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Bitan shocks Vidith

KOLKATA: Local lad Bitan Banerjee made the right move at the right time to nose ahead to sole lead at the end of the sixth and penultimate round of the Tea Board of India chess for youth championship at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

He shocked former world under-14 champion and overnight leader Gujarati of Maharashtra.

A class XII student of Baruipur High School, Bitan had won against WGM and former Asian junior champion, Mary Ann Gomes, earlier in the day. With 5.5 points he was on sole lead. Following him were Grandmaster Deep Sengupta and second seed Vidith on 5 points apiece.

Playing black in a King's Indian defence, Bitan sacrificed a rook for a minor piece to shatter the kingside of Vidith and won the game in 22 moves. Bitan was well poised to win the title as he faced low-rated Sukanya Dutta in the final round on Sunday.

Defending champion Sengupta, aiming to win his third successive title, had a tough task in hand as he would play Vidith in the last round. Earlier, Sengupta was held to a draw by Santu Mondal of Bengal. — Special Correspondent

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