The 40th edition of the National Women Chess Challengers for the Sakthan Thampuran College of Mathematics & Arts Trophy got off to an excellent start at the 3 star hotel Kovilakam Residency in Thrissur today. The event was inaugurated by the former Kerala Speaker and Hon MLA,Thrissur Shri Therambil Ramakrishnan in l presence of Shri Shahul Hameed, Asst Commissioner of Police,Thrissur and Shri Rajesh , Secretary,Chess Association Kerala.
The event attracted 90 participants from 14 states and special units. The participation of 1 International Master and 6 Women GM’s added flavor to the event. WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa got the top billing owing to her ELO rating of 2332 followed by Soumya Swaminathan of IOC. The event is held in 11 round Swiss format from 26th to 3rd Aug.
Caption – 665 jpg (L to R) Shri Shahul Hameed, Shri Therambil Ramakrishnan, Shri Balagopal , Shri Rajesh.
Caption – 666.jpg Top seed WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa choosing the colour.
Caption – Chess academy – Chief Guest Shri Therambil Ramakrishnan making the inaugural move.