Calcutta: Top seed Diptayan Ghosh started his campaign in the 24th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, on a winning note at the Gorky Sadan, on Thursday.
The 14-year-old IM made short work of his opponent Debarghya Samanta as he won the tie in 29 moves.
Diptayan was, obviously, happy with his effort. “It was important to make a good start. I became the runner-up in the last edition of the tournament. So, I want to win the tournament this time around,” said Diptayan.
All the other seeds registered victories in the opening round. Second seed Debankan Dhara got the better of Debdeep Mahapatra, while third seed Mitrabha Guha defeated Debajyoti Sarkar.
The sons of GMs Dibyendu Barua and Ziaur Rahman, Dishan and Tahsin Tajwar Zia respectively, also won easily.
Interestingly, Ziaur Rahman, who is also Bangladesh’s first GM, had participated in the competition in his formative years and recalled fond memories. “Hope my son does better than me,” Ziaur said.
The meet was inaugurated by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly along with Deep Sengupta and Ziaur Rahaman in the presence of A.V. Mazirka, Director of Gorky Sadan.
In his inaugural speech, Surya reminisced the time when he played in the tournament. “I started my journey from this tournament. I played in the first edition of this event. This event has a special place in my heart,” said Surya.