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IM Suvrajit Saha wins CSIR-CMERI Diamond Jubilee All India Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament 2017

Suvrajit Saha scored 7.5 points out of 8 rounds to become champion. His only draw was against the eventual runner-up of the tournament Arpan Das who scored 7 points. The only other IM to participate in the tournament was Neeraj Kumar Mishra, he also scored 7 points. However due to a lower tie-break score, he secured second runner-up position. The tournament went on from 29th November to 3rd December 2017 at CSIR-CMERI Staff Club in Durgapur, West Bengal Total 213 players participated from all across the country.

Samriddhaa Ghosh talks about her first win in National Premier 2017

Although she is not one of the leaders we thought that it was important to highlight the win by the debutant Samriddhaa Ghosh. She managed to score her first win at the National Premier in a very well played game against Kiran Manisha Mohanty. As for the leaders, we have the feeling that there is absolutely no stopping Padmini Rout. The girl from Odisha beat Nandhidhaa and extended her lead to a full point over the nearest rivals. It seems highly possible that Padmini will score her fourth consecutive National victory! If she does that, it would truly be an astounding achievement!

24-year old Sanjib Mali from Kolkata, West Bengal won ₹151000 in 2nd DCA Below 1600 FIDE Rated Chess Championship 2017

24-year old Sanjib Mali from Kolkata, West Bengal won ₹151000 in 2nd DCA Below 1600 FIDE Rated Chess Championship 2017. This is the biggest prize he has won in his lifetime. Sanjib did not even expect to win the tournament when he went to play there. How did he win the tournament in today's era without even using a computer for his preparation, what are his thoughts about such a huge prize money in a below 1600 event and much more. Usually we have interviews of national champions and grandmasters who win important events, but Shahid Ahmed's interview of Sanjib Mali brings out the completely unexplored side of the life of an amateur chess player. Sanjib started well with a double hat-trick of wins and had four-way lead after the sixth round. He drew in the seventh round and slipped to second position. He got into the title picture after winning his eighth round and became the sole leader of the tournament. A win in the last round would have guaranteed him the championship. He was confident that his tie-break score is much higher than the players who were trailing behind by half a point. So he decided to settle for a draw in the last round. He was right and he did become the champion and took home a glittering trophy and one and a half lakh rupees. Let us see his best game from the tournament, annotated by him.It was a close fight until the end which resulted in four players finishing at 8 points after the completion of ninth round. Sanjib Mali of West Bengal became champion due to the best tie-break score. Ranjith Kalaiyarasan of Puducherry was placed second, Vishwanath Kannam of Andhra Pradesh third and 11-year-old Harshit Pawar was adjudged at the fourth position. Manabi Chouhan of West Bengal was declared as the best female player while Rohit Dhall of Delhi was announced as the best among unrated players. The tournament was conducted from 12th to 14th November 2017 at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi. Around 535 players participated across 20 different states of India.

IM Saptarshi Roy wins Djenovici GM Tournament and completes his 3rd GM norm

Saptarshi convincingly won the tournament with 7.5 points out of 9 rounds. The tournament was conducted in a 10-player round robin format. He completed his final GM norm with a round to spare. The International GM tournament 'Third Saturday- Djenovici-Montenegro' took place from 18-26th November at Hotel Milena in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.The tournament format was 9-round Round-Robin and the event was valid for FIDE title norms. International Master Saptarshi Roy convincingly won the tournament with 7.5 points, leaving GM Nebojsa Nikcevic point and a half behind. Saptarshi Roy completed his third and final GM norm with a round to spare. Final standings: 1. IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2449 – 7,5 2. GM Nikcevic Nebojsa MNE 2423 – 6,0 3-4. Bick Gabriel USA 2399 and GM Pikula Dejan SRB 2457 – 5,5 5. IM Golubov Saveliy RUS 2501 – 5,0 6-7. GM Pavlovic Milos SRB 2472 and FM Can Isik TUR 2265 – 4,5 8 FM Kumar Nikhil USA 2274 – 4,0 9. FM Vardan Nagpal IND 2510 – 1,5 10. WFM Okuyaz Duru TUR 2238 – 1,0

Purulia District Chess Championship 2017 took place on 12th November 2017 at Anara South Eastern Railway Colony Higher Secondary school.

Purulia District Chess Championship 2017 took place on 12th November 2017 at Anara South Eastern Railway Colony Higher Secondary school.

University of Calcutta wins All India Inter-University Chess Tournament-2017 in Men's category for second consecutive year

The team remained undefeated throughout the tournament, won 4 matches and drew 1 with Jadavpur University. Captain Sumit Kumar scored 1.5 points out of 4 games, spearhead of the team Diptayan Ghosh scored 3.5 points out of 4 games and Sayantan Das scored 4 points out of 5 games. Among other teammates, Debarshi Mukherjee scored 3.5 points ouf of 5 games, Samrat Ghorai scored 1 point out of 2 games and Saptorshi Gupta drew the only game he played in the tournament. The tournament went on from 10th to 14th November 2017 in Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. There were 14 teams in Men's category and out of those 2 of them were from KOLKATA.

Sanjib Mali​ wins 2nd DCA 1600 Below FIDE Rated Chess Tournament 2017 and got richer by ₹151000

Sanjib Mali​ wins 2nd DCA 1600 Below FIDE Rated Chess Tournament 2017 and got richer by ₹151000

Rajanya Datta secured 3rd position in 31st National Under 9 Girl's Chess Championship 2017.

Rajanya started fantastic and led the tournament till 8th round with 8 straight wins. Despite losing the 9th round, she maintained a lead by a half point. Rajanya scored 9 points out of 11 rounds. The tournament went on from 2nd to 10th November 2017 in Gurgaon, Haryana She won the 10th round and got back into the title hunt again. Rajanya needed a win in the last round to guarantee her the championship, she needed a draw to keep championship hopes alive. Unfortunately she lost the last round and secured the second runner up position.

15 years ago on 7th November, Surya Sekhar Ganguly became Grandmaster at 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia

15 years ago on 7th November, Surya Sekhar Ganguly became Grandmaster at 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia

GM Sandipan Chanda finishes joint first in 21st Bavarian International Chess.

The recently concluded 21st Bavarian International Chess Open attracted almost 500 participants of whom around two dozen were Grandmasters. In fact, the top six seeds were rated above Elo 2600! There were only two Indian GMs in this super strong field - GN Gopal and Sandipan Chanda. Despite being far from the rating favourites, both players performed outstandingly. Sandipan Chanda was tied for first and had it not been for the mishap in the final round, Gopal, too, would have been among the leaders. However, despite all odds, he finished tied for second with an unbeaten score. A report with pictures and games.The 21st Bavarian International Chess Open was held in Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany from 28th October 2017 to 5th November 2017. The tournament was a 9-round Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves and an additional 30 minutes for the remainder of the game with a 30-second increment from move 1. The event attracted around 500 players including as many as two dozen Grandmasters from various countries. On the line was a prize fund of € 16,000 with the title winner's share being € 3,000.Both Indian GMs who participated at the event -- GM Sandipan Chanda and GM G N Gopal -- performed phenomenally well in the tournament despite the fact that they were far from being the rating favourites. After all, the field featured 6 GMs rated over 2600 which included some well-known names like Anton Korobov and Eduardo Itturizaga Bonelli. The first half of the event went extremely well for the Indian GMs. While the seventh seed, GM G N Gopal scored 4.5/5 in his first five games, the 13th seeded GM Sandipan Chanda was in joint lead with a perfect 6.0/6. Unfortunately, in round 6, Chanda's winning spree was brought to a crashing halt by the Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly.Even though this game was a draw, it featured much excitement with pawn storms and opposite wing castles. Gopal had a slight edge after the queen exchange but a delay in recapturing black's bishop on b7 lost him his advantage.Chanda, who had now lost the lead, fought really hard to regain his tournament position against the Chinese IM Li Di in the seventh round. After a rather peaceful middle game, the Bengali GM tried really hard with the white pieces to push for an advantage. His efforts did get rewarded as he was able to win a pawn eventually. However, in the end, he had to content himself with a draw. GN Gopal, on the other hand, was happy to continue at his slow but steady pace and drew against IM Marco Baldauf rather quickly after the middle game. But as it turned out later, this was only the calm before the storm. The penultimate round brought victories to both Indian GMs and brought them back into the race for the title. Both were now tied for second, half a point behind the leader GM Kaido Kulaots who had snatched the lead from Ahmed Adly by beating him in the seventh round. While GN Gopal systematically outplayed IM Gelerf Meins, after the German IM gave up two pieces for a rook in the middle game, GM Sandipan Chanda almost lost his edge against IM Arno Zude and was on the verge of conceding a draw.In the final round, luck smiled yet again on GM Sandipan Chanda. With the white pieces in hand, Chanda audaciously went for pawn advances on the kingside and opened up his king with the hope of generating attacking chances against the black monarch. In the opinion of the calm-nerved engines, however, this just lost two pawns.In the final round, luck smiled yet again on GM Sandipan Chanda. With the white pieces in hand, Chanda audaciously went for pawn advances on the kingside and opened up his king with the hope of generating attacking chances against the black monarch. In the opinion of the calm-nerved engines, however, this just lost two pawns.Fortunately for Sandipan, this was good enough to outfox his opponent as Baldauf erred soon and let his opponent take home the full point.In his final round game against the promising young Russian FM Andrey Esipenko, Gopal had a dead winning position in a queen and pawn endgame. And perhaps it was under time pressure that he surprisingly gave up all of his advantages and ended up conceding a draw. Had he won, he would have joined the leaders along with his compatriot Chanda. Even though he finished tied for second and seventh in the final rank after tie-break, this was surely a disappointing end to his unbeaten run.With the leader, Kaido Kulaots' draw against Itturizaga Bonelli in the final round, Sandipan Chanda was able to climb up the leaderboard and catch Kulaots at the top. Egyptian GM, Ahmed Adly also won his game against Fernando Peralta to join the leaders. After tie-breaks were applied, Adly took the title prize while Kulaots and Chanda finished second and third, respectively.

BCA EC Meeting on 4th November 2017 at ICCR. The President presenting his vision for Bengal Chess in his inaugural address

A new President of Bengal Chess Association, Mr Saikat Basu was sworn in and Bharat Singh Chauhan visited West Bengal for the first time after taking over as Secretary of the All India Chess Federation

Bengal Chess dominated East Zone University Team Chess Championship 2017

University of Calcutta won East Zone University Men Team Chess Championship 2017. The team remained undefeated and won all 7 rounds scoring 100% with 14 match points. Diptayan Ghosh, Sayantan Das and Sumit Kumar all of them won Board Prize each for becoming the Best Player in Board No.2, 3 and 4 respectively in the Men's category. Among the Women's category, Sohini Ganguly won the Board Prize in Board No.3. The team was led by Sumit Kumar built on the foundation of GM Diptayan Ghosh and IM Sayantan Das as both them finished with a 100% score of 6 points out of 6 games. Among others Debarshi Mukherjee scored 4 point out of 6 games, captain Sumit Kumar remained unbeaten, scoring 4.5 points out of 5 games. Both Saptorshi Gupta and Samrat Ghorai finished with 100% score, scoring 4 points out of 4 games and 1 point out of 1 game respectively. Coach of the team was Jayanta Sarkar The runner up position went to Jadavpur University scoring 11 points out of 14. The team suffered the only loss of the tournament against the champion team, University of Calcutta. Jadavpur University was led by Arpan Das who truly played a captain's knock by becoming the highest scorer of the team, scoring 6 points out of 7 games. The other cornerstone of the team Kaustuv Kundu remained undefeated and scored 5.5 points out of 7 games. Among other team members, Raunak Mondal scored 100% with 4 points out of 4 games, Sayan Mazumdar scored 3 points out of 4 games, Aditya Chowdhury scored 2 points out of 4 games and Satya Sekhar Mitra scored 1.5 points out of 2 games. Among the Women's team championship, University of Calcutta finished at 2nd position. They scored 10 match points out of 14. The team was led by Sohini Ganguly who led from the front by winning all her games and scoring 7 points out of 7 games. Sanchari Chakraborty scored 5 points, Purvi Malani scored 4.5 points and unrated Parama Kundu scored 3 points. They all played 7 games each since they had no reserve players. The tournament went on from 1st to 4th November in KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, India. There were 25 teams in Men's category and 16 teams in Women's category.

Arpita Mukherjee secures runner-up and Mitrabha Guha secures second runner-up position in Dr. N. Mahalingam 28th National Under-17 Chess Championships 2017 in Girls and Open category respectively

Arpita Mukherjee secures runner-up and Mitrabha Guha secures second runner-up position in Dr. N. Mahalingam 28th National Under-17 Chess Championships 2017 in Girls and Open category respectively The tournament went on from 24th October 2017 to 1st November 2017 at Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Arpita scored 8 points out of 11 rounds and remained undefeated throughout the tournament. She also faced 8 out of top 10 players. Mitrabha scored 8.5 points out of 11 rounds and made a strong comeback by winning the last 3 rounds after losing the 6th & 8th round.

Debarshi Mukherjee and Samrat Ghorai who were part of Uttara Central Chess Club won Walton 2nd Division Chess League-2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Debarshi Mukherjee and Samrat Ghorai who were part of Uttara Central Chess Club won Walton 2nd Division Chess League-2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh The tournament went on from 22nd to 28th October 2017 at Krira Kaksha, office of Bangladesh Chess Federation. Debarshi also won the Best Board Prize on Board No.2 for scoring 7 points out of 7 rounds. The team captain was Md. Rahi Masum.

IM Arghyadip Das is the only player from West Bengal to qualify for this year's National Premier Chess Championship 2017

IM Arghyadip Das is the only player from West Bengal to qualify for this year's National Premier Chess Championship 2017 It is a 14-player round robin event which will take place from 28th October to 11th November 2017 in Patna, Bihar.

1st Nitai Ghosh Memorial FIDE Rated International Chess Championship 2017

Kaustuv Kundu scored 8 points out of 9 rounds and won the tournament. He remained undefeated throughout the tournament and increased his ELO rating by 33 points. He led tthe tournament from round 1 and only slipped in round 6 when he drew with the tournament runner up Arpan Das. Kaustuv regained the top spot by defeating IM D K Sharma of LIC who finished 3rd in the tournament. Arpan Das also scored 8 points but his tie-break score was less. Thus he became the runner up. Both Kaustuv and Arpan remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Arpan increased his ELO Rating by 25 points. The tournament was held at Greater Kailash, The Palace in Jalpaiguri from 7th to 11th October 2017. Total 236 players participated in it.

Kaustuv Kundu wins 1st Nitai Ghosh Memorial FIDE Rated International Chess Championship 2017

Kaustuv Kundu wins 1st Nitai Ghosh Memorial FIDE Rated International Chess Championship 2017

India wins 1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals in World Youth Chess Championship 2017 at Montevideo, Uruguay

India wins 1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals in World Youth Chess Championship 2017 at Montevideo, Uruguay WFM Jishitha D won Gold Medal in Under 14 girls, FM Arjun Erigiasi won Silver Medal in Under 14 open and WIM Sakshi Chitlange won Silver Medal in Under 18 girls category for India. Among West Bengal chess players, WFM Arpita Mukherjee secured 4th position in Under 18 girls, Kaustuv Kundu secured 8th position in Under 18 open, FM Mitrabha Guha secured 9th position in Under 16 open, FM Rajdeep Sarkar secured 14th position in Under 16 open and Koustav Chatterjee secured 19th position in Under 14 open category. WFM Arpita Mukherjee needed a win in the last round to secure a medal, however she could only manage a draw against the Champion and Gold Medal winner of her category, WIM Unuk Laura of Slovenia.

GM Diptayan Ghosh and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly both won Bronze medal in Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Men Under 23 and Men category in Blitz format.

GM Diptayan Ghosh and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly both won Bronze medal in Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Men Under 23 and Men category in Blitz format. Diptayan's teammate was Vaibhav Suri and Surya's teammate was Sasikiran Krishnan. India won 5 Bronze medals in total, 1 in Classical, 2 in Rapid and 2 in Blitz format of the game.

GM Diptayan Ghosh and GM Murali Karthikeyan won Bronze medal in the Under 23 Men section for India in Rapid format in 5th Asian Indoor Games 2017 at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

GM Diptayan Ghosh and GM Murali Karthikeyan won Bronze medal in the Under 23 Men section for India in Rapid format in 5th Asian Indoor Games 2017 at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Diptayan and Murali receives their medal

40th West Bengal State Sub Junior Chess Championship 2017 Winners

Aditya Basu and Sudipta Haldar won 40th West Bengal State Sub Junior Chess Championship 2017 in Boys and Girls category respectively.

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and GM Diptayan Ghosh are representing Team India

Bengal Tigers GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and GM Diptayan Ghosh who are representing Team India, on their way to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan for Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games.

40th West Bengal State Sub Junior Chess Championship 2017 started at Alekhine Chess Club, Gorky Sadan

40th West Bengal State Sub Junior Chess Championship 2017 went underway at Alekhine Chess Club, Gorky Sadan on Monday 18th September 2017. For the first time in the club's history, a State Sub Junior Chess Championship is being organized here. 235 Boys & 86 Girls are participating from various districts across West Bengal in a 3-day 8 Round Tournament. The tournament was inaugurated in presence of GM Neelotpal Das, IM Nisha Mohota, Joint Secretary of AICF, IM Atanu Lahiri, Vice President of Bengal Chess Association, Atin Sengupta, President of Alekhine Chess Club, Biswaroop De and Head of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Yury Dubovoy.

1st Kanyasree Chess Championship for Girls took place in Alipurduar Indoor Stadium on 12th & 13th September 2017

1st Kanyasree Chess Championship for Girls took place in Alipurduar Indoor Stadium on 12th & 13th September 2017 A great initiative taken by Alipurduar District Chess Circle and Bengal Chess Association. Total 66 girls from remote areas of West Bengal participated in the event.66 girls from remote Blocks of Alipurduar District took part in the inaugural Kanyasree Chess Tournament. Women Chess is geared to explode in West Bengal.Srijana Chhetri from Hamiltonganj High School became Champion and receives her Championship Trophy

Chandreyee Hajra won Gold Medal in Western Asia Youth Chess Championship 2017

Chandreyee Hajra won Gold Medal in Western Asia Youth Chess Championship 2017 in Girls category and secured Woman International Master title. She has also won Western Asia Youth Chess Championship 2017 Rapid in Under 16 & 18 Girls category.

2nd Badal Bhattacharjee Memorial All India Fide Rating Open Chess Tournament 2017

West Bengal chess has a new star and it's the 15-year-old Mitrabha Guha. He is the reigning national sub junior champion and now adds another feather to his cap. The 2nd Badal Bhattacharjee Memorial chess tournament was held from 6th to the 10th of August 2017 in Siliguri. Mitrabha was the top seed and stayed true to his billing and won the tournament. Another youngster, Aronyak Ghosh, about whom we recently reported on our newspage, finished second. Santu Mondal and Tamal Chakrabarty finished third and fourth respectively.

1st All Bengal FIDE Rated Open Rapid Chess Tournament 2017 Report

It was a huge rapid event in Kolkata that was organized by Pioneer Chess School and West Bengal Chess Association. The tournament was held on the 8th and 9th of August with a time control of 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment. Youngster CM Aronyak Ghosh won the title and took back home the first prize of Rs.10,000! IM Somak Palit and Koustav Chatterjee also scored the same points but had to settle for second and third spot respectively on tiebreak. We have a report on the tournament as well as some nicely captured videos of the action during the event by Shahid Ahmed.

WFM Arpita Mukherjee wins North 24 Parganas District Chess Championship 2017

WFM Arpita Mukherjee wins North 24 Parganas District Chess Championship 2017 held on 19th & 20th August 2017 at Lake Town Progressive Youth Centre. Arpita defeated tournament leader Anjan Mallick in the last round to become champion by scoring 7.5 points out of maximum 8 rounds. She also remained undefeated and Anjan had to be content with 2nd position scoring 7 points. Suvradeepta Das also scored 7 points, but due to a poor Tie Breaking score, he secured 3rd position. Total 191 players from North 24 Parganas District participated in this 2 day event.

Soham Das made his maiden IM norm at the Andorra Open 2017.

West Bengal's Soham Das made his maiden IM norm at the Andorra Open 2017. The 15-year-old was rated just 2020 in the tournament and gained 152 Elo points!

Srijit Paul made his 2nd IM Norm at XLIII Obert Internacional Ciutat de Badalona.

West Bengal's Srijit Paul made his 2nd IM Norm at XLIII Obert Internacional Ciutat de Badalona. The 16-year old was rated 2255 in the tournament and gained 42 ELO points with a Performance Rating of 2450.

FM Mitrabha Guha wins 2nd Badal Bhattacharjee Memorial All India FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament 2017

FM Mitrabha Guha wins 2nd Badal Bhattacharjee Memorial All India FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament 2017 CM Aronyak Ghosh and Santu Mondal secured 2nd & 3rd position respectively.

IM Anwesh Upadhyaya won National Rapid Chess Championship 2017

IM Anwesh Upadhyaya won National Rapid Chess Championship 2017 scoring 9 points out of 11 rounds.

State Championship Venue changed.

State Age Gr. (U-7 & U-11) Chess Tmt will be held at Laxmi Naranyan Temple, Padmapukur, Lansdown Road, opposite Jai hind dhaba, .Kolkata at 1 p.m. Pl. inform Others.

IA Sumit Chatterjee passes away

IA Sumit Chatterjee passed away on 23rd april 2017. Sumit Chatterjee was not only a veteran and distinguished arbiter of our state, but was a chess fanatic in its true sense. He was also involved with training young kids and organising tournaments. We pray that his soul may rest in peace.

Neelash wins State Open Chess Championship

Neelash Saha won the 55th West Bengal State Open FIDE Rating Chess Championship 2017, held at the Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society College from 23rd to 27th april 2017. This years state championship saw the dominance of young players with FM Mitrabha Guha, Kaustuv Kundu and Koustav Chatterjee securing the second, third and fourth place respectively.

Arpita wins State Womens Championship

WFM Arpita Mukherjee emerged winner in the recently concluded 43rd West Bengal State Women's Chess Championship. Samriddha Ghosh came second after Arpita. The third place was taken by Ananya Bothra follwed by Sudipa Halder.

Bengal Sweeps national Rapid & Blitz

Grandmaster Neelotpal Das and In form International Master Prantik Roy won the National Rapid and National Blitz Chess Championship respectively in Vishakhapatnam with an identical score of 9 points in 10 rounds. The domination was such that Prantik won the Blitz event with one Round to spare. For detailed results,check http://www.chess-results.com/tnr226864.aspx?lan=1

Bengal Players perform well in Asian Youth Chess

Rajdeep Sarkar narrowly missed medal when he lost to Boldoo of Mongolia in the final round to finish 4th in theUnder 18 Category of Asian Youth Chess 2016 in Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia.Chandreyee Hazra performed well to finish 5th in the Girls Section of Under 18 Category,while Mitrabha Guha trounced the top seed in the final round to finish 7th in the Under 16 Open Category.

Bengal Players perform well in Asian Youth Chess

Rajdeep Sarkar narrowly missed medal when he lost to Boldoo of Mongolia in the final round to finish 4th in theUnder 18 Category of Asian Youth Chess 2016 in Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia.Chandreyee Hazra performed well to finish 5th in the Girls Section of Under 18 Category,while Mitrabha Guha trounced the top seed in the final round to finish 7th in the Under 16 Open Category.

Surjo Wins 6th BCC Open

Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly won the Bangkok Chess Club Open Tournament at Bangkok by defeating Loek Van Wely of the Nederland in the final round.Surya scored 7.5 points in 9 Rounds,the same as Grandmaster Vallejo Pons Francesco who finished second. Bengal's latest I.M Prantik Roy scored 6.5 points to finish 11th on final Ranking. Prantik's only loss was to Surya in the 5th round.

Bengal Chess Congratulates Diptayan Ghosh for becoming Grandmaster

Diptayan Ghosh made his third and final Grandmaster Norm when he played a Short Draw against his compatriot Swapnil Dhopade in the last round of the 6th HD Bank Cup International Open in Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam today. Diptayan remained undefeated in the 9 Round event by scoring six points. The strongest tournament in South East Asia was won by the top seeded Grandmaster Wang Hao from China. Diptayan had achieved his first Grandmaster norm in Dubai in the year 2013,following up with his superlative performance in Pardubice,(Czech Republic) in 2015. The prodigy from South Point School becomes the youngest among the seven Grandmasters of West Bengal,the others being Dibyendu Barua,Surya Shekhar Ganguly,Neelotpal Das,Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury and Deep Sengupta.

Rajdeep wins National Under 17

Rajdeep Sarkar of West Bengal wrested the 26th National Under 17 Chess Championship at Bangalore today.In a nail biting finish,both the overnight leaders Rajdeep and R Vaishali of Tamil Nadu lost their respective final round matches to V Karthik of AP and Kumaran of Tamil Nadu. This allowed a pack of 6 players to tie for first place on 8 points Rajdeep was adjudged winner by virtue of higher Tie Breaker.ahead of current Asian Under 18 Champion Krishna Teja of Andhra Pradesh and wonder girl R. Vaishali of Tamil Nadu who opted to take part in the Open Section instead of Girls category. In the Girls category,V Varshini of Tamil Nadu retained her title when she scored a whopping 10 points out of possible. 11. The top 2 players from each category will represent India in the World Youth Chess championship 2016.

Mitrabha Clinches Silver in National Sub Juniors

Mitrabha Guha of Kolkata finished runner up in the 41st National Sub Junior Chess Championship 2015 which conluded in Jammu today. The 14 year old prodigy from Behala edged out Fide Master Raghunandan from Karnataka and Nitish Belurkar of Goa on a better Tie Breaker. P. Inniyan of Tamil Nadu won the National Championship scoring 9 points out of possible 11,half point ahead of Mitrabha. The Girls Section saw a major surprise when Akanksha Hagawane of Maharashtra toppled the top seed R Vaishali of Tamil Nadu to win the title. Samridhha Ghosh of West Bengal finished fourth.

Chandreyee Strikes Gold!

Asian Youth Silver Medallist Chandreyee Hazra continued her stellar performance when she won Gold in the Women Section of the Asian Amateur Chess Championship in Bandar Seri Begawan,Brunei. Chandreyee defeated Camilia Johari of Malaysia in the finals to clinch the title. Earlier she finished a creditable 7th in overall standings in the Open Category

Kamalesh Sengupta passes away

Chess fraternity of West Bengal is bereaved by the sad news of death of Sri Kamalesh Sengupta,who was the Joint Secretary of Bengal chess Association and Kolkata District Chess Association.He was suffering from Colon Cancer and breathed his last on 16th September 9:30 a.m. Kamaleshda was an active organizer and will be remembered for organizing numerous events and conducting Kolkata Chess League in the mid nineties,where eminent clubs including East Bengal,participated. His absence will be sorely felt by the players and the administrators in our state.

Neelash Saha cliches the grand title in 29th National Under-13 Open Chess Championship-2015

Fifth seed Neelash Saha of Bengal has won the the National Under-13 Chess Championship at Gurgaon on September 7, 2015 with 10 points after final round.Neelash took the lead after round 9 and continued his brilliant run till the very end. Aronyak Ghosh also played well and ended up with 8 points at the 8th spot.

Chandreyee Hazra wins Silver in Asian Youth Chess

Chandreyee Hazra won silver medal in Asian Girls Under-16 chess championship that concluded in Suwon, South Korea on Monday.Chandreyee scored 6.5 points out of possible 9 points and gained 118 ratings. She was in great form, leading throughout the tournament but unfortunately lost the final round and missed the gold medal

Asian Continental Chess Championship: Surya Sekhar Ganguly wins silver.

Grandmaster and former national champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly brought out his best on the final day to outclass Zhang Zhong of Singapore and secured the silver medal in the Asian continental chess championship that concluded in Al Ain on Tuesday

Sandipan Wins Kiit Open

GM Sandipan Chanda of West Bengal, won the recently concluded 8th KIIT International Open Chess Championship 2015. Sandipan emerged ahead of the tough field by scoring 8 points out of 10 rounds. We wish him all the success.

Surya Continues his brillinant run!

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly continued his impressive form after winning the Kolkata Open this year. In the recently concluded Bangkok Open and the Australian Open Chess Championships, Surya Came First and second respectively overcoming the chasllenges of strong grandmasters. We wish him all the success.

State Age Group Chess Championship

The recently concluded 27th West Bengal State Age Group Chess Championship 2015 saw a whooping 610 participants, who rubbed their shoulders for the championships in the Eastern Metropolitan Club from 1st to 5th April. In the Under-13 category, Neelash Saha and Samriddha Ghosh stood winners in the boys and Girls category respectyively. Arya Bhakta became the hero after winning both the Under 9 and Under 11 Boys category. Annyatoma Das and Yash Jyoti Bir claimed the Under 11 and Under 9 girls category respectively. The Under 7 Girls Category was won by Rajanjya Datta. We wish the young champions all the success.

Rajdeep Sarkar retains National School Games Title

BCA conratulates Rajdeep Sarkar for winning the National School Chess Championship 2015 at Ponda Goa in the Under 15 Category.For further details see http://www.chess-results.com/tnr159811.aspx?lan=1

Benoy Bhuson Barua passes away

Bengal Chess expresses profound grief at the passing away of Bhuson Barua,one of the father figure of chess in West Bengal. Born in 1929 in Chittagong,he migrated to India in late 1960s.Ever since he had been actively involved in Chess organizational activities in West Bengal.His varied career included brief stint as a President of WBCA in 1980s

India Wins Sub Junior Olympiad

India pipped Russia to win Gold in the World Under 16 Olympiad which was held at Gyor,Hungary from 12-21 December 2014.Bengal Chess Association congratulates Diptayan Ghosh,the most active player of the national Team for stupendous performance.For more info check http://www.chess-results.com/tnr153962.aspx?lan=1

Sanjoy Mitra passes away

Bengal Chess mourns the sad demise of Sanjoy Mitra,the father figure of chess in Cooch Behar.He was the Vice President of Cooch Behar Chess Association. Sanjoyda,as he was popularly known to chess enthusiasts of Cooch Behar,took lots of personal interest to popularise chess accoss the town.lost his battle to kidney failure and breathed his last on December 20th.

Deep misses the National Title,finishes 2nd.

In form Deep Sengupta performed splendidly to finish half point behind SP Sethuraman of Tamil Nadu in the National Premier Chess Championship which took place in Kottayam,Kerala from 5-18 December 2014.For further details check http://www.chess-results.com/tnr154171.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821&turdet=YES

Justice Ajoy Nath Roy is no more

Former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court,Chairman of human Rights Commission of Sikkim Justice Ajoy Nath Roy breathed his last on 30th November 2014.He was 68. An avid chess player and keen follower of the game,he could be seen in all the tournaments in the State. Bengal Chess family deeply mourns the sad demise of an eminent personality

Manik Ghosh passes away

Veteran chess coach and player Manik Ghosh passed away on 23rd November.He was suffering from Cancer.Bengal Chess Association shares the pain of his loss with his bereaved family

East maintain domination in Womens' Chess

In form WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa clinched her maiden National Womens' Premier Title in Sangli (Maharashtra).Incumbent Mary Ann Gomes slipped to 3rd position while National Challengers' Champion Nisha Mohota put up another impressive show by remaining undefeated and taking the second spot

World Chess Championship 2014 - Magnus Carlsen the Champion

Magnus Carlsen retains his World Champion title on the consecutive second time (2013 and 2014) by winning over Viswanathan Ananad by 6.5 to 4.5 on his favor at the end of 11th Match. Anand was trailing by 1 point at the end of 10th game and he had to catch up Carlsen either on 11th Game with Black or 12th Game with White to take the score at equality. Vishy tried to give a push on his 11th game with a calculated exchange sack on 27th Move but, with accurate play Carlsen could prove Anand wrong. However, this was very interesting Championship altogether as each of the game could bring some exciting moment to the chess world. Vishy had displayed his well prepared opening preparation(3rd game was fascinating) as well as his tremendous endgame understanding (7th Game lasts till 122 moves) but, at the end Carlsen could prove himself as the winner of the World Chess Championship 2014 at Sochi, Russia.

Bengal performed excellent in 28th National Under 13

Bengal had an excellent show both in General and Girls section in the 28th National Under 13. 6 out of 18th prize have been bagged by Boys from Bengal in the General Category. Top seeded as well as champion of the tournament of General scetion Hirthickkesh, PR from Tamil Nadu had to set 3 out of 4 game as draw against players from Bengal. Rajdeep Sarkar, Aronyak Ghosh, Srijit Paul, Mitrbha Guha, Neelash Saha and Subhayan Kundu secured 3rd, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th position respectively. In Girls section, Samriddha Ghosh from Bengal stood 6th whereas, Bristy Mukherjee and Arpita Mukherjee secured 12th and 13th position respectively. Champion of the Girls Section was Vaishali R from TamilNadu.

National Under 7 - Organized at West Bengal

Sinthia Sarkar and Tanisha Chatterjee of Bengal were ranked at 8th and 11th position respectively in the Girls Section of the National Under 7 Chess Championship for 2014 whereas Souhardo Basak from Bengal was at 10th position in the Open category. Sahil Dey from Assam and Yashavishree N of Tamil Nadu were announced as Champion in the Open and Girls Section respectively.

Deep wins Commonwealth Chess Championship

GM Deep Sengupta Of West Bengal played well to secure the first position in the 2014 Commonwealth chess championship, held at Glasgow, Scotland. Deep scored 7.5 points out of a possible 9. Another GM from Bengal, Dibyendu Barua, came 12th after scoring 6.5 points. We wish Deep all the success in the forthcoming tournaments.

Sayantan wins First GM norm

Sayantan Das of West Bengal played brilliantly in the recently concluded XXII OPEN INTERNACIONAL CIUTAT DE MONTCADA, in Spain to secure his first GM norm. He scored 6 points out of a possible 9.We wish him every success in his forthcoming tournaments.

Rajdeep Wins National Schools Chess

Rajdeep Sarkar from West Bengal came 1st in the Under-13 Category of the National School Chess Championship 2014, recently concluded at Delhi. In the Girls Section, Chandreyee Hajra came 3rd in the Under-15 Girls category. We wish them success in their upcoming tournaments.

Surya Shocks Aronian

Bengals very own GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly recently shocked World Number 2 GM Levon Aronian in the recently concluded World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Dubai. Surya, Playing with the white pieces goot the significant victory in the round 1 of the Rapid tournament. Another talented Grand Master from Bengal Sandipan Chanda, played well to face Viswanathan Anand in the 3rd Round of the tournament. Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen won both the Rapid and the blitz championship in a row. Viswanathan Anand finished the rapid tournament by coming 3rd in the ranking list.

Debarshi and Arpita Wins State Junior Championships

Debarshi Mukherjee continued his brilliant form by winning the 42nd State Junior Chess Championship for Boys held at Shyama Pally Shyama Sangha in Jadavpur. Debarshi came second in the recently concluded State senior chess Championship. Arpita played brilliantly to claim the 1st prize in the Girls Section. She scored 4.5 points out of a possible 5. Debankan Dhara, Mitrabha Guha and Sayan Bose are the other players, who will be representing west bengal in the National Junior Championships. While in the Girls Category, Chandreyee Hajra, Arna Sarkar and Samriddha Ghosh will do the honours.

Debasish Mukherjee Wins State Senior Chess Championship

Debasish Mukherjee emerged champion in the recently concluded 52nd West Bengal State Senior Chess Championship 2014,held at Kalatan Community Centre, Baghajatin. Debasish continued with his good form, as he recently came second in a rating tournament in Assam. The second position was secured by Debarshi Mukherjee, who tied for the first place along with Debasish but came second due to poor tie break score. The Third and Fourth positions were secured by Kaustav Bhattacharya and Arpan Das Respectively. The top four players will represent West Bengal in the forthcoming National Challengers to be held at Himachal Pradesh in May.

Sayantan Das comes 2nd in U-16 World Youth Blitz Chess Championship

Sayantan Das comes 2nd in U-16 World Youth Blitz Chess Championship; In the classic format, Sayantan scored 7 points in while Aronyak Ghosh scored 5 points in U-16 and U-10 categories respectively

ARMENIANS RULE KOLKATA GRANDMASTERS OPEN

Grandmaster Samvel Ter-Sahakhyan of Armenia won the SREI International Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Town Hall,Kolkata by scoring 7.5 points in 10 Rounds.His compatriot S. Tigran Petrosian achieved a G.M. norm alongwith Murali Kartikeyan(who got his maiden G.M. norm) and Mikhail Mozharov of Russia who got his third norm in a trot in India.For further results see http://www.chess-results.com/tnr118246.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821

Mary clinches Womens Premiere 3 times in a row

Defending Champion from Bengal, WGM Mary Ann Gomes emerged as the champion in the recently concluded National Womens Premiere held at Spring Club. The tournament saw three players tied for the first place, when Mary won the race on account of her better tie break score. WGM Tania Sachdev and WGM Soumya Swaminathan secured second and third positions respectively.

Diptayan misses title by a whisker

IM Diptayan Ghosh narrowly misses National Sub Junior Championship this year. He scored 9 points out of a possible 11, the same as Murali Karthikeyan of Tamil Nadu who edged out marginally due to better Buchholz. The girls section saw G K Monnisha of Tamil Nadu emerge as the new champion.

Diptayan and Sayantan made Bengal proud

IM Diptayan Ghosh and FM Sayantan Das, steered India to win the Gold in the recently concluded World Youth Olympiad at Chongqing, China. Diptayan and Sayantan won individual Gold in 3rd and 4th board respectively.

Sayantan Clinches his third National Championship

FM Sayantan Das, emerged champion in the recently concluded National U-19 Chess Championship in Lucknow. Sayantan won the National U-15 and U-17 Championships also, creating an unprecedented record of winning all the NAtional AGe group championships, that he participated in. We wish Sayantan all the best for his upcoming tournaments.

Sayantan emerges champion in the National U-17 Chess Championship

FM Sayantan Das of West BEngal emerged champion in the recently concluded National U-17 Chess Championship in Guwahati. this is his second national championship in less than a year.

Aronyak Clinches Silver in the Asian Youth

Aronyak Ghosh, a young prodigy from Bengal, clinched silver in the recently concluded Asian Youth Chess Championship at Sari, Iran.

Mitrabha secures 3rd Position in National U-13 Chess Championship

Mitrabha Guha of West BEngal secured 3rd position in the recently concluded NATIONAL u-13 cHESS championship, held at Pondicherry. Harsha Bharatakoti of AP won the tournament and Abhmanyu Puranik of Maharashtra got the second position.

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury becomes Bengal;s Latest Grandmaster

IM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury crossed his 2500 rating criteria to become Bengal's latest Grandmaster. After achieving 3 Gm norms, Saptarshi was to touch the 2500 rating mark to fulfill the requirements for the GM title. In the ongoing Stavanger Open in Norway, Saptarshi's live rating touched 2500 after he won against Fredrik beer Jacobsen of Norway. Saptarshi had to wait for a while to achieve this title after completing his final Gm norm at the Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tournament last Year. Saptarshi had to play four tournaments consecutively in France Denmark Spain and Norway. finally in his last tournament he crossed the magical figure of 2500. Saptarshi had performed really well in many famous tournaments in past, including his winning the Canadian Open. We wish Saptarshi every Success in life.

Saptarshi Roy earned second GM norm

IM Saptarshi Roy earned his second GM norm in the recently concluded Bangkok Open Chess Championship. On his way to the norm, Saptarshi demolished the challanges of very renowned players, including former World Championship Candidate GM Nigel Short of England. He won against Short in just 36 moves to march towards his Gm norm. we wish Saptarshi every success in Life and hope he gets his GM title soon.

Diptayan earns his first Gm norm

young lad Diptayan Ghosh earned his first GM norm, in the recently concluded Dubai Open Chess Championship. By earning this norm, Diptayan became the youngest player to earn a GM norm from our state. We wish him every success and hope that he gets his remaining norms very soon to become the yougest GM from our state.

Mary makes Bengal Proud

WGM Mary Ann Gomes of West Bengal represented the Indian contingent in the Womens World Team Championship in Kazakhstan and made us all proud by winning the individual Bronze medal in the Board prizes. Mary played in the 4th board, helping India secure the 5th position. Wish Mary Ann every success in life.

Sayantan wins National Under 17 Chess Championship

Sayantan Das of West Bengal won the National Under 17 Chess Championship. The recently concluded tournament held in Assam is convincingly won by Sayantan, Who stood clear ahead of the others by winning the tournament with a margin of 1.5 points. He scored 9 points in 11 rounds. Another young player from Bengal, Aubhropratim Manna came 7th with 7 points.

Bengal lads perform well in National Under 7

Arya Bhakta of West Bengal came second in the recently concluded National U-7 Championship in Pune. Arya scored 9.5 points in 11 rounds and tied for the first place. due to better tie break score, Aditya Mittal of Maharashtra became Champion. A part from Arka, Sagnik Chakraborty came 7th and Debarghya Samanta came 12th. we wish these young kids all the best for their upcoming tournaments.

Sandipan Wins Gibraltar Chess Festival

GM Sandipan Chanda of West Bengal did it again to make us all proud. Sandipan Came Joint Champion in the recently concluded Gibraltar Chess Festival, where he won against the top players of the world. Specially in the last two rounds, he defeated the famous Alexei Shirov and Le Quang Liem in a very commendable fashion. Both of them went down to the attacking chess of Sandipan. the players who shared the first place along with Sandipan is GM Nikita Vitiugov of Russia, GM Vachier Lagrave Maxime of France and GM Nigel Short of England. We wish Sandipan every success in his upcoming tournaments.

Arghyadip makes his final norm

In another good news for Bengal chess,Arghyadip Das made his final Grandmaster norm when he finished 3rd. in the Festival De Ajedrez de Roquetas De Mar in Spain.Arghyadip now needs a few more Elos to complete his Grandmaster formalities. Another I.M. who has completed his norms and waiting for his Elo to touch 2500 mark,Saptarshi Roychowdhury narrowly lost his last round game to finish 17th. in a strong field.

AICF changes WBCAC to Bengal Chess Association

West Bengal Chess Ad-Hoc Committee has been desolved by the All India Chess Federation to form a new body under the name of Bengal Chess Association on 9th December 2012, at a meeting held at the Calcutta Club. In presence of AICF officials Mr. BHarat Singh Chauhan and Mr. Dibyendu Barua, and FIDE Vice President Mr. D V Sundar, the members of the districtchess associations elected the newly formed body with Mr. Sanjay Sureka as President and Mr. Atanu Lahiri as General Secretary. The new Committee formed as follows: Mr. Sanjay Sureka President, Mr. Atanu Lahiri Secretary, Mr. Debasish Barua - Treasurer, Atin Sengupta, Srenik Seth, Soumen Majumder, Dr. Kushal Chowdhury(Vice-President), Asit Baran Choudhury, Kamalesh Sengupta, Partha Das, Goutam De, Subrata Sarkar (Joint Secretaries.

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly Wins Fujairah Open in UAE

Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda played fabulously to tie for the first place in the Fujairah International Chess Championship 2012 in UAE. Ganguly is declared the winner due to better tie break score. Its is a great news for Bengal Chess that 2 Bengali Super grandmasters played brilliantly in this tournament, where many world famous players played.

Jadavpur University wins the East Zone inter University chess championship

Jadavpur University retained the title of East Zone University Champions by winning the tournament yet again by a comfortable margin of 3.5 points, by scoring 19points. Calcutta University came second with 15.5 points.

Bitan completes his third IM norm

Bitan Banerjee completes his third IM norm in the recently concluded National Premier chess Championship at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra, organised by the Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy.

Diptayan becomes the Youngest IM of West Bengal

Diptayan Ghosh completed his final IM norm in the recently concluded Vizag International open tournament and became the youngest IM of West Bengal.

Mary retains her title.

Mary Ann Gomes of West bengal, retained her title by winning the National Womens Premier Championship at Jalgaon

50th National Premiere Chess Championship 2012

the 50th edition of the National Premiere chess championship, organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy, is starting from 1st October at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra. This tournament is to be organised in bengal after a long gap. last time, it was held in 1976.

Congratulations Sayantan.

It has been a proud day for Bengal Chess After a long time, as the National Sub Junior Chess Championship, recently concluded at Nagpur, is won by West Bengals Sayantan Das, While Diptayan Ghosh Finished second to make Bengal Chess proud.

Mary does it again for India.

Mary ann Gomes played well in the recently concluded Womens Chess Olympiad and helped Indian Womens team to secure a creditable fourth position in Istanbul. this was by far the best performance of an Indian team in the Olympiads.

Chandrasish Secured 5th position in National U-25.

Chandrasish Majumdar of Bengal achieved a great honour by coming 5th in the National U-25 championship this year, drawing his game aginst the champion, IM Swapnil Dhopade of Maharashtra.. for further details, please visit www.chess-results.com

Congratulations Sayantan Das for bronze in World U-16 Olympiad!

Indian boys won Bronze medal in the world U-16 Youth Chess Olympiad, after Iran Confirmed the Gold while Russia winning the Silver.

WFM Swati Mohota finishes 4th in National Challengers for Women.

WFM Swati Mohota and Pallabi Roy qualified for the National Womens Premiere Chess Championship at Jalgaon by finishing 4th and 15th respectively in the National Womens Challengers held in Delhi.

National U-7 Boys and Girls.

Ayantika Das of west Bengal, came 8th in the national U-7 Girls chess championship, while Arka Bhakta came 8th in the Boys open Section.