Sarees and diamonds at the rest day of women's National Premier
It is a well-known fact that women usually love shopping. But women chess players are too busy calculating the complications of a rook ending or planning a minority attack, to have the time to pamper themselves! Well, Surat is a hub for sarees and diamonds and the organizers made sure that they gave the players a good feel of both the products. At Shairu diamonds the players were shown how a diamond is made and at Laxmipati Saree store they were given the freedom to choose one saree free of cost! Naturally, the sheer number of candidate moves left all the players confused, but everyone did find a saree they loved and went back home refreshed for the second half of the event!
Usually Chess players are seen hunching over the board trying to make a choice on what is the best possible move in the position! Rest days in the tournament are spent in the bed, watching a movie, preparing for an opponent or washing clothes! However, at the Women's National Premier 2017, the organizers did a fantastic job to not only keep the players entertained on the rest day, but also to educate and finally amaze them!
Surat is a textile hub and one of the best places to go for Saree shopping. Mr. Niraj Murarka sponsored one saree per player at the Laxmipati shop. The players had a wide range of sarees to choose from. A choice that some of them found more difficult than finding a brilliant combination on the chess board! All the players bought one or more sarees and although it is not a compulsion, it would be a nice gesture from their end if they wore it at the closing ceremony.
The entire Saree shopping experience captured in video:
A huge congratulations to the Gujarat State Chess Association (GSCA), the organizing committee of the 44th Iwasa National Women's Premier and the Sponsors. They have truly shown what out of the box thinking is and the respect shown to our top women players is a great gesture appreciated by the entire chess community.