Pune: For the first time in the history of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), five students from the varsity will be representing it at the international level in the World University Chess Championship to be held at Aracaju in Brazil.
The championship will be held from September 12 to 18.
The names of the five students and the SPPU-affiliated colleges are Nikhil Dixit of the Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College, Ranbir Mohite of the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC), Sanjana Joel of the Modern Education Society, Shreya Anekar of the Cummins Engineering College and Rutuja Desai of the Trinity Engineering College, Pisoli.
They are among the eight chess players selected in the Indian University teams, which were selected at the selection round held by the KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, said Sports and Physical Education Director Deepak Mane.
Speaking about his success, Nikhil Dixit said, “I had recently played the All India University Chess Tournament as part of the Pune University team, after which I got to know that having played for Nationals, I had the opportunity to go for the selection trial for the Indian team. This was a sudden and great opportunity. Only two of us from SPPU have been selected in the men’s team for India.”
Shreya Anekar who has been playing chess since she was in Std VI said it is a really big opportunity to be representing India in chess.