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British Junior Chess Championship
Sharvari standing in the middle with the Golden Trophy
Posted on : 1st December 2021
One of our brightest students, Sharvari Saharkar from the UK, has won the British Junior Chess Championship which happened on 13th and 14th of November. She stood first in the category of Under 8 Girls Rapid.
Gargi Sane - National Instructor (NI)
National Instructor (NI)
Posted on : 25th November 2021
Congratulations to dear Gargi Sane ma’am for achieving the respectable title of National Instructor (NI) from World Chess Federation – FIDE
She is the first and only female candidate to achieve this title from VCA Pune.
Heartiest congratulations and kudos to your contribution for spreading chess through VCA
21st Internal Tournament Winners
Posted on : 3rd November 2021
Victorious Chess Academy conducted its 21st Internal Tournament on 31st October 2021.
Not only the students but also their parents actively participated in the tournament.
We congratulate all the winners of the 21st Internal Tournament and wish all the very best for their next adventures!
BEGINNERS SECTION – B1
- Aarav Avinash Dhaygude
- Parth Nilesh Lomte
- Neel Abhijit Shaha
BEGINNERS SECTION – B1
- Arnav Singh
- Ankur Kumar Srivastava
- Ishan Jondhale
BEGINNERS SECTION – B2
- Arnav Bhagwan Jadhav
- Ishan Purkar
- Aditya more
BEGINNERS SECTION – B2
- Rohit Chakraborty
- Vrinda Ajith
- Neehal Ratan Jadala
CHESS COURSE SECTION
- Neil Natarajan
- Hrudhan Moghe
- Nimit Gautam
CHESS COURSE SECTION
- Akash Deep Singh
- Vedansh Rawat
- Naitik Jerath
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED SECTION
- Om Sunil Salunke
- Ansar M Pachwadkar
- Mrudul Gururaja Rao
- Bhagwan Jadhav
- Rajib Chakraborty
- Shrikrishna Kelkar
Bhavanya Panchumathi from Kuwait
Posted on : 14th September 2021
One of our brightest students, Bhavanya Panchumathi from Kuwait recently did something illustrious in the chess world.
On the occasion of Kuwait National Day 2020, this 7 years old girl played her 1st international chess tournament in Kuwait and was awarded as the youngest girl in the tournament!
After that she participated in Andhra Pradesh State U10 Girls Chess Tournament 2021 and Online National Schools U07 Girls Online Chess Championship 2021. She stood 2nd in AP State U08 Girls Online Chess Championship-2021.
Victorious Chess Academy congratulates Bhavanya for her extraordinary performance! Sending all the good luck to Bhavanya for her future victories!
19th Internal Tournament Winners
Posted on : 3rd July 2021
Victorious Chess Academy conducted its 19th Internal Tournament on 27th June 2021.
Not only the students but also their parents actively participated in the tournament.
We congratulate all the winners of the 19th Internal Tournament and wish all the very best for their next adventures!
Akshaya B wins the School of Sports Chess Club Tournament
Posted on : 23rd March 2021
Our beloved student Akshaya B from Chennai has won the School of Sports Chess Club Tournament !
The event was held in Nandanam, Chennai from 20th to 21st March 2021
She was awarded with the certificate and cash prize of Rs.5000/- by renowned Grandmaster from India GM Vishnu Prasanna
Gukesh wins Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open
GM Gukesh D
Posted on : 7th July 2020
GM Gukesh D and GM Aravindh Chithambaram both scored 7.5/9, however Gukesh won Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open due to a better tie-break score. Aravindh was placed second. Six players finished with 7.0/9, out of them IM Terry Renato of Peru secured the second runner-up position according to the tie-break score. Victorious Chess Academy organized this event and sponsored Rs.33000 total prize fund, IM Sagar Shah contributed another Rs.12000 to make the total prize fund Rs.45000.
Total 102 players including 10 GMs, 15 IMs, 2 WGMs and 4 WIMs from India, Ireland, Peru, Russia and USA took part in this event.
Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open on 27th June
(21.05.1977 – 10.03.2018)
Posted on : 12th June 2020
Victorious Chess Academy presents Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open 2020 will take place on Saturday with a total prize fund of Rs.33000/-. Entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Entry fee for others is Rs.300. The event is open to players all over the world. Registration is now Open.
Summer Chess Camp in association with The Learning Tree
Posted on : 19th May 2020
Are your children getting bored by staying at home in this lockdown situation? Then we have exciting news for them. Victorious Chess Academy has organized a summer chess camp in association with The Learning Tree from 19th May to 24th May from 12 to 1 pm, at the cost of just 1000 rupees per student. This is a golden opportunity to learn from experts.
Avirat Chauhan won the first prize in the Under 7 category
Posted on : 11th March 2020
Please join us once again congratulate Avirat Chauhan (Magarpatta branch) for winning the recently concluded Late Bharatbai Halkude Memorial One Day State Rapid Chess Tournament - Under 7 category Avirat clinched the title by surprising all his opponents and winning ALL the 6 rounds. in the process of which Avirat also defeated a 1205 rated player. Congratulations Avirat, keep up the good work and All the very best for the future tournaments.
48th NESSP Scholastic Chess Tournament
Posted on : 11th March 2020
Rajit Naik from USA, an online student of Victorious Chess Academy for winning the recently concluded 48th NESSP Scholastic Chess Tournament at Groton, Massachusetts, USA.
Rajit had participated in the Advanced section of the tournament and remained
unbeaten to score 3 points out of 4 which included 2 wins and 2 draws.
Rajit has been taking Online Chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy for the last several months under the guidance of Gargi ma'am, one of the senior trainers of Victorious Chess Academy, and has proven that he has a bright future ahead of him in Chess.
Congratulations Rajit and all the very best for the upcoming tournaments.
VCA Scholarship 2019
Posted on : 13th February 2020
What keeps you motivated ? 😍 We believe encouragement in every field is key to success. The students of VCA really worked hard to prove that their work needs a recognition.In the form of VCA scholarship, we have added one more feather to their hats.We declared scholarship in two sections, Beginners section and Intermediate- Advanced section. In both sections scholarship gets to one girl and one boy. Each winner gets a scholarship of Rs. 5000/- and a beautiful trophy. Here we have the winners of VCA Scholarship 2019. In Beginners Section - Winner in Boys Category : Meher Khedkar In Intermediate and advanced section - Winner in Boys Category : Soham Tilekar Winner in Girls Category : Disha Dhore Congratulations to all three winners.
Blitz Round Robin Chess Tournament
Posted on : 29th December 2019
Blitz Round Robin Chess Tournament was successfully conducted on Sunday, 29th December 2019. The event was conducted as per the latest laws of FIDE. 8 rated chess players participate in the tournament. Winners of the tournament:
- WIM Aakanksha Hagawane
- Vikas R Sharma
- Keval Nirgun
- Anuj Dandekar
- Siddhant Tamhankar
The Golden jubilee chess tournament
Posted on : 14th December 2019
The Golden jubilee chess tournament of VCA and Rotary Club was successfully conducted on Saturday, 14th December 2019 as an Open Rapid chess Tournament.
The event was conducted as per the latest laws of FIDE.
The Guests of Honour were –
Mr. Abhijit Joag, Mr. Arun Kudale, Mr. Dhananjay Hirwe, Mrs. Radhika Waghmare, Mrs. Nandini Joag, Mr. Kapil Lohana.
Main Prize winner : 1. Nagare Akhilesh 2. Nirgun Keval 3. Shelke Omkar 4. Om Nagnath Lamkane 5. Rohan Bharat Joshi 6. Himanshu S Chhabra 7. Nayak Biswajit 8. Godbole Shardul 9. Phatak Aanjaneya 10. Shejal Sahil Sanjay.
The 6th Foundation Day of Victorious Chess Academy
Posted on : 13th October 2019
Victorious Chess Academy has completed 6 years successfully. We would like to thank everyone for being part of this epic journey to spread the beautiful game of chess! Keep smiling... Keep teaching and playing chess...Wishing you all Very Happy Foundation Day...
WAR of WITS - First corporate chess event of Victorious Chess Academy
Vedant Kale won the first prize in the Under 6 category
Posted on : 2nd October 2019
Great news! One of the Victorious Chess Academy student - Vedant Kale (age 6 years) won the first prize in the Under 6 category of the recently concluded One day Rapid Chess Tournament at Khadki. Vedant played in the under 8 categories and most of his opponents were elder than him. Vedant scored 5 points out of 7 and which included 4 wins and 2 draws. Vedant has been taking Chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy for the last several months along with personal coaching from Shiva Sir from Victorious Chess Academy. Victorious Chess Academy congratulates Vedant for this great achievement and wishes him all the best for the upcoming tournaments.
Samarth Rao became champion of Physically Disabled section
Posted on : 14th July 2019
Victorious Chess Academy's online student Samarth Rao became champion of the Physically Disabled section in recently concluded FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for disability players. The event was conducted in New Jersey, USA from 09th to 14th July 2019 He was getting guidance of following coaches: - Late. Prof. V Shastri Honnavar - Mr. Prasad Hedge Sirsi - Mr. Jothiprakasam, Madurai - Mrs. Srinidhi Sripati, Chennai - Mr. Swaraj Palit, Jharkhand - Mr. Halsagar Chincholimath, Belgum - Mr. Ajith MP, Mysore - Mr. Kapil Lohana, Pune And a technical support from Mr. Sagar Shah, Chessbase India It is a proud moment for the entire Nation. We wish dear Samarth a heartiest congratulations and a great future ahead. - Team Victorious
Started Series of Saturday Rapid Chess tournaments
Posted on : 8th June 2019
Victorious Chess Academy has started Series of Saturday Rapid Chess tournaments which is open for all... Series states that in this year every Saturday there will be a tournament. Register yourself now... For further details kindly see the brochure below. Thank you. - Team Victorious
Opening ceremony of VCA Hall
Posted on : 7th June 2019
We are glad to share that Victorious Chess Academy has taken a remarkable step in the direction of spreading the beautiful game of chess. The organisation has designed a new VCA Hall in karvenagar for the promotion of chess events. The series of Classical, Rapid and Blitz events will be conducted in the same premises. The Opening ceremony was held on 7th June (Friday) by Prof. Medha Tai Kulkarni (MLA) Medha Tai had appreciated the efforts of entire team of VCA.
Anirudh Daga's remarkable performance in the Chess tournaments.
Posted on : 31 January 2019
Happy to announce that one of our students has continued to show his remarkable performance in the Chess tournaments played in the last few months. His success journey in Chess continues.... Anirudh Daga, a 10 year old kid, who resides in Singapore has been taking Online chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy since past one year. Constant guidance from our beloved Kapil Lohana Sir has helped him achieve this great performance. Just a couple of months back Anirudh's international rating was 1574 and as of today, Anirudh's rating would be around 1900 (The exact rating is not yet published as his last tournament ended on 31st July). This means Anirudh secured an increase in his rating points by a whopping more than 320 points in just 3 tournaments. Victorious Chess Academy wishes Anirudh all the very best in the upcoming tournaments and is surely an inspiration to the other students of Victorious Chess Academy.
Disha Dhore's remarkable performance in the Pune Zonal Chess Tournament
Posted on : 24th September 2018
Congratulate Disha Dhore for her remarkable performance in the recently concluded Pune Zonal Chess Tournament . Disha Dhore from Pune secured 2nd place in the Under 19 Girls category, by scoring 5 points out of 6 which included 4 wins and 2 draws. The tournament was conducted at Nutan Engineering and Research College, Talegaon, and was organized by District Sports Office, Pune under the recognition of Pune District Chess Association. Disha Dhore has been taking Chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy since last several years under the guidance of her Chess coach Kapil Lohana. Well done Disha and keep it up !!
Sairaj Gaikwad does well in district rapid
Posted on : 2nd August 2018
Sairaj Gaikwad, student of Victorious Chess Academy, won 1st prize in Under 11 category in district rapid chess tournament conducted on 29th july in Wai.
Parthi Vinchwekar wins at state tournament
Posted on : 20th June 2018
Parthi Vichwekar, a 6 year old prodigy from Victorious Chess Academy recently participated in the Under 11 Maharashtra State Selection tournament, and won the 2nd Prize in Under 7 category. Parthi has been pursuing chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy since last one year and her passion and interest in chess proves that a future Chess Star is in making.
119 Elo points in one tournament
Posted on : 20th June 2018
A student of Victorious chess academy, Tejas Joshi scored 119 Elo points in Mumbai mahapaur chashak tournament. He scored 6.5 points in 10 rounds. Now his rating is 1683.
Winner of below 1800
Posted on : November 2017
Many congratulations to senior member of Victorious Chess Academy dear Satyam Warude Sir for winning 1st prize in ELO 1600-1800 category of Rapid Rating Chess Tournament held at Shrirampur.
VCA Girls win in state selection
Posted on : October 2017
Congratulations to dear Saiarya Katkar and Disha Dhore for winning Inter school State selection tournament. Saiarya and Disha stood 1st & 2nd respectively and got selected for State level Inter school Tournament.
Remarkable performance at district inter-school - Disha Dhore
Disha Dhore from Pune won the recently concluded Under 19 Girls District level Inter- School Chess Championship held at Pune. Disha dominated almost all his opponents by claiming 8.5 points out of 9. The championship was organized by Pune District Sports Office at Pathare School Sports Complex, Kharade, Pune. The 17 year old Disha is studying in 12th Standard in Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, and also is a student of Victorious Chess Academy whereby she is practicing Chess under the guidance of his Chess Coach Kapil Lohana”.
Success story of Ameya
Posted on : 1st September 2016
Dear all, We are glad to inform you about one more success story from Victorious Chess Academy. An Intelligent boy who is studying in 11th class and preparing for IIT entrance exam decided to participate in District School Selection Tournament without compromising with studies! He was unable to attend first round due to Unit Test in school and therefore could attend only 8 rounds out of possible 9. With his strong will to win and for the love of chess, he won all rounds with perfect score of 8/8 and emerged as a Champion! He is none other than our beloved dear Ameya Munemane who won U-19 District School Championship conducted from 27th to 30th Aug 2016 at Kharadi, Pune. Many congratulations for this achievement! & Best wishes for future! - Team Victorious
Posted on : 15th September 2016
We are glad to share the current success of students from Victorious Chess Academy.
-Yashwant Telang from Akola has won three tournaments in a row. The first event Title for Yashwant was at Palakmantri Buddhibal Chashak held at Akola on 4th Sep 2016. The Second Title was won by Yashwant in the event "Chess Festival" conducted by Janata Bank held at Akola on 11th Sep 2016 & Finally, Yashwant added one more feather in his hat after winning the Title in Amaravati division zonal selection for U-17 Boys at Amaravati on 13th Sep 2016.
-Sanika Telang played fantastic Chess to score perfect 5/5 points in Amravati division zonal selection for U-14 Girls but had to settle for second place according to Buchol's system.
-Disha Dhore stood 3rd in *Pune division zonal selection tournament for U-17 Girls conducted at Solapur from 13-14th Sep 2016.
-Ameya Munemane once again proved that he can balance between Chess and Studies by getting selected in Pune division zonal selection tournament for U-17 Boys conducted at Solapur from 13-14th Sep 2016.
Many congratulations to all students on current success. All above-mentioned players will represent their respective zone in forthcoming State level selection tournament to be held at Akola from 19th to 22nd Sep 2016. All the best kids!- Team Victorious
Secured 3rd position in District inter-school
Its time to play in nationals !
Posted on : 18th November 2016
Dear all, We are glad to share with you the current success of dear Saiarya Katkar in recently concluded state selection tournament at Amravati, Maharashtra. She scored 7.5 points out of possible 9 rounds and increased her ELO rating with 87 points to qualify for National U-15 Girls category. Saiarya is studying in 10th class and also preparing for IIT Entrance Exam. She believes chess helps her to get better in studies and to improve as a person. Saiarya will represent Maharashtra State in upcoming National selection event at Delhi from 20th Nov 2016. Many congratulations on current success! & Best wishes for National event !! - Team Victorious
Physically challenged but mentally very tough
Posted on : 1st November 2015 – Shailesh Nerlikar – “An International rated player of chess”
We are very happy to share with you the success story of Shailesh Nerlikar, a go getter person by nature. His physical disability could not stop him achieving his dream. a resident of Uchgaon, a taluka place in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.
Shailesh was a normal kid till the age of 5 yrs. Once he fell ill and his health deteriorated from that moment. He used to recover for a month or so after some medication, but get unwell again. Once a doctor diagnosed that Shailesh was suffering from calcium deficiency.
Just when life seemed the bleak and dark, Shailesh managed to discover chess in his life! Shailesh could not sit while playing, but he would lie down on the side and make his moves. Sometimes he would use a stick to make his moves.
Remarkable performance in Spain
Posted on : 12th August 2016
Dear all, We are glad to inform you that dear Siddhant Gaikwad is back in India after an excellent performance in Catalan circuit at Spain. He played five International events in Spain from 25th June to 10th Aug 2016, which includes the following: 1. Montcada Open 2. Barbera Open 3. Sant Marti Open 4. Sitges Open 5. Badalona Open Siddhant started his dream run in Catalan circuit with rating ELO 2003 and has gained 372 ELO points. As a results his live rating is ELO 2375 points! We are very much thankful to all generous people, friends, Chess promoters, and all members of the Victorious family for their contribution to help Siddhant to achieve his dream in Chess. "Small contribution from your side has made a big difference in Siddhant's life." Siddhant is ready to work hard to achieve his dream in Chess and seeking blessings of all of you to stay motivated. Thank you very much! - Victorious Chess Academy, India
Success in district school selection
Posted on : 26th August 2016
Dear all, We are glad to inform you about the success of three budding champions of Victorious Chess Academy in recently concluded District school selection tournaments in Akola and Pune district of Maharashtra. Dear Sanika Telang, Yashwant Telang, and Disha Dhore got selected for Zonal Level School Selection Tournaments. Sanika Telang won U-14 Girls category with the outstanding performance of 6/6 points and remained unbeatable in the event. Disha Dhore played excellent chess in U-17 Girls category to win the Title with 6.5 points out of possible 7 rounds. Yashwant Telang had to settle down for the 2nd position this time with a good score of 5.5 out of 6 rounds. Disha Dhore and Yashwant Telang are studying in 10th class and can successfully manage their time between studies, chess, and physical activities. Sanika Telang likes to play chess & she is studying in 7th class. Congratulations kids for great performance in school Championships. All the best for Zonal event!! -Team Victorious
Telang siblings success
September 2018 In the recently concluded District level Inter school Chess Championship at Akola, the Telang siblings made a remarkable performance. Yashwant Telang won the under 19 category by scoring 5.5 points out of 6. Sanika Telang secured second position in the under 14 category by scoring 6.5 points out of 7, whereas Rohini Telang secured 4th position in the under 14 category by scoring 6 points out of 7. Also, in Akola - Amravati Regional Inter school Chess championship, Yashwant Telang secured 2nd position in the under 19 category, whereas Sanika Telang secured 2nd position in the under 14 category. Yashwant, Sanika and Rohini have been taking Chess coaching from Victorious Chess Academy under the guidance of their Chess coach Shri Kapil Lohana".
Victorious news in Loksatta
Harsh Jeswani and Ashish Gupta won beginners and intermediate category respectively in the chess tournament conducted by Victorious Chess Academy. Karan Kumar and Yash Joshi came 2nd and 3rd in beginners category. Amey Munemane and A. Panchwadkar came 2nd and 3rd in Intermediate category. Nivaan Khandadia won the best player prize. Gargi Kulkarni won the best girls prize. Hrishaya Dhadage and Parthi Vinchwekar came 2nd and 3rd in girls category. The tournament is successfully conducted in Swiss league format under National Instructor Kapil Lohana.