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Youngest champ in Fide ‘era’
- TELEGRAPH CHESS
- St James’ adjudged best school yet again

Calcutta: Overnight joint leader Bitan Banerjee lifted The Telegraph Schools’ Chess championship title with a score of nine points out of a possible 11 at the Alekhine Chess Club in Gorky Sadan on Thursday.

Bitan, a class VII student of Baruipur High School, also became the youngest player to win the premier school chess meet after it was recognised by Fide eight years back.

The 11-round Swiss league tournament was presented by Linc and co-sponsored by Bata.

It was a tough battle for the top-slot, as three players ' Bitan, Debaditya Sinha Biswas and Kaushalendra Kumar ' were in contention for the top honours. All of them drew, but Bitan, a student of the Goodricke National Chess Academy, was declared champion while Debaditya came second on account of better progressive scores. Kaushalendra Kumar of Bihar had to be content with third spot.

Bitan received The Telegraph School Trophy and a cash prize of Rs 15000 from chief guest Lakshman Singh, a former Asian Games double gold medallist in golf.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said: “I am happy that over the years this tournament has become the breeding ground of best players”.

Playing on the top board with black, Bitan opted for his favourite Najdorf Sicilian against Kaushalendra Kumar, but could make little headway. Unwilling to take further risks he called it a day. Debaditya, seeing Bitan held, on the second board, tried to win desperately against Soumya Thakurta. But Soumya thwarted all his attempts by defending well and forced a draw in 43 moves. Avi Bagdi of Madhya Pradesh, who drew with Suman Basu, was placed fourth with 8.5 points. In a queen’s pawn opening, Bagdi offered to split point on the 16th move, which the latter accepted quickly.

The surprise package of the meet turned out to be the nine-year-old Chandrasish Majumder, a class IV student of St Xavier’s who finished with eight points and was placed 15th.

Also present were Deepak Jalan (MD, Linc Pens & Plastic Ltd), Yu N. Zozulya (director, Gorky Sadan), Asoke Ghosh (life president, Alekhine Chess Club), K.S. Bagchi (president, Alekhine Chess Club) and D.D. Purkayastha (executive director, ABP Pvt Ltd).

St. James School, represented by Soumya Thakurta (8.5), Abhratanu Dutta (8.5), Nilabhro Datta (7.5), and Saurav Chakraborty (7) was declared the best school with 31.5 points for the fifth consecutive time.

Students of Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, Uttarpara ' Ganesh Kisku (7), Sambhu Murmu (7), Ajhar Alam (6) and Sudip Rajbanshi (5) ' were awarded special prizes.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

FINAL ROUND ' Kaushalendra Kumar (9) drew with Bitan Banerjee(9); Debaditya Sinha Biswas(9) drew with Soumya Thakurta (8.5); Avi Bagdi (8.5) drew with Suman Basu (8.5); Hemant Sharma(7.5) lost to Debanjan Das(8.5); Samrat Ghorai (8) drew with Rama Kumari (8); Avinash Singh(7.5) lost to Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (8.5); Nilabhro Datta(7.5) lost to Ankan Modak (8.5); Abhratanu Dutta(8.5) bt Rishi Shankar(7.5); Antarip Roy(8) bt Soumik Chowdhury(7.5); Priyanka Kumari (8) bt Kh.SanjoySingh(7); Abhirup Kar(7) lost to Sandipan Chatterjee(8); Reevu Ghosh(7) lost to Satyajit Kundu(8); Saurav Chakraborti(7) lost to Raunak Tongia(8); Prithwi Sinha(7) lost to Padmini Rout(8); Pallabi Roy(7.5) drew with Subhabrata Das(7.5); Sukanya Dutta(7) lost to Chandrasish Majumder (8); Payel Guha(7.5) drew with Gaurav Bhadhuri(7.5); Dhee Shankar(6.5) lost to Prantik Roy(7.5); Saikat Mullick(7.5) bt Ankit Banerjee(6.5); Sayantan Das(7.5) bt Aubhropratim Manna(6.5).

And the winners are ...

FINAL STANDINGS
Champion: Bitan Banerjee (Baruipur HS, 9). Trophy + Rs 15000; Runner-up: Debaditya Sinha Biswas (Salt Lake Point School, 9). Trophy + Rs 10,000.
3rd: Kaushalendra Kumar (Adarsh Madhya Vidyalaya, Bihar, 9.0). Trophy + Rs 7,000; 4th: Avi Bagdi ( Gyan Sagar Academy, 8.5). Memento + Rs 5,000; 5th: Soumya Thakurta (St. James’ School, 8.5). Memento + Rs 3,500; 6th: Suman Basu (Madhyamgram HS, 8.5). Memento + Rs 2,500; 7th: Abhratanu Dutta ( St. James’ School, 8.5). Memento + Rs 2,000; 8th: Utkal Ranjan Sahoo ( Ispat English Medium School, 8.5). Memento + Rs 1,800; 9th: Debanjan Das (Jadavpur Vidyapith, 8.5). Memento + Rs 1,700; 10th: Ankan Modak ( Acharya Prafulla Chandra High School For Boys, 8.5). Memento + Rs 1,500. 11th: Satyajit Kundu ( Vivekananda Mission School, 8.0). Memento + Rs. 1,000. 12th: Rama Kumari (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chakradharpur, 8.0). Memento + Rs. 1,000. 13th: Padmini Rout (D A V Public School, C S Puri 8.0). Memento + Rs. 1,000; 14th: Antarip Roy (St. Paul’s Mission School, 8). Memento + Rs. 1,000; 15th: Chandrasish Majumder (St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, 8). Memento + Rs.1,000; 16th: Sandipan Chatterjee (Shree Jain Vidyalaya for Boys, 8). Memento + Rs.1,000; 17th: Samrat Ghorai (Maria’s Day School, 8). Memento + Rs. 1,000; 18th: Priyanka Kumari (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chakradharpur, 8). Memento + Rs.1,000; 19th: Raunak Tongia (Shri Gujarati Samaj E M School, Indore, 8). Memento + Rs.1,000; 20th: Hemant Sharma (Ramjas School, Delhi, 7.5). Memento + Rs. 1,000.

AGE GROUP TOPPERS
U-6 (Girls): Shreya Chakraborty (Indira Gandhi Memorial HS, 5.5); (Boys): Subrodip Das (Gurukul Vidyamandir, 5.5).U-8 (Girls): Shoumi Mukherjee (M.P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, 6.0); (Boys): Sayantan Das (Scottish Church Collegiate School, 7.5).
U-10 (Girls): Agnihotri Ghosh (Tarasundari Balika Vidyabhaban, 7.0); (Boys): Prantik Roy (Carmel School, 7.5) U-12 (Girls): Pallabi Roy (Indira Gandhi Memorial HS, 7.5); (Boys): Avinash Singh (D.A.V Public School Kusmunda C.G., 7.5).U-14 (Girls): Payel Guha (Holy Child Girls’ HS, 7.5); (Boys): Nilabhro Datta (St. James’ School, 7.5)

OTHER PRIZES
Best Game: Bitan Banerjee against Soumya Thakurta (Late P. Mukherjee Trophy); Best School: St. James’ School (Soumya Thakurta 8.5; Abhratanu Dutta 8.5; Nilabhro Datta 7.5; Saurav Chakraborti 7) Total: 31.5; First Runner-up: South Point (Sukanya Dutta 7; Diptayan Ghosh 7; Shreyosh Sen Sharma 7; Shirsha Ghosh 6.5) Total: (27.5). Special Prize for Visually Challenged: Ganesh Kiskusudip, Sudip Rajbanshi, Ajhar Alam, Sambhu Murmu.

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