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Chess in Maharashtra has a long, rich and honourable history. History books mention that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his Mother, Jijabai Played a game of chess. The tradition continued even in the rule of The Peshwas.

It is said that one of the three and half wise men, Sakharam Bapu, used a game of chess to suggest a political move, to Bhonsale of Nagpur. A pandit in court of Bajirao second, wrote a book, 'Vilasmani Manjiri', on the opining moves in chess.

An expert from outside the Kolhapur state came to the court of the ruler, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and threw a challenge to defeat him in chess. Maharaj ordered Bandambhat,of Haripur in Sangali district, to accept the challenge. He accepted the challenge and defeated the expert not only once or twice, but 10 times. Jubilant over the victory of Bandambhat, the Maharaj gave him Rs 500 in cash and clothes of honour. Even Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was an expert chess player. Saint Vasudevanand Saraswati (Tembe Swami) was a good chess player.

In Maharashtra, the first chess Association, though on small level, was formed in 1921. It was known as South Maharashtra Chess Club. In formation of this club, Govindrao Padasaldikar, Vinayakrao Khadilkar, Gopalrao Mujumdar, Tammna Kale, and Stamp Vendor Apate took the initiative. Vinayakrao Khadilkar was the first player to visit foreign country. After that Dr. V. N Desai organized chess competitions at Sangali Gymkhana in 1922, 23 & 24. The Sangali Chess Society was established in 1930 by Tamannacharya Padasalgikar, Dadasaheb Gadgil and Vishnupant Rajwade.

In 1941, Nutan Buddhibal Mandal was formed in Sangali. Which is still in existence? The Southern Maratha Country Chess Association came into existence in the year 1955. Looking at the growth of the game in Bombay Province, the first Chess body, Known as Bombay Chess Association was established in 1944.
The open Chess tournaments started in city since 1945.

Then in 1950, All India Chess federation was started in Mumbai. And it held a tournament at National Level for five years after words in Mumbai. The first Inter State Championship was held in 1960.

In 1963, the Bombay Chess Association and Southern Maratha Country Chess Association took a decision to merge. The unified state Association was known as Maharashtra Chess Association.

The game was kept alive by few enthusiasts like Ramji Menan, Rambhau Sapare, V. V. Vad, M.K. Gawande, Bilimoria, Samat, Gupte, Ratnakar, And Shrikrishna Sakhalkar.

The first selection and championship tournament was organized in 1968 at Sangli. Players from Mumbai, Pune, and sangli were participated in it. Vidharbha and Marathawada Chess Association were affiliated to Maharashtra Chess Association.
The game was kept alive by few enthusiasts like Ramji Menan, Rambhau Sapre, V. V. Vad, M.K. Gawande, Biliomoria, Samat, Gupte, Ratnakar, Prof. U.A. Gaulkar and Shrikrishna Sakhalkar.

The first selection and championship tournament was organized in 1968 at Sangli. Players from Mumbai, Pune, and sangli were participated in it. Vidharbha and Marathawada Chess Association were affiliated to Maharashtra Chess Association.

The game was organized on association level in Marathawada By Prof U. A. Gaulkar, Advocate Kashinath Navandar, Popatbhai Patel, Vijay Dabadgaonkar and Vijay Deshpandey while in Vidharbha by Advocate Arvind Bade. In Pune, B. L. Gokhale, Shankarrao Jogalekar, Govindrao Khare, and Ashok Khare helped the growth of Chess. The contribution of Bhausaheb Padsalgikar, in Sangali, deserves a special mention.

Even if the work of Maharashtra Chess Association had already started, the association was registered in Pune, Only in the year 1978. The Persons who Contributed largely in the efforts, were Babasaheb Gokhale Pune, Arvind Bade Nagpur, Bhausaheb Pedsalikar Sangali and Shrikrishna Sakhalkar Mumbai, as well as Ramchandra Sapre Mumbai. Since then the work of the association is going on Smoothly.
July 07 2010 - This is to inform all chess players / organisers / officials that any chess event organized under the banner of "Chess Association of India" is not recognized by the All India Chess Federation...