Pernem: Vasant Naik won the Pernem Taluka Open Rapid Chess Tournament organised by Pernem Taluka Chess Association and Shree Shantadurga Sports & Cultural Club Varkhand, at club premises hall.
Vasant scored 7 out of 7 rounds. Siddhi Mayekar finished second while Umesh Naik settled for third spot. They both scored 6 points.
Altogether 112 participants took part in the tournament. Other prize winners from 4th to 10th were Ankit Parab, Sanskriti Naroji, Divessh Dabolkar, Akash Shetgaokar, Shivam Gawde , Atish Dabholkar and Tukaram Shetye.
Category prizes in U-7, U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15 boys and girls were Abhir Prabhu, Prithvij Gawade, Soham Arondekar, Mrunmayee Mhamal, Siddhi Naik, Ayush Naik, Gautam Naik, Parinita Parab, Suhani Keni, Raunak Tari, Omkar Morajkar, Swarangi Kerkar , Ruchi Naik, Swayam Singh, Harsh Gala, Riddhi Shetgaokar, .Vidhi Gawde. Best Veteran Gajanan Parab and Subhash Parab, Best Pernem Taluka Payers Vaishnavi Parab and Anand Parab.
Prizes were given away by Sarpanch Pallavi Parab in the presence of Vasant Naik (President PTCA), Satyavan Harmalkar (JT secretary GCA), Arvind Mhamal (Chief Arbiter), Vijay Parab, Ganesh Parab, Milind Desai, Pradeep Patekar, Umesh Naik, Suhas Gawde, Tukaram Shetye, Siddhi Mayekar, Antonio De Souza, and others dignitaries. [H]