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India National Challengers Chess Championship – Debashis clinches title

Tirupathi (28 May 12): Third seed and World Under-18 Bronze medalist International Master Debashis Das of Odisha with ten points won the 50th National Challengers Chess Championship after settling for half point against Bitan Banerjee of West Bengal in the thirteenth and final round here at Ramatulasi Kalyana Mandapam on Monday.

Fide Master Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal, G Akash of Tamilnadu and Sagar Shah of Maharahstra, who beat Akash in the final round tied for the runner up position with nine and half points but better tie break score helped Ghosh to secure runner-up trophy while Akash finished third and Sagar Shah satisfied with fourth spot finish.

Debashis Das

Debashis Das

Top thirty players from this event qualified for the forthcoming National Premier Chess Championship which is scheduled to be held at West Bengal in the month of October.

In a colourful closing ceremony, Dr. P C Rayalu, Chairman, Food Processing Industries, South Zone-II, Govt. of India gave away the prizes along with Shri. Bharat Singh, Secretary All India Chess Federation, Shri. D V Sundar, Vice-President World Chess Federation and Shri. A Narasimha Reddy, President Andhra Pradesh Chess Association and Shri. Kanna Reddy, Secretary Andhra Pradesh Chess Association.

Diptayan Ghosh

Diptayan Ghosh

G Akash

G Akash

Final Standings (Top 30 and qualified for National Premier):

1 Debashis Das Odisha 10 103 96 93½
2 Ghosh Diptayan West Bengal 9½ 101½ 94½ 91½
3 G Akash Tamilnadu 9½ 99 92½ 89
4 Sagar Shah Maharashtra 9½ 91 85 81½
5 Abhilash Reddy M L Andhra Pradesh 9 104½ 98 94½
6 Murali Krishnan B T Railways 9 97 89½ 88½
7 Bitan Banerjee West Bengal 9 91 85 81
8 Narayanan S L Kerala 9 90½ 84 82
9 Girinath P D S Railways 9 87½ 81½ 79½
10 Saptarshi Roy Railways 8½ 101½ 94 91½
11 Shashikant Kutwal Railways 8½ 98½ 91 90
12 Sanjay N Karanataka 8½ 98 91½ 88
13 Phadke Sohan Maharashtra 8½ 98 91 89
14 Ram S Krishnan Tamilnadu 8½ 98 90½ 89½
15 Sharma Dinesh K LIC 8½ 97½ 91 88
16 Swayams Mishra Odisha 8½ 97½ 90½ 88
17 Karthikeyan P PSPB 8½ 96 89½ 86½
18 Satyapragyan Swayangsu Air India 8½ 96 89½ 86
19 Anurag Mhamal Goa 8½ 96 89 86½
20 Arvind Shastry Karanataka 8½ 95½ 90 85½
21 Suvrajit Saha Railways 8½ 95½ 89 85½
22 Rajesh V A V Tamilnadu 8½ 95½ 88½ 86
23 Arun Karthik R Tamilnadu 8½ 95 88½ 86½
24 Shetty Rahul Air India 8½ 94½ 88½ 84½
25 Krishna C R G Andhra Pradesh 8½ 94 88½ 84
26 Lahiri Atanu LIC 8½ 94 87½ 85½
27 K Praneeth Surya Andhra Pradesh 8½ 93½ 88 84½
28 Ravi Teja S Andhra Pradesh 8½ 93½ 87½ 85
29 Praveen Kumar C Railways 8½ 93½ 87 85
30 Patil Pratik Maharashtra 8½ 92½ 87 84

News by Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Sagar Shah

Sagar Shah

M L Abhilash Reddy

M L Abhilash Reddy

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