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Chess: Top seeds prevail on opening day

Posted on Mar 31 2014 | IBNS

Kolkata, Mar 30 : On the first day of the 52nd State Chess Championship, top seeds prevailed over some challenges by their opponents and upsets did not occur to spoil the opening day on Sunday.

However 2nd seed Debaditya Sinha Biswas had a bad day, after first round win he rushed home to attend one ailing relative.

Other experienced warriors like 3rd seed Laltu Chatterjee, 9th seed Mitrabha Guha, last year runners Dilip Das won their both rounds. However from 3-time state champion Kunal Chatterjee to Dilip Das had to fight hard to earn full points, particularly in the second round.

But some little masters of aged from to 6 to 9, such as Anjists Basak, Tanisha Chatterjee and Saanvi Khanna stole acclamation for their imaginative moves even after loss.

A total of 232 participants are vying for the title in this five-day 10-round state championship, which is organized by Bengal Chess Association in collaboration with Kolkata District Chess Association.

The tournament is also very important for the competitors, as it will decide 4 representatives of Bengal in the forthcoming National Challengers.

Defending champion Prantik Roy had to withdraw his name, as he got automatic seeding in the challengers.

In his absence of Prantik, old warrior and former champion Kunal Chatterjee becomes top seed here.

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