Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh emerged as the champion with 6 points after the end of the final round of the ‘Chess For Youth’ Championship at Indian Council For Cultural Relations, Kolkata. The 7 round Swiss premier meet for youth was organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and Allsport Foundation from 21 to 24 October, 2016.
At a glittering prize distribution ceremony, Diptayan Ghosh received the Champion’s Trophy and a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- for his efforts. The prize distribution was preceded by a dance performance based on chess performed by the participants and students of DBCA.
Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh was held to a draw in the final round by Mitrabha Guha on the top board in queen’s pawn opening when neither side could make any headway after the exchange of queens. Despite the draw, Diptayan took the 1st slot as his nearest rival Aronyak Ghosh squandered a winning rook ending against Soumyo Chakrabarty and drew on the 2nd board.
Aronyak Ghosh and Mitrabha Guha with 5.5 points took the 2nd and 3rd spots and got Rs,18,000/- and 12,000/- respectively.
In the under 16 boys category, Arka Sengupta was declared the champion with full 7 points while Arpita Mukherjee emerged champion in the girls’ section with 5 points.
Koustav Chatterjee and Samriddha Ghosh were declared winners in the U-14 boys and girls section while Proloy Sahoo and Mehendi Sil were the winners in the U-12 boys and girls category respectively.
The prize distribution ceremony was held on Monday at ICCR Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. Among those present were ministers Sobhandeb Chhotopadhyay and Dr Sashi Panja. Also present on the occasion were former footballers Shyam Thapa and Tarun Dey, and cricketer Sourasish Lahiri.