Asian Chess Excellence Awards 2023: Gukesh receives Player of the Year and AICF bags Most Active Federation
On 1st March 2023 at 5th Annual Asian Chess Excellence Awards, several Indian players and the Indian governing body of chess were awarded for their fantastic achievements in 2022. The awards won in various categories are: Man of the Year - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M K Stalin, Player of the Year - GM D Gukesh, Most Active Federation - AICF, Best Women's team of the Year - Indian Women's team comprising Humpy, Harika, Vaishali, Tania and Bhakti, Coach of the Year - GM R B Ramesh, Women's Coach of the year - GM Abhijit Kunte, Best Junior Player - GM Leon Luke Medonca, and Youth Player of the year - Ilamparthi A R. Photo: AICF
Abu Dhabi (1st March 2023):- In the Asian Chess Federation annual summit which is under progress at Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Asian Chess Excellence Awards 2023 has been announced and India shines with bagging the greatest number of awards.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Mr. M K Stalin conferred with Man of the Year for his invaluable involvement for the successful hosting of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad at Mahabalipuram in a short notice of four months while for the outstanding performance of winning Gold medal on Board number one in the Olympiad, Grandmaster D Gukesh bagged the Player of the Year award. All India Chess Federation once again showed it mettle to bag the Most Active Federation Award.
In other categories, for the bronze medal winning performance in Olympiad, Indian women's team consisting of Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni was adjudged as Best Women team of the year while Grandmaster R B Ramesh bagged the Coach of the year and Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte, Women’s Coach of the year awards. Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca received the Best Junior Player award for his performance in the World Junior Chess Championship where he tied for the first position while winning the Under-14 World Championship, Ilamparthi A R awarded the Youth Player of the Year award.
All India Chess Federation President Dr Sanjay Kapoor, Asian Chess Federation Deputy President, Bharat Singh Chauhan and Asian Zone 3.7 President, Ajay Patel congratulated all the award winners and thanked everyone for their support for making All India Chess Federation bag the Most Active Federation award once again.
Source: Press Release