Bilaspur’s South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) piped Singerani Collieries Company Limited, Kathgodam, on Wednesday to emerge as champions of the Coal India Inter-Company Chess Championship. The three-day tournament wound up at CMPDIL’s Community Hall in Ranchi on Wednesday.
The South Eastern Coalfields’ team that scored 20.5 points finished 1.5 points ahead of Singerani Collieries which gave the winners a good run for its money before bowing out. The Mahanadi Coalfields Limited team from Sambalpur scored 16 points and had to be content with the third spot.
Ashwini Kumar Mishra, an organiser of the event, said more than 42 players from nine subsidiaries of Coal India Limited took part in the event.
Among those who took part in the event were three internationally rated players — P.C. Dubey of Singerani Collieries, P.K. Nayak of Mahanadi Coalfields and Nilkanth Meshram from Western Coalfields Limited — none of who interestingly could not bag any titles in the individual’s event.
According to O.P. Singh, a member of the public relations department of CMPDIL, B. Satyanarayan and B. Shankar (both Singerani Collieries) had bagged the top two slots on the table at the end of the second day’s play on Tuesday with 5 and 4.5 points respectively. The leaders were tailed by four players — Deepankar Sengupta and Mahaveer Tripathy (both SECL), J.D. Patel (Mahanadi Coalfields) and M.C. Dey (Central Coalfields Limited, Ranchi) — who ended with four points each.
Day three had six ties scheduled during its course after which Satyanarayan and Shankar both managed to cling on to their lead to bag the first and second positions in the individual category. Among the four that tailed the winners on Tuesday, only Tripathy managed to continue with his good show and went on to bag the third spot.
Later, R. Mohandas, the personal director of Coal India Limited handed over the prizes to the winners.