Seeds have little trouble

Sports Reporter

KOLKATA : Most of the seeded players moved into the second round of The Telegraph schools chess championship at Gorky Sadan on Thursday. The only casualty among the seeds was the 10th seeded local boy Saikat Mallick who was held to a draw by statemate Gaurab Bhadhuri in 34 moves in a Scotch opening.

After the conclusion of the second round 56 players jointly shared the lead with 2 points each. Top seeded Kh. Sanjoy Singh of Manipur defeated local opponent Debanjan Das in just 22 moves in a Ruy Lopez opening. Second seeded Debaditya Sinha Biswas of Bengal too had a facile outing against Debankan Dhara and won his game in 27 moves with the Black pieces. On the third board another local boy Soumya Thakurta got over the challenge from Debarshi Mukherjee in Caro -Kann defence.

Visually challenged Ganesh Kisku of Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, gave tough fight to ninth seeded Bitan Banerjee in a queen's gambit declined before surrendering in 39 moves.

The British under-14 chess champion Ankush Khandelwal, who missed the first round arriving late on Wednesday, won comfortably against local challenger Jai Sharma.

Important results: Kh. Sanjoy Singh 2 bt Debanjan Dutta 1; Debankan Dhara 1 lost to Debaditya Sinha Biswas 2; Soumya Thakurta 2 bt Debarshi Mukherjee 1; Debjani Giri 1 lost to Avi Bagdi 2; Suman Basu 2 bt Devraj Banerjee 1; Dhee Shankar 1 lost to Hemant Sharma 2; Prantik Roy 2 bt Diptabrata Paul 1; Diptayan Ghosh 1lost to Sandipan Chatterjee 2; Bitan Banerjee 2 bt Ganesh Kisku 1; Saikat Mullick 1.5 drew with Gourav Bhaduri 1.5.

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