Shankhodip and Rajanya win 31st West Bengal State Under-11 2019
Shankhodip De and Rajanya Datta won 31st West Bengal State under-11 in Open and Girls category respectively. Shankhodip scored 7.5/8 and finished half-a-point ahead of the runner-up Rwitik Chakraborty. Debaprabho Gorai also scored 7.0/8 but due to a lower tie-break score, he was placed 3rd. Rajanya scored 6.5/7 and finished half-a-point ahead of Mrittika Mallick, who scored 6.0/7 and finished at 2nd position. Jagriti Agarwal secured 3rd position with a score of 5.5/7. The 31st edition of West Bengal State Under-11 Open and Girls 2019 witnessed a mammoth 318 participants from various districts across the state. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Top seeds maintain their crown
Very few times it is observed that the top seeds win a tournament especially in an age group category tournaments. However this time it was different, both Shankhodip De and Rajanya Datta proved why they were top seeds as finished half-a-point ahead of the runner-up to win the championship in the biggest State Under-11 in West Bengal Chess history.
The only person who could have overtaken Shankhodip in the last round was his final round opponent and eventual runner-up of the tournament Rwitik Chakraborty. So he just needed a draw in the final round to win the tournament and he made a draw. Here is a game annotated by Shankhodip himself:
An annotated game by the Champion in girls section, Rajanya Datta
Here is an interview conducted with both Champions at the conclusion of the prize distribution ceremony.
Prize Distribution Ceremony photos:
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The tournament was organized by Kolkata District Chess Association & Sahid Smriti Sangha at Sahid Smriti Sangha, Kolkata from 25th-28th April 2019. The 31st edition of West Bengal State under-11 witnessed a record number of participation of 318 players from various districts across the state.
Final Ranking after 8 Rounds in Open category
|4||8||Snehil Raj Singh||U11||1313||6,5||0,0||41,5||45,5|
|20||33||Ritwik Datta Gupta||U11||1113||6,0||0,0||35,5||38,0|
Final Ranking after 7 Rounds in Girls category
|13||19||Ahana Dutta Roy||U11||w||0||5,0||0,0||24,0||26,0|