Kolkata, Mar 21 (IBNS) Conclusion Day was set to be ended in a dramatic fashion after the penultimate round, some superlative games took of "Swami Vivekananda Chess for Young" for 25th State Age-Group (U-7, 9, 11 & 13/ Boys and Girls) Chess Championship, organized by Bengal Chess Association, to the expected height.
However most of the favourites, like Mitrabha Guha, Khushi Dharewa, Aarushi Chatterjee, Bristy Mukherjee prevailed over tough challenges to emerge as champions.
U13 Boys: Top seed Mitrabha Guha, of South Point School, made an unbelievable record by winning age-group title seventh time on the trot. Previously he won U-7, 9 and 11 category titles. U-13 title came in the first attempt.
But this time to win the title he had to depend on tie-break, as he and Srijit Paul had the identical score of 7.5 points out of possible 9.
On Thursday he had to split point with Subhayan Kundu (7/9), while Srijit (7.5/9) and Anustoop Biswas (7/9) played a safe game to share point. However, Sourjyendra Malakar (7/9) took 3rd place by beating Subhadip Seth (6/9) in the final round.
U13 Girls: Two fancied top seeds Khushi Dharewa and WFM Arpita Mukherjee took 1st and 2nd position after tie-break.
So intense was their rivalry that final score remained same (6.5 points/7) after the end of final round. Both won their respective games against Surpriya Sengupta (4.5/7) and Angira Chowdhuri (4.5/7).
But Khushi emerged champion in tie-break, while Arpita had to content with 2nd spot. With a fine win in the last round Asmita Das Munshi (5/7) became 3rd and tie-break pushed Shradha Kucheria (5/7) to 4th position.
U11 Boys: Top seed Koustav Chatterjee (8 points/9) emerged champion by brushing aside others challenge. In the final round, while players in the 2nd and 3rd board opted for splitting point, Koustav beat Saikat Bose to take his tally to 8 points.
Six players with 7 points each jointly became second, but tie-break made Neelash Saha and Aronyak Ghosh 2nd and 3rd placed respectively.
U11 Girls: Top seed Samriddhaa Ghosh (7 points/7) scored a fantastic all win record to emerge champion. Sarmriddhaa needed just half point in the final round to clinch the title, but she didn't settle for less.
She brushed aside all her competitor to show her power in this category. Her nearest rival Sudipa Halder (5.5 points/7), who took the 2nd position, was 1.5 points behind Samriddhaa. Abdhi Das placed third position with 5 points.
U9 Boys: In a dramatic conclusion, 2nd seed Arpan Das (jr./ 7 points/ 8) snatched the title from top seed Soumma Chakraborty (6.5 points/7), who had slight advantage over his three nearest rivals after the penultimate round.
But finally he had to content with 3rd position. Arpan beat Anupam Dutta (6/8) in the second board, while Sanket Chakravarty (7/8), who turned the table in favour of Arpan by beating Soumma in the final round, became runners in the tie-break.
U9 Girls: Top seed Bristy Mukherjee (6.5 points/7) emerged champion not before a guelling resistance from Olivia Chatterjee (4points/7), though not consistent but Olivia earned reputation of giving good fight against top players.
8 years old Bristy of Alekhine Chess Club had played to her reputation, loosing only half point in the first round against 16th seed Mehendi Sil (6/7), who also showed some promise here, became runners after a fine win against 14th seed Jhilam Ghosh (4.5/7).
Bristy's father Debashis Mukherjee, who accompanied her daughter everyday here in this tournament supposed to be the most encouraged man, promised to do all possible help for his talented ward.
U-7 Boys: Top seed Arya Dutta (6.5 points/7) clinched the title with better progressive score. Debarghhya Samanta 6.5 points/7), who derailed older brother of twins, Arka (5/7), played yet another matured game against Ishir Narayan (5/7) in the final round and his win took him to the same points earned by Arya.
In tie-break, Arya made the last laugh. However, 20th seed Debarghya, who emerged as runners here, could easily be considered as promising. Sagnik Chakraborty (6/7) and Arka took 3rd and 4th place respectively.
U7 Girls: Little girls of this category gave the most thrilling performance of the final round.
Top seed Aarushi Chatterjee (5.5 points/6) and 20th seed Yash Jyoti Bir (4.5/6) were leading the category with same points (4.5) after the penultimate round.
But after some interesting changes, while Aarushi kept her head cool to emerge champion with a win against 4th seed Ashprihe Das, Yash Jyoti succumbed under pressure to loss possible title.
Her loss to 19th seed Tanisha Chatterjee cost her dear and slipped to mere 4th position. Anusha Barman (5/6) became 3rd.