| L. Romen Singh makes a move during his game on Saturday. It was Romen who won the Guwahati leg of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship, and not Rahul Sangma as was erroneously reported in these columns on Saturday. Sangma, however, is the top seed of the ongoing finals
Calcutta, Aug. 30: Thirteen-year-old Mary Ann Gomes (six points) of Frank Correa Academy shot into sole lead after the sixth round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan on Saturday.
A pack of four — Rahul Sangma, Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, Joydeep Dutta and C.R.G. Krishna — are breathing down her neck with 5.5 apiece.
Playing her favourite Bird’s opening, Mary Ann continued her winning spree by disposing off Soumya Thakurta of St James in a mere 23 moves. MaryAnn next meets top seed Rahul Sangma in a crucial encounter which could well decide the fate of the championship.
Sangma survived a scare against Anurag Jaiswal of Children Seminary. The top seed at one time was in a losing position as his king was exposed to a dangerous attack. But Anurag faltered and allowed Sangma to escape with a draw.
Second seed Akshat Khamparia of Madhya Pradesh went down to Minhazuddin of Bangladesh in a King’s Indian defence. Third seed Tejdeep Adabwala of Andhra Pradesh, too, was beaten — by compatriot C.R.G. Krishna, the 14th seed — in 29 moves in a Slav defence.
Sumit Shaw of St Lawrence held Fide-rated Debayan Majumdar of St James’ to a draw. Ten-year-old Bitan Banerjee of Baruipur HS did well to share the point with Souparno Ghosh of Don Bosco in a Reti opening.
Defending champion Joydeep Dutta outwitted Shamima Akter Liza of Bangladesh in just 27 moves in a Slav defence.
TOP BOARD RESULTS
Anurag Jaiswal (5.5) drew with Rahul Sangma (5.5); Mary Ann Gomes (6) bt Soumya Thakurta (5); Akshat Khamparia (4.5) lost to Minhazuddin A. Sagar (5.5); C.R.G. Krishna (4.5) bt Tejdeep Adabala (4.5); Joydeep Dutta (5.5) bt Shamima Akter Liza (4.5); Rajib Dhar (5) bt Priyangshu Saikia (4); Sumit Shaw (4.5) drew with Debayan Majumdar (4.5); Anwesh Upadhaya (4) lost to Indradeep Giri (5); Kiran Mohanty (4) lost to Ramkrishna Perumalla (5); L. Romen Singh (5) bt Trailokya Nanda (4); Souparno Ghosh (4.5) drew with Bitan Banerjee(4.5); Debaditta S Biswas (5) bt Debanjan Das (4); Nazir Arifeen (4) lost to Suman Basu (5); Sandipan Chatterjee (5) bt Diptanu Das (4); Payel Guha (5) bt Kh Sanjoy Singh (4).