On May 22, 2023, the Delhi Public School in Rudrapur organized the opening ceremony of the Open Chess Tournament. The auspicious beginning of this event was marked by paying a heartfelt tribute to the late Mr. Dheeraj Singh Raghavanshi by the chief guest, Mr. Manjunath T.C. (SSP, Udhamsingh Nagar), and all esteemed guests.
Prominent guests present at this occasion included Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan (President, Advisory Board, FIDDE), Mr. Vipanesh Bharadwaj (Secretary, All India Chess Federation), Mr. Narendra Sharma (Treasurer, All India Chess Federation), Dr. D.K. Singh (Secretary, Uttarakhand Olympic Association), Mr. A.K. Verma (Secretary, Delhi Chess Association), Mr. Sanjay Chadha (President, Dev Bhoomi Chess Association), Mr. Sanjeev Chaudhary (Secretary-General, Dev Bhoomi Chess Association, Uttarakhand), Dr. Seema Singh (Vice-President, Dev Bhoomi Chess Association, Uttarakhand), and Mr. Surjit Singh (Chairman, DPS Rudrapur).
Firstly, all the guests were welcomed with batch pinning, acknowledging their presence and honoring them. The competition will commence on May 22, 2023, and conclude on May 27, 2023. Around 300 participants from Uttarakhand and other states are participating in this tournament.
Subsequently, the students of the school presented a welcome song and various colorful dance performances, which mesmerized everyone. All the esteemed guests also expressed their thoughts and views on this occasion.
Chess is a game of patience, dedication, and commitment. Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan mentioned that we pledge to organize this international-level tournament every year. Mr. Vipanesh Bharadwaj stated that many international-level players are participating for the first time in Uttarakhand, which will contribute to the development of chess in the state. Two International Masters and one Woman International Master are also participating in this tournament.
Mr. Narendra Sharma highlighted the efforts of Mr. Dheeraj Singh in promoting chess in Uttarakhand. The organization of this tournament is being held under the guidance of Mr. AI Mritunjay Singh (Chief Arbiter).
Mr. Surjit Singh Grover, Chairman of the school, expressed gratitude to all the guests, parents, and especially the participating teams for their presence. He expressed confidence in conducting the competition with utmost transparency and fairness.
In conclusion, the Principal of DPS Rudrapur thanked all the esteemed guests and expressed gratitude for their presence.