Kaustav and Arpita win West Bengal Juniors
The 44th West Bengal State Junior tournament was held from the 19th to the 22nd of May 2016. Quite a few strong juniors like Neelash Saha, Mitrabha Guha in the open section and Chandrayee Hajra, Arpita Mukherjee in the girls section took part. In the end Kaustav Kundu and Arpita Mukherjee emerged victorious. We have a short and crisp report sent to us from the city of joy.
The east-Indian state of West Bengal has been producing strong chess players over the years. Like every year the annual national selection tournament was held at Indus Valley World School, Kolkata from 19th to the 22nd of May 2016. There were two sections in this tournament: the open and the girls. There were 183 participants in the open category and 80 in the girls section. The year of 2016 is a golden year for West Bengal because there were the most number of participants in the girls category.
Kaustuv Kundu (rated 2121) was crowned the champion of the open section with 7.0/8 points. Kaustuv defeated the tournament leader Subhayan Kundu in the last round with the black pieces. Earlier Subhayan had already surprised the second seed and the defending champion FM Mitrabha Guha, in the seventh round. Top seed Neelash Saha had a disappointing finish to the tournament scoring 5.5/8.
The following game was the title-decider encounter:
[White "Kundu, Subhayan"]
[Black "Kundu, Kaustuv"]
Bg5 Nc6 9. Nb3 Bd7 10. Kh1 Rc8 11. f4 a6 12. Bf3 Be6 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Na5
15. Nxa5 Qxa5 16. c3 Rc4 17. Be2 Rc7 18. Bf3 b5 19. Qd2 Rb8 20. a3 h6 21. Bh4
Qa4 22. Bf2 Ne4 23. Bxe4 Qxe4 24. Rae1 Qf5 25. h3 h5 26. Bh4 Rbb7 27. Re2 Bh6
28. Rf3 a5 29. Bg5 Bg7 30. Kh2 f6 31. Bh4 Rc5 32. Rd3 Bh6 33. Rd4 Rc4 34. Rf2
Rbc7 35. Bg3 R7c5 36. Rxc4 bxc4 37. Qe1 Kf7 38. Re2 Bf8 39. Re4 Qxd5 40. Rd4
Qe6 41. Qd1 Rb5 42. Qa4 Rxb2 43. Qxc4 Qxc4 44. Rxc4 Rb3 45. a4 Bh6 46. Kg1 Ke6
47. Bf2 d5 48. Rc6+ Kf5 49. g3 h4 50. Rc5 hxg3 51. Bxg3 Bxf4 52. Rxd5+ Ke6 53.
Rd3 Bxg3 54. Rxg3 g5 55. Re3+ Kf7 56. Kg2 Ra3 57. Re4 Rxc3 58. Rd4 Ra3 59. h4
gxh4 60. Rxh4 e5 61. Rc4 Kg6 62. Kf2 Kf5 63. Ke2 e4 64. Rc5+ Kf4 65. Rxa5 Ra2+
66. Kd1 f5 67. Ra8 Kf3 68. a5 e3 0-1
Final Ranking after 8 Rounds
WFM Arpita Mukherjee(rated 1957) was crowned the champion of the girls section with 7.0/8 points. Arpita defeated Sudipa Haldar(rated 1535) in the final round to win the crown. Sudipa had a good tournament finishing as the runner up and gaining 68 Elo points. Top seed WCM Chandreyee Hajra (rated 1996) finished ninth scoring 5.5/8, which was the biggest disappointment in the girls section.
Final Ranking after 8 Rounds
About the Author
Born in the city of Kolkata in 2001, Hiran Banerjee was introduced to the game of chess by his grandfather at the age of 8. His interest in chess kept increasing with age and currently he has an Elo of 1450. He aims to become a grandmaster. Besides playing, Hiran is fond of writing articles which keeps his updated with the chess world. He maintains his own blog.