Fide Arbiter (FA) Chetan Deodhagale reigned supreme in the Vidarbha-level MSV Memorial Online Open Blitz Chess tournament, organised by Power Chess Academy for Vidarbha players through the platform of lichess.org.
Deodhagale won the tourney garnering eight points out of 9 rounds. He was followed by runner-up Jay Sawalakhe, also from Nagpur, with 7.5 points. Third position was secured by Dishank Bajaj, who scored 7 points.
In the final round, Deodhagale, playing with white pieces on the top board outwitted Kaustav Barat while young prodigy Jay Sawalakhe got the better of Bajaj with black pieces on the second board.
Best female prizes won by Rashi Wairagade and Riddhi Agarwal of Nagpur and Anjali Powar from Amravati.
As many as 59 players participated in the tournament of nine rounds. The time control was given a 5 minutes plus 2 seconds increment to all the players. Players from Amravati, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Yavtamal, Wardha, Buldana, Akola and Nagpur played nine rounds of chess.
To observe the death anniversary of MS Venkatraman, his son V Ramachandran sponsored the cash prizes.The tournament was conducted under the supervision of IA Deepak Chavan and FA Umesh Panbude.