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National chess championships for the visually challenged 2023 kicks off  today
National chess championships for the visually challenged 2023 kicks off today

MUMBAI: Winners of the 2018 Asian Para Games and World Championship medals Kishan Gangolli, Prachurya Kumar Pradhan and Megha Chakraborty will be the top attraction in the sixteenth edition of the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) 

National Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged starting Mumbai in Bhayandar today, March 13.

Gangolli won the gold medal in the Individual Rapid section and silver in the Team Rapid in the B2/3 category the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia while Prachurya Kumar Pradhan won silver in Team Rapid in the B1 section.

Megha Chakraborty also won a silver in the women’s Team Rapid. Gangolli, a multiple-time winner of the national title, has been the country’s best visually-impaired chess player for over a decade now and will be the top favourite for the title in his category in the National Championship which will be played from March 13-18 at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Keshav Srushti, Bhayandar West, Mumbai.

He is expected to face some tough challenges from the strong field that includes seasoned Darpan Inani, the youngest winner of the National title in 10, and Asian Para Games medallist Soundarya Kumar Pradhan. The event was last held in Mumbai in 2018 at the Andheri Sports Complex. A total of 56 players have qualified for this prestigious tournament based on their performance in the state and zonal chess tournaments.

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