Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open on 27th June
The chess world is filled with many brave souls, but none so courageous as Shailesh Nerlikar. Shailesh suffered from 100% physical disability and could not walk or even sit. However, he made the game of chess his world and excelled at it getting an initial FIDE rating of 1743 in 2006. In the year 2015 he represented India at the World Disabled Championships held in Germany. In 2018 Shailesh passed away at the age of just 41 years. In order to honour this amazing chess player Victorious Chess Academy run by Shailesh's good friend Kapil Lohana has come forward with an online blitz event on 27th of June 2020. We request the participation of chess players in huge numbers. Photo: Victorious Chess Academy
Victorious Chess Academy presents Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Blitz Open on 27th June at 8 p.m. IST
Victorious Chess Academy presents Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open 2020 will take place on Saturday with a total prize fund of ₹33000. Entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Entry fee for others is ₹300. The event is open to players all over the world. Registration is Closed.
Who was Shailesh Nerlikar?
In order to know more about Shailesh you can read IM Sagar Shah's heartfelt eulogy here.
Shailesh was one of the bravest chess players we have seen. He was born without any disability. However at the age of five due to an overdose of medicine by a doctor he suffered from Quadriplegia and multiple contracture. It is also known as brittle bones and Shailesh could no longer run or walk. In fact even moving around was not possible for him. Just when life seemed bleak and dark, Shailesh managed to discover chess in his life! Shailesh could not sit while playing, but he would lie down on the side and make his moves. Sometimes he would use a stick to make his moves.
Through a lot of hard work and immense love for the game Shailesh managed to get a rating of 1743 in July 2006. The highlight of his chess career was when he travelled to Dresden in 2015 to represent India at the World Disabled Championships 2015. He scored 2.5/7 but the score was irrelevant. Shailesh's biggest achievement was that he was able to travel outside the country and reach Germany. A humongous task achieved by sheer willpower and determination.
Shailesh passed away rather unexpectedly on 10th of March 2018. Health wise he was doing fine, but his chest started to pain in the night. He was rushed to the hospital, but he couldn't survive. His family and friends were devastated on hearing the news. No one had expected this. It came out of the blue.
The late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial blitz is a dedication to a person who fought hard to make his dreams come true. In spite of any number of obstacles in his life, Shailesh never gave up. It would be wonderful if you join the tournament and remember the legacy of this great soul.
Late Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial Online Blitz Open
Details of the online tournament:
Eligibility: Open to all players around the world
Best Specially Abled Players
Rating Category: 1801 - 2000
Rating Category: 1601 - 1800
Rating Category: 1000 - 1600
Best VCA Player
A player without a Standard Rating will be considered for Unrated prizes. Specially Abled players will require to submit proof to claim the prizes.
The entry fee is ₹300. The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Registration is Closed.
Registration is extended till Saturday 27th June at 12 p.m. IST.
Players outside India who would like to participate can make the payment through this Paypal link by paying €5 and write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning their Name, FIDE ID, Playchess ID and Gender.
Titled players must write to us at email@example.com with their Playchess id to confirm their entry.
Confirmed Titled players
Contact and registration queries for the tournament:
Shahid Ahmed: 09038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps 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 internet connection, organizers will not be held responsible for any player's connectivity issues.
List of players
|Sl.no.||Name||Playchess ID||Rating||Gender||VCA Student||Specially Abled|
|1||GM Aravindh Chithambaram||hitter1999||2641||M||No||No|
|2||GM Jose Martinez Eduardo Alcantara||Js3131||2620||M||No||No|
|3||GM Mikhail Kobalia||Mikhail kobalia||2614||M||No||No|
|4||GM D Gukesh||Gk06||2563||M||No||No|
|5||GM Elshan Moradiabadi||GM Abadi||2555||M||No||No|
|6||GM Diptayan Ghosh||Diptayan||2541||M||No||No|
|7||GM Shyam Sundar M||Shyamsundar||2518||M||No||No|
|8||GM Visakh N R||Visakh||2516||M||No||No|
|9||GM Girish Koushik||Gak_chess||2498||M||No||No|
|10||GM Vugar Rasulov||Rasulov Vugar||2478||M||No||No|
|11||GM Vishnu Prasanna||fidodido||2476||M||No||No|
|12||IM Harshit Raja||Johncking||2472||M||No||No|
|13||IM Volodar Murzin||Murzin||2465||M||No||No|
|14||IM Arghyadip Das||Arghyadip||2453||M||No||No|
|15||IM Leon Mendonca Luke||Boobyfisher||2452||M||No||No|
|16||IM Rahim Gasimov||Rahim Gasimov||2452||M||No||No|
|17||IM Mitrabha Guha||Babysnake||2445||M||No||No|
|18||IM Aditya Mittal||vinniethepooh||2438||M||No||No|
|19||IM Bharath Subramaniyam H||Harishankkar||2437||M||No||No|
|20||IM Aronyak Ghosh||STRANGE||2436||M||No||No|
|21||IM Koustav Chatterjee||KoustavChatterjee1||2431||M||No||No|
|22||IM Sayantan Das||Ambitious||2431||M||No||No|
|23||FM L R Srihari||lsr||2414||M||No||No|
|24||IM Neelash Saha||gamechanger||2413||M||No||No|
|25||GM Laxman R R||LAXMAN||2411||M||No||No|
|26||IM Raja Rithvik R||MasteredUI||2408||M||No||No|
|27||GM Himanshu Sharma||Himplanet||2394||M||No||No|
|28||FM Pranav Anand||Lightsaber||2381||M||No||No|
|29||WGM P V Nandhidhaa||pavala||2365||F||No||No|
|30||WGM Leya Garifullina||Lorelea||2357||F||No||No|
|31||IM Aleksei Kireev||MaestroASK||2351||M||No||No|
|32||FM Ajay Karthikeyan||skkeyan||2315||M||No||No|
|33||IM P Saravana Krishnan||mbachez90||2312||M||No||No|
|34||IM D K Sharma||Kakdela||2289||M||No||No|
|35||WFM Savitha Shri B||savithashri||2261||F||No||No|
|38||WIM Arpita Mukherjee||slienteyes||2206||F||No||No|
|39||IM Suvrajit Saha||Suvrajit Saha||2198||M||No||No|
|41||WIM Trisha Kanyamarla||trishakan||2193||F||No||No|
|42||WIM Michelle Catherina||Zanta||2176||F||No||No|
|43||WIM Sakshi Chitlange||Sakshi Chitlange||2167||F||No||No|
|44||L N Ram Aravind||Lnram||2127||M||No||No|
|45||CM Samrug Narayanan||Pigson7th||2100||M||No||No|
|46||Potluri Saye Srreezza||Staroftheyear||2044||F||No||No|
|47||Alan Diviya Raj||Michaelraj_98||2033||M||No||No|
|50||Kiran Panditrao||Kiran Panditrao||1898||M||No||No|
|59||Ameya Anil Munemane||am0901||1709||M||Yes||No|
|61||Arpith S Bijoy||ASB||1613||M||No||No|
|62||Hemant Agarwal||Mukunda 2507||1611||M|
|65||Sanjay S||Sanjay S||1542||M||No||No|
|69||Padmaesh M K||Mangakadu||1293||M||No||No|
|73||Sankaran Pponnada Krishnaswamy||Enthusiast||1227||M||No||No|
|76||Ritwik Mallavarapu||Ritwik chess||1197||M||No||No|
|79||Sangharsh Dhananjay Karpe||Sangharsh_karpe13||1110||M||Yes||No|
|82||Aziz Sohel Shameem||Aziz Shameem||1091||M||No||No|
|83||Advaith Krishnan||Advaith Krishnan||1078||M||Yes||No|
|87||Aditya Asaram Ghule||Adityaghule||0||M||No||Yes|
|93||Harsh Rahul Satav||Harsh111satav||0||M||Yes||No|
|94||Ishwar Lal Patel||Ishwar Lal Patel||0||M||No||No|
|101||Mohammed Sohel Shameem||Mohammed Shameem||0||M||No||No|
|102||Naga Ram||Cool chess player||0||M||No||No|
|104||Rahul Anil Bhagwat||MRAA||0||M||No||No|
|109||Siddhi Naresh Mohture||siddhimohture||0||F||No||No|
|111||Tanaya Sandeep Tendulkar||TanayaTendulkar||0||F||Yes||No|
About the sponsor - Victorious Chess Academy
Victorious Chess Academy has been catering to a large number of students under its roof. This establishment, which set its foot in the Pune city in 2013, has been positively contributing towards building the future of chess and its students. The knowledge seekers are constantly being guided by a team of highly efficient, qualified and educated teachers, each serving as a good role model for the students. Other than the faculty team, the institute also boasts of experienced staff members who have been playing a significant role in the day to day administration of this establishment. What has earned this coaching centre an enormous reputation is the bright performance of the students year after year.
Victorious Chess Academy in Pune exhibits modern classrooms, all equipped with essential study tools and materials. In order to help the students obtain an outstanding performance at their tournaments, it regularly hosts lectures and seminars which also prove to be a great push in the personality development of the students. Students are also trained thoroughly on other important aspects like time management, stress management and career guidance among others. The teachers themselves carry out brainstorming sessions on a periodic basis so that they can plan their teaching method as well as closely monitor their own performances and improve wherever required. Regular tests and tournaments are conducted so that the students can understand the areas wherein they need to improve and work upon.
Mr. Kapil Lohana is an International rated player of chess and National Instructor from India. He has won many events at Vidarbha level during 2003 - 2005. In 2006, he decided to move to Pune to pursue his dream in chess. He started his journey in Pune by winning the most prestigious event known as “Buddhibal Jallosh” in the same year and joined Symbiosis Chess School to guide students for a diploma in chess. He continued sharing his knowledge to budding champions from the city of Pune and soon his students started winning championships at various levels.
He realized that the role of a coach is very important in improvement of every player. As a result in the year 2013, he decided to start an organization with the name of “Victorious Chess Academy” to provide the platform for all chess enthusiasts to pursue their dream in chess.
Mr. Kapil believes, atmosphere for the sport, quality of training and financial aspect plays an important role in the life of every sportsperson. Under his supervision as a Founder & Director of Victorious Chess Academy, the organization is successfully training through online courses and running ten centres in Pune.
Gargi is a FIDE rated player of chess and a State Arbiter from Maharashtra. She likes to be with kids to share her knowledge in chess in the form of her own experiences. She is committed to bringing a good and positive level of thinking through her guidance to all students. She has done her graduation in B.Com from SP College and also has a diploma in photography from reputed Institute in Pune. Gargi has gathered much experience in the organization as a head of coaching department of Victorious Chess Academy.
Mr. Sameer is a FIDE rated player of chess and a State Arbiter from Maharashtra. He has experience of playing chess at a competitive level for more than twelve years. He is an Opening expert and likes to share his knowledge by teaching budding champions of all levels. Sameer has done graduation in commerce and he is currently working as a Process Manager at Victorious Chess Academy.
Previous events organized by Victorious Chess Academy
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.
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 45 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 27th of June 2020. 7:15 p.m. IST 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 paid the entry fee 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 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, 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.
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.
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
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.