal - Runner-up
10 years Category Boy - Om Kadam- Winner Akshit Jha - Runner-up Girls Sayali Amre - Winner Rashi Chauhan - Runner-up
12 years Category Boys Krish Butala - Winner Aniruddha Potwad - Runner-up Girls Vrisha Saha - Winner Nishigandha Ramgude - Runner-up