150 players for the 18th edition of the Chess Tournament Shri Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Maharashtra Open Rapid Rating – Punekar News
Pune, September 23, 2021: A total of 150 players from across the state will be seen in action at the 18th Annual Shri Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Maharashtra Open Rapid Rating Chess Tournament which will be hosted by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust and played at Manohar Mangal Karyalay , Erandwane, Karve Road, Pune from September 25 to 26, 2021.
Prakash Kunte, administrator of BKT, said the tournament will be held under the auspices of FIDE, AICF, MCA and PDCC. The event will offer a total prize of Rs 60,000. The event will be played in the Swiss league format in the 9th round with the latest FIDE rules applicable.
Due to the covid, entries are limited, so a total of 150 players will be seen in action for this event. This will be the first live event after the Covid, we are doing everything we can to ensure an incident-free event. Participants over 18 had submitted their vaccination certificate in whole or in part with the registration form. All the officials (organizer, referees, volunteers) had completed the vaccination. Each player will receive a disinfectant after each round and each player will wear a mask during the game, Kunte informed.
The event will be played in an open category. The winner will receive Rs. 15,000, while the runner-up will get Rs. 10,000 and the 3rd prize Rs. 7,000. Prominent players include IM Abhishek Kelkar (Pune, 2297), IM Sameer Kathmale (Sangli, 2328), IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni (Mumbai, 2337), WIM Akanksha Hagawane (Pune, 1870), Soham Phadke (Pune, 2223) , Kiran Panditrao (Pune, 2026) and Vikas Sharma (Pune, 2015).
The tournament will be opened by Saurabh Gadgil, MD of PNG Jewelers, Madhuri Sahasrabudhe, Corporator, Niranjan Godbole, Secretary of MCA on Saturday September 25, 2021 at 9:30 am.