Bhubaneswar, June 9 (LocalWire): The 12th edition of KIIT International Chess Festival, jointly organized by All Odisha Chess Association and KIIT Deemed to be University, was held at KIIT Campus from 31 May to 7 June.
GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo (8 points) of Venezuela bagged the Champions Trophy with Rs 2 lakh cash prize in A category, while GM Neverov Valeriy (8) of Ukraine and Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (8) of Armenia bagged 2nd and 3rdpositions and received a trophy with cash prize of Rs one lakh and Rs 80 thousand respectively.
Players from the state who were placed in the C category excelled. Bishal Pattnaik (8.5 points) bagged the Champions trophy with a cash prize of Rs 60,000, while Miracle Panda (8) bagged the Runners-up trophy with Rs 40,000 cash prize and Satyam Prakash of Delhi in 3rd position received Rs 30,000 cash prize.
The valedictory session was graced by Naba Kishore Das, Minister Health and Family Welfare, government of Odisha; Padmanava Behera, Minister, Transport and Commerce; Sameer Ranjan Dash, Minister, School and Mass Education in presence of Prof Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT Deemed to be University; Sekhar Sahu, tournament Director and Vice President-AICF, Debabrata Bhatta, honorary secretary, All Odisha Chess Association (AOCA), and Ranjan Mohanty, vice-president, AOCA.
Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated all the winners of the tournament and wished them good luck.