|Debankan Dhara, on Friday. A Telegraph picture
Calcutta: The seeded players registered easy victories in the second round of the 24th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, here, on Friday.
While top seed Diptayan Ghosh of South Point School took 26 moves to beat the unheralded Rishiraj Baul, second seed Debankan Dhara overcame Rajarshi Mondal.
Jharkhand’s best bet Saurabh Anand also got the better of Parthib Bose.
Srijan Chatterjee of Stepping Stone School, the youngest boy participant, also won his first game of the tournament. He defeated Jagriti Agarwal of Lakshmipat Singhania School.
Playing with white, Rishiraj opted for Scotch Defence against the 14-year-old International Master. Diptayan started aggressively and had no problems in dominating the middlegame.
He also won an important piece in the middlegame. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing for him.
Diptayan said: “The aim is to win as many points as I can in the early rounds. Today I stuck to my basics… I didn’t try to experiment much. He gave me a scare early when he won a vital piece but I remained focused to win the match.”
GM Dibyendu Barua’s son — Dishan — also won easily against Atrajo Nandy. However, Ziaur Rahman’s son Tahsin Tajwar Zia failed to win his match in the second round.