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Last Chance to play Simul in Amphan Cyclone Fundraiser tomorrow

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/06/2020

On Sunday 21st of June 2020, ChessBase India will be organizing the Amphan Cyclone Fundraiser ChessBase India Online Simultaneous Exhibition. ChessBase India has always tried to bring the chess community together for a good cause. This time as well, we are looking forward to the chess players from all across India as well as the world coming together and helping the people of West Bengal who have suffered devastation and irreparable loss due to cyclone Amphan. There is no entry fee, but to participate, you have to contribute a minimum of ₹500 for the Simul. However if you have paid ₹150 for Blitz, then you just need to pay the minimum difference of ₹350 to play the Simul. That's not all, masters will analyze with their respective opponents after the game via Zoom/Google Meet.

Amphan Cyclone Fundraiser ChessBase India Online Simul

On 20th May 2020, Amphan Cyclone devastated the majority of West Bengal disrupting daily life, homes and livelihood for a lot of people. West Bengal estimated total damage to be over Rs 1 lac crore (US$ 13.2 billion). To help the victims of the century's most devastating cyclone in the country, we have decided to hold two events on 20th and 21st June to raise funds. Those who took part in blitz event can only pay the remaining ₹350 to play a Simul on Sunday 21st June, GMs and IMs of West Bengal will play a simultaneous exhibition to raise funds for the ones who have gone through trials and tribulations. The minimum donation amount for simul will be ₹500. There is no maximum limit.

Amphan showed no mercy to various parts of West Bengal | Photo: Halley Goswami and Arkojyoti Bhattacharya
GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly did a ChessBase India LIVE show with Sagar to raise funds | Video: Sagar Shah

Players appeal to the chess community

India's 2nd GM and West Bengal's first GM Dibyendu Barua
India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi
Multi-time Hastings Masters winner GM Deep Sengupta
Former National Rapid Champion GM Neelotpal Das
Former National Women 'A' champion IM WGM Nisha Mohota
Currently doing PhD at University of Alberta - IM Bitan Banerjee

The following players of West Bengal will play the simul on 21st June

GM Diptayan Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Deep Sengupta | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Neelotpal Das

GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury

WGM and IM Nisha Mohota

GM-elect and IM Arghyadip Das donated ₹2000 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Sayantan Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Bitan Banerjee | Photo: Bhavik Dave

IM Somak Palit | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM, FT and NA Neeraj Kumar Mishra | Photo: Amit Sharma

IM Suvrajit Saha donated ₹2000 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Details of the Simul

You will be randomly paired against a master. At a given point one of the master will play against six opponents. After the game, each respective master will analyze the games with the simul participants via Zoom/Google Meet. Link for the post match analysis will be sent immediately after all games in a particular time slot gets over.


Date: Sunday 21st June 2020

Time: 10:30 am IST onwards. Will go on the entire day. Each player will have a different time slot to face a master.

Time control: 10 mins + 5 seconds increment

Entry closes at 11 p.m. IST on 20th June, however donations will still be accepted.


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 ₹500 for Simul. There is no upper limit to the amount you would like to donate. The amount raised will be donated to CRY foundation working for Amphan relief.

If the above button doesn't work, you can contribute from here. Foreigners can donate via Paypal

You can also directly contribute via the Google Pay id: chessbaseindia@okhdfcbank

List of Simul participants Name Playchess ID Rating Donation
1 Souhardo Basak Souhardo 2216 1000
2 Alan Diviya Raj Michaelraj_98 2033 650
3 Meghna C H MEGHNA 1985 500
4 Samriddhaa Ghosh Katoptris 1910 500
5 Abhijith Pran kaspy2011 1847 500
6 Anuj Gandhi
1755 500
7 Rudrashish Chakraborty Rudra_c 1608 500
8 Dhruv Haldankar Haldankardhruv 1588 500
9 Sudhir Tharayil sudhir161 1557 500
10 Viraj Gogte virgog 1337 500
11 Hrishikesh Kumar Banik hkbanik 1310 500
12 Padmaesh M K Mangakadu 1293 500
13 Srijak Sengupta sansengu 1288 500
14 Harshini Anand harshinianand 1265 500
15 Kunal Batra HumanityFirst 1147 700
16 Ganapathi R Mysore ganaballu 1026 500
17 Aditri Shome erica2020 0 500
18 Anand Wataney
0 800
19 Ashwin Mahalingam
0 500
20 Atmaj C H chnivas 0 500
21 Bhavesh Vyas Bhaveshvyas_01 0 500
22 Mayur Gondhalekar gonda 0 500
23 Mohit Jain rish2812 0 500
24 Pathik cchess1 0 500
25 Rahul Arora rahularora12 0 500
26 Shikhar Karn Shikhar1234 0 500
27 Sougata Bose sougata 0 960
28 Subhash Jog sjo1267 0 500
29 Uddalak Chattopadhyay Uddalak 0 500
30 Vaishnav S rightedge 0 500


For more details on where the donation will be, check the previous article here.



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 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)

Email -

• 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. Each player is responsible for their internet connection, organizers will not be held responsible for any player's connectivity issues.

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.

How to play the Simul on 21st of June:

Step 1 of creating an account and downloading playchess software is the same as above.

2. Locate Simul with Titled Players arena under Simultaneous Exhibition room.

3. Wait at Simuls with titled players arena 15 minutes before your time slot, so that the Master can start immediately after the previous batch of games complete and s/he does not have to wait.

4. After the entire batch gets over, the Master of Simul will explain the game to the players via Zoom/Google Meet. The link will be mailed to you.



Amphan destruction covered by The Hindu, Deccan Herald, CNN, BBC and The Print among many more.

Official website of CRY