Bengal chess: Mitrabha escaped narrowly
Kolkata, Mar 20 : Die Hard battles in the penultimate round among kids take "Swami Vivekananda Chess for Young" for 25th State Age-Group (U-7, 9, 11 and 13/ Boys and Girls) Chess Championship, organized by Bengal Chess Association, for a probable thrilling photo-finish in the final round on Thursday .
U13 Boys: Title contender top seed Mitrabha Guha had another dull day as he luckily escaped defeat at the hand of Anustoop Biswas. However he managed to keep his sole top position even after a draw on Wednesday.
This category is poised to experience a thrilling finish as Anustoop, Subhayan Kundu and Srijit Paul are just half point adrift of Mitrabha.
U13 Girls: Two fancied top seeds Khushi Dharewa and Arpita Mukherjee remained in the title contention after hard fought win over Asmita Das and Taniya Acharya respectively in the 6th round. Former U7 and 8 National Champion Khushi and Arpita were challenged in the initial stages of the tournament, but no one could break their supremacy in this category. So there is slender chance of taking title from either of these two girls.
U11 Boys: Top seed of this category Koustav Chatterjee remained in the top spot with 7 points after 8th round, but there was no clear favourite as five boys Aronyak Ghosh, Dipanjan Chowdhury, Saikat Bose, Neelesh Saha and Samyak Dutta with 6.5 points were very much in the title race.
U11 Girls: Top seed Samriddha Ghosh needs just half point in the last round to clinch the title, as second positioned girl Sudipa Halder was one point behind of top seed after 6th round.
U9 Boys: Soumma Chakraborty with 6.5 points had slight advantage over his three nearest rivals were very much in the title race with 6 points each.
U9 Girls: Top seed Bristy Mukherjee of Memari, Bardhaman took a big step towards title after beating 14th seed Jhilam Ghosh in the penultimate round. After sixth round student of Alekhine Chess Club earned 5.5 points. Jhilam , who was in fine run here, knocked out of contention after today's defeat.
U7 Boys: Older of twin Dutta brothers from Mahesh, Arka Dutta derailed from his fine run by 2oth seed Debarghya Samanta. Debarghya, who was performing consistently in this tournament, joined the title race with top seed Arya Dutta. Arya today had an easy win against 2nd seed Ahan Mondal, to take his tally 5.5 points. Debarghya also earned the same point after sixth round.
U7 Girls: This category is poised for an exciting finish, as after the penultimate round 20th seed Yash Jyoti Bir and top seed Aarushi Chatterjee are with similar points (4.5). They took the title race quite open by winning their respective games against Ashprihe Das and Anusha Barman.