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GM norm for Das

Calcutta: Young Sayantan Das achieved his maiden Grandmaster norm on Friday from the 22nd Open International ciutat de Montcada held in Barcelona.

Sayantan, a trainee of the Goodricke National Chess Academy, which is run by Alekhine Chess Club, beat two Grandmasters and drew with as many — both of whom are highly rated — in the competition.

Previously, Sayantan’s ELO rating performance was 2613. He has now gained 46 ELO points from the tournament, said a release.

Another student of the academy, Diptayan Ghosh, finished sixth in the tournament.

Both the players are scheduled to take part in three more international tournaments in Spain and are expected to earn the required two more norms to become Grandmasters.