About Chanakya Chess Club

Chanakya Chess Club (C.C.C) was started under the able hands of Dhananjay Ramraje and Geeta Punjabi in the year 2003. The motto since the inception has been “Learn with Fun”. True to this we have been following it in our coaching as well as during the tournaments.

Dhananjay Ramraje, a seasoned player & also being the Secretary of Bombay Chess Association had a great vision to groom the young budding masters. Unfortunately, he expired on 27th May,2012 due to a massive heart attack.

Currently, Salil Ghate and Geeta Punjabi are actively involved in day to day management of Chanakya Chess Club. Having a core team of extremely efficient & experienced coaches, C.C.C nurtures them in the right module.

Salil Ghate is involved in conceptualizing and organizing tournaments. He is also involved in the Chess in School program of Maharashtra Chess Association and is the Joint Secretary of the program.

Geeta Punjabi, Salil Ghate and Abhijit Hatkar manage the various centres and schools affiliated to CCC in Mumbai

Our Team

Along with Salil Ghate; Rajesh Vatwar, Abhijit Hatkar, Uma Kumar and Anjali Kulkarni are actively involved in tournament management.

Abhijit Hatkar and Ajinkya Pathrudkar manage the IT section of Chanakya Chess Club. Rajesh Vatwar and Abhijit Hatkar are the Joint Secretaries of CCC.

Our Elite Coaches are :

1. Salil Ghate
2. Abhijit Hatkar
3. Priyadarshi Torne (Visiting Faculty)
4. Akshay Sawant
5. Amit Soman
6. Karan Ajinkya
7. Poorva Pathre
8. Jai Pradhan
9. Piyush Manuja

Coaching,Tournaments & Students

Chanakya Chess Club (C.C.C) is one of the top clubs of Mumbai in organizing tournaments and conducting coaching. CCC was the pioneer in starting Under-6 tournaments to grrom talent from a young age.

As part of its ongoing process to harness and tap talent at the grass root level, CCC is organizing events in various schools and colleges and different pockets, in and around Mumbai. Currently there are more than 2000 players & more than 10 schools learning under our banner.

The objective is to spread knowledge about the game & also to tap talent at the grass root level.

Our Inter-School event in March 2006, hosted by the reputed Khar Gymkhana entered the annals of Indian Chess history, when heartthrob of millions Aamir Khan drew against Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte in a Simultaneous exhibition match much to the delight of all. It was rare event in India where a top Bollywood actor not only played against a Grandmaster but drew, thus exhibiting skills in chess and motivating others.

The past luminaries who graced our tournaments

  • Aamir Khan: Bollywood Superstar

  • Ronald Mcdonald: International Icon of Food and beverage giant Mcdonalds

  • Naresh Raisinghani: CEO & Exec. Director, BMG INDIA and Managing editor of www.worldchesschampions.com (endorsed by Anand)

  • Krishna Hegde: MLA(Vile Parle) of Congress Party

  • Dr. Bal Inamdar: DG of Rotary (District 3140)

  • Sanjay Prabhu: Chief Managing Officer,Neptune Magnet Mall

  • Soumya Swaminathan: Former World junior girls chess champion

  • Anjali Bhagwat: Former World Shooting Champion

  • Vijay Rao: MD, Mistras Physical Acoustics India Pvt Ltd

  • Ami Ghia: Former World No. 7 and former Queen of Indian Badminton

  • Raghunandan Gokhale: Dronacharya awardee in Chess

  • Sanjay Sharma: Former National Badminton Champion, TV commentator

  • Ravindra Dongre: Treasurer, All India Chess Federation

  • Anupama Gokhale: Former Asian Queen, WIM and many others