Paul Arokia Raj
As many as nine players have take up joint lead with 5 points at the end of the fifth round of the 27th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Tournament sponsored by The Telegraph a leading daily news paper in the Eastern part of India. All the top four seeds are sitting pretty among the joint leaders.
The top table match between Rajdeep Sarkar and Bhattacharya Sacham ended in favour of the former in 30 moves who handled the Reti opening on the white side.
In an miniature game involving Rounak Pathak and Mithrabha Guha the game originating from advance variation of Caro Kann defense, black made a opening novelty and forced his opponent to surrender in the early middle game in just 24 moves. Third seed Koustav Chatterjee played an enterprising game against the visiting WCM Noshim Anjun form Bangladesh in an irregular variation of Queen pawn game. In a slightly inferior position the Bangladeshi star blundered away her chances on the 39th move and lost a valuable point.
The attractive part of the tournament is the Best School Team award for the top three schools aggregating maximum number of points. As of now South Point school spearheaded by Mitrabha Guha stands first, followed by Aditya Academy (Senior Secondary) and Vivekananda School.