NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Prakhar Pandey of Ryan International School, Sector 49, Chandigarh, Rohit Roy Chaudhary of Kendriya Vidyalaya, 3BRD and Gaurav Garg of Allen Career Institute, Chandigarh with three points each under Swiss league system of FIDE laws of Chess after three rounds tops the chart in under 17 category at the first day of the ongoing First Hallmark Open Prize Money Chess Tournament being conducted by Tricity Chess Academy at Hallmark Public School, Sector 15, Panchkula. Meanwhile in Under 17 Girls Shristi Antil of DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh with two points leads the girls’ category under round robin system.
Under 13 Boys witnessed a gruesome battle in which Shivom Sood & Shishir Lamba of Strawberry World School, Sector 26 Chandigarh, Tejas Waghe of Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula and Saumya Bansal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula emerged the leaders with three points each. Mitali Saini of St. Xavier School, Sector 20, Chandigarh and Saumya Bansal of Strawberry World School, Sector 26, Chandigarh are tied up with two points each in girls’ category.
The massive participation of budding chess players was seen in under 10 category. A total of six boys namely Arnav Kushwaha of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, Nishit Garg of St. Johns High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, Pratyaksh Goel of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, Himanshu Sharma of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, Shaunak Chaudhary of Saupins School, Sector 32, Chandigarh and Zorawar Singh Grewal of Smart Wonder School, Mohali shared the table with three points each. Meanwhile in Girls category Shrushti Fulzale of St. Joseph Sr. Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh and Vallari Narewadi of Gurukul School, Sector 20, Panchkula with two points each sharing the top standing.
Earlier in the day the tournament was declared open by Mr. Jivitesh Garg, Director and Ms Kavita Wadhwa, Principal, Hallmark Public School, Sector, 15, Chandigarh amidst the massive participation of players and their parents. The tournament is being conducted by FIDE arbiter Mr. Nitin who made the inaugural move with the Director of the School.
A total of 131 players are contesting the battle in six categories for Rs. 30,000 total prize money