There's no stopping Anji (Lalith Babu!)
After the third ChessBase India online prize money tournament held in collaboration with DBCA ended, we received the following message: "My son (9 yrs) participated (scored 2.5) had the experience to play with few opponents with FIDE rating >2300....that's great! For us who stay in small cities like Durgapur, (WB) where we rarely have big tournaments such initiatives in a regular basis will help to motivate young budding players." It's such feedback that keeps us going! The event was won by none other than Mr. Playchess - Lalith Babu (Anji) and he goes back home with Rs.12,500. Full report, with games and final standings.
After winning the 1st Edition of ChessBase Online Blitz Tournament, GM Lalith Babu was poised to win the 2nd Edition, however due to some technical error, he could not complete the tournament. He showed his indomitable fighting spirit to win the 3rd Edition organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and ChessBase India. Lalith Babu now has 25 points out of 26 games in the prize money tournaments organized on the Playchess server!
The 3rd Chessbase Online Prize Money tournament took place on 10th September 2017 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy. Despite the World Cup ongoing in Tbilisi, Georgia, 15 Grandmasters out of 50 in our country participated along with 14 International Masters and 1 Woman Grandmaster. The total prize money was also increased to ₹50000 having the first prize as ₹12500.
Top 20 seeds of the event:
|GM Aravindh Chithambaram||2579||Refresh|
|GM Diptayan Ghosh||2562||diptayan|
|GM Vaibhav Suri||2560||irus1997|
|GM M Shyam Sundar||2547||kereslover|
|GM Lalith Babu||2525||Anji|
|GM Kannappan Priyadharshan||2515||slogger|
|GM Vishnu Prasanna||2538||Fidodido|
|IM Abhimanyu Puranik||2509||pabh|
|GM Abhijit Kunte||2505||Abhijit Kunte|
|IM P Karthikeyan||2497||Chennaikramnik|
|GM Debashis Das||2493||debashis das|
|IM Nihal Sarin||2485||nihalsarin|
|GM Deepan Chakkravarthy||2466||j2d|
|GM Ankit Rajpara||2465||twentyseven|
|GM Dibyendu Barua||2448||Dibyendu Barua|
|IM Swayams Mishra||2444||Mr bh6|
|IM Sayantan Das||2436||Ambitious|
For the first time, it was a 3 minutes + 1 second increment time control event consisting of 10 rounds. (previously there had been no increment). It is not every day you get to play against India’s best and strongest by sitting in the comfort of your home. It took place in the Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India room on Playchess. The event started on time and got over by 8.30pm, so that everybody could walk to their dining room for dinner! Oh wait! Some were already playing in their dining room!
In the Round 7 of the tournament, Anji (Lalith Babu) smashed RATHNAKARAN (Rathnakaran K) in a miniature game.
With this win Lalith Babu took home Rs.12,500. How does he do it? How is he so good at blitz? Well, his games speak for themselves. You can see how strong Lalith is in blitz by downloading all his ten games and replaying them on your computer.
After winning 25 consecutive Chessbase Online Blitz Tournament games, Anji (Lalith Babu) was halted by Mr bh6 (Swayams Mishra).
A clinical victory in the last round against Pshyamnikhil (P Shyamnikhil) helped Laxman secure 3rd position
IM Nihal Sarin outwitted GM Aravindh Chithambaram in the 3rd round.
FM Mitrabha Guha outplayed reigning National Challengers Champion GM Deepan Chakravarthi in a prolonged Rook & Pawn endgame:
IM Rathnakaran defeated one of the best blitz players of India IM Nihal Sarin:
He defeated the co-founder of DBCA and India's second Grandmaster, Dibyendu Barua
Veteran GM Dibyendu Barua schooled future GM of West Bengal, Ambitious (Sayantan Das).Here is the game from Round 5 where you can see Shantanu Bhambure reconnected the game several times and eventually won the game. ChessBase India decided to give a fairplay award of one year of ChessBase Premium Account to GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury for showing excellent sportsman spirit. In this
Final Standings with Prize money:
|Rank||Name||Playchess ID||Prize Money in Rs|
|1||GM Lalith Babu||Anji||12500|
|2||IM Swayams Mishra||Mr bh6||9000|
|3||GM Rajaram Laxman||Laxman||7500|
|4||GM Vishnu Prasanna||Fidodido||5000|
|5||GM Aravindh Chithambaram||Refresh||3000|
|6||FM Mitrabha Guha||Babysnake||2000|
|7||IM Rathnakaran K||RATHNAKARAN||1750|
|8||IM Abhimanyu Puranik||Pabh||1400|
|10||GM Dibyendu Barua||Dibyendu Barua||1000|
Lucky prize winners
|60||Akbar_sh_007||Akbar Amir Ali Pirani|
|70||Sohamchess 64||Soham Datar|
GM R R Laxman, RSPB
WGM Soumya Swaminathan, PSPB
Thank you so much for organising the tournament, along with cb india , Halsagar & Dbca. Really appreciate it !
It was my 1st online tournament, a very good experience overall. It was very smoothly conducted infact. The last round delay was a very minor one, maybe max 5 mins, so it was not an issue at all.
Priyadarshan Banjan for Nihal Sarin
Thank you to you, ChessBase India, and DBCA for organizing such a useful tournament.
Subrata Nandi, PhD father of Samrat Nandi
Thanks to chessbase & DBCA to take such initiative. Technical organisation was fantastic apart from the delay before the 10th round. It was a fantastic experience to see a bunch top rated players joining the tournament. My son (9 yrs) participated (scored 2.5) had the experience to play with few opponents with FIDE rating >2300....that's great!!!
For us who stay in small cities like Durgapur, (WB) where we rarely have big tournaments such initiatives in a regular basis will help to motivate young budding players. Finally, may I request Chessbase to organise such tournaments in a regular basis at least once in a month maybe the last Sunday ('Super Sunday') in collaboration with DBCA or other academies in a regular basis. I guess many of us are ready to pay a monthly token entry fee. The number of rounds could have been reduced to 7.