The human brain loves challenges. There’s a deep wedge between a student’s potential and his insignificance. To show his inherent faculty he needs a platform. Without competition he cozily retreats into the background feeling unimportant. Insignificant!
‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love, it will not lead you astray.’ This month we at DPS Rudrapur tried to touch lives adopting a different approach. We connected with many schools in a sporty, playful yet deep way. We gave students the freedom to fly to the moon like space cadets. We know and appreciate the fact that a student’s light does not always shine dazzling through the portal of academics. Many times it’s sports and other skill based activities. With this belief we went ahead, knowing very well that the lives we touch are to impact a million others as the wheel of living and experiencing continues. Autumn with its implacable scent and sharp tang of the season, served to rejuvenate our ‘pioneering impulses’ as the host school of CBSE NORTH ZONE 1 CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018. Indeed! These were no ordinary moments. We the Dipsites of Rudrapur created an environment to ‘accelerate’ results while detaching ourselves from outcomes. As first time hosts to an event of such magnitude our ‘hospitality’ was propelled on constant testing and experimenting. Were we on a personal development journey? Did we use the opportunity to be truly present while living our unique purpose alongside others? Comfort is indeed comfortable but growth sets in once we reach out to others more than we reach up to success.
Our team was strengthened by the support we received from each other as spiritual warriors. The reception, board, administrative, transport, food and all other forms of support to the visiting teams of schools was a living lesson in mission based service. Duty gives us opportunities to walk the extra mile, engage in selfless acts and partake of the practical spiritual wisdom in the entire process for which the journey itself is the destination. We can safely conclude ‘We are innately built to do more for others than we would for ourselves.’ A single droplet of love can make a great difference in a world of haste. For a while we did stand out from the crowd. The enthusiasm that built up in the process made us different people, more joyous, content and mature. The environment and the sheer intensity of it allowed the stage performers to immerse passionately into their acts. Their expressions were certainly an extension of their confident selves. The stronger our roots the more the strength we bring into others’ lives, this is what we actually experienced. What poise! What joy! Totally light hearted! Being part of a team our creative efforts were especially satisfying when it came to sports or cultural events. The opening and closing ceremony and the championship itself was a diamond drill with the best talent coming to the surface. Jaycees Public School provided us a loving family environment by sharing the ‘good energy’ and working on a good understanding to conduct this event.
The participation was phenomenal with 200 schools lining up 1200 students from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for the event. In a crowd brimming with anticipation the champion players rocketed to popularity. One could see their incredible gifts as they played with penetrating minds.
The opening ceremony took place on 03rd October, 2018 at 09:30 am.
The Chief Guest was Ex M. P. Naini Tal Mr. Balraj Pasi. The Special Guests were MLA Rudrapur Mr. Rajkumar Thukral, GM Dainik Jagran Mr. Raghvendra Chaddha, SP Crime Kamlesh Upadhyaya, Dr. Shivendra Kashyap, Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Mr. Ram Singh Bedi, Mr. Rajendra Shridhar, Mr. Vijay Girdhar, Harnam Guruji, Mr. Tajinder Singh, Mr. Harish Setia an entrepreneur and businessman and Principals from various schools.
The Closing Ceremony took place on 06 October, 2018 at 04:00 pm. The Chief Guest was Assistant Secretary CBSE (PE and Sports) Dr. Manjit Singh. The Special Guests were MD PM Publications Mr. Rajesh Bajaj, President UK Boxing Association Mr. Nirman Mukherjee, Secretary Olympic Association of UK Mr. D.K. Singh, BEO Mr. Matadin Gautam, renowned businessmen Mr. Yugal Kishore Bamba, Mr. Vijay Bhushan Garg, Mr. Harish Setia functionary Radha Soami Satsang and his team, Mr. Rajendra Sridhar, Mr. Harnam Chand, Mr. Diwakar Pandey and members of the Shail Parishad. Local culture is at the heart of Dipsites’ celebrations. Culture is the bridge to our developing pride in the community and link to mythological characters and values. The entire calendar of events right from the Welcome Song, Kumaoni Dance, Motivational Song, Dance Drill, Theme Dance (depicting a war over the chess board), Hanuman Chalisa, Yoga Performance and Group Song was an inspiration in art. Soul stirring!
Any guesses for our eloquent and classy emcees? Their polished voices ran the length and breadth of DPSR and surroundings on a velvet terrain. Their stage presence was unmatched. Well! Ms. Mannat Randhawa and Ms. Megha Girdhar truly need no introduction. Great going dear ‘stage presenters.’ Excellent blending work was done by Ms. Archana with her swift contribution to the podium. She stepped in with true artistic fervour reciting ‘sleek’ poetry in strong and compelling Hindi. There was finesse and grace in the coordination between the anchors.
A lot of happiness is derived from sports of a mental nature because the ‘gaming craft’ is demanding, universal and inspires sportsmanship.
We are still living the flavour of the result of this championship.
Was it a civic duty? Was it an academic duty? Or was it a beautiful natural instinct? The DPS Rudrapur team coming together, learning together, gathering together, relating and creating together, building together, speaking together, standing together! Congratulations to the Principal DPSR Mr. Chetan Chauhan and the Organizing Secretary of the Chess Championship Ms. Anuradha Chowdhary. Profound cheerleading on the part of the sports team! Thank you! This gratitude is directed at the entire DPS family for supporting this initiative and devoting time, energy and resources in the superlatives. It’s no small talk to say I am proud of each one of you for your uniquely dignified efforts in lending character to the championship.
Under 11 Boys
Winner Lotus Valley Public School
Winners – Dhruv Khosla, Vibhor Jain, Vihaan Jain and Samrat Brahmawar
Amity International School Noida Sec. 44
Runners Up- Shaurya Sisodia, Aaran Ghonge, Tanish Mittal, Rishit Singh
Under 11 Girls
Winner Amity International School Noida
Winners – Vyona Arora, Anika Tyagi, Priya Agarwal, Renesa Das Gupta
Presidium Public School Indirapuram
Runners Up- Khwahish, Vidisha Sharma, Shambhavi Singh Nayal, Arini Bhandari
Under 14 Boys
Winners- Vinayak Verma, Kushagra Sharma, Prabhav Aggarwal, Pranav Aggarwal
Runner Up- Amity International School
Runners Up- Utkarsh Bhatnagar, Arnav Dhamija, Viraaj Pathariya, Aaditya Ranjan.
Under 14 Girls
Winner Gyanshree School, Noida
Riya Tewari, Preksha Mehta, Somiya Hasija, Bhavya Hasija
Dehradun Public School Sec- 23 Ghaziabad.
Runners Up- Tanisha Sahlot, Nehal Mathur, Tanu Tomar, Muskaan Kumari
Under 17 Boys
Winner Lotus Valley International School
Winners Samveg Jain, Dhawal Arora, Uday Bansal, Samarth Lakhanpal
St. Theresa School
Runners Up -Ketan Kaushik, Sujal Suri, Anuj Sharma, Simran Sharma
Under 17 Girls
Winner- Amity International School
Winners Tanvi Gupta, Ananya Jaiswal, Poornima Gupta, Anuja Singh Chowhan
Runners Up- Saanvi Singh, Anya Jain, Ananya Jain, Azal Nasir
Under 19 Boys
Winners- Aryan Sharma, Satvik Sharma, Kavya Aggarwal, Manikya Negi
Amity International School Sec-6
Runners Up- Aviral Jaiswal, Gursimar Singh Tuteja, Yash Joshi, Manas Gupta
Under 19 Girls
Dehradun Public School Ghaziabad Sec 23
Winners Rashi Yadav, Shivangi Vashishtha, Divyanshi Goel, Muskan Bhatt
Dehradun Public School Govindpuram
Runners Up Aditi Garg, Ishita Vats, Bhavya Bhargava, Ayushi Gupta
“Life isn’t like a game of chess…Chess is the game of life.”
You have nothing to lose but everything to gain. There are plenty of rounds.