Nutan Buddhibal Mandal
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Sangli is famous as a Wimbledon of the game "Chess"

As Sangli is famous for its beginning of Marathi Theatre, it is also known as a Wimbledon of the game "Chess". Sangli has a tradition of chess at least of Two centuries.
Haripur, village near Sangli and Sangli itself are the motherland of this game. Dajiba Date, Bandambhat Mehendale was the founder of the game in this area. Baba Bodas, Anna Gadre, Vinayakrao Khadilkar, Gangadharpant Paranjape, Narayanrao Joshi from Miraj, Panditrao Gadre, Adv. Joshi, Prof. Alukar and even His Majesty Chhatrapati Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj from Kolhapur were the shining stars in the field of chess at that time. The rich as well as ordinary people took interest in the game.bh5.jpg
In the year 1942, Late. Rambhau Bhide established Southern Maratha Country Chess Club in the house of late. Govindrao Padsalgikar. In 1930, Late. Shrimant Dadasaheb Gadgil, Late Vishnupant Rajwade , Late. Tammannacharya Padsalgikar founded Chess Society, Sangli. It organised many chess tournaments. In 1935, chess of 10 games was arranged between Late. Sultan Khan who was the champion of the British Empire and Late. Vinayakrao Khadilkar, the first Indian who had gone abroad for the chess tournaments. From 1922 to 1925, chess tournaments of Southern Maratha Country championship were arranged by Late. Dr. Vasudeo Narayan Desai in Sangli Gymkhana. From that time, chess became the game of all common people of Sangli truly. In 1929, Deval Club of Sangli also arranged chess tournaments.
On 23rd December 1941, "Nutan Buddhibal Mandal" was founded in memory of Late. Vishnu Ramchandra Rajawade by Late. Bhausaheb Rajwade, Late. Dajisaheb Dixit, Late. Sopanrao Shingare and Bhaurao Padsalgikar. Some objectives of the Mandal are to canvass and make the game of chess popular, to collect the literature of the game, arrange chess tournaments and build a separate building for the Mandal.

Mandal started competitions first for the beginners.

From 1941 to 1943, these competitions were arranged for the members of the mandal and for others.
From 1943 to 1947, Mandal arranged chess competition in memory of Late. Vinaykrao Khadilkar and for the competent players. But in the year 1948, Mandal could not arrange the competitions.
Member and guide of the Mandal, Mr. Vinayakrao Khadilkar passed away in1944. Mr. Gopalrao Mujumdar passed away in 1948. Mandal started Master's Memorial competition in their memory from the year 1949. From the year 1954, Mandal started arranging these Tournaments regularly.
Prior to 1955, these matches were for the district of Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur.
In the year 1955, Late Appakaka Khadilkar and bhaurao Padsalgikar founded Southern Maratha Country Chess Association.

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