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27th Telegraph Chess 2018: Mitrabha takes sole lead heading into the final round

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/12/2018

Mitrabha Guha emerged as the sole leader after the conclusion of the penultimate round in the 27th edition of The Telegraph Schools' Chess 2018. Mitrabha defeated the previous round leader Rajdeep Sarkar to gain a half-point lead. A pack of four players Koustav Chattejee, Sanket Chakravarty, Praloy Sahoo and Ayan Pal are trailing behind the leader at 7.0/8. In the seventh round, Rajdeep was unable to extract a win against Sanket, whereas Koustav and Mitrabha accepted draw meekly. Praloy and Ayan won their both round 7 and 8 games to get into the title picture. Despite Mitrabha being in the lead, he must win in the final round to secure the championship whereas draw means anyone can become champion. The report contains photos, videos and games from round 7 and 8. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Mitrabha becomes favorite to win it all, Rajdeep loses out of the race

Who do you think will become the champion? Mitrabha, Koustav or Sanket? | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Just when things were about to heat up, the players decided to shake their hands and accept a draw.

Would you have accepted a draw after Mitrabha's 29...Qd6 ?

Mitrabha kept pressing from the get-go in English Opening. Rajdeep did not budge, until...

Rajdeep blundered here with 43...Ng7. After that it was all just a matter of technique

Top two boards ended up in a draw however not without fight in round 7

Both Rajdeep and Sanket tried their best, yet neither could come out at the top | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

After 4 hours long grueling battle, a draw was all they could ask for.

Samriddhaa made short work on Swapnil in just 29 moves | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Black's last move 23...Nc5 was a mistake. Find out why.

Rupam Mukherjee had the quickest win in just 21 moves when his opponent Rajarshi Mandal imploded | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

With a bit of luck on his side and poise, can he make a podium finish today? | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

White to play and draw

Ayan Pal had a lot of luck on his side when his opponent Anubhab Gupta blundered in a drawn King-pawn endgame.

Is Praloy Sahoo the 'Dark Horse' of the tournament? | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Praloy Sahoo made a quick work of Dhritabrata Kundu in just 23 moves in Center Counter opening.

Three draws in top 4 boards makes the tournament wide open in round 8

Sanket and Koustav are engaged in a pre-match banter | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Their match did not have much to talk about as they made a draw in just 25 moves in an uneventful game.

Shuvam Roy managed to hold Samriddhaa Ghosh to a draw in French Defence Advance variation where both players were unable to get any kind of upper hand against the other.

Debarghya Samanta drew with Rupam Mukherjee in a marathon game of 96 moves where both sides did not make any significant mistake | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Ayan Pal had an easy win against Anushka Gupta. Find out the final combination here

Find the correct continuation for Black here

Praloy managed to slowly turn things around in his favor in the endgame and eventually liquidate into a winning position.

Photo Gallery:

Birthday celebration of IA Paul Arokia Raj S | Photos: Pintu Chatterjee and Shahid Ahmed

When both sides go for an all-out attack | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Eyeing a checkmate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Is it a draw or can Black push for a win? | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

It's not over until it's over | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Pencils are a good chew toy...except they are not | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The face you make when your opponent does a Rg7 sac | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

That moment when you know that you are being photographed for your king taking a walk in the park | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Samriddhaa Ghosh scouts her future opponent after finishing her match | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Birthday Celebration of Chief Arbiter of 27th The Telegraph Schools' Chess 2018 - IA Paul Arokia Raj S | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Results of Round 8 on 2018/12/18 at 3.00 p.m.

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
FMMitrabha Guha23511 - 0FMRajdeep Sarkar2370
1
24
Sanket Chakravarty1974½ - ½Koustav Chatterjee2345
3
317
Shuvam Roy16816½ - ½6Ghosh Samriddhaa1892
6
425
AIMDebarghya Samanta15956½ - ½6Rupam Mukherjee1875
7
510
Ayan Pal182761 - 06Anushka Gupta1455
45
620
Diya Chowdhury165260 - 16Praloy Sahoo1795
11
712
Soham Dey17706½ - ½6Pratyay Chowdhury1645
21
88
Sambarta Banerjee18741 - 06AGMSrihaan Poddar1383
59
99
Aditya Bikram Paul18731 - 0Anish Rooj1584
26
1016
Mohanty Soyamsree17061 - 0Subhabrata Roy1525
35

 

Pairings of Round 9 on 2018/12/19 at 12 Noon

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
111
Praloy Sahoo17957FMMitrabha Guha2351
2
23
Koustav Chatterjee234577Ayan Pal1827
10
37
Rupam Mukherjee18757Sanket Chakravarty1974
4
41
FMRajdeep Sarkar2370Shuvam Roy1681
17
56
Ghosh Samriddhaa1892AIMDebarghya Samanta1595
25
621
Pratyay Chowdhury1645Sambarta Banerjee1874
8
723
Alekhya Mukhopadhyay1617Soham Dey1770
12
816
Mohanty Soyamsree1706Sagnik Saha1478
41
947
Anjishnu Mondal144066Bhattacharyya Soham1727
13
1015
Rounak Pathak171966Aritrya Pal1439
48