Impressions from the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup (part 2/2)

by Sagar Shah
6/27/2014 – In this second part, the reader is introduced to the cheapest burger in the world, the Indian Burger (it costs 17 cents!), as well as other culinary curiosities. Well-known figures are also presented, such as national blind champion Darpan Inani (2041 FIDE) who is pursuing a degree in accountancy when not playing chess. Discover all this and more in this guided tour.

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20-year-old Darpan Inani (2041) is 100% visually impaired. This has however not affected his hunger for excellence. He was the National Blind champion in the year 2010 and won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Junior Blind championship. He has also featured in the award winning chess documentary Algorithms. Not only that, he is also pursuing a very competitive educational course called the Chartered Accountancy. In the picture above you can see his mother Vimala by his side who accompanies him to all the tournaments and is his biggest supporter.

The best players from the state of Maharashtra: (left to right) Aniruddh Deshpande (2280), Atul
Dahale (2155). Back row from left to right: Abhishek Kelkar (2319), Sameer Kathmale (2345),
Chinmay Kulkarni (2249), Rakesh Kulkarni (2224) who had a great tournament gaining 25 Elo points.

Swapnil Kothari (2033) from Mumbai is a top notch lawyer. His passion
for the game made him fight battles off the board in the morning and
on the board in the evenings!

No one can distract him! S Yogit (2030)

"You don't know the power of the dark side..."

The organizing committee of the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup worked very hard to make this event successful.

The Author of these lines sitting inside Mumbai’s favourite mode of transport: the auto-rickshaw

Road side tea-stalls are very common in Mumbai. A glass of this refreshing drink also known
as chai is available for as little as Rs 5 (approx. US$0.08!).

A roadside cobbler who has quite some variety of footwear. When I told him that his picture
would be published on ChessBase he picked up the newspaper by his side and started reading it!

This stall sells one of the most popular snacks in Mumbai: Vada Pav, a popular spicy vegetarian fast food dish

Vada Pav consists of fritters made of Potato in the middle compressed between unsweetened
bun. It is also known as the Indian Burger. While a Burger in Mcdonald’s costs around 50 Rs
(approx. US$ 0.85) in India, the Vada Pav is just Rs.10! ($ 0.17)

The most popular monument of Mumbai: Gateway of India. The structure was erected to
commemorate the landing of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo
Bunder, when they visited India in 1911. (picture from Wikipedia)

The Mumbai Mayor’s Cup is going strong. Next year will be the eighth edition of this tournament. Hoping that my hometown tournament will be stronger and witness many more International participants.

All the above pictures have been clicked by Amruta Mokal who is a not
only an enthusiastic photographer but also a professional chess player
with an ELO of 2043 and 4 WIM norms. Clicking pictures is her passion
and she loves to cover tournaments capturing various expressions and
emotions of the chess players so engrossed in the game. She is also
the wife of the author of this article, Sagar Shah.




Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant and would like to become the first CA+GM of India. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder of the ChessBase India website.
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Kandi Ravi Kandi Ravi 6/27/2014 05:19
Very good coverage with never touched areas before. Your articles are very interesting. Congrats
swakot@yahoo.com swakot@yahoo.com 6/27/2014 03:54
Sagar and Amruta - thank you both for including the name and picture of this lesser mortal who happens to be a lawyer!! "She is also the wife of the author of this article" is a slightly erroneous statement - better put, "Amruta happens to be the better-half of the author of this nice article written by (logically) the worse-half - SAGAR SHAH!!! Your articles make chess so exhilarating. Sagar - may your penchant for writing so vividly flourish and Amruta - may your photography skills embellish it!! Way to go - you both!!
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