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Sayantan Das shines

KOLKATA: Top seeded Sayantan Das led the fancied names earning successive wins in a day that saw two rounds of action in the 22nd   The Telegraph schools' chess at Gorky Sadan on Sunday.

Defending champion Sayantan Das of Scottish Church Collegiate School played aggressively against the Pirc defence adopted by his schoolmate Sraman Bhowmick. Rolling his central pawns to gain space Sayantan eventually bagged the point in 31 moves.

In other third round matches, former Asian under-8 champion Prince Bajaj of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad employed the Ruy Lopez opening against local challenger Trinath Ghosh. He got a positional advantage and nursed it into a win in 39 moves.

The National under-13 champion Diptayan Ghosh, Chandrashish Majumdar of St.Xavier's Collegiate School and S. Prasannaa of Velammal Matriculation HS, Tamil Nadu were among the other prominent names moving into the fourth round with full points to their credit.

Important results (third round): Sayantan Das (3) bt Sraman Bhowmick (2); Prince Bajaj (3) bt Trinath Ghosh (2); Diptayan Ghosh (3) bt Tamal Naskar (2); Chandrashish Majumdar (3) bt Sourjyendu Malakar (2); Neelash Saha (2) lost to S. Prasannaa (3); Sameer Sengar (2) lost to N.R. Vignesh (3) . — Principal Correspondent

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