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Chess for Youth: Diptayan triumphs yet again!

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/05/2017

Nearly 852 players flocked into the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata to play in the 12th edition of Chess for Youth 2017 which was held from 6th to 10th May. Defending Champion GM Diptayan Ghosh won the tournament again, without breaking a sweat. Shahid Ahmed S.K sends us a pictorial report. 

GM Diptayan Ghosh wins 12th Chess for Youth 2017

Defending Champion GM Diptayan Ghosh of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata won the 12th Chess for Youth 2017 held in Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata from 6th to 10th May 2017. He had scored 6.0/7 points and won the Championship in the Premier group for the 2nd year in a row. He drew against former Commonwealth Under-13 Champion Koustav Chatterjee in the last round to secure his first place.

GM Diptayan Ghosh receives his Championship trophy and ₹30000 cash from GM Dibyendu Barua, Shooter Joydeep Karmakar, Archer Dola Banerjee and Tennis player Akhtar Ali.

There was a clear leader since 5th round and Diptayan maintained his lead throughout the tournament by 0.5 points and became the champion.

In the interview, Diptayan mentioned that he is playing this tournament since childhood. In previous editions, he had faced many top grandmasters from across the country. He also talked about facing Magnus Carlsen for the very first time a few months ago in Pro Chess League.

 All age group Champions. There were six age categories Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16. There were ten prizes for boys & five for girls.

CM Aronyak Ghosh collecting his 2nd prize of ₹20000

Former Commonwealth Under-13 champion Koustav Chatterjee collects his 3rd prize of ₹15000.

FM Mitrabha Guha did not have a good tournament and finished 10th in Premiere category to bag ₹4000.

The tournament was inaugurated by the youngest participant of the tournament Srijita Das who is just 3.5 years old in presence of reigning National Rapid Champion GM Neelotpal Das, GM Diptayan Ghosh, Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, BCA Vice President Srenik Sett, GM Dibyendu Barua, MD of Kutchina Appliances Mr Nimit Bajoria, Regional Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Mr Gautam De.

Parents were not allowed inside Indian Council for Cultural Relations during the tournament.

Parents and participants make a beeline to get into the Tournament Hall

One of the marquee flex to commemorate the event.

Under-6 Girls prize winners with former World Archery Champion Dola Banerjee.

Under-6 Boys prize winners 

Aaron Bhuimali gets a Special Prize for finishing the tournament with 100% score

Under-8 Girls prize winners with Bengal Chess Association Vice President Atin Sengupta

Under-8 Boys prize winners with Ms. Sujata Sett

Srijon Chatterjee is one of the three kids to have scored full 7 points to receive the Special Prize for 100% score

Under-8 Girls prize winners with Mrs. Shyamasri Roy Choudhuri

Under-10 Boys prize winners

Under-12 Girls prize winners with the Director of ICCR, Mr. Gautam De

Under-12 Boys prize winners with former captain of Indian Davis Cup team Akhtar Ali

Under-14 Girls prize winners with renowned Tennis Coach Akhtar Ali whose students were Ramesh Krishnan, Vijay Amritraj and Leander Paes

Under-14 Boys prize winners with Vice President of Bengal Chess Association, Mr Srenik Sett

 Under-16 Girls prize winners with Olympic Shooter Joydeep Karmakar

Under-16 Boys prize winners 

FM Mitrabha Guha receives Special Prize, 100% score award for scoring 7 points out of 7 rounds

 

 Participants during a break for snacks

…some more

 …and some more. 852 is not a small number

There was a small Chess Quiz for non-participants (Guardians and accompanying persons). The prize was a limited edition 12th Chess for Youth Coffee Mug signed by GM Dibyendu Barua

 When parents become children

All 20 parents who are prize winners of Chess Quiz

Quizmaster is yours truly…

The spotter and the guardian of the tournament IM Neeraj Kumar Mishra

A blooper video. From a dull draw to a dramatic finish due to an illegal move played by Shrutarshi Ray and Sonkalan Bharati gets a lucky win in the 3rd round in Premiere group.

There were 20 main prizes, 90 age group prizes and 3 special prizes for a 100% score. The total number of participants were 852. We had to refuse a lot of entries who failed to meet the deadline.

 


We also had twins from Chattisgarh, Aujsya Mohta and Shaurya Mohta who had to play in the Premier group as per the tournament rules.

Here is a short time-lapse video of participants arrival on Day 3, 8th May 2017 before Round 5.


Final Ranking list:

Rk. SNo   Name sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3   TB4   TB5 
1 1 GM Ghosh Diptayan   IND 2498 6,0 0,0 29,5 32,5 27,00 5,0
2 6 CM Aronyak Ghosh   IND 1860 5,5 0,0 30,0 33,0 24,50 4,0
3 9   Koustav Chatterjee   IND 1808 5,5 0,0 29,5 33,0 24,50 5,0
4 5   Anustoop Biswas   IND 1884 5,5 0,0 28,5 32,0 23,25 5,0
5 10   Subhayan Kundu   IND 1795 5,5 0,0 27,5 31,0 22,25 5,0
6 11   Srijit Paul   IND 1778 5,5 0,0 27,5 30,0 22,00 4,0
7 13   Sonkalan Bharati   IND 1738 5,5 0,0 25,5 28,0 22,25 5,0
8 36   Ambarish Sharma   IND 1431 5,0 0,0 28,0 29,5 19,00 4,0
9 45   Arya Bhakta   IND 1341 5,0 0,0 27,5 30,5 20,00 5,0
10 3 FM Mitrabha Guha   IND 2019 5,0 0,0 27,0 30,0 20,75 4,0
11 21   Arpan Das (jr)   IND 1594 5,0 0,0 25,0 27,5 18,00 5,0
12 4   Arpan Das   IND 1927 5,0 0,0 24,5 26,5 17,50 5,0
13 8 WFM Arpita Mukherjee w IND 1830 5,0 0,0 23,5 26,5 18,25 4,0
14 14   Aditya Basu   IND 1703 4,5 0,0 27,5 29,5 16,25 4,0
15 23   Soumma Chakraborty   IND 1577 4,5 0,0 26,0 28,5 15,75 4,0
16 29   Rajarshi Dutta   IND 1523 4,5 0,0 24,0 26,5 14,75 4,0
17 35   Asmita Das w IND 1458 4,5 0,0 24,0 26,0 13,50 4,0
18 37   Swarnava Biswas   IND 1419 4,5 0,0 24,0 24,5 13,00 4,0
19 18   Shrutarshi Ray   IND 1620 4,5 0,0 23,5 26,0 14,50 4,0
20 41   Bhattacharyya Soham   IND 1401 4,5 0,0 20,0 21,5 13,00 4,0

Click here for complete standings.

 

About the Author:

Shahid Ahmed is the First AGM (Arena Grandmaster) of India. He is a coach at Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) and The Heritage School. He is also the founder of chesspert.com He manages the Facebook page of Bengal Chess Association and DBCA.


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