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ACL Challengers League 2018 begins

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/10/2018

ACL Challengers League 2018 started on 20th October 2018 with 15 teams from various states across the country. 25 games were played in Round 1 between. In the unrated section, the first round winners are, Bangalore Chess Academy-1, Maestro Chess Academy Attackers, City Chess Club Bhuj and Maestro Chess Academy Strikers. Among the rated, the victorious teams are, d'pawn Chess Academy, Intermezzo and Royal Knight Chess Academy. Best game of round 1 winner's name is also announced. In this report, we bring you photos and the best games from round 1.

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Khush Parmar (1060) of DCA Juniors participated in ACL 1st Super League. However in that tournament, he only played with players similar to his strength. In ACL Challengers League, since the all rated players are put in one category, naturally some imbalance in strength will be observed in some games which means some young players will get the opportunity to play against some strong players.

Akhilesh Nagare played an exemplary game | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Khush played 28. Nc5. Find out the best continuation for Black here

Khush played 28. Nc5 in this position without seeing what was in store for him. His opponent Akhilesh Nagare (1897) of d'pawn Chess Academy gave him a lesson in this game which definitely dawned a new perspective of the position for Khush.

Nandani Lakhwani (1130) of DCAJ faced a theoretically sound player like Pawan Dodeja (2203) of dpCA where she learnt about an opening trap in Budapest Gambit. If she knew about this trap, she wouldn't have fallen in it. Now that she knows it, no one will be able to surprise her with that.

Pawan Dodeja had a miniature win the opening round | Photo: Pawan Dodeja

Nandani fell into a well-known trap in Budapest Gambit

Rahul Verma (1904) of dpCA schooled his opponent Babariya Himnish P (1127) of DCAJ in a Closed Sicilian D with a thematic break f5. How he slowly manipulated the position to his advantage is something worth knowing.

Rahul Verma used a well known thematic idea

Rahul Verma made a thematic break with 14.f5

Will you exchange the Queens or avoid it?

Ruthupearn Keram (1078) of dpCA faced a difficult question which he did not answer correctly against Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi (1842) of Intermezzo. Perhaps exchanging the Queens was a better idea, a thought that must have struck Keram as the declination cost him the game.

Om Kharola (2080) of Intermezzo had a clinical win against Aditya Chincholkar (1262) without giving his opponent any chance.

Best game of the Round:

Akhilesh Nagare of d'pawn Chess Academy wins the best game of round 1. The surprise prize will be given at the conclusion of the tournament. Here is the full game:


Round 1 unrated category results:

20th Oct d'pawn Chess Academy 1-3 Bangalore Chess Academy - 1
  Mahika Dodeja (MyVardhan) 0-1 Sriram Tangirala (aadik)
  Aastha Borakhade (Aastha_dpawn) 0-1 Sreenjoy Modak (Sreeking)
  Shamit Agrawal (Shamit_dpawn) +- Aditya Kamath (venkata_tangirala)
  Himal Dodeja (MyLovlu) 0-1 Pranav Kiran Rajaratna (pranav kiran rajaratna)
21st Oct Bangalore Chess Academy - 2 0-4 Maestro Chess Academy Attackers
  Ranak Saxena (Ranak) 0-1 Dhruvan Reddy (Dhruvan2009)
  Sai Krishna (Saikrish) 0-1 Aryan Tutiki (AryanT2010)
  Vedanth V Vernekar (Vedantha) 0-1 Amulya Bhagavathula (Amulya2009)
  Srushti Srikanth (Srushtisrikanth) 0-1 Shaurya (shaurya9)
22nd Oct Maestro Chess Academy Fighters 1-3 City Chess Club Bhuj
  Aahlad Karthik (Karthik2005) 0-1 Nirav Ganwani (Dragon emperor789)
  Shreyas Reddy Palley (Shreyas_palley) 1-0 Daksh Thacker (Dakshthacker8664)
  Sahejdeep Kaur (Sdk2603) 0-1 Prashant Joshi (Klunger)
  Amrutha Bhagavathula (Amrutha2007) 0-1 Nakul Manjule (Nakul233)
23rd Oct Dark Knight Chess Academy 1-3 Maestro Chess Academy Strikers
  Shubham Kamble (Srkchess7) 1-0 Nrupad Krishna (Krish10)
  Shivank Mitra (Shivank_mitra) 0-1 Srivallabhaditya Garimella (Adityagm)
  Ashwath Viswanath (Ashwath Viswanath) 0-1 Hriday (Mhriday2010)
  Eshaan Godbole (ESHAAN) 0-1 Anaya Agarwal (anaya1912)
  Maestro Chess Academy Warriors 2 Bye


Round 1 Rated category results:

24th Oct d'pawn Chess Academy (2225) 3.5-0.5 DCA Juniors (1130)
  Rahul Verma (Rahul_dpawn) 1-0 Babariya Himnish P (Dragon blaster)
  Pawan Dodeja (iamnotIM) 1-0 Lakhwani Nandani (Chess__)
  Himanshu Chhabra (Chhabrachess) 0.5-0.5 Jethva Krutarth (Kingofsquares)
  Nagare Akhilesh (Nagareakhilesh) 1-0 Parmar Khush K (Khushparmar)
25th Oct Intermezzo (2149) 4-0 d'pawn Chess Academy (1258)
  Krishnater Kushager (kushu_attack) 1-0 Meet Bhattad (Meet123Bhattad)
  Ketan Boricha (yoey03) 1-0 Shlok Chandrani (Jack2212)
  Om Kharola (Bassu1) 1-0 Aditya Chincholkar (Aditya132)
  Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi (aakash-dalvi) 1-0 R Keram (Pearn_dpawn)
26th Oct TeluguChessWarriors 1-3 Royal Knight Chess Academy (1578)
  Konatham Snehil (snehilindia) -+ Angom Nongsha (Nongsha)
  Kheerthi Ganta (Candybond11) 1-0 Abhinav Dubey (Rakeshdubey)
  Haricharan Sai (Charan_13) 0-1 Ravi Kant Tiwari (Rothinchess)
  Sarath Chandra K (def987abc123) -+ Mayank Chakraborty (Mayank Chkraborty)


Aim of the Academy Chess League (ACL):

There are many chess academies all over the world. However, in terms of playing practice and partners they are bounded by geographical limitations. The Academy Chess League by ChessBase India wants to overcome these limitations and barriers and ensure that academies, schools and institutions situated in one part of the world can compete against teams anywhere on the planet. The aim is to play high quality chess and that's why the time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds has been decided. ACL is an initiative by ChessBase India that will be played online on the Playchess platform. Over 300 players from 50 institutions have registered with us for the 1st Super League that has begun from the 1st of July. The second league witnessed 15 teams consisting of about 100 players. ACL 2nd Super League will soon follow, so stayed tuned!

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