Jamshedpur’s Pritam Singh emerged as the 12-time state chess champion | So Good News

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SUBHASH MISHRA

Dhanbad, Oct 31: Jamshedpur’s Pritam Singh continued his state chess dominance by winning the 21st FIDE Jharkhand State Chess Championship concluded at Sarala Birla University in Ranchi.

Pritam Singh, FIDE’s highest-ranked (1899) state player, scored a career-high 8.5 points in nine rounds of the championship. In the final round, he defeated Krishna Kumar Saud (ranked 1149) of Dhanbad in 39 runs. Pritam kept the pressure on the game by defeating Sav’s bishop in the 15th move.

But the 8th round match between Pritam Singh and Manish Sharma was the highlight of the entire tournament. Showcasing a brilliant attacking game, Pritam bowled it out in 33 runs. With this, Singh became the state champion 12 times in 22 years.

Ankit Kumar Singh was the only player to equal Pritam in the tournament.

This is Pritam Singh’s second major title in two months. Earlier in September, he won Telco Rating’s highest cash prize (Rs 1.72 crore) in the tournament. After winning the state title on October 29, he established himself as the undisputed chess king of Jharkhand.

Ankit Kumar Singh of Bokaro came second with 7.5 points. In the final round, Ankit Kumar shared the points with Aditi Raj (6.5 points) of Ranchi district.

In the championship, six players Ishant Kishan of Dhanbad, Manish Sharma of West Singhbhum, Bhola Nath Das of Jamshedpur, Kamal Kishore Devnath of West Singhbhum, Aditi Raj of Ranchi and Saurav Kumar of West Singhbhum scored 7 points in nine rounds.

However, Ishant Kumar won the 3rd place. In the last round he defeated Umesh Kumar Agrawal (6 points).

Manish Kumar from Dumka beat Vibhash Kumar Sinha (6) to finish 4th while Bhola Nath Das defeated Kumar Aswini to finish 5th. Kamal Kishore Debnath beat Mritunjay Choudhary (6 points) of Ranchi in the last round to finish 6th.

Aditi Raj finished 7th after sharing points (tie) with Ankit Kumar Singh (7.5 points) in round 9. West Singhbhum Saurav Kumar finished 8th. He defeated Raja Bose of Danbad in the final round.

Krishna Kumar Sav and Raja Bose of Dhanbad secured 9th and 10th position with 6.5 points. In the final round, Sau had to lose to eventual champion Pritam Singh, while Raja Bose fell to Saurav Kumar.

Besides them, Sikander Anis from Bokaro, Ansh Kumar from Ranchi, Arun Kumar, Nitin Raj Sengar, Vibhash Kumar Sinha from Dumka and Umesh Kumar Agrawal. Mritunjay Choudhary, Abhiraj De, Archit Mittal and Bokaro’s Ankush Kumar Singh were among the top 20 players who won prize money.

Tournament Director was Manish Kumar Ranchi. Deepak Kumar was the Chief Umpire, Vishal Mintz of Jamshedpur (Deputy Chief Umpire), Binod Kumar Saw of Dhanbad, Himanshu Chakraborty, Sucheta Chakraborty (both from Ranchi) and Priyanka Kumari of Dumka.

Jharkhand Chess Association Vice President Vijay Singh, Joint Secretary Ajay Kumar and Treasurer Satish Kumar were among the top officials to host the championship.

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