SPORTS REPORTER REASI: Kavi Verma and Simran won the men and women titles respectively in the one-day District Reasi Chess Championship held under the banner of All J&K Chess Association (AJKCA) at Amba Kids School Panthal in district Reasi on Sunday. The under-15 boys title went to Rahul Sharma while girls under-15 trophy was bagged by Veenakshi. Similarly, in under-11 category, Shahzaib Akhter was emerged as winner. In total, 48 boys and girls took part in the Reasi District Chess Meet. Those winners were presented with Rs 500 cash prize each by the Association while all the participants were given away participation certificates. Former Joint Secretary of the J&K Sports Council and sports promoter, Shiv Kumar Sharma was Chief Guest, who along with Guest of Honour, Chairman Block Development Council Panthal, Chander Mohan Singh presented the cash prizes and the certificates. Also present were Atul Kumar Gupta (President AJKCA) and Ashwani Katoch (Principal Amba School Panthal). The technical penal in the district meet was led by Vivek Gupta, who conducted the matches under international rules with Swiss software. Speaking to the participants and other distinguished gathering, Shiv Kumar Sharma praised Atul Kumar Gupta for promoting chess among masses in J&K at grassroots level and asked young chess enthusiasts to take up the game of chess so as to improve their intelligence level.
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