Himal Gusain, a student of SD Public School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, won the B R Luthra Memorial FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament in Jammu. Himal secured 7.5 points out of maximum nine points to emerge winner. He was also able to improve his international rating by 24 points with this win. Himal, a Class 12 student, spends four to five hours a day practicing his chess game. “Since I have devoted myself to the game fully to become a professional player in future, I practice for about five hours a day to maintain a level. I recently won the Chandigarh State Chess Championship and finished third in the Under-17 National event held in Jammu,” said the chess prodigy.

Dr. Vipnesh Bhardwaj, secretary, Chandigarh Chess Association, congratulated Himal on this achievement. “He has made Chandigarh proud. It will also encourage other chess players to take chess and achieve greater laurels for the city,” said Bhardwaj.

Karan, Shubh wreck Punjab

Karan Singh and Shubh Singh of Jammu and Kashmir took four wickets each to restrict Punjab to a modest total in a rain-hit North Zone Inter-State Under-14 Tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy at Palam B ground at New Delhi on Friday. The match started late due to wet condiitons. JK won the toss and elected to field first after taking note of the suitable bowling conditions. Karan and Shubh made full use of the conditions and wrecked Punjab with eight wickets between the two. The Punjab team folded at 216 in 66.1 overs. Aashim Kaushal displayed great determination during his knock of 80 runs which contained nine boundaries. Vishwanath contributed 28 runs, while Rajat Sharma chipped in with useful 21 runs.

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