By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 9 Aug: Samaksh Uniyal claimed the top spot in the 73rd Etlantis Rapid Open Chess Tournament, while 7 year old Abir Singh Rana and Armaan Singh Bakshi were in the 2nd and 3rd spots, respectively, in the under-10 category. In Open Category, Harish Sharma of New Delhi emerged as the winner, followed closely by Rachit Rana, Dehradun, and Hriday Panchal, Ghaziabad, respectively. In under-15 category, Gopal Krishna Maheshwari, Meerut, took 1st position, while Utkarsh Belwal and Jivitesh Singh Sethi, Dehradun, were in 2nd and 3rd spots, respectively. The tournament, organised by the Etlantis Chess Academy, witnessed 75 plus International rated chess Club in India with over 3000 online and offline members and patrons.” players participating from all over Uttarakhand, Dehradun, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Noida and Himachal Pradesh with lots of enthusiasm. The tournament was organised in a huge hall with spaced out sitting and all mandatory Covid protocols. Nakul Chaudhary from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, was the Chief Arbiter to conduct the tournament smoothly. Rohit Singh Rana, President, Uttarakhand Chess Club, said, “This is India’s 1st on the board Chess Tournament after the 2nd Covid wave. We positively hope AICF starts the Indian chess circuit on the board tournaments soon. The Etlantis Chess Club, Dehradun, is now ranked the number one Chess Dr Sumit Vohra and his wife, Dr Mukta Vohra, were the Chief Guests. They distributed the trophies to the winners in each category.