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Chettinadu Public School - A chess ambient institution in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu

by Satanick Mukhuty - 25/07/2019

The ongoing 46th edition of National Women's Championship 2019 is being hosted and sponsored by the Chettinad Public School of Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. While we are bringing you round by round in depth coverage of this highly important National level event, it would be remiss if we didn't mention about the very institution which has been key in its organization. In this article we exclusively take you to the venue of National Women's 2019, the Chettinadu Public School (CPS) - a CBSE affiliated senior secondary school that has made a name these days in the Indian chess scene. All the photos in this report have been provided by IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran.

An Educational Institute par excellence!

The Chettinadu Public School has ensured the grand success of the National Women's event in every way. In the past they have also done an excellent job in hosting the under-11 National Championships and have also conducted the AICF Arbiter refresher course | Photo credit: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran 

Established in 2010, the Chettinadu Public School was formed out of a noble initiative of the Chettinadu Educational Trust. The School's vision and mission is to impart holistic education to each and every of its students. Chess has always been central to the many activities of the school. Indeed, it is not without reason that the world under-7 schools champion of 2018 hails from here.

Lakshana Subramanian is the chess prodigy and pride of CPS. Right now she is fighting it out against the country's best in the National Women's event taking place in her own school and has so far scored 3.0 points in nine rounds. We are sure that this little girl will become a big name in chess world in the years to come | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Check out this cute video interview of Lakshana by IM Sagar Shah from one year ago:

The opening ceremony was held in the school premises on 19th of July. AICF Secretary Shri. Bharat Singh Chauhan did the honours of inaugurating the event in the presence of other eminent dignitaries | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

The Chairman, Shri SP Kumaresan gave a speech during the opening ceremony | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Hosting 106 players from around the country is not an easy task. The school has set a benchmark for other organizers of such chess events in the country | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran  

From accommodation to food, everything have been well taken care of by the authorities | Photo credit: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

They have even arranged for variety of snacks and refreshments for the players during the rounds | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

On July 20 the International Chess Day was celebrated amid regular rounds. In the photo (from right) are players Nisha Mohota and Divya Deshmukh with the Vice Chairman Mr. Arun Kumar | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

A waiting area for parents has also been installed where they can follow their children's games live on LED screen | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Get to know the Chettinadu Public School better

Located in the serene environment of Managiri in Karaikudi, the school provides an ideal venue for a chess event like this | File Photo

Day starts here with both Yoga and exercises!

To instill discipline among its students is one of the main mottos of the school.

We sincerely wish more institutions like Chettinadu Public School come up to invest in Indian Chess. It is because of organizations like these that chess in the country is flourishing and turning into one of most followed and loved sports.