Kunte Chess Institute


Anirudha Deshpande playing a game of chess.

PYC Hindu Gymkhana added to its exquisite list of Sports Facility Centres by starting Chess, Carom and Darts Centres. These centres were inaugurated on Monday 7th October 2013 at 6.30pm by Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande, President of Pune District Chess Circle, President of Pune District Metropolitan Badminton Association, a huge Sports Enthusiast and an Entrepreneur, and Mr. Vijay Bhave, President PYC Hindu Gymkhana. The ribbon was untied by these dignitaries to flag off the centres.


GM Abhijit Kunte playing a game of chess.

The PYC Chess Academy was started off by Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande and Mr. Vijay Bhave playing a chess game. Later WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar, GM Abhijit Kunte, IM Srinath Narayanan, Abhishek Kelkar and Kiran Panditrao played a simul event against 25 aspiring children.


Abhishek Kelkar playing a game of chess.

Mr. Yogesh Pardeshi, Carom World Champion, set in motion the Carom Centre along with Dr. Bhate, Vice president of PYC Hindu Gymkhana and Dr. Dake, Member of PYC Hindu Gymkhana.

The Darts Centre was launched by Mr. Ashfaque Sayed and Mrs. Ayesha Sayyed, International Darts Champions by aiming a few darts at the board.


Prince Bajaj playing a game of chess.

With the commencement of the Chess, the Carom and the Darts Centres, PYC Hindu Gymkhana has now fully fledged Centres for 11 Sports – Cricket, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Billiards, Bridge, Chess, Carom and Darts. Such provision of world class sports facilities makes PYC Hindu Gymkhana one of the best Sports Facility Centres not only in Pune but also in Maharashtra.


Atharva Godbole playing a game of chess.

Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande, a big sports enthusiast himself, appreciated the work done by PYC Hindu Gymkhana in supporting and promoting Sports such as Chess, Carom and Darts.

The inauguration event was hosted by well known Physical Trainer Mr. Mahendra Gokhale. Mr. Kumar Tamhane, Hon. Gen. Secretary of PYC Hindu Gymkhana gave the vote of thaks to all the present dignitaries and members.


IM Narayanan Srinath playing a game of chess .

Also present for the function were the following PYC Members - Mr. Shashank Halbe, Mr. Avinash Jadhav, Mr. Girish Karambelkar, Mr. Anand Paranjpe, Honorary Treasurer, Mrs. Jyoti Godbole and Mrs. Suvarna Jog.

Mr. Prakash Kunte, Dr. Satish Thigale, Director Symbiosis SPA, Mr. Kiran Panditrao, Mr. Chandu Dongre, Mr. Abhishek Kelkar attended the inauguration of the PYC Chess Academy.

Mr. Suhas Kambli, Mr. Anil Munde, Mr.Subhash Thorve, Mr. Darekar, Mr. Achabe, Mr. Gaikwad and Mr. Latekar were present for the inauguration of the Carom Centre.