8-year old kid shows never give up attitude in ACL 1st Super League 20188-year old Aditya Saxena of Victorious Chess Academy kept fighting despite being down by a piece till the end for a win against Kushal Radia of Dynamic Chess Academy. Aditya shows us it's not about just winning games and matches for the team, it's all about fighting till the end and not giving up. Both players have made a lot of mistakes, but that is besides the point. Aditya managed to get a winning position but in the end he couldn't figure out how to win as it was not in his knowledge. Let's take a look at this roller coaster of a game and learn from the kids on keeping the fighting spirit alive even when you are down. Photo: Sameer Ghela and Manish Parmar.
8-year old Aditya Saxena shows true grit even in the face of adversity
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Since ACL has four different categories, games of various strength and difficulty are seen everyday. The most important part is, no matter whom you are playing against, never give up, you never know what kind of opportunity your opponent or the position will present you. In the following game played between, Adityasaxena (Aditya Saxena) of Victorious Chess Academy and Littlechamp (Kushal Radia) of Dynamic Chess Academy shows us an important lesson that is true grit. If you keep fighting till the end, who knows you just might be able to turn things around. In this game from round 2 of unrated category, we join the game at move no. 35 after white had already blundered a piece 20 moves ago. Let's take a look at the rest of the game (No analysis is given as both players missed a lot, still the creative ideas and will to fight shown by Aditya is more important than accuracy):
Equations for the road to Semi-final in Unrated category:
It is virtually a Quarter-final for the leading teams in the final round of the group stage as only the champion from each group will qualify to the Semi-final. Rest of the teams will play a four round swiss league tournament among each other. In Group A, Dynamic Chess Academy and Matrix Chess Academy will play their last game of the group stage. The winner will qualify to the Semis and draw favors Dynamic Chess Academy. So if Matrix Chess Academy wants to qualify, they have to beat Dynamic Chess Academy.
Chess Gurukul Senior and d'pawn Chess Academy are both at the same point, each of them would like to score by the biggest margin so that tie-breaker does not come into effect. They are not going to face each other in the last round of the group stage, so we are definitely heading for a close finish in this group.
City Chess Club Bhuj is the sole leader heading into their last round of the group stage. They just need a draw to qualify for the Semis. A win would definitely cement their position in the semi finals.
This group's situation is very much like Group A. Both leaders are going to face each other. The winner qualifies to the semis and draw favors Kunte's Chess Academy.
Equations for the road to Semi-final in Rating 1000-1400 category:
It is a close fight between Pawan Dodeja's d'pawn Chess Academy of Amravati, Maharashtra and Sushrutha Reddy's Innovators Chess Academy of Bengaluru, Karnataka. They are facing each other in their final game of the group stage. The winner will definitely book a spot at the Semi-final. ICA needs just a draw to qualify.
This group is contested between two teams for a place at the semis. Prasenjit Dutta's Matrix Chess Academy of New Delhi might just need a draw to qualify, however if ICA Pups beats them then they would be the one booking their place at the semis.
Manish Parmar's Dynamic Chess Academy is highly likely to qualify to the semis as they are the sole leader heading into their last round of the group stage. They just need a draw to qualify for the Semis. However, if their final round opponent Tattva Chess Academy - Fighters of Durgesh Kumaraswamy manages to beat them by a minimum score of 3-1 then they will move forward to the Semis. However a 2.5-1.5 win for TCAF will make things tie.
This group's situation is very much like Group A. Both leaders are going to face each other. The winner qualifies to the semis and draw favors Durgesh's Tattva Chess Academy - Achievers.
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 will soon follow, so stayed tuned!
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