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Professional Chess Training Academy ‘PRO- CHESS –TA’ Inaugurated

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On the occasion of International Chess Day, the Sports Minister of Odisha,  Tusharkanti Behera inaugurated the Professional Chess Training Academy ‘PRO- CHESS -TA’ in Bhubaneswar.

  • Felicitated IM & WGM  Padmini Rout with a cash award of Sixty Thousand Rupees for winning the 49th National Women’s Chess Championship.
  • An academy dedicated to the chess enthusiasts of Odisha.

Bhubaneswar, 20 July 2023: On the occasion of International Chess Day, Sports Minister, Odisha,  Tusharkanti Behera inaugurated the Professional Chess Training Academy ‘PRO- CHESS -TA’ in Bhubaneswar, today and dedicated it to the chess enthusiasts of the state.  It is a notable initiative as it is the first chess academy that has been set up in the state to promote Chess and the Sports and Youth Services Department, All India Chess Federation and Odisha Chess Association are working very closely towards it.

Padmini Rout- Chess Academy

On this occasion, the Sports Minister felicitated Padmini Rout, the reigning national women’s chess champion, with a cash award of Sixty Thousand Rupees for her exceptional performance in the 49th National Women’s Chess Championship. Padmini’s remarkable talent and dedication to the game have earned her the prestigious titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster, making her a beacon of inspiration for aspiring chess players across the nation and ‘PRO- CHESS -TA’ aims to nurture many more chess players like her.

PRO- CHESS –TA

The Professional Chess Training Academy will serve as a milestone facility for Odisha’s commitment to providing budding chess players an environment to learn, grow and excel. The institution will be led by Fide Trainer and International Master Satyapragyan, who will mentor the students in developing their talent to a completely new level.

Speaking at the inauguration about the government’s vision for sports development, Sports Minister  Tusharkanti Behera reiterated the commitment to establishing more such sports academies across various disciplines. He said, “I am delighted to inaugurate the Professional Training Chess Academy. We have conducted several programs earlier to promote Chess and the response from children and parents were very encouraging. This along with the performance of our elite players at the national and international level has boosted us to set up this academy.”

We are guided by our visionary Chief Minister Shri Navin Patnaik, and through such initiatives we are trying to create a platform for Odisha’s chess players to shine on the national and international stages, bringing pride to our state and country. I extend my gratitude to everybody who is working towards making this vision a reality.”

Chess Academy

Padmini Rout shared, “This is a great development for chess in Odisha. Those who are passionate about chess in the region will have a support system to guide them while they strive to pursue excellence in the game. I am grateful to the Government of Odisha for felicitating me today and forever supporting me in my journey and also giving aspiring Chess players this opportunity.”

Joint Secretary of the All India Chess Federation, Ranjan Mohanty, expressed his appreciation to the Government of Odisha for their remarkable support and establishment of the Professional Chess Training Academy on this International Chess Day.  He shared, “This Chess Academy, located in the heart of the city, has already garnered immense interest from students, parents, and chess enthusiasts across the state. The launch of this academy signals a bright future for chess in Odisha, and it promises to nurture and empower young minds to make their mark in the national and global chess arena, representing Odisha and India.”

International Master Satyapragyan Swayangsu shared, “I am grateful to the Government of Odisha’s vision to make Odisha the biggest chess literate city in this country. In my entire professional career never have I come across a state of art academy having all the latest technology as well as a dedicated library for students. I want to thank the government of Odisha for confiding in me such a massive and important responsibility for supporting Odisha talent and making them masters of chess.”

The inauguration ceremony was also graced by Sports Director Siddhartha Das, Joint Secretary Sports & Youth Services Department, Shubhranshu Mishra, Joint Secretary All India Chess Federation Ranjan Mohanty, Honorary Secretary All Odisha Chess Association Debabrata Dhatta & Fide Trainer and International Master Satyapragyan Swayangsu. Several reputed Chess players including Saina Salonika were part of this.

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