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Utsab Chatterjee and Samriddhaa Ghosh are West Bengal State Senior 2022 champions

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/02/2022

Top seed of the tournament, Utsab Chatterjee scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 to win West Bengal State Senior Open 2022. Arpan Das also finished with the same score 7.0/8. Utsab edged past Arpan due to better tie-breaks. Three players scored 6.5/8. They are - Arindam Mukherjee, Bishal Basak and Agnivo Chakraborty. They were placed third to fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. Samriddhaa Ghosh clinched the championship in the Women's category. She scored 6.0/8 and won her career's second State Women's title. Top three received, ₹12000 and a winner's trophy, ₹9000 and ₹7000 cash prize each respectively. Check out a detailed report of the tournament. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Tournament favorites finish first

13-year-old Agnivo Chakraborty of Hooghly district was the youngest to finish among top ten. Samriddhaa Ghosh was the only woman to finish in top ten among women. Supriya Maji made a fantastic comeback after 12 years as she finished second in the women's category. Arnab Debnath and Rounaq Biswas were the massive rating gainer among top 15 apart from Agnivo.

Champions Samriddhaa Ghosh and Utsab Chatterjee flanked by West Bengal's second and first GMs - Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Dibyendu Barua | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Utsab scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 and gained 5.6 Elo rating points

Utsab scored a crucial victory in the fifth round against Arpan Das.

Arpan - Utsab, Round 5

Position after 19...Rxe7

Black was planning 20...Nxd4 followed by Ng3+ as eventually c5 discover attack will threaten both knights at d4 and a4. It is exactly what happened in the game after 20.g4 Nxd4 21.Nxd4 Ng3+ 22.Kg2 Nxf1 23.Bxf1 c5 and it's all over for White as he is down by an exchange without any compensation.

"It was my goal to win this tournament" - Utsab on winning West Bengal State Senior Open 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Utsab Chatterjee in action during Round 1 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

State Senior Women's champion - Samriddhaa Ghosh 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Previously Samriddhaa had won the West Bengal State Women in 2018. She started the year 2022 exactly the same way she ended 2021, by winning a tournament.

Samriddhaa scored five wins, two draws and suffered only loss
"I am just happy to play an otb event" - Samriddhaa on her West Bengal State Senior Women triumph | Video: ChessBase India

Samriddhaa Ghosh en route her victory in Round 1 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

2nd Arpan Das 7.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

2nd in Women - Supriya Maji 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Supriya Maji played her first tournament since 2010. Despite starting with a loss, she managed to score 6.0/7 in the last seven games. Almost 12 years later, a second place finish in State Senior Women which was a combined event shows she still has the fighting spirit and can hang with the younger ones.

3rd Arindam Mukherjee 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Arindam Mukherjee is so much revered that apart from the champion, he was the only player who received his prize from both West Bengal's first and second GM in history. The last time he played a West Bengal State Senior championship is 2008 which he won. 14 years later he played the same event and managed to secure a podium finish. Over the last two years he has played over 18000 online games in various online chess platforms.

3rd in Women - Sneha Halder 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Sneha also had to fight hard against Saparya Ghosh which also saw an interesting Queen endgame. Saparya forced Sneha to play correctly till the very end to earn her full point.

Saparya - Sneha, Round 8

White to play

Both sides have launched a strong attack on their opponent, eventually Black managed to prevail.

Saparya-Sneha healthy rivalry is just getting started | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th Bishal Basak 7.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Bishal Basak (1755) was cruising towards victory in the penultimate round against Soham Dey (1979). Then something unexpected happened.

Soham - Bishal, Round 7

Position after 45.Bb6

The only thing that Black should not do here is 45...Bxb6. Unfortunately for Bishal, that is exactly what he played. Even 45...Rf2+ is winning for Black too.

The West Bengal State Amateur 2019 and Hooghly district 2018 winner  managed to redeem himself in the final round as he fought for over four hours in a grueling battle against Rounak Guha Roy of Jalpaiguri district.

Bishal - Rounak, Round 8

Position after 1.Bd6

It was an extremely complex and intriguing queen and two minor piece endgame. Four hours later when you have this endgame, moves are bound to get inaccurate as tiredness and fatigue set in. After 1...Qd7 2.Be7 was a better alternative than 2.Qb8. Few moves later, we got the following position:

Position after 1.Nd3

White is making the threat of Ne5 fork. Black could have saved the game numerous times, yet both side were playing for only result - win. Naturally an interesting fight ensued and it was a delight for the viewers present at the hall. Unfortunately for Black it ended in tragicomedy. It was almost like the universe was balancing things out in Bishal's misfortune of previous game stalemate.

Thrilling Queen endgame ends in a tragicomedy | Bishal Basak vs Rounak Guha Roy | Video: ChessBase India

4th in Women - WCM Bristy Mukherjee 5.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Bristy Mukherjee won the West Bengal State Junior 2021 Girls this past December.

5th Agnivo Chakraborty 6.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Agnivo Chakraborty scored 6.5/8 and gained 119.2 Elo rating points. His only loss was against the eventual runner-up Arpan Das in the second round. The 13-year-old boy from Hooghly district, fought for almost five hours to secure his victory against Rounak Pathak in an exciting rook and many pawn endings. The endgame even fascinated GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly who watched the entire endgame and later analyzed the ending with Rounak.

Agnivo - Rounak, Round 8

Black to play

White has an outside passed pawn on the a-file which is not a big concern for Black because White has a couple of weaknesses at c3 and f2. Try to find out how should Black continue here and what he should not do.

Incredible Practical Rook endgame | Agnivo Chakraborty vs Rounak Pathak | Video: ChessBase India

Getting to analyze with a stalwart like GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly immediately after the game is a big get for Rounak Pathak | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th in Women - Sinthia Sarkar 5.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th Anustoop Biswas 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th in Women - Sritama Sen 5.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th Soham Dey 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th Rupam Mukherjee 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th in Women - Debapriya Manna 5.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th Kaustuv Kundu 6.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th in Women - Saparya Ghosh 4.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th Niladri Sekhar Bhattacharyya 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th in Women - Arhashirsha Biswas 4.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

11th Arnab Debnath 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

12th Rounaq Biswas 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

13th Rounak Pathak 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

14th Snehil Raj Singh 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

15th Saikat Mullick 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Veteran 1st - Swapan Mitra 5.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Swapan Mitra has won West Bengal State Senior championship multiple times back in his days. The love for the game keeps him bringing to tournaments whenever he can. Almost over half a decade back during a State Senior championship, he got hurt by a flying part of a roof during a thunderstorm. He got his head bandaged at a hospital and next day he was seen in action without forfeiting a single game in that tournament. Yes that much he loves chess.

Best Veteran 2nd Goutam De 4.0/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Photo Gallery

81-year-old Bablu Banerjee was the oldest player of the event | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

JT Aviation College was the venue | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10-year-old Niladri Banerjee of Howrah district, scored 4.0/8 and gained 91.2 Elo rating points | | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Revered veteran Tamal Chakrabarty makes it a point to not miss State Senior championship if he is in the city | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Arbiters team (L to R) with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly - SNA Swapan Adhikari, IA Asit Baran Choudhury, IA Debasish Barua and SBDS Secretary Tushar Chatterjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Champions Samriddhaa Ghosh and Utsab Chatterjee with the guests and sponsors | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

View of the VIP Road highway from the fifth floor of the playing hall | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

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When the last game of Round 1 makes everyone wait | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 133 players from various districts across West Bengal took part in this eight-round Swiss League event. The tournament was organized by Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha at JT Aviation College in Kolkata, West Bengal from 13th to 16th February 2022. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹115000 cash + trophies. Time control was 90 minutes each + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11Utsab ChatterjeeIND2321Kolkata7,041,044,538,750,06
23Arpan DasIND2155Kolkata7,040,044,037,000,07
37Arindam MukherjeeIND2073North 24 Parganas6,539,544,035,250,05
413Basak BishalIND1755Hooghly6,536,039,530,000,06
541Agnivo ChakrabortyU14IND1353Hooghly6,534,537,027,750,06
64Anustoop BiswasIND2126Kolkata6,042,546,028,750,05
78Soham DeyIND1979North 24 Parganas6,038,542,529,250,05
815Rupam MukherjeeIND1719Hooghly6,036,540,529,250,05
92Kaustuv KunduIND2308Kolkata6,036,040,028,500,06
109Ghosh SamriddhaawIND1910Kolkata6,036,039,529,250,05
115Supriya MajiwIND2093Howrah6,033,537,527,000,06
1210Bhattacharya Niladri ShekharIND1859Kolkata5,538,542,027,000,04
1332Arnab DebnathIND1496North 24 Parganas5,538,541,023,250,05
1454Rounaq BiswasIND1238North 24 Parganas5,537,041,026,250,05
1514Rounak PathakIND1732Kolkata5,536,541,027,000,04

Complete standings