On Saturday in New Delhi at the MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship, Koustav Chatterjee became the 78th Grandmaster in India.
The 19-year-old tied with GM Mitrabha Guha in their match. Koustav easily won the match. Mitrabha had the option of going for a victory, but Koustav messed up the endgame’s order, allowing him to draw and earn his final GM norm.
In Bangladesh’s Sheikh Russel GM 2021 in October of 2021, Koustav received his first GM-norm. Then, in the first half of 2022, the teen took his Class 12 board exams. He managed tests throughout these periods while still playing chess. He even took part in a competition. The adolescent achieved his second GM-norm at the Asian Continental Championship 2022 in November, exactly one year later. In the FIDE rating list for August, he surpassed 2500.
Koustav, a native of Kolkata, is appointed the eleventh Grandmaster of West Bengal. On his way from IM to GM, Koustav has handled his chess and academics properly.
With a score of 8/10, GM Abhijeet Gupta and Koustav are in first place in the MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship. The champion will receive a spot at the World Cup after three more rounds.