Soham Bhattacharyya dominates Tata Steel Chess Festival 2023 Under-19 Rapid
Soham Bhattacharyya scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Tata Steel Chess Festival 2023 All Bengal Under-19 Rapid. He finished a full point ahead of the field. Arpan Das, top seed of the tournament - IM Shahil Dey and second seeded FM Sourath Biswas scored 7.5/9. They were placed second to fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. Top three prizes were ₹5000 + trophy, ₹3000 and ₹2000 each respectively. The teenager had also secured a second runner-up place finish at the Blitz Open, two days prior to this event. Soham scored his maiden IM-norm at Serbia Masters 2023 in July. His present Classical Elo rating is 2477. He certainly is having a great year and two IM-norms away from becoming India's next International Master. Photos: Shahid Ahmed
Narendra Agarwal youngest among top ten
West Bengal State Under-8 and Under-9 2022 champion, 8-year-old Narendra Agarwal became the youngest top ten finisher. He scored an impressive 7/9 to secure fifth place.
Since last year, one of the perks of winning the tournament is, receiving the prize on the final day of the main event - Tata Steel Chess India 2023 Rapid and Blitz. Apart from getting the prize from the legend and India's second GM in history - GM Dibyendu Barua, one gets to share the stage with another legend - Vishy Anand on the final day. Receiving the prize in front of star-studded world-class players is an added bonus apart from the usual cash and trophy prize. No wonder, every year, the festival events reach its capacity in no time once it is announced.
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A total of 160 players including an IM took part in this two-day nine round Swiss-league Under-19 Rapid tournament which was organized by Dhanuka Dhunseri Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy at Bhasha Bhavan, National Library in Kolkata, West Bengal on 8th and 9th September 2023. The time control of the event was 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1.
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