A total of 150 students competed in The Hindu In School Chess Competition 2018 held here on Sunday.
The contest which began with fervour saw students competing in four categories namely, under 9, under 11, under 13 and under 15 years of age. The winners of the tournament received trophies and cash prizes.
J. Elvin Jones and Sterlin S. Stalin won the first prize in the Under-9 group under the girls and boys categories respectively. A. Aswin and Anushga S. won the second prize and Pranav Surya Jegan secured the third prize.
In the Under- 11 category, S. Rohith, S. Hari Ramachandran and Hari Narayanan secured the top three spots among boys. K. M. Agrajhaa and K. Shri Nimeshika secured the top spots in the girls category.
Sunjay Ram, V. Parthiban and S. Sreejith won the first, second and third place in the Under-13 boys category. S. Vijayasubhasri and A. Dhatchayini won the top two spots in the girls category.
M. Rohit, S. Yoga Barath and R. M. Subbiah Vignesh were winners and runners up in the Under- 15 boys category. R. Keerthana and P.S. Sweka Rani were the winners and runner up in the Under- 15 Girls category.
M. Abdul Kadir, Principal, M.S.S. Wakf Board College, who was the chief guest said, “Chess helps in life-skill planning. One needs to be vigilant of the moves that opponents would make. It helps one to think on their feet and allows one to retain their cool under moments of pressure,” he said. He added that students must cultivate reading habit and stop being distracted by their phones.
The competition, sponsored by Camlin Kokuyo, was organised by the Madurai District Chess Development Association. The venue sponsor was Adhyapana School and the event was powered by Thyrocare. The snacks partner was Premavilas.
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