Indian chess community comes together to fight the Corona virus, raises Rs.1,68,000 in 72 hours
We still have close to 24 hours to go for the "Let's Fight Corona Together" online blitz. Three days after the tournament was announced we have managed to raise over Rs.1,25,000 thanks to the benevolence of several Indian grandmasters, International Masters and strong players. All the amount will be donated to the PM CARES fund to fight this disaster. The online blitz tournament will be held on 9th of April 2020 and you too can be a part of the same. This endeavour shows how powerful the chess community is when it comes together. Gens Una Sumus - we are one family!
On 5th of April 2020 we announced the "Let's fight Corona together" online blitz tournament to raise funds for India's fight against the Covid19. The tournament will be held on 9th of April 2020 at 8 p.m. IST and all the proceeds will be donated to the PM CARES fund. It gives us immense pleasure to say that we have been able to raise over 1 lakh rupees in less than 72 hours! Here are some of the grandmasters who have not just inspired us with their over the board play, but also with their benevolence and contribution towards the good cause.
Confirmed Titled players
Details of the tournament:
Date: Thursday 9th April 2020
Time: 8:00 p.m. IST
Time control: 3 mins + 0 second increment
Number of rounds: 9
Venue: Vishy Anand Arena in Playchess
P.S. The prizes will be sent once the normal courier services resume.
Donate to the cause:
There is no entry fee for the event. But you have to donate an amount to take part in it. The minimum donation required is Rs.100. There is no upper limit to the amount you would like to donate. Even if you are unable to play at the event, you can still donate towards this good cause. Each one of us can definitely afford ₹100. As already mentioned, the entire amount will be donated to the PM CARES fund. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, however donations are still being accepted.
If the above button doesn't work, you can contribute from here.
People who live outside India and would like to contribute, can do so directly to the PM CARES Fund:
Name of the Account PM CARES
Account Number 2121PM20202
IFSC Code SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code SBININBB104 4
Name of Bank and Branch State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID pmcares@sbi
How to play the tournament:
Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here.
For registration queries contact:
Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement should be at least 2 mbps. No phone calls/messages will be entertained once the tournament starts from 8 p.m. IST onwards. All queries must be resolved before the tournament.
List of players:
Donors who will play the tournament
|1||GM Arjun Erigaisi||Indian-Lion||25000||2559|
|2||GM Neelotpal Das||Mandrake||20000||2425|
|3||GM Dibyendu Barua||Dibyendu Barua||20000||2393|
|4||GM Nihal Sarin||Nihalsarin||7500||2620|
|5||GM Srinath Narayanan||NSRINATH||5000||2540|
|6||GM Magesh Panchanathan||gmmagesh||5000||2508|
|7||GM Ankit Rajpara||twentyseven||5000||2452|
|8||IM Tania Sachdev||Tania Sachdev||5000||2392|
|9||GM Laxman R R||LAXMAN||4500||2411|
|10||GM Diptayan Ghosh||Diptayan||3000||2541|
|13||IM Nisha Mohota||Nisha Mohota||2018||2106|
|14||GM Aravindh Chithambaram||hitter1999||2000||2641|
|15||GM Stany G A||Stany G A||2000||2522|
|17||GM Vishnu Prasanna||Fidodido||1000||2476|
|18||IM Arghyadip Das||arghyadip||1000||2453|
|19||IM Aditya Mittal||Vinniethepooh||1000||2438|
|20||IM Sayantan Das||Ambitious||1000||2431|
|21||IM Neelash Saha||gamechanger||1000||2413|
|28||Haresh Jayanth||Haresh Jayanth||1000||1077|
|29||Srivishva Barath Ragavesh||Srivishva||1000||1003|
|30||Rahul Anil Bhagwat||MRAA||1000||0|
|31||Shaurya Divecha||Shaurya Divecha||600||0|
|32||E Agam Aditya||aagam aditya e||501||1707|
|33||Vivaan Vijay Saraogi||chess_cheiro||501||1519|
|34||Shikhar Karn||shikhar karn||501||0|
|35||GM Gukesh D||gk06||500||2563|
|36||GM Sundararajan Kidambi||Kidambi||500||2389|
|37||CM Shahil Dey||ShahilDey||500||2376|
|38||IM Moksh Doshi||Mokshu16||500||2332|
|39||FM Ajay Karthikeyan||skkeyan||500||2315|
|41||FM C J Arvind||JUNOSOURCE||500||2123|
|43||G Dinesh Kumar||gdbow||500||2046|
|45||Ilamparthi A R||Ilamparthi||500||1989|
|48||Jahnavi Sri Lalita Mareddy||mvsr12345||500||1387|
|49||Krishna RV||Krishna RV||500||1295|
|50||Agastya Dey||Agastya Dey||500||0|
|52||L R Srihari||lsr||300||2414|
|53||Sai Manivannan N.R.||Saimanivannan||300||1926|
|54||Devarsh Borkhetariya M||Lightning McQueen||300||1482|
|60||Swayham P Das||swayham||251||1675|
|61||IM Pranesh M||pranimastermuni||201||2437|
|62||Arjun Gupta||Arjun Gupta||201||1932|
|65||CM Prraneeth Vuppala||Smart123||200||2253|
|66||Namitbir Singh Walia||Namitbir Singh||200||2093|
|68||Vinay R Jumani||Vinay12345||200||1754|
|71||WCM Shriyana S Mallya||sadhika||200||1277|
|72||Anmay V Chavan||200||1215|
|75||Jayant Rao Valluri||jayant23||200||0|
|76||K Chandra Sekhar||Chesslearner500||200||0|
|80||Advait Ratnakar Vibhute||advait30||111||1472|
|83||FM Dushyant Sharma||Dushu2930||101||2270|
|86||Dinesh Rajan M||dinchamp||101||1912|
|89||Jadav Alpesh Hasmukhlal||AlpeshJadav||101||1417|
|97||WFM Savitha Shri B||savithashri||100||2261|
|100||Girish B Chandanani||100||2169|
|101||CM Bhavesh Mahajan||bhavesh1810||100||2047|
|104||Aditya Bikram Paul||adityabikram||100||1964|
|110||Hari Surya Bharadwaj||Alekhine1||100||1882|
|112||Ansh Dhanvij||Dark Shadow||100||1773|
|113||Khush Wairagade||Roman Reigns||100||1720|
|114||Mansoor Taj Mohammed||Mansoortaj||100||1718|
|117||Satya Sekhar Mitra||Little Champs||100||1659|
|119||Sawyan Baran De||Mithun_1977||100||1523|
|122||Adithya Vishveshwaran||Adithya Vish||100||1485|
|123||Abhinav Bhatt||Abhinav Bhatt||100||1483|
|126||Kiran Vasishta TS||Kiran Vasishta||100||1427|
|131||Raja Sree Virinchi Vadali||virinchi||100||1331|
|135||Padmaesh M K||Padmaesh M K||100||1293|
|144||Preet Mhatre||Magnus Carlsen||100||1175|
|147||Anoushka Bhatt||Anoushka Bhatt||100||1130|
|148||Alan K Thomas||Alan K Thomas||100||1120|
|149||Aditi P Iyer||Aditi Iyer||100||1098|
|151||Shristi Chede||shristi chede||100||1084|
|152||Sanjay Pradnesh G||sragvidhanvi||100||1078|
|153||Sree Hari Nathan K S||sreeharia11||100||1069|
|155||Brij Nandan Singh||BRIJ1975||100||1054|
|156||Mohamed Rayhan S||smorayhan||100||1053|
|160||Adipto Nath||Adipto Nath||100||0|
|162||Arun Pratap Singh||Arun pratap singh||100||0|
|165||Harshit Vikram SB||Harshit2009||100||0|
|169||Mayur Krishna Hazarika||partha sulabh hazarika||100||0|
|170||Namratha Rao||Namratha Rao||100||0|
|175||Sadasiva Reddy Chirra||CSREDDY||100||0|
|176||Saksham Chede||saksham chede||100||0|
|178||Shaurya Pratap Singh||shash||100||0|
|180||GM Vidit Gujrathi||evilgenius||2726|
|181||GM Sethuraman S P||Piscean||2644|
|182||GM Aryan Chopra||Aryan Chopra||2585|
|183||GM Gukesh D||Gk06||2563|
|184||IM Shinya Kojima||imsknkgg||2392|
|185||GM Villamayor Bong||BongVillamayor||2375|
|186||IM Padmini Rout||Padmini||2370|
|187||IM Soumya Swaminathan||travellingknight||2351|
|188||WIM Divya Deshmukh||chessylife||2305|
|189||Chia Yu Zhe Ashton||AntiSocial||1812|
Donors who will not play the tournament
|1||GM Sasikiran Krishnan||Sasikiran||20000||2647|
|3||GM Sriram Jha, IM S Vijayalakshmi and WGM S Meenakshi||vimeba||7000|
|4||GM Arunprasad Subramanian||Dont Know||5000||2507|
|5||GM Thejkumar MS||msthej||5000||2433|
|6||GM Narayanan S L||Narayanansl||1000||2618|
|7||GM Deep Sengupta||Deep Sengupta||1000||2527|
Total funds raised: Rs.238,742
This amount has been updated till 9:30 p.m. IST on 9th of April 2020.
How to play tournament?
1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess
Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here. If you have Mac OS or Mac Computer, then you have to use some VMWare to run it as Playchess Desktop Client has native support on Windows OS only.
Login or Create account
After you have installed the Client. You must login.
Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days.
The tournament will take place in the Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 30 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 9th of April. 7.30 p.m. would be a good time.
Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Sysop (Tournament Director) will accept your entry. Only those who have donated the money will be allowed to play.
Note: The Playchess id, while donating the amount and playing the tournament should be the same.
About ChessBase India Foundation
ChessBase India Foundation has indulged in raising funds not only for the talents of Indian chess but also on issues of national importance by galvanizing the chess community together.
IM Sagar Shah and Niklesh Jain have already raised above Rs.45,000 to be donated to the PM CARES fund through their online training and the details of these funds can be seen here.
You can also make a direct donation to the bank account of ChessBase India Foundation which will be added to the amount of donation for the cause:
Name :- ChessBase India Foundation
A/C. No. :- 50200031999591
Bank Name: HDFC Bank.
Type of Account: Current Account
Branch Name :- GHATKOPAR EAST-TILAK ROAD
Branch Address :- 001 / 002,Samyak Darshan,Junction Of Tilak Road& Vallabh Baug Lane,Mumbai,
IFSC CODE :- HDFC0000118
All the contributors will be mentioned in a separate article which will be published when the tournament ends and the donation is made.
Know more about ChessBase India Foundation here.
About online tournaments on Playchess by ChessBase India:
ChessBase India has organized innumerable online events successfully. Here is some feedback about the quality of the events:
GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament
The tournament was conducted quite smoothly and a quite "fun Sunday" event. The participation of Adhiban & Sethuraman definitely added the spark to the event. I guess an Online Blitz Festival would be the next way to go (with different formats - Chess960, Bughouse, Bullet etc). Overall really happy with such events. Way to go!!
GM R R Laxman, multi-time National Blitz Champion
I thank the Chessbase India team once more for their strenous and tireless endeavour to popularise blitz events in India. Considering the fact that the present day time control even in classical format ( unlike the yesteryears) demands quick reflexes and blitz skills , I feel that the entire Chessbase India team is doing an exemplary and praiseworthy job. A boon for Indian chess !!!. Though my performance this time was not satisfactory ,I hope to excel and cherish more pleasant memories from my side in the forthcoming editions of Chessbase India blitz events.
IM Ravi Teja S, former National Challengers Champion
We (Ravi Teja&Anusha NLV) thoroughly enjoyed the tournament.it was exciting!
Tushar Bohra, father of Kanishk Bohra
Thanks for enrolling Kanishk for the event. He had a great time playing the games. And a great overall experience.
I am extremely happy to have participated in my first online blitz tmt conducted by ChessBase India and loved the experience and thrill. from the start to the finish its professionally conducted and got the rare opportunity to play several high-class players in a single event and looking forward for its next event
Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru
This was our second chessbase online blitz event. My son is 8 years and it was an absolute thrill for him to be playing against titled players ! Thanks a lot for organizing this. We look forward to more such events !
I was happy the way the tournament was conducted. No problems at all. You just keep increasing the prize money and that is a big improvement.Cannot hope for more.