Third seed and world Under-18 bronze medallist International Master Debashis Das of Orissa won the 50th National Challengers Chess Championship after settling for half point against Bitan Banerjee of West Bengal in the 13th and final round.
FIDE Master Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal,G Akash of Tamil Nadu and Sagar Shah of Maharashtra,who beat Akash in the final round were tied for the second spot with nine and half points.
However,better tie break score helped Ghosh secure the runners-up position while Akash finished third. The top 30 players from this event have qualified for the coming National Premier Chess Championship,scheduled to be held at West Bengal in October. Dr P C Rayalu,chairman,Food Processing Industries,South Zone-II,gave away the prizes along with Bharat Singh,secretary All India Chess Federation,D V Sundar.
Important Results: (Round-13): IM Debashis Das of Odisha (10) drew with Bitan Banerjee of West Bengal (9); Sagar Shah of Maharashtra (9.5) beat G Akash of Tamilnadu (9.5); FM Ghosh Diptayan of West Bengal (9.5) drew with Abilash Reddy M L of Andhra Pradesh (9); Ram S Krishnan of Tamil Nadu (8.5) drew with IM S Satyapragyan of Air India (8.5); Anurag Mhamal of Goa (8.5) drew with IM Karthikeyan P of PSPB (8.5). IM Swayams Mishra of Orissa (8.5) drew with Syed Anwar Shazuli of Railways (8.5); IM Singh D P of Railways (8.5) drew with IM Saptarshi Roy of Railways (8.5); IM Suvrajit Saha of Railways (8.5) drew with Arindam Mukherjee of Railways (8.5)
Clarke to miss US Open
British Open champion Darren Clarke has pulled out of US Open,which starts June 14 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco because of a troublesome groin injury.
I am extremely disappointed …. But I have to make sure I am 100 percent ready for the British Open and to do that I’ve been advised not to play for a month, he said.