By A Spectrum Sports Reporter
(reproduced from Spectrum, dated 16 February 2008)
N. Watson Solomon, Assistant Professor in the SRM School of Journalism and Mass Communication, recorded yet another hat-trick when he successfully defended his title, which he first won in 2006, in the inter-collegiate staff chess championship conducted by Guru Nanak College recently. Only last month he won for the third time the inter-collegiate staff chess championship conducted by Sri Ramachandra University.
He scored four points in as many rounds and was assured of the title in the penultimate round itself. Among the players he defeated were Dhanasekaran of Nazareth College, Ravi Kumar of the Madras Christian College and Francis Xavier of Vellore Institute of Technology. Watson refused a draw offer from Xavier and played for a win. Xavier’s knight sacrifice and Watson’s ‘blunder’ pin could in no way alter the outcome of the game.