Mangaluru, Dec 05, 2018: The South Zone Inter-University Chess Tournament got underway here at the Dr TMA Pai Hall at KMC on December 4, Tuesday with 57 teams vying for top honours.
The best four Universities will qualify and represent the South Zone at the All-India Inter-University Chess tournament to be held in Meerut later this month.
University teams from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala will play seven rounds in the Swiss league format.
The tournament was formally inaugurated by International Master, Stany George Antony from Shivamogga.
Speaking on the occasion, Stany lauded the university for hosting a chess tournament of this size and requested the authorities to consider hosting an international grandmasters tournament. Dr H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor MAHE agreed to the suggestion.
Osmania University, Hyderabad is the top seed with average rating 2158 followed by Anna University, Chennai (2121), University of Madras, Chennai (2111).
International Master Al Muthaiah (2408) from SRM University, Fide Master Sai Agni Jeevithes (2336) from Osmania University, Kumaran B from University of Madras, Ajay Krishna (2289) from Anna University are the star players of Championship.
At the end of 2nd round, twelve teams were leading with four match points each.