Port Blair, June 23: Andaman Nicobar State U-15 School Chess Selection Tournament 2022 was organised by the Andaman Nicobar Chess Association (ANCA) in connection with the 44th Chess Olympiad on 22nd & 23rd June 2022 at JNRM College Auditorium Port Blair.

A record-breaking participation of More than 200 school children of different schools of Andaman participated enthusiastically in the two-day state level chess tournament, which was held in rapid format over 9 rounds.

Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS Deputy Commissioner (South Andaman) was the chief guest of the opening ceremony who made the first move on the top board to kick start the event on 22nd June 2022 in presence of Commandant Sriman Narayan of Indian coast Guard who graced the occasion as the guest of honour.

The two-day mega chess event was concluded today evening with a prize distribution ceremony in which Shri VRV Murthy, Principal JNRM was the chief guest while Mr. Dakshin, Director, TSG Hotels and Resort was the guest of honour who gave the trophies and certificates to the winners.

The top 25 players in each Boys and Girls were awarded with trophies and certificates apart from two best players from U-11, U-9 & U- 7 category.

Sanyash Jindal of Carmel Sr. Sec School Port Blair was the winner of the tournament who scored 8.5 points out of 9 rounds while Yuvan Singh of Carmel Sr. Sec. school was the runner up who scored 8 points out of 9 rounds in boys’ category.

In Girls category, Kashthuri Bhai of GDMS was the winner who scored 9 points out of 9 rounds while Tanisha Raj of VKV Lambaline stood second who scored 8 points out of 9 rounds.

The winner and runner up as well as one best player each from boys & girls of Govt School will get the golden opportunity to visit the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 scheduled to be held from 28th July to 10th August 2022 at Mahabalipuram, Chennai and be extended 3 nights stay free of cost to witness the 44th Chess Olympiad. In addition, an amount of ₹ 3,000/- will be reimbursed as travel expenses.