IM Swapnil Dhopade of Railways emerged as the champion, in style , with an all win score  in the Siddha Community Foundation 9th Chess For Youth Championship at Indian Council For Cultural Relations , Kolkata today. The 7 round rapid chess meet, which attracted over 800 participants, was organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and Allsport Management. For his efforts, Dhopade received a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- and the Siddha Trophy.

Needing only a draw to clinch the title, Swapnil kept his cool in a queen and rook versus queen and rook ending to emerge victorious after a long struggle. For top seed, Debashis Das it was a bad outing as he finished 6th  with a score of 5 points.

The find of the meet, was clearly Sayan Bose of Bengal, who finished second on 6 points with a final round victory against Bhakti Kulkarni of Maharashtra. Bhakti spurned a draw offer of Sayan early in the game only to end up with an untenable position and lost in about 30 odd moves. Sayan had earlier beaten both National champion WGM Mary Ann Gomes and WGM Kiran Monisha Mohanty. He received Rs18000/- and the Runner-Up Trophy.

Low-rated Ritam Nag was the surprise 3rd as he scored 5.5 points with a final round win against Sarbojit Paul. Jadavpur University student and former champion, Bitan Banerjee finished 4th as he easily outplayed Suman Basu.

Mary Ann had a forgettable tournament as she lost two games in succession in the middle rounds, but managed to salvage her position by beating Kaustav Kundu in the last round to finish 5th.

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