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Prantik and Neelash win 4th West Bengal State Rapid and Blitz 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/04/2019

Former National Blitz Champion IM Prantik Roy and IM Neelash Saha won 4th West Bengal State Rapid and Blitz Championship respectively. Prantik scored undefeated 8.0/9 to win the Rapid, Neelash scored 7.5/8 to win the Blitz event. Srijit Paul and Koustav Chatterjee also scored 8.0/9, but due to a better tie-break score, Prantik edged ahead and became champion, Srijit and Koustav had to settle with first and second runner-up position respectively. In Blitz, defending champion CM Aronyak Ghosh finished half-a-point behind the champion at 7.0/8 and secured the first runner-up place. Anurag Jaiswal also scored the same and he was placed third. This year State Rapid witnessed a mammoth 270 participants from various districts across the state. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IMs dominate 4th WB State Rapid and Blitz

IM Prantik Roy receives his State Rapid Championship Trophy, ₹10000 cash and certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Prantik Roy scored 8.0/9 to win 4th West Bengal State Rapid 2019. He survived a couple of close-calls, but managed to remain undefeated and win the tournament. Here is an interview conducted by the author of this article at the conclusion of the tournament:

Prantik talks about playing the tournament, how he survived couple of scares and more | Video: Shahid Ahmed

IM Neelash Saha receives his State Blitz Championship Trophy and ₹4000 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Neelash Saha scored 7.5/8 to win 4th West Bengal State Blitz 2019. Neelash managed to salvage a draw in a completely lost position in round 2 and then he managed to turn things around and win the tournament. Neelash spoke with the author after winning the tournament.

Neelash talks about what playing Blitz means to him, how he escaped a loss and went on to become champion and more | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Here is the final round game between FM Mitrabha Guha and IM Neelash Saha:

Photos from the tournament:

The newly crowned State under-13 open Champion Aditya Bikram Paul scored 6.0/8 and 6.0/9 in Rapid and Blitz respectively | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The author of this article faced him in the last round and played the game of his life to win it.

Find out the best continuation for Black

National School under-17 girls 2019 champion Diya Chowdhury scored 6.5/9 and she was placed 26th in Rapid | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Former multi-time State Champion Kunal Chatterjee was seen in action in Blitz. However he did not have the best tournament | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Veteran Dyutimoy Mukherjee is always happy to play chess. He scored 6.5/9 and he was placed 30th in Rapid | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Son Monomit Dhar warms up with his father Monodip Dhar before the round begins | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

It's all fun and games before the real battle begins | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Main Tournament Hall | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Tournament Hall 2 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

What makes players happy? Pizza. Yes you are seeing it right. All players were given Domino's Pizza on the final day | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Last round loss in both Rapid and Blitz event cost reigning State Women's Champion Samriddhaa Ghosh dearly. She scored 6.5/9 and 5.0/8 to secure 21st and 30th in Rapid and Blitz event respectively | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

PDC Photos of Rapid:

2nd - Srijit Paul 8.0/9. He won a trophy, ₹7000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

3rd - Koustav Chatterjee 8.0/9. He received a trophy, ₹5000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th - IM Neelash Saha 7.5/9. He earned ₹4000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - CM Aronyak Ghosh 7.0/9. He took home ₹4000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Subhayan Kundu 7.0/9. He bagged ₹2000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th - Rajarshi Dutta 7.0/9. He received ₹1500 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Rupankar Nath 7.0/9. He got ₹1500 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th - Soumik Datta 7.0/9. He also got ₹1500 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

PDC Photos of Blitz:

2nd - CM Aronyak Ghosh scored 7.0/8, won a trophy and ₹3000 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

3rd - Anurag Jaiswal finished at 7.0/8 and earned ₹2000 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th - Soham Bhattacharyya scored 7.0/8 and won ₹1000 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - FM Mitrabha Guha made 6.5/8 and got ₹1000 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Ambarish Sharma scored 6.5/8 and received ₹800 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th - Subhayan Kundu finished at 6.0/8 and received ₹800 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Aryamann Sain scored 6.0/8 and won ₹700 cash | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th - Yours truly scored 6.0/8 and received ₹700 cash | Photo: Monodip Dhar

For more Prize Distribution Ceremony photos, click here.

Video Gallery:

A Champion fights till the end and never gives up | Video: Shahid Ahmed
National under-9 girls champion vs. State Women's champion. Find out who misses a win at the end | Video: Shahid Ahmed
An exciting Queen vs. Double Rook endgame | Video: Shahid Ahmed
How to win with a Knight and Rook-Pawn against a Bishop | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Desperate times calls for desperate measures | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Why it is important to learn Rook vs. Rook and Pawn endings | Video: Shahid Ahmed
"We all fall down" - Chessmen | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Piece down? No problem, let's fight till the end | Video: Shahid Ahmed
You never know when your opponent will present you a 'Last Chance' | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Sometimes Perpetual Check is all it takes to save the day | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Champion vs. Champion Showdown: Last round, Last chance and Dramatic finish | Video: Shahid Ahmed


Final Ranking after 9 Rounds in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMRoy PrantikIND21678,00,055,559,552,257
27Srijit PaulIND19138,00,053,058,050,507
33Koustav ChatterjeeIND20438,00,050,554,547,507
49Neelash SahaIND18567,50,052,557,546,007
52CMAronyak GhoshIND20667,00,055,059,544,755
610Subhayan KunduIND18147,00,053,557,542,506
76Shaon ChowdhuryIND19137,00,049,554,039,506
818Rajarshi DuttaIND16157,00,049,553,039,007
94Nath RupankarIND20157,00,049,552,538,007
1023Soumik DattaIND15727,00,049,053,540,756
1130Swarnava BiswasIND14297,00,048,552,039,006
1214Aryamann SainIND16927,00,048,552,035,006
1315Arpan Das (Jr)IND16767,00,048,551,535,507
1412AGMShahid Ahmed S.K.IND17587,00,048,551,037,006
1524Ambarish SharmaIND15687,00,047,050,033,507
1622Basak BishalIND15747,00,046,550,536,507
1713Mullick SaikatIND17177,00,041,044,534,756
1841Tejash JainIND13536,50,052,557,038,006
1921AIMDebarghya SamantaU13IND15746,50,050,552,033,256
2060Soumyajit Das (Jr)IND12596,50,050,054,537,756
2119Ghosh SamriddhaawIND15996,50,048,051,034,256
2234Pratyay ChowdhuryIND13946,50,048,051,033,505
2393Ujaan BhattacharyaIND11396,50,046,548,533,005
2429Souhardo BasakU13IND14396,50,045,049,031,756
2516Shrutarshi RayIND16606,50,043,547,531,756
2640Diya ChowdhurywIND13546,50,043,047,031,506
2717Sourav BhowmikIND16236,50,043,046,531,756
2839Somnath PalIND13576,50,043,046,030,256
2951Supratim GhoshIND12906,50,042,045,531,756
3011Mukherjee DyutimoyIND17726,50,041,545,031,006

Complete Standings

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
16Neelash SahaIND20127,50,038,042,040,257
23CMAronyak GhoshIND20937,00,041,044,538,756
35Anurag JaiswalIND20347,00,039,543,537,007
413Bhattacharyya SohamIND19297,00,038,041,534,007
51FMMitrabha GuhaIND23216,50,042,546,035,506
628Ambarish SharmaIND16516,50,037,039,030,006
710Subhayan KunduIND19666,00,039,043,031,255
814Aryamann SainIND19166,00,038,542,528,506
915AGMShahid Ahmed S.K.IND19006,00,038,042,029,506
1016Shaon ChowdhuryIND18976,00,037,541,024,006
1122Satya Sekhar MitraIND17366,00,037,540,027,006
1244Rishiraj BaulIND14196,00,037,039,526,506
1366Aditya ChatterjeeIND12186,00,034,538,027,005
1455Souhardo BasakU13IND13026,00,034,036,524,006
1530Ayan PalIND16146,00,033,036,025,006
1634Aritrya PalU13IND15446,00,033,035,524,506
1723Soumik DattaIND17306,00,031,535,525,506
1817Sanket ChakravartyIND18876,00,031,534,525,506
1937Aditya Bikram PaulU13IND15026,00,031,034,024,506
2011Debankan DharaIND19655,50,040,544,528,505
2129Supratim GhoshIND16315,50,035,037,022,755
2261Ritabrata ChakrabortyU13IND12575,50,034,537,519,505
23162Sunjay SomaniIND05,50,034,037,524,505
2431Soumyajit Das (Jr)IND16145,50,034,037,522,755
2552Ritam MukherjeeIND13455,50,034,037,024,254
2619Sambarta BanerjeeIND18285,50,033,036,021,754
2739Subhas RoyIND14775,50,030,533,521,255
282Chatterjee K.K.IND21195,00,040,042,520,505
297Nath RupankarIND20115,00,039,543,022,004
3012Ghosh SamriddhaawIND19635,00,039,041,523,005

Complete standings

4th West Bengal State Rapid and Blitz 2019 took place at IHM Kolkata from 19th-21st April 2019. It was organized jointly by Behala Chess School and Global Chess Foundation. The Rapid event witnessed a record number of participants 270 from various districts across the state.

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