Debarshi wins 56th West Bengal State Open 2018
Debarshi Mukherjee scored 8.5/10 and won 56th West Bengal State Open Championship 2018. Thus qualifying for the upcoming National Open Senior Championship 2018. Defending champion Neelash Saha scored 7.5/10 and secured 2nd position. He drew with the eventual champion of the tournament in the last round. Gopal Chandra Biswas made a strong comeback in this tournament, scored 7.5/10 and secured 3rd position due to a better tie-break score. In this report, we bring you photos from the tournament. Photo: Swati Biswas
Debarshi wins his maiden State Open title
Due to the number of tournaments getting increased so much these days that it allows a player to pick and choose which one they wish to play. The tournament clashing with Goa GM tournament and festivities around the corner resulted in low number of participants. A few years 160 participants would mean a lot for a State championship but these days it's just a meagre number.
Two IM-norm holder, Debarshi Mukherjee headed into the final round with a full one point lead over five other players at 7.0/9. A draw in the last round guaranteed him a championship, well a loss would mean the defending champion Neelash Saha winning for the second year in a row. Debarshi managed to hold a draw and secure his first State title.
Prize Distribution Ceremony photos:
A short interview with the champion:
Shahid Ahmed (SA): Congratulations for winning 56th West Bengal State Open. How does it feel to become champion for the very first time?
Debarshi Mukherjee (DM): I am very happy to be the 56th State Champion. Senior State championship has always held a special place compared to any other tournament in West Bengal. Yes this is my first although I had won a national selection tournament previously.
SA: What is the reason behind your triumph?
DM: I was a bit lucky but I was very motivated to win this event. Roktim Bandyopadhyay is my coach. Aagard and Dvoretsky's books helped me a lot.
SA: What was the last championship you have won?
DM: I won a Rapid event just two days before the Senior State Championship and the DBCA rating event in Dec 2016
SA: Whom will you give credit for your success?
DM: My mother and my coach.
SA: How difficult/easy is to balance your work and chess?
DM: It is getting very difficult for me to manage both. There are no special leave for tournaments.
SA: What is your aim in chess?
DM: Getting International Master title is my immediate aim.
SA: What are the next tournaments you are planning to play?
DM: I will be playing in Dhaka
SA: Tata Steel India 2018 Super GM tournament is taking place in your hometown Kolkata in a few days. How excited are you about it? Whom are you looking forward to see live in action?
DM: I am very excited and I will be looking forward to seeing the world's best in action. I have never seen them play live so it's a huge thing for me to watch each and every one of them playing.
The tournament was organized by Bengal Chess Association and City Chess Forum from 9th-13th October 2018 at Kalatan Community Hall in Kolkata. The tournament witnessed the participation of 160 players from various districts of West Bengal.
Final standings after round 10
|3||14||Biswas Gopal Chandra||IND||1810||7,5||0,0||62,0||66,0||47,00||7||10||7,5||6,19||1,31||20||26,2|
|7||7||Bhattacharya Niladri Shekhar||IND||2037||7,5||0,0||59,5||63,5||45,25||6||10||7,5||7,79||-0,29||20||-5,8|
|13||21||Satya Sekhar Mitra||IND||1686||7,0||0,0||53,5||57,5||38,50||4||10||7||7,66||-0,66||20||-13,2|
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