Calcutta: International Master Diptayan Ghosh not only emerged the champion of the 24th The Telegraph Schools' Chess Championship, organised by the Alekhine Chess Club, at Gorky Sadan, on Thursday, he also notched up a perfect 10 in the process.
This was the first time Diptayan clinched the title and it would certainly act as a huge morale-booster before he vies for the title at the upcoming Moscow Open. Throughout the competition, Diptayan was in superb form having waltzed past all his opponents. In the final round, he opted for Ruy Lopez Opening with Black against Arpan Das.
The game lasted just 38 moves as Diptayan completely outplayed Arpan, winning yet another one-sided affair.
"No doubt it's a great feeling having won this tournament for the first time. I learned plenty from this competition. Moreover, I had a good practice while competing in this meet.
"So I'm going to Moscow as a more confident and determined player. The event in Moscow won't be easy at all as most of the contestants there have had a fair bit of success in international events.
"Nevertheless, I will focus on continuing the good work," the South Point student said before leaving for Russian capital on Thursday late evening.
Diptayan's schoolmate Kaustuv Kundu clinched the second position with 8.5 points, while Suvradeepta Das of Aditya Academy finished third with 8 points.
In the second board, Kaustuv and Mitrabha Guha (8) shared the point in a French Advance Variation game that lasted 21 moves. And in the third board, Suvradeepta and Khushi Dharewa, in a QGD Opening, settled for a draw in 42 moves.
Amongst the schools, South Point topped with 34.5 points, followed by St. James' (27 points) and Aditya Academy (26 points). Srijan and Alaktika Chatterjee of Stepping Stone School won the special prize in the youngest boys' and youngest girls' categories.
Sayan Majumdar of Indira Gandhi Memorial High School was awarded with the Parimal Mukherjee Trophy.
India international and Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who was the chief guest, alongwith state sports minister Madan Mitra, Alexander V. Mazirka, vice-consul, head of cultural department (Russian Federation in Calcutta) and also director of Gorky Sadan, gave away the prizes. Arjuna awardees Dola and Rahul Banerjee, and Soumen Majumder, Alekhine Chess Club secretary, were also present at the prize distribution ceremony.
Manoj was full of praise for the tournament. "This kind of a tournament is a big help for the youngsters. Credit to The Telegraph for organising this event in such a wonderful manner," Manoj said.
Mitra, also the president of Alekhine, announced that the sports council would do its bit to help organise 25th edition of this tournament on a bigger scale at the Netaji Indoor Stadium next year. "The sports council will lend a helping hand to organise this event on a grand scale next year at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, with more participants," Mitra said.