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Chess Players IM Shardul Gagare and Aakanksha Hagawane Felicitated

Local girl Aakanksha Hagawane and IM Shardul Gagare were felicitated by Pune District Chess Circle, Maharashtra Chess Association and Symbiosis SPA for their latest achievements in Chess. This event was organised at Symbiosis SPA by PDCC, MCA and Symbiosis SPA. Jt. Secretary MCA Moreshwar Bhagwat, Director Symbiosis SPA Satish Thigale, Secretary PDCC Niranjan Godbole and Grand Master Abhijit Kunte were present on the dias along with Shardul and Aakanksha. Mr. Jayant Gokhale, Aakanksha’s Trainer was also felicitated. WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar, Mr. Prakash Kunte, Mr. Shekhar Jori and Mr. Rajendra Shidore were present amongst others.

IM Shardul Gagare was felicitated by Mr. Moreshwar Bhagwat and Dr Satish Thigale for winning the Gold Medal in the Team Event for India at the World Youth (U-16) Chess Olympiad held in China. He also won the Bronze Medal in the Individual Category. He also recently completed his first GM Norm at a Tournament held in Spain.

Local girl Aakanksha Hagawane was felicitated by WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar and Mr. Niranjan Godbole for winning the National U-13 Chess Championship held recently at Puducherry. Her Trainer Mr. Jayant Gokhale was also felicitated by Dr. Satish Thigale along with her. Pune District Chess Circle announced a cash prize worth Rs. 11,000/- for Aakanksha on this occasion.

Best Performance by Aakanksha and Abhimanyu at National under-13 Chess Championship, Pondicherry-2013

Aakanksha Hagawane of 13 years, from Pune created history by becoming National champion from Maharashtra in National under-13 Girls' Chess Championship at Pondicherry. She scored emphatic wins over World Champion R.Vaishali (under-12 Girls) and Asian Chess Champion Riya Savant (Under 14 Girls) on the way to her title.The 8th standard student from Deccan education society-Aakanksha gained unbelievable 121 Elo points due to this victory.

Maharashtra missed a grand double when Abhimanyu Puranik (8.5) tied for top place in Boys section but finished second due to lesser tie break. However Maharashtra will have extra 5 seats in the next year at National under-13 Championships because of their good performance.

Both, Aakanksha and Abhimanyu are trained by former National Junior Champion Jayant Gokhale.

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...