Surya Sekhar Ganguly Is The New Junior Champion

International Master norm holder Surya Sekhar Ganguly of the Goodricke National Chess Academy won the 29th Kaliswari Fire Works National Junior Championship at Sivakasi on January 2 after beating S.Kidambi in a play off. Born on February 24, 1983, this 16-year old earlier won the National `B' Championship at Mumbai last year. It was his seventh National title and his first was the Under 10 title at Trivandrum 1991. He has had a great run this year, includes winning a top board prize in the National Cities Championship at Nagpur. Son of an astrologer, Ganguly had played in several tournaments outside India since 1991. He was second to Etienne Bacrot of France  in the World U-12 Championship in 1995.  Well-known for the first eleven year old to defeat a grandmaster (Gregory Serper) in the Goodricke Open, Calcutta 1995 he is our brightest player from the east having come of age.

Having a secret ambition (world champion?) this player who admires Bobby Fischer learnt the game from Abhijit Majumdar and later at the Alekhine Chess Club.

Still searching for a sponsor, he is a  student of the  Scottish Church Collegiate School where he is in the eleventh standard. Ganguly listens to music and reads story books. At Sivakasi, Ganguly scored 8/9 to win the title on play off. He will represent India in the next World Junior at Armenia.