Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Joydeep Dutta emerged the surprise champion in the premier under-25 section of the Karvy the Finapolis chess for youth championship at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday. In the final round, Dutta outwitted the overnight joint leader Saptarshi Roy to take the winner's trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000.

The other joint leader, IM Deep Sengupta, too lost his final round game to Arghyadip Das, which allowed Dutta to clinch the title. There was a five-way tie for the second place and the prize money was shared.

Sandipan Chatterjee won the junior section title with an all-win record. The five-day meet was organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Management.

Former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly was a special guest at the prize distribution ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Ganguly urged the youngsters to work hard to succeed.

`Work hard'

"It is not sufficient to have just talent to succeed in any sport. You have to work hard to nurture that talent," he said and added, "one should know how to make good use of a lean period. When nothing goes right one should learn the basics of the game more deeply and sharpen ones skills.''

Both Ganguly and GM Barua jointly handed over a cheque for Rs. 25,000 to Sister Cyril of Loreto House School which runs Rainbow Night Shelter, for the under privileged girls.

The standings: Premier (Under-25): 1. Joydeep Dutta (6.5); 2. Saptarshi Roy (6); 3. Soumya Swaminathan (6); 4. Debaditya Sinha Biswas (6); 5. Deep Sengupta (6).

Junior (Under-16): 1. Sandipan Chatterjee (9); 2. Sayantan Das (7.5); 3. Gourab Bhaduri (7.5); 4. Samrat Ghorai (7); 5. Satyajit Kundu (7).

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