The triumph of Surya and Arya at the 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2022

The Royal Bengal Tiger is back!

Losing a match in a 9-round tournament usually means the end of hopes of winning a Swiss event, especially with such strong competition as the 2022 Bangkok Open. But Surya Sekhar Ganguly, the 2nd Grandmaster of West Bengal , proved that it was wrong! After losing his 5th round match to Polish Grandmaster Klekowski Maciej, Surya fought back with 4 straight wins in the last 4 rounds!

The final round was a must-do situation for Surya – to win the tournament, he had to defeat tournament leader Bobby Cheng! Photo: Bangkok Chess Club

Faced with an inescapable situation, Surya played chess without compromise and won the final round in fine fashion. Thus, he won the tournament with 7.5/9! It was Surya’s first tournament victory as she traveled with her 2-year-old daughter, Arya. Arya even joined Surya on the podium!

Surya started as the 6th seed in the event, but finished in 1st place!

Surya on Arya, her trainer of 2 years

The coach refuses the student a handshake after the game! | Photo: Surya Sekhar Ganguly Facebook

On Arya on the catwalk with her

“Arya likes a lot of things, and one of them is stairs. She really likes going up and down stairs. In the stage, there were stairs. way I got this idea that I wanted to be with her on the dais when I pick up the trophy, she actually walked with me all the way, took the stairs, and then that trophy was 4 pounds, so on the one hand I have 4 kilos of trophy, and on the other side there was Arya – so I was doing my own gym there [smiles]. It was so nice to have Arya with me. I told you, she’s my greatest teacher. I played Sharjah Masters while she was with me, and the event didn’t go well. I was not happy at all, I really wanted to win a tournament with her, and play well. This time it worked!”

A tender father-daughter moment. | Photo: Surya Sekhar Ganguly Facebook

The impact of Arya’s presence on Surya’s performance

“There are pros and cons, of course I can’t say I sit and prep for 2 hours. My max prep time would be 1 hour on a very high scale. Usually I I’ll be done in half an hour to 40 minutes for an entire game. But the best part was, if something goes wrong, Arya takes it away instantly. For example, after losing my 5th round match, I think that if I was alone, it would take longer to recover, to get a good sleep and so on. But with Arya being there, it’s over right now. You walk into the room, and you can’t thinking about your game. So that helped a lot and in general I still say she’s my best teacher. I learn from her day by day. The way she looks at life, you know, I don’t can’t imagine. For me, as a parent, the only thing I want to offer her is to expose her to travel, and bring her closer to the naturally. I think it’s the only thing I can give him.

Have a good time with the elephants in Bangkok! Photo: Surya Sekhar Ganguly Facebook

If I can choose, I’ll bring Arya to every tournament. But of course, I would also like to have at least a place where I can prepare myself where she does not see me. Sometimes it’s not just about me, but also when I’m getting ready, she’s unable to sleep, because the room isn’t dark. It’s not possible to manage every time, but as soon as it is possible, I will.”

Full interview with IM Sagar Shah (with timestamp)

How Surya Ganguly’s 2-year-old daughter Arya helped him win the 2022 Bangkok Open | Video: ChessBase India

0:00 – Welcome and congratulations, Surya!

0:12 – Surya’s daughter Arya on the podium! How do you feel at this moment?

Surya’s coach is proud of his students’ achievement, waving the national flag! | Photo: Surya Sekhar Ganguly Facebook.

1:45 – A commendable performance at Bangkok Open 2022 – even after losing a match, you managed to win the event with 4 straight wins in the end!

2:48 – Bangkok Jungle Safari Adventures!

11:12 – What was your main objective in this event, and how was your mental state? Did Arya’s presence help you?

14:08 – On Surya’s last-round opponent Bobby Cheng and his approach to a must-win situation

17:54 – Surya Sekhar Ganguly vs Bobby Cheng, Bangkok Open 2022 In-depth analysis of the final round by Surya and Sagar

45:57 – The differences between verifying games with a computer and analyzing yourself

46:54 – Surya is in Saint-Louis right now for the Fall Chess Classic 2022! Do you feel a little sad that your family is not with you right now?

The Fall Chess Classic is made up of two 10-player Round Robin tournaments. Over the course of 10 days, these competitors will battle for over $36,000 in prize money and gain valuable experience in high profile events. Surya will face Vidit in the 1st round on November 2 at 11:30 PM IST! Find out all about the event here.

48:05 – What are your expectations in this closed round robin?

Surya’s favorite Japanese restaurant in St. Louis – Drunken Fish! | Photo: Google Photos

48:54 – Who is your favorite in Deathmatch 2.0 between Arjun Erigaisi and Gukesh D?

The two gladiators of Deathmatch 2.0, November 5 at DreamHack

49:47 – In your opinion, what is the difference in style between the game of these 2 youngsters?

50:45 – Even though Gukesh and Arjun will beat him in chess, Surya can beat them both in any other sport!

51:27 – It’s going to be a very exciting game, as both players evolve

52:40 – It’s very hard to say no to someone who says “Give it to me anytime in 24 hours!”

53:32 – Thank you and congratulations!

Top players praise Surya for his performance

Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda on his good friend GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly winning the 20th BCC Open 2022

“I’m proud that my coach and mentor Surya won in Bangkok” – IM Padmini Rout

GM Srinath Narayanan:

IM Irina Bulmaga:

GM D Gukesh:

MI V Saravanan:


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