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Samriddhaa survives two massive scares at 27th The Telegraph Schools' 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/12/2018

Reigning West Bengal State Women's champion and 6th seed of the tournament escaped from the brink of loss against Soumyajit Das of Aditya Academy school in round 5. In round 4 also she narrowly escaped a loss when she miscalculated a tactic. Top four seeds remained unscathed and they are in the lead along with six other players at 5.0/5. Biggest upset of round 4 was, former WB State sub-junior girls' champion Sudipa Haldar blundering a checkmate against Debargha Basu and Mortuza Mahathir Islam (BAN) lost against Srihaan Poddar (PHI). In the fifth round Srihaan caused another upset by defeating Soyamsree Mohanty of Odisha. The report contains photos, videos and games from round 4 and 5. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Samriddhaa gets lucky twice in a day

You need a little bit of luck in everything you do. In today's case, Samriddhaa had all the luck on her side | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

In round 4, Samriddhaa Ghosh almost blundered a piece except her opponent Arijit Ghosh did not notice it. In Giuco Piano, she launched an overambitious attack which almost cost her a piece and the game. Fortunately opponent misplayed it and she managed to win eventually.

This is a typical position in Giuco Piano. What is the best continuation for White here?
Here is the final part of the game between Samriddha and Arijit in 4th round | Video: Shahid Ahmed

In round 5, Samriddhaa had a roller coaster of a game. She was losing for the better part of the game, however her opponent Soumyajit Das gave her some opportunity to get the full point but she was unable to capitalize due to time pressure. The game ended up in a draw eventually.

Samriddhaa speaks after escaping from the brink of loss in round 5 | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Samriddhaa played 55...Be4 here. What was the win for Black here?

55...Be4 was a mistake because White is winning now. Can you find out why?

Sudipa blunders mate against Debargha and Srihaan defeats Mortuza in round 4

Final moments of the game between Sudipa Haldar and Debargha Basu in round 4 | Video: Shahid Ahmed

White's pawns are marching towards promotion. Black has only one left trick left in his bag. Can you find it?

There was at least two easy ways for White to get a draw here. However, Sudipa blundered checkmate in one move due to time pressure.

Subhabrata Roy panicked in a seemingly equal position against fourth seeded Sanket Chakravarty | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

White just played 35.Ng4 with a simple threat. How should Black react?

WCM Noshin Anjum of Bangladesh defeated Anushka Gupta in the 4th round | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Noshin showed some brilliant tactics here after 18...Bxe5. Can you find it?

Among other upsets of round 4:

Mortuza Mahathir Islam (1614, BAN) lost to AGM Srihaan Poddar (1383, PHI)

Rajarshi Mondal (1569) drew with Debaprabho Gorai (1295)

Jyotisko Sengupta (1235, IND) drew with Sadnan Hasan Dihan (1944, BAN)

Ujaan Bhattacharya (1179) drew with Arijit Mukherjee (1566)

Kazi Zarin Tasnim (1627) drew with Debapriya Manna (1144)

Srihaan Poddar defeats Soyamsree Mohanty in round 5 and joins the leaders

Srihaan Poddar joins the leaders pack with a score of 5.0/5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Koustav's King walk became the deciding factor in his fifth round victory | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Among other upsets in round 5:

Soham Bhattacharyya (1290) drew with Rajarshi Mandal (1569)

Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (1617) drew with Sankalan Shah (1314)

Soumalyo Mondol (1298) drew with Mortuza Mahathir Islam (1614)

Soham Pal (1554) lost to Ayantika Das (1261)

Subhabrata Roy (1525) drew with Sayan Biswas (1252)

Photo Gallery:

It's time to expand my limits | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Need a little bit of chocolate to recharge | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Cute corner: We can barely reach the pieces | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The cute row | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Dressed to impress | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Hear no evil | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

We don't need chairs where we are going | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Girl power: A whole lot of girls are playing in the tournament | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Absolutely focused | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Even the small one can cast a long shadow | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Everyone has put their thinking cap on, I don't have mine | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

School chess championship means a lot of uniforms will be observed, meditation and yawn both can be seen too | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Interesting position can occur on anyone's board | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 5 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11
FMRajdeep Sarkar237041 - 04Bhattacharyya Soham1727
13
215
Rounak Pathak171940 - 14FMMitrabha Guha2351
2
33
Koustav Chatterjee234541 - 04WCMNoshin Anjum1722
14
417
Shuvam Roy168140 - 14Sanket Chakravarty1974
4
519
Soumyajit Das (Jr)16664½ - ½4Ghosh Samriddhaa1892
6
67
Rupam Mukherjee187541 - 04Anish Rooj1584
26
721
Pratyay Chowdhury164540 - 14Ayan Pal1827
10
851
Debargha Basu142840 - 14Soham Dey1770
12
959
AGMSrihaan Poddar138341 - 0Mohanty Soyamsree1706
16
1011
Praloy Sahoo17951 - 0Anjishnu Mondal1440
47
1175
Ishan Das13150 - 1Diya Chowdhury1652
20
1280
Debaprabho Gorai12950 - 1AIMDebarghya Samanta1595
25
1381
Soham Bhattacharyya1290½ - ½Rajarshi Mandal1569
28
1487
Anukarssa Dutta12610 - 1Swapnil Priyadarshi1559
30
15135
Shreya Shree Bansal11360 - 1Dhritabrata Kundu1527
34
165
Sadnan Hasan Dihan194430 - 13Ujan Sarkar1317
73
1777
Dhrubajyoti Barman130630 - 13Sambarta Banerjee1874
8
189
Aditya Bikram Paul187331 - 03Debarpita Ghosh1316
74
1994
Oishik Kundu124430 - 13Sudipa Haldar1675
18
2023
Alekhya Mukhopadhyay16173½ - ½3Sankalan Shah1314
76
2179
Soumalya Mondol12983½ - ½3Mortuza Mahathir Islam1614
24
2229
Arijit Mukherjee156631 - 03Projoy Jana1267
84
2331
Soham Pal155430 - 13Ayantika Das1261
88
2433
Shounak Mazumder152831 - 03Aarshiya Biswas1258
90
2535
Subhabrata Roy15253½ - ½3Sayan Biswas1252
92
2697
Yamijala Koulini123731 - 03Supratim Ghosh1519
36
2737
Arijit Ghosh150931 - 03Dolisiyas Dash1238
96
2899
Debapriyo Saha123430 - 13Akshath Sinha1504
38
2939
Anubhab Gupta149131 - 03Jyotisko Sengupta1235
98
3041
Sagnik Saha14783½ - ½3Ritabrata Chakraborty1208
104

 

Round 6 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
110
Ayan Pal182755FMRajdeep Sarkar2370
1
22
FMMitrabha Guha235155Rupam Mukherjee1875
7
312
Soham Dey177055Koustav Chatterjee2345
3
44
Sanket Chakravarty197455AGMSrihaan Poddar1383
59
56
Ghosh Samriddhaa1892Diya Chowdhury1652
20
625
AIMDebarghya Samanta1595Praloy Sahoo1795
11
730
Swapnil Priyadarshi1559Soumyajit Das (Jr)1666
19
834
Dhritabrata Kundu15274Aditya Bikram Paul1873
9
98
Sambarta Banerjee187444Atreya Nandy1431
50
1013
Bhattacharyya Soham172744Debargha Basu1428
51
1114
WCMNoshin Anjum172244Mouhurtik Ray1350
63
1256
Kumar Sankalp139344Rounak Pathak1719
15
1362
Sayandeep Roy135444Shuvam Roy1681
17
1418
Sudipa Haldar167544Soham Bhattacharyya1290
81
1570
Sayantan Das132544Pratyay Chowdhury1645
21
1626
Anish Rooj158444Yamijala Koulini1237
97
1728
Rajarshi Mandal156944Snehil Raj Singh1188
109
1872
Rowdrick Saha Talukdar132144Arijit Mukherjee1566
29
1973
Ujan Sarkar131744Shounak Mazumder1528
33
2088
Ayantika Das126144Arijit Ghosh1509
37
2138
Akshath Sinha150444Ritam Kundu1170
117
22142
Gairick Saha112744Anubhab Gupta1491
39
2342
Debi Prasad Nayak147044Bratajit Mukherjee1105
163
24160
Soumick Bandopadhyay110944Eshan Bhattacharjee1461
43
25156
Ishir Narayan111344Anushka Gupta1455
45
2616
Mohanty Soyamsree1706Anukarssa Dutta1261
87
2792
Sayan Biswas1252Alekhya Mukhopadhyay1617
23
2824
Mortuza Mahathir Islam1614Ishika Mondal1261
89
2932
CMManon Reja Neer1548Mohapatra Pratyush1249
93
30104
Ritabrata Chakraborty1208Subhabrata Roy1525
35