The inaugural edition of the Pune Open Below 2000 FIDE Rating Chess Championship had an encouraging number of entries of 461 players covering 7 national federations. Chess players ranging from seven years to seventy-five years participated in this four day event. The event took place at the Boxing Hall of Balewadi Sports Complex, carrying a total prize fund of ten lakhs. The tournament was formally flagged off by Shri, Niranjan Godbole, General Secretary, Maharastra Chess Association on 1st June 2022. In an hour-long closing ceremony, the prize winners were felicitated by Shri. Suhas Divase I.A.S., Commissioner PMRDA, Shri. Shrikantji Badave Badave Group Chairman & Industrialist, Shri Parinay Fuke MLC & President of MCA, Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement awardee – GM Abhijit Kunte, Senior Vice President MCA & Shri Niranjan Godbole, Gen. Secretary, MCA, and Shri. S.Paul Arokia Raj, IA & Chief Arbiter of the tournament.
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