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Late M D Bhagwat Memorial Chess960 Online Blitz Open with ₹50000 prize fund

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/07/2020

Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT) under the mentorship of Prakash Kunte (father of GM Abhijit Kunte and WIM Mrunalini Kunte) has organized over 150 tournaments. After having two successful online events since April, they are be back and this time with a bigger prize fund of ₹50000. The tournament is organized in memory of Late IA Moreshwar Bhagwat. This will be their second consecutive Fischer Random (Chess960) tournament having the first prize of ₹12000. With rating category prizes and prizes for women, it's a tournament you cannot afford to miss. It will take place on Saturday 18th of July at 8 p.m. IST in Chess960 Tournaments under Thematic Chess room on Playchess. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else Entry fee is ₹350. 50% of the entry fee will go to PM Cares fund. Registration is on. Photo: Maharashtra Chess League

Buddhibal Kreeda Trust pays tribute to Late Moreshwar Bhagwat

Mr. Moreshwar Bhagwat was a revered person | Photo: Maharashtra Chess League

Buddibal Kreeda Trust has been actively organizing online tournaments during this unprecedented pandemic situation. BKT has organized two events since April. An online Blitz on 14th April and a Fischer Random Blitz on 23rd May. They will organize another Fischer Random Open Blitz event which will have a total prize fund of ₹50000 with the first prize being ₹12000. The entire prize fund is sponsored by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust. And 50% of the entry collected will be donated to the PM Cares fund. Entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else the entry fee is ₹350 and €5 for foreign participants. The event is open to players all over the world.

Prakash Kunte, the man who started the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust, and his better half

Prakash has nurtured two of the finest talents of Indian chess - GM Abhijit Kunte and WIM Mrunalini Kunte. He is also the guiding force behind the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT).

About M D Bhagwat

Almost a year ago on 4th July 2019, former National 'A' player, veteran International Arbiter, a prestigious “Shiv Chhatrapati Award” winner and a well-known organizer from Maharashtra, Mr. M D Bhagwat passed away in Pune. Bhagwat was fondly known as “MD” in the field of Chess. He worked with MCA in different capacities as Executive Committee member, Joint Secretary, Secretary and Treasurer. He has guided and encouraged many arbiters, organizers, players to continue their involvement in sports. He believed in transparency and promoted the sport selflessly for more than four decades. In the memory of him and his great work, Buddhibal Kreeda Trust organizes this event.

IA Moreshwar Bhagwat was in action during Maharashtra Chess League | Photo: Maharashtra Chess League

M D Bhagwat enjoying the proceedings with Vidit Gujrathi and Mrunalini Kunte | Photo: Maharashtra Chess League

Date: Saturday 18th July 2020

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins + 1 sec increment

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹50000

Venue: Chess 960 Tournaments in Playchess under Thematic Chess room

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prizes

1 ₹12000
2 ₹8000
3 ₹5000
4 ₹3000
5 ₹2000
6 ₹1500
7 ₹1000
8 ₹1000
9 ₹800
10 ₹700
11 ₹600
12 ₹600
13 ₹600
14 ₹600
15 ₹600
16 ₹600
17 ₹600
18 ₹600
19 ₹600
20 ₹600

Best Women

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

Rating Category: 1601-1800

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

Rating Category: 1401-1600

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

Rating Category: 1201-1400

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

Rating Category: 1000-1200

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

Best Unrated

1 ₹600
2 ₹500
3 ₹400

FIDE Standard Rating as on 1st July 2020 will be considered for Rating Category prizes, a player without a standard rating will be considered as an unrated player. One will be eligible for one higher prize only.

Entry fees:

The entry fee for the event is ₹350The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. The last date for entry has been extended to 18th of July 2020 12 p.m. IST. No entries will be accepted after that. Registration is CLOSED.

Foreign players can pay €5 via Paypal here as their entry fee.

Titled players must write to us at teamchessbaseindia@gmail.com with their playchess id to confirm their entry.

List of players

Sl.no. Name Playchess ID Rating Gender
1 GM Vidit Gujrathi
2726 M
2 GM Adhiban Baskaran
2659 M
3 GM Aravindh Chithambaram hittter1999 2641 M
4 GM Alan Pichot Alan Pichot 2630 M
5 GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov keramin 2627 M
6 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara Js3131 2620 M
7 GM S L Narayanan NarayananSL 2618 M
8 GM Mikhail Kobalia Mikhail kobalia 2614 M
9 GM Karthikeyan Murali Fighter64 2606 M
10 GM Vaibhav Suri irus1997 2600 M
11 GM Abhimanyu Puranik pabh 2584 M
12 GM D Gukesh gk06 2563 M
13 GM Raunak Sadhwani Devil1234 2545 M
14 GM Deepan Chakravarthy J2d 2535 M
15 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov Uzbektiger95 2533 M
16 GM Deep Sengupta Deep Sengupta 2527 M
17 GM Xu Yi ActorXu 2527 M
18 GM Shyamsundar M shyamsundar 2518 M
19 GM Visakh N R Visakh 2516 M
20 GM Shardul Gagare IndianKing97 2514 M
21 GM Harsha Bharathakoti RACEKING 2509 M
22 IM Terry Renato TerryR 2504 M
23 GM Dusan Popovic DusanPopovic 2500 M
24 GM Girish A Koushik gak_chess 2498 M
25 GM Masoud Mosadeghpour masmos97 2498 M
26 IM Arjun Kalyan Arjun Kalyan 2477 M
27 GM Vishnu Prasanna Fidodido 2476 M
28 IM Harshit Raja Johncking 2472 M
29 IM Volodar Murzin Murzin 2465 M
30 IM Arghyadip Das Arghyadip 2453 M
31 IM P Shyaamnikhil Pshyaamnikhil 2453 M
32 IM Mitrabha Guha Babysnake 2445 M
33 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh CREATOR 1198 2445 M
34 IM Rathanvel V S vsr64 2445 M
35 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad Samudragupta 2441 M
36 IM Aditya Mittal vinniethepooh 2438 M
37 IM Bharath Subramaniyam H Harishankkar 2437 M
38 IM Pranesh M Pranimastermuni 2437 M
39 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 2436 M
40 IM Koustav Chatterjee KoustavChatterjee1 2431 M
41 IM Sayantan Das Ambitious 2431 M
42 IM Sankalp Gupta Gupta_Sankalp 2429 M
43 IM Himal Gusain Rajdhani express 2414 M
44 FM L R Srihari lsr 2414 M
45 IM Neelash Saha gamechanger 2413 M
46 GM Laxman R R LAXMAN 2411 M
47 GM Reefat Bin Sattar tacticabd 2409 M
48 IM Raja Rithvik R MasteredUI 2408 M
49 IM GMH Thilakarathne pendragon619 2398 M
50 IM Viani A Dcunha Viani A Dcunha 2397 M
51 IM Tania Sachdev Tania Sachdev 2392 M
52 IM S Nitin snitin 2381 M
53 CM Shahil Dey Shahildey 2376 M
54 IM Sidhant Mohapatra Sidhant 2367 M
55 IM Rajdeep Sarkar ItsTime 2355 M
56 IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni kamblefy 2355 M
57 IM Aleksei Kireev MaestroASK 2351 M
58 IM Soumya Swaminathan travellingknight 2351 F
59 WIM Ning Kaiyu Meng Zhixi 2327 M
60 FM Ajay Karthikeyan skkeyan 2315 M
61 IM Rathnakaran K RATHNAKARAN 2314 M
62 FM Om Kharola BASSU1 2314 M
63 IM P Saravana Krishnan mbachez90 2312 M
64 IM Somak Palit Toton11 2300 M
65 FM Aditya Samant adityass 2297 M
66 WIM Vantika Agrawal shadow_master 2286 F
67 WIM Priyanka Nutakki Priyanka Nutakki 2263 F
68 WFM Savithashri shavithashri 2261 M
69 Raahul VS raahul vs 2259 M
70 WIM Mrudul Dehankar shiv01 2256 M
71 Shiv Shome kingofall 2237 M
72 Soham Kamotra Hickey 2229 M
73 IM Suvrajit Saha Suvrajit Saha 2198 M
74 WIM Michelle Catherina Zanta 2176 F
75 Joy Pankaj Shah JOYSHAH 2144 M
76 FM Ram Aravind L N lnram 2127 M
77 FM C J Arvind Junosource 2124 M
78 IM Nisha Mohota Nisha Mohota 2195 F
79 Soham Datar Sohamchess64 2115 M
80 CM Amithpal Singh amithpal15 2102 M
81 Laishram Imocha Athoibi 2049 M
82 Potluri Saye Srreezza Staroftheyear 2044 F
83 Atul Dahale incredible 2037 M
84 Sandeep Sethuraman bouncyegg 2037 M
85 Alan Diviya Raj michaelraj_98 2033 M
86 Siddhant Gaikwad spiderman17 2033 M
87 Pruthu Deshpande gr8knight2001 2000 M
88 Vikas R Sharma vikas2200 1989 M
89 Arhan Chethan Anand Legacyplayer 1979 M
90 WFM Mitali Patil chessfan94 1952 F
91 Vansh Aggarwal twobrothers 1922 M
92 WIM Anahita Gholami Ormi gholami_orimi_a 1915 F
93 Kiran Panditrao Kiran Panditrao 1898 M
94 Ishaar Perumal Ganesan perseus226 1895 M
95 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam Position 1860 M
96 Arunava Bhattacharjee Arunava 1857 M
97 Anand Sivasankar anandfan 1853 M
98 Abhijith Pran kaspy2011 1847 M
99 Anmol Kollegal Archi-ak 1795 M
100 Chetan Sharma chetansharma 1761 M
101 Rajesh Vasanthakumar RVK 1736 M
102 Jaiveer Mahendru Diamond06 1695 M
103 Prakhar Bajaj gaurav306 1663 M
104 Vishvesh Kochrekar Vishveshk 1663 M
105 Nanal Arnav Tactic_Master 1631 M
106 Arvind Ramnath arvind0899 1602 M
107 Cera Dagaria MaggiQueen 1597 M
108 Pratham Lohakare PRATHAMLOHAKARE 1573 M
109 Negi Augustiya August1223 1555 M
110 Rakesh Kulkarni rakeshkul 1409 M
111 Abhiraj Singh Tawar Playtheboard 1339 M
112 Padmaesh M K Mangakadu 1293 M
113 Sujit Varghese James_knight 1227 M
114 Atharva Bakhare Atharvabakhare 1185 M
115 Adharsh ADHARSH_R 1179 M
116 Glen Tribhuwan Ggt1101 1176 M
117 Harsh Pandit harshpandit 1171 M
118 Vasanthakumar N NVK 1138 M
119 Monideep Banerjee monideepbanerjee 1134 M
120 Archit Saigal architsaigal 1093 M
121 Mandar Koranne mandy18 1014 M
122 Anjan Ganguli g_anjan11 0 M
123 Ankith K L Ankith KL 0 M
124 Archit Nikhil Deshpande Archit_Deshpande 0 M
125 Arindam Sharma Translifer 0 M
126 Arjun C Arjuncnilambur 0 M
127 Ashwin Trimal
0 M
128 Deeptesh Kumar Sahu Dr_Deep_Chesh 0 M
129 Ishwar Lal Patel Ishwar Lal Patel 0 M
130 K Ravi Teja Krt25 0 M
131 Mayur Gondhalekar gonda 0 M
132 Mohit Chandwani Mohit chandwani 0 M
133 Pranav pranav104 0 M
134 Prasanth K Prabha prasanthkp1 0 M
135 P Benny Joseph bennyjoseph 0 M
136 Rahul Anil Bhagwat MRAA 0 M
137 Satyajit the_satya 0 M
138 Thejus Joseph
0 M

Confirmed Titled players

India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi

It's always a pleasure to have the beast in action!

GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Argentina no.1 GM Alan Pichot

World no.1 in Under-16 GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan

Peru no.3 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM S L Narayanan

GM Mikhail Kobalia of Russia

GM Karthikeyan Murali | Photo: John Saunders

GM Vaibhav Suri | Photo: Niki Riga

GM Abhimanyu Puranik

GM D Gukesh

GM Deepan Chakravarthy | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan | Photo: gamesmaven.io

GM Deep Sengupta | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Xu Yi of China

GM Shyamsundar M | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Visakh N R | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Shardul Gagare | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Harsha Bharathakoti | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

GM Dusan Popovic of Serbia

GM Girish A Koushik | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Vishnu Prasanna | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Laxman R R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Terry Renato of Peru

IM Arjun Kalyan

IM Harshit Raja | Photo: Niki Riga

IM Volodar Murzin

IM Arghyadip Das | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM P Shyamnikhil

IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Rathanvel V S | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H

IM Pranesh M

IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Koustav Chatterjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Sayantan Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Himal Gusain | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Raja Rithvik R | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha

IM Tania Sachdev | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Nitin S

IM Sidhant Mohapatra | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Rajdeep Sarkar | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni

IM Aleksei Kireev of Russia

IM Soumya Swaminathan | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Rathnakaran K | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM P Saravana Krishnan | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Somak Palit | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Suvrajit Saha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nisha Mohota | Photo: Ismael Nieto

Newly crowned Asian Junior Online Girls champion WIM Ning Kaiyu of China | Photo: FIDE

WIM Vantika Agrawal

WIM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Mrudul Dehankar

WIM Michelle Catherina | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Rules of Chess960

Chess960 (also known as Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces on the players' home ranks is randomized. The random setup renders the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely on their talent and creativity.

There are in all 960 possibilities. This starting position was used in the game between Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian in their Mainz Chess960 World Championship. This is position number 666.

All the pieces move in the same manner as chess. Two important rules while arranging pieces on the last rank is that the bishops should be on opposite coloured squares and the rooks should be on the opposite side of the king.

Castling in Chess960

The only complicated rule that is to some extent different from normal chess is castling. In Chess960 the king and the rook end up in the exact same position after castling as in normal chess after castling.

The king is on f1 and the rook on g1. So in order to castle short, I do not need anything. I can just touch my king on f1 and bring it over the g1 rook and leave it. The rook will jump over to f1 and the king will settle down on g1 and it will be a short castling done.

You have already castled!

Now let's go to the initial position again:

How do we castle long?

When we castle long, the king needs to touch the rook on the queenside. Both these squares are taken up by the bishops. Hence after five moves I try to vacate these squares. The position looks something like this:

Now I drag my king and drop it on the queenside rook to do long castle

The rook on its own moves to d1 and you have successfully 0-0-0!

For those who are new/unfamiliar with Fischer Random/Chess 960, it is highly recommended to play a few Fischer Random games to get accustomed to castling in various scenarios.

About the organizer of the event - Buddhibal Kreeda Trust

The tournament is organized by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT). BKT is a well-known charitable trust which conducts regular Chess Tournaments and Chess Programs in Pune. It was founded in 1998 by Prakash Kunte, GM Abhijit Kunte, WIM Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar, Nityananand Mehendale (owner of Manohar Mangal Karyalay) and Raghuvir Apte. At the time of incorporation, the Kunte family had contributed Rs. 30,000 as corpus. Today, the corpus of the trust is more than Rs. 40 lakhs. The organization strives for promoting the game of chess not only in Pune, but also in Maharashtra and India. It also does its best to support talented players by providing financial help.

 

Since its inception, BKT has organized approximately 150 tournaments which include Women’s National B, National Team Championship, 4 National Championships, more than 10 State Selection Tournaments, more than 13 All India FIDE Rating Tournaments and more than 100 local Chess Tournaments. BKT has also organized India’s first ever knockout chess championship with a prize fund of Rs. 8,00,000 in 2006. In this tournament, most of the GMs from India had participated.

A huge rapid knockout event was held in Pune organized by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust

One of India's finest talents from a few years ago - GM Akshayraj Kore

Further, BKT also contributed towards the organization of the World Junior Chess Championship in 2014 and Maharashtra Chess League. BKT has so far distributed more than Rs. 30 lakhs in prize fund or in different types of sponsorships.

 

‘Laptop to Chess Players’ is an initiative of the BKT which helps in developing the budding chess players. Under this scheme, more than 20 laptops have been distributed to chess players between 2006 and 2014. Many prominent personalities and organizations contributed towards this initiative. In 2007, the program was for Pune Players only. Given below is the list of players:

In 2007, the program was for Pune players only. Swati Ghate, Kruttika Nadig, Abhijit Kunte, Amruta Mokal and Soumya Swaminathan were the players to be awarded laptops. | Photo: BKT archives

In 2008, the program was extended to CMCA Players. The awardees included Prathamesh Mokal, Vidit Gujrathi, Shardul Gagare, Akshyaraj Kore | Photo: BKT archives

In 2011, the program was extended to all players from Maharashtra. As many as 11 chess players were awarded laptops! Third from left in the front row is the little boy who won the silver medal at World Juniors 2018 a couple of days ago. It's acts like these seven years ago by trusts like BKT which may have pushed him to get better at chess!| Photo: BKT archives

2014 saw six players receive laptops from the BKT. While Vidit Gujrathi and Akshayraj Kore were awarded for acquiring the GM title, Shardul Gagare received a laptop for completing his IM title requirements. Besides, Aditya Mittal, Divya Deshmukh and Akanksha Hagwane were awarded for winning title prizes at the U-7 (Open), U-7 (Girls) and the U-13 (Girls) National Championships respectively. | Photo: BKT archives

Other than organising different types of chess tournaments, BKT has also supported many talented and upcoming players from Pune and Maharashtra by sponsoring them for international tournaments. Given below are the names of few players which BKT has sponsored:

1. IM Prathamesh Mokal

2. IM Abhishek Kelkar

3. WGM Soumya Swaminathan

4. Aniruddha Deshpande

5. Chinmay Kulkarni

6. Pruthu Deshpande

7. GM Abhimanyu Puranik

8. IM Harshit Raja

9. WIM Aakanksha Hagawane

10. Nikhil Dixit (Sponsorship for a tournament in India)

11. IM Rakesh Kulkarni (Accommodation sponsored by BKT in Dubai)

12. IM Sameer Kathmale (Accommodation sponsored by BKT in Dubai)

 

Buddhibal Kreeda Trust has also participated in various All India National Team Chess Championships by fully sponsoring a 5 player team in open and women’s categories. The BKT team won in the Women’s category at the 2004 National Team Chess Championship. In these teams many promising players were part of the team such as Amruta Mokal, WGM Soumya Swaminathan, Sneha Ghatpande, Anuprita Patil, Devangi Patankar, IM Abhishek Kelkar, Omkar Patwardhan, Sohan Phadke and Aniruddha Deshpande.

When Buddhibal Kreeda Trust team won the National Teams event in Pune!

Buddhibal Kreeda Trust has been providing sports scholarship to players of the Under-8 and Under-10 age categories of Rs. 6,000/- per year to the best player in Pune for last 6 years. The Trust also provided sponsorship to prominent players of Pune for their international open chess tournaments.

 

The current trustees of BKT are Mr. Prakash Kunte (Managing Trustee), Mrs. Mrunalini Kunte- Aurangabadkar, Mr. Chandrashekhar Nanivadekar, Mr. Ravindra Akolkar, Mr. Chandrakant Mokashi and Mr. Sanjay Adhav.

Prakash Kunte has worked tirelessly througout his life to ensure that chess in Pune and Maharashtra develops.

What Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT) means to me?

By IM Abhishek Kelkar

 

"My chess career started in 1998! The trio Mrunalini Kunte Tai (coach), Abhijit Kunte dada (my childhood idol, mentor and inspiration), Kunte kaka (fatherly figure to me, my well wisher, supporter and financial source in my difficult times) whatever I am today is because of the existence of these 3 pillars in my life! They 3 formed Buddhibal Kreeda trust in 1998, in the same year when my chess kicked off. My 1st state championship U-7 catergory was organized by BKT. Since then I am following the fantastic journey of BKT. I have witnessed every initiative of BKT, whether it may felicitation functions or laptop distribution to chess players function.

 

Most of the tournaments organised by BKT I had participated; Lately I am assisting Kunte Kaka in the organization. I have won few of tournaments organized by BKT. I have participated in more than 10 editions of "Shri Mahaeshwaranand Saraswati Memorial" (a strong tournament) though never got chance to hold the trophy. Looking forward to change my luck in this year!

 

I thank BKT and Shri.Prakash Kunte Kaka for all his inputs and efforts, for spreading chess and supporting countless chess players, their families (psychologically and financially) in last 20 years. I pray to God his love and passion for chess may increase day by day as chess needs such an amazing person for its acceptance in the society on large scales. Kudos to Kaka. I request young generation to participate in this year's Mahaeshwaranand Saraswati All India Open tournament 2018". Wishing a grand success for the tournament & BKT in coming years."

IM Abhishek Kelkar is an IM and a Shiv Chatrapati award winner

 

Contact and registration queries:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)

Email - teamchessbaseindia@gmail.com

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps wired broadband. 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 own connection, organizers are not responsible for a player's disconnection.

How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here and then buy the premium membership from the product embeds given above.

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Next 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. The tournament cannot be played via mobile or tablet device.

Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess/ChessBase Account username and password. Locate Thematic Chess Room under Rooms on the bottom right of the screen.

Click on Thematic Chess to get the Chess960 Tournaments option and then select it.

The tournament will take place in the Chess960 Tournaments in the Thematic Chess room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 45 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 18th of July 2020. 7:15 p.m. IST would be a good time.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. If 'Join Event' button does not show and 'Unregistered' shows instead, it means you have been registered in the tournament. The Tournament Director will accept your entry. Only those who have registered for the event will be allowed to play.

Note: The Playchess id, while registering and playing the tournament should be the same.

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 D Gukesh, youngest GM of India

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

 

GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament and Letsup MCA Grand Prix

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 Shyam Sundar M, 31st GM of India

It was such a interesting and a unique event. I hope these events happen quite often so that people cannot cheat with computer assistance and are forced to play genuinely. I thank the organising team for making this event happen smoothly :)

 

GM R R Laxman, former 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.

 

GM Andrey Devyatkin, Russia

What I do find strange is that the share of chess960 tournaments in the great many online chess events held during the Corona crisis has been extremely small. FIDE seems to have lost all the enthusiasm it has demonstrated last year with regard to chess960, whereas other organisers have been either following suit or being habitually conservative, traditional and cautious -- which is quite characteristic for the chess world in general, and sometimes counterproductive at that. But wait... how on Earth can one remember the different rules for castling? Even though it might create great opportunities for our game yet unknown, wouldn't that be too challenging for the modest memory of an ordinary chess player? One has to leave some room for 25-moves analyses in the Najdorf and the Grunfeld, after all...

Meanwhile, whenever a rare prize chess960 event does take place online, it usually brings together many decent players -- which could be seen from this tournament as well -- and gets a very good feedback. So, thank you Chessbase India and Buddhibal Kreeda Trust for breaking the spell of cautiousness and hosting this event!

The tournament was smoothly organised and fun to play. To me it looked no weaker than some open Indian Championship. That said, I think chess960 in general requires longer time controls so its real depth could be revealed, but when it comes to online play and its specificity 3+1 or 3+2 is OK. Also it was nice to know afterwards that the organizers were providing a live commentary.

Let me finish this by quoting Robert Fischer, the great inventor of chess960 (which he himself preferred to call 'Fischerandom'). During his only meeting with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in 1995, Fischer asked the newly-elected FIDE president: 'Why do you offer people a black and white television set, when there is a set in color?'

 

Amardeep Bartakke

Very strong tournament and very well orgnized, very happy to play among the strong Grandmasters, looking forward to many more such events

 

Amit Mahajan

A heartly Thanks to CHESSBASE INDIA Team for organizing this event. It was a great event with exciting chess format. I will adore to play more chessbase India events in the future. Great Initiative, Good luck.

 

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 !

 

CM Kushagra Mohan

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.


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