Shri Pandit - In Memory
Shri V.D.Pandit, founder member of AICCF and its first Bulletin Editor, battled with Covid till his body finally
gave up on 27th April 2021. He was the main force behind the foundation of AICCF along with Shri M.B.Mulla
and Shri E.G.Meherhomji. He was responsible for AICCF's registration and its becoming a member of ICCF.
He brought out the AICCF bulletin during 1993-1998. We will always remember him for his contribution to CC
organization and as a Chess Historian and Statistician.
pril 2021 was a sad month for AICCF. Shri V.D.Pandit and Shri E.G.Meherhomji, two founder office-bearers of AICCF
passed away in that month. Shri V.D.Pandit was the first Bulletin Editor of AICCF and it is fair to say that
he did more for AICCF than anyone else in its foundation years.
Last photo of Shri Pandit
Shri Pandit at the age of 75 was in good health and looked perfectly hale and hearty as you can see in the last photo taken before he died.
He is survived by his wife Mrs Mangala Vijay Pandit, elder daughter Vaishali Pandit Shenai and younger daughter
Dipali Pandit Kulkarni.
The government announced registrations for covid-19 vaccination for the age group 60+ starting from 1st
August 2021. Shri Pandit took the first dose of Covaxin on 24th March 2021.
The photo alongside shows how he proudly held up his "I got my COVID-19 vaccine" placard at the vaccination centre.
Despite the vaccination, he subsequently contracted Covid-19 and tested positive on 7th
His daughter, Dipali Pandit writes, "He was diabetic for last many years, though his sugar levels were within control. However, during covid infection it is said that the sugar level increases. When his sugar levels increased we thought of taking him
to hospital. We wanted to admit him in P.D. Hinduja hospital at Mahim which is in our vicinity and one of the best hospitals.
But with the cascading number of Covid cases, there was no bed available there. So we were compelled to admit him on 11/04/2021 in Bandra Kurla jumbo center (BKC) which is a Covid Care Center set up by the government.
Initially his sugar was under control but later it went on increasing and failed to come back to normal and he went into diabetic complications. He breathed his last on 27/04/2021. We are still in grief..."
What he did for AICCF dring 1993-1998:
- Organised a meeting among CC lovers in 1993 when the previous organisation, CCAI, became dysfunctional.
From the Annual Report 1993-1994
Years prior to 1993, the Correspondence Chess (CC) activity in the country had come to a standstill.
CC was being neglected and had to face a grim battle for its very survival. Those who truly love CC
appealed to us to start a separate organisation. A meeting of CC lovers was, therefore, held on
27th Feb., 1993 at Mr. M.B.Mulla's residence in Bombay and it was resolved to start a
separate CC organisation and to christen the same as "All India Correspondence Chess Federation"
From left: Standing - S.K.Somani, Dr. A.Chatterjee, V.D.Pandit, P.M.Dalvi, K.Prabhakar
Sitting - E.G.Meherhomji, H.J.Samtani.
- Took responsibility to register AICCF as a new society under the Societies Registration Act and the Bombay Public Trusts
- Formulated the AICCF Constitution, completed typesetting and printing.
- Designed the AICCF logo. This is the same logo you see on our website even after AICCF recently became AIWCF.
- Attended all the AICCF Meetings (2 meetings per year).
- Helped deal with all contentious issues and complaints during this period.
- Corresponded with ICCF players and ICCF Management, leading to AICCF joining ICCF in 1994.
- Started Friendly International Matches against Scotland, Sweden, Poland and England.
- Brought out 11 AICCF Bulletins from Oct 1993 to Aug 1998.
In his own words, the AICCF Bulletin was THE EVOLUTION OF A REVOLUTION.
- Coined the words CORCHEGIMMIC and AUTO-CHESS-O-GRAPHY for use in the Bulletin.
- Motivated and trained A.Chatterjee to continue as Bulletin Editor.
- Played several post-card games in AICCF including the 1st AICCF Championship
and also many ICCF games by air-mail.
- Along with six other AICCF players (A.G.Nagaradjane, Prasad M.Dalvi, Rakesh Kumar Chauhan, Dr Ambar Chatterjee, Sameer A.Salgaocar and K.Valsan), entered the ICCF Rating List of 01 July 1998 with a Rating of 2264 from 22 rated games.
Shri Pandit was a chess historian and statistician. Since April 1975 he he became a prolific writer of
articles/letters on chess in magazines, newspapers and souvenirs. In 1989 he published a book in Marathi entitled, Buddhibalateel Gamatee Jamatee (Anectodes in Chess).
In 1988 He wrote an article "Chess in India" for Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya (Russian Encyclopedia of Chess).
In 2014 he co-authored (with Manuel Aaron) the book
Indian Chess History 570 AD - 2010 AD.
The book is so extensive and complete in its coverage of both
OTB and CC that it can be considered a lifetime achievement.
You can find further details in his Auto-Chess-O-Graphy published in the
AICCF Bulletin, May 2000 on page 19
The May 2021 issue of Chess Mate carries a 7-page obituary by Manuel Aaron entitled,
The Fountain of Information Is No More — Vijay D. Pandit (1945-2021)
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Corona has taken away from us a stalwart of AICCF, a chess historian, statistician and writer.
We send our condolences to his family and join them in their grief.
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