The C.S. Sharma Memorial Chess Tournament, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Botwinnik Chess Academy, was inaugurated on August 10, 2011. The speakers at the function paid glowing tributes to the late C. S. Sharma who was the life and blood of the Academy for many decades.
While paying rich homage to the late C. S. Sharma in her address, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture &Information), RCSC, noted that the occasion becomes doubly significant with the coincidence of the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Botwinnik, the Russian Grandmaster, who was a world champion for 16 years. She said the RCSC can be justifiably proud of the commendable achievements of the
In his address welcoming the chess-players and sports and games enthusiasts, Mr. R.S. Tiwari, General Secretary, Botwinnik Chess Academy, said that the tournament is being organized to commemorate the late C.S. Sharma who was the guiding spirit behind the Academy and without whose inspiring and illustrious leadership the Academy would not have reached the position as we all see today. The Academy has seen some the best names in the Indian chess scenario to come and get trained here, including the likes of Grand Masters—Tania Sachdev, Parimarjan Negi and Sahaj Grover, as well as world-under-nine silver medalist Prince Bajaj and the new kid on block, Harshal Shahi. During the 80’s the Centre hosted International Grand Master tournaments with the participation of great players like Viswanathan Anand, Pravin Thipsay and Dibyendu Baruah. In 1983, the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, accompanied by Rajiv Gandhi, visited the Academy.
Touching upon the achievements of the Academy, Mr. L. N. Jhunjhunwala, Chairman of the Academy, said that since the inception of the Academy in 1978, the membership has reached several hundreds and some of the members have become international chess-players. The Academy will remain a standing monument to the late C.S. Sharma, whose signal contributions will be a permanent source of motivation to upcoming chess players.
Referring to the on-going efforts taken by the Academy in encouraging the chess players, Mr. R. K. Bagrodia, President of the Academy, said that every year, the Academy organizes many tournaments with the participation of a number of players from different age-groups. He thanked the RCSC for the whole-hearted support provided to the Academy in its activities.
Mr. Narendra Sharma, son of the late C.S. Sharma, who was present on the occasion, expressed his gratitude to the speakers who paid homage to his father and thanked the RCSC for organizing the function.
While the tournament is intended for under-8 and under-16 age groups and the open on August 10 and 11, it is meant for under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups on August 12 and 13.
A Prize of Rs. 25,000 will be given to the first 10 finishers in the open category. Trophies and certificates will be distributed, along with T-shirts, to all the participants of the tournament on the concluding day—August 14, 2011.