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Posted on Dec 27, 09:56AM | UNI
Piloo Modi International open chess tournament, the biggest prize money event of Asia, has started here in which 435 players from all over country and abroad are participating.
Top seed and defending champion of the tournament Gurpreet Pal Singh from Delhi defeated Chaitanya Shyam from Karnataka in an irregular opening and second seed Ram Prakash from Punjab scored full point against Manoj Kumar from Haryana in 34 move of Sicilian defense on the opening day yesterday.
Third seed Akash Deep from Haryana was stumped and compelled to split point by sub junior Vikrant Jaglan from Haryana in 46 moves under Pirc defense. Fourth seed Gaurav Bakliwal from Maharashtra snatched full point against Dileep Nishad from UP in 50 moves under irregular opening.
Among the foreign players fifth seed of the tournament Emojong Elijah from Uganda bagged full point against A K Shukla from UP in 45 moves in Sicilion defense. Besides this Surinder Sharma and Harish Sharma both from Delhi, National A Player S K Rathore and Olympian Rafique Khan both from MP, J Malleshwar Rao from AP, Ravi kumar from Chhattisgarh, Har Kamal Sandhu from Punjab, Sudhir Kumar Sinha from Bihar, Pradeep Pathak, Hari Om Sharma, Devendra Bajpai and Hemant Sharma all from UP also won their respective games with ease.
Chief guest Prabhat C Chaturvedi, (Retd IAS) the President UPCA inaugurated the tournament by making move over board and addressed the gathering. The President Chess Association of India S L Harsh, Guest of honour Anandeshwar Pandey, sec Gen UPOA, sec Gen CAI S K Tewari and International shooting player T P Hawelia were also present at the inaugural function.
International Arbiter Abd Hamid Bin Abd Majid from Malaysia is conducting the tournament as Chief Arbiter.