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Shankhodip and Rajanya win 31st West Bengal State Under-11 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/05/2019

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.

Shankhodip receives his Champion's trophy | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

It is evident that Shankhodip plays to win only

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:

Rajanya receives her Champion's trophy | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Rajanya's only draw was against the second seed of the tournament and eventual runner-up Mrittika Mallick

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.

Shankhodip and Rajanya talk about their biggest challenge faced in the tournament and more | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Prize Distribution Ceremony photos:

First runner-up in Open section - Rwitik Chakraborty 7.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second runner-up - Debaprabho Gorai 7.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th Snehil Raj Singh 6.5/8  | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - Atreya Nandy 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Shreeyansh Kejriwal 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th - Srijak Sengupta 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Eshaan Bhattacharjee 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th - Sankalan Shah 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th - Projoy Jana 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

First runner-up in Girls section - Mrittika Mallick 6.0/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second runner-up - Jagriti Agarwal 5.5/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th - Prapti Moulik 5.5/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - Prerana Ghosh 5.5/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Anjistha Basak 5.5/7  | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Olivia Biswas 5.0/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th - Ishani Mondal 5.0/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th - Jhinuk Dutta 5.0/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

For more Prize Distribution Ceremony photos, click here

Video Gallery:

10-year-old dances, fidgets and hammers the clock in time pressure | Video: Shahid Ahmed
How kids deliver checkmate | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Why it is important to learn Queen endings | Video: Shahid Ahmed

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

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11Shankhodip DeU1115617,50,041,043,5
221Rwitik ChakrabortyU1112157,01,041,045,0
36Debaprabho GoraiU1113227,00,038,542,0
48Snehil Raj SinghU1113136,50,041,545,5
53Atreya NandyU1114926,50,039,543,0
629Shreeyash KejriwalU0911466,50,038,541,5
716Srijak SenguptaU1112416,50,038,040,5
84Eshan BhattacharjeeU1114846,50,035,538,5
92Sankalan ShahU1115076,00,042,545,5
107Projoy JanaU1113156,00,039,543,5
1119Archisman PatraU0912226,00,038,543,0
1217Swapneel GuptaU1112396,00,038,041,0
1322Suvayan DeyU1111746,00,038,040,5
1411Soureen BhattacharyaU1112796,00,037,040,5
1510Rupankar KunduU1112806,00,037,040,0
1628Soumick BandopadhyayU0911506,00,036,538,5
17217Sreedeep GanguliU1106,00,035,539,5
189Samyak DharewaU1113056,00,035,539,0
1925Anutosh MukherjeeU1111616,00,035,538,0
2033Ritwik Datta GuptaU1111136,00,035,538,0

Complete standings in open category

Final Ranking after 7 Rounds in Girls category

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11Rajanya DattaU11w14256,50,030,534,0
22Mrittika MallickU11w14196,00,031,034,5
39Jagriti AgarwalU11w10455,50,031,035,0
48Prapti MoulikU11w11315,50,029,032,0
510Prerana GhoshU11w10445,50,027,030,0
64Anjistha BasakU11w12575,50,026,029,5
73Sneha HalderU11w13845,00,028,531,5
813Olivia BiswasU11w10145,00,027,029,5
911Ishani MondalU11w10165,00,025,528,5
106Jhinuk DuttaU11w11795,00,025,028,0
115Debapriya MannaU11w11835,00,025,027,5
127Saparya GhoshU09w11365,00,024,527,0
1319Ahana Dutta RoyU11w05,00,024,026,0
1466Samriddhi GharamiU11w04,50,029,032,0
1548Kasturi SahaU11w04,50,027,529,5
1687Vipassana LamaU09w04,50,027,529,0
1765Sahana ChakrabortyU09w04,50,026,029,0
1823Alaktika ChatterjeeU11w04,50,025,027,5
1947Kashvi ChitlangiaU09w04,50,025,027,0
2054Oiendrila BhattacharyaU11w04,50,024,025,5

Complete standings in girls category