Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tournament

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury wins the race, earns final GM norm

The Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tournament was played as a 10-player round robin on 15-22nd March in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Three Grandmasters, two International Masters and four FIDE Masters from India, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh took part in this event.

Dhaka, (UNB) – Indian IM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury emerged unbeaten champion in the Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tournament after making a draw with his compatriot GM Dibyendu Barua in the 9th and last round at the Tulip Lounge of Uttara Club. With the day’s much-needed draw, Saptarshi Roy not only clinched the tournament title securing seven points from nine matches, but also achieved the third and final GM norm from the meet.

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury

Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury

GM Iuldachev Saidali of Uzbekistan became runner-up in the tournament securing 6.5 points. Local GM Niaz Murshed, who was also the chief organizer, and Indian GM Dibyendu Barua earned 5.5 points each. Dibyendu became 3rd and Niaz finished 4th in tie-breaking system.

The other positions are: 5th – Praveen Kumar of India (4.5 points), 6th – IM Sahaj Grover of India (4.0), 7th – Kh.Aminul Islam (3.5), 8th – FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon (3.0) 9th – FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar (3.0) and 10th – FM Abu Sufian Shakil (2.5).

- A dream came true because each and every player has a dream of earning the GM title and I am very happy to achieve it, Saptarshi told Dhaka newspaper “The Daily Star” after the tournament. Saptarshi still needs to reach 2500 Elo in ratings to get his GM title as his all-time high rating has been 2469 in April 2009. Presently he will require to add another 50 Elo for that landmark.