Battle of Moves……. ‘Winning Moves’- Inter School Chess Tournament
“People who want to improve should take their defeats as lessons and endeavour to learn what to avoid in future. You must also have the courage of your convictions. If you think your move is good, make it.”
The 6th edition of ‘Winning Moves’ the Inter School Chess Tournament was held at the Delhi School of Excellence, Attapur campus on 2nd and 3rd August, 2019. It gave the young chess enthusiasts a platform to test and showcase their skills in front of teachers, peers and coaches.
The two-day Chess festival attracted an overwhelming response from around 250 chess playing school children belonging to about 38 prominent schools.
The inaugural ceremony held on 2nd August began on an auspicious note with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest and the other dignitaries, followed by a prayer song and a classical dance recital. A formal welcome address by the Principal Mr. Augustine Thomas saw reception being offered to the Chief Guest of the day Sri. A. Narsimha Reddy, Chairman, Bar Council of Telangana state and the other dignitaries. This was followed by a wonderful presentation about how chess is synonymous with life by two students, Hasini and Rida.
The Chief Guest Sri. A. Narsimha Reddy, in his address impressed upon the audience, the importance of playing chess and the values one can learn from it. He also impressed upon the young chess enthusiasts that they should take chess seriously and that it will help them in all the aspects of life.
After the inauguration, the Chess Tournament was declared open by the Chief Guest of the day and the youngest participant joined the Chief Guest to make the inaugural moves. And then began the five rounds for the ultimate glory.
The prizes up for grabs were a cash award of Rs.5000 and a trophy for the winners in the seniors and juniors category. The first runners up could take home a cash award of Rs. 3000 in both the categories and the second runners up could win Rs.1000 in both the categories. Apart from this there were also two prizes each in the senior and junior category for the ‘Most Promising Player’ of the tournament. Above all was the rolling trophy for the school scoring the maximum points in the tournament.
The two days of the tournament saw a keen clash of minds, intelligent moves and resonance of ‘checkmates’. Arbiters and other personnel had their hands full with many students playing at one place; nevertheless, they handled their work exceptionally well.
The valedictory ceremony held on 3rd August, saw the winners being rewarded. The honors were done by the Chief Guest Mr. Cherupalli Vivek Teja, International Karate Champion, Rama Devi Maam Secretary, Shashikala Maam Academic Director, Augustine Thomas Principal DSE Attapur, Bharti Rao Vice Principal and Lakshmi Gouri, Headmistress.
During the valedictory ceremony the audience was also regaled to a captivating dance performance by the students of grades VII, VIII and IX.
Secunderabad Public School emerged as the overall champion among the senior category while it was Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Jubilee Hills among the juniors.
Dhruv Aditya was the recipient of I prize carrying a cash award of Rs 5000, a trophy and a certificate of achievement in the senior category while it was Lakshmi Samiraj of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan , Jubilee Hills in the junior category.
The II prize carrying a cash award of Rs3000 , a trophy and a certificate of achievement was bagged by Mokshagnya of Gautami Vidya Kshetra in the senior category and Dhruvan Reddy of DPS Khajaguda in the junior category.
The III prize carrying a cash award of Rs 1000, a trophy and a certificate of achievement was bagged by Akhil B of DPS Khajaguda in the senior category and Aditya Sai of Phoenix Green school of Learning in the junior category.
Syed Hider Hashmi of Delhi School of Excellence, Attapur was adjudged the most promising player among the seniors and Sri Varsha of Kennedy Vidya Bhavan among the juniors.
The outcome of the tournament saw the students develop their focus and concentration, deal with winning and losing in a safe environment, and experience the dynamics of teamwork. Perhaps the most striking outcome was how the challenge of chess competition swells the students’ confidence and pride.
The event came to an end with the rendition of National Anthem.