| Srijan Chatterjee |
Calcutta: There is no stopping Diptayan Ghosh. On Tuesday, he defeated second seed Debankan Dhara to maintain his unbeaten run in the 24th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship, organised by Alekhine Chess Club, at the Gorky Sadan. After the eighth round, he maintained his sole lead with eight points.
Kaustav Kundu shares the second spot with Mitrabha Guha, Sumit Kumar, Aditya Chowdhury and Khushi Dharewa.
South Point, represented by Diptayan, Kaustav, Mitrabha and Aronyok Ghosh, lead the table with 28.5 points. St James’ School (22.5) and Apeejay School (21) occupy the second and third places respectively.
Playing with Black, Diptayan opted for Slav Defence against Debankan and obtained equalisation easily.
Gradually, he manoeuvred into a better position, putting tremendous pressure on Debankan. Eventually, Debankan blundered and lost the exchange. Thereafter, Diptayan had no difficulty in winning the tie.
In another match, Mitrabha Guha won against Debangshu Chakraborti. The game started with a Caro-Cann Defence. Mitrabha, playing with Black, equalised easily. The game drifted into a knight versus bishop ending where Mitrabha produced some brilliant moves with the knight before Debangshu resigned.
Kaustav Kundu defeated Rohan Sen in a complicated Sicilian Defence while Srijan Chatterjee, the youngest boy participant, of Stepping Stone School, Rishra, registered yet another win in the competition, against Kaustav Basu.