Niranjan Navalgund stood 3rd in the first All India Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament which concluded on 22nd May, 2015 at Institute Menenzes Braganza Hall Panji.
The nine round swiss-league International FIDE open Chess Tournament was organised by Tiswadi Taluka Chesss Association held under the aegis of All India Chess Federation and Goa Chess Association (GCA).
Totally 221 chess players from various states including 4 International Masters, 1 FIDE Master, 2 WCM and 214 FIDE rated players participated in the tournament. 6th seed Niranjan C Navalgund scored 7.5 points in nine rounds and secured third position in the merit list. The score earned him 13.5 elo rating points. Niranjan conceded a loss to the tournament winner M.S Thejkumar of Railways in the fifth round and a draw to the runner up of the tournament Akshat Khamparia of Madhya Pradesh in the final round. He received cash prize of Rs.28000/- a trophy and a certificate from the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism Shri.Dilip Parulekar.
Sri..Suraj Morajkar of Goa, Sri.Vinay Tendulkar , President, Goa Chess Assn,Mahesh Kandolkar, President, TTCA,Goa & Mr,Kishor Bandekar etc were present on the dias.