D.P.Singh wins Salgaocar Chess Tournament
16.08.06: After a dismal showing as a member of the Indian Chess Olympiad squad, Diwakar Prasad Singh, a 2377 rated IM, has won the first Salgaocar Chess Tournament. He beat West Bengal's Somak Palit in an Albin Counter Gambit variation to win the title.The First Smt. Hirabai Salgaocar All India Rating Chess Tournament was held at the Clube Tennis De Gasper Dias, Miramar Beach, Panjim, Goa, India, from August 6th to 13th, 2006. It was an 11-round event with a total prize fund of Rs 111,000. The first prize was Rs. 33,000, 2nd 22,000, 3rd 11,500, etc. up to 15th Rs 1000. For Singh, this was the third win in a row, having bagged the Raisoni Open in Nagpur and Adyar Times Open in Chennai. He finished a clear half-point ahead of GM Sandipan Chanda in a very strong field of 235 players, consisting of one GM, 10 IMs and two age-group world champions. With this win, IM D.P. Singh has now seized three back-to-back FIDE Rating Tournaments in India, in the span of just one month after the Chess Olympiad in Torino. He has won more than 75% of the tournaments he had participated in during last two years, and he is the only player after GMs Anand, Ganguly and Harikrishna to secure a berth in the Indian team on debut to the National A Chess Championship.