MCC wins ACL 1st Super League 2018 in Rating 1400-1800 category
Matrix Chess Club won ACL 1st Super League 2018 in Rating 1400-1800 category by defeating Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy in the finals. MCC drew the first match of the finals with DBCA 2-2 and then won the second match of the finals with a score of 3-1. MCC had a squad of 10 members and they made correct use of substitution and made sure that almost the entire squad gets to play a match. The remained undefeated throughout the tournament and the only draw came in the finals. Matrix Chess Academy secured 3rd position by defeating Innovators Chess Academy in the 3rd-4th place match. Innovators Chess Academy finished at 4th position. Photo: MCC/Prasenjit Dutta
MCC best in ACL 1st Super League 2018 in Rating 1400-1800 category
Matrix Chess Club won €200 (almost ₹16000) worth of ChessBase products from ChessBase India shop. The prize is sponsored by ChessBase. MCC can buy any ChessBase products from the shop.
Let's see how the players performed individually:
Anirudh Jain - 8.0/8
Arshin Sikka - 1.0/3
Garv Gaur - 1.0/1
Harshiel Sehgal - 3.0/4
Jai Mehtani - 2.0/2
Mihir Godawat - 1.5/5
Mohit Kumar Soni - 1.0/2
Parth Arora - 1.0/1
Rushil Gupta - 6.0/6
Shivam Verma - Did not play
Anirudh Jain of MCC defeated Aniruddh Chatterjee of DBCA after the former made a Double minor piece sacrifice. Although the second sacrifice was inaccurate and not difficult to spot, it's the move order in accepting the sacrifice cost Aniruddh the game.
Sumit Roy of DBCA played a clinical game in Sicilian Accelerated Dragon opening and punished his opponent Mihir Godawat of MCC perfectly as he offered a Queen exchange in an open position with a weak pawn structure. Sumit pounced on the opportunity and slowly exploited his opponent's weakness, played the Rook ending which eventually liquidated into a pawn ending correctly, to convert it into a win.
Sumit Roy was the only victorious from team DBCA in the second final match against Mihir Godawat of MCC. He turned things around very quickly where he had a clear advantage to decisive advantage.
In the 3rd-4th place match, earlier in the day, Innovators Chess Academy lost to Matrix Chess Academy with the same score of 0.5-3.5 in both matches. Adityabikram (Aditya Bikram Paul) of MCA won in a seemingly equal same-colored Bishop endgame against apoorv_kamble (Apoorv Kamble) of ICA.
Aim of the Academy Chess League (ACL):
There are many chess academies all over the world. However, in terms of playing practice and partners they are bounded by geographical limitations. The Academy Chess League by ChessBase India wants to overcome these limitations and barriers and ensure that academies, schools and institutions situated in one part of the world can compete against teams anywhere on the planet. The aim is to play high quality chess and that's why the time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds has been decided. ACL is an initiative by ChessBase India that will be played online on the Playchess platform. Over 300 players from 50 institutions have registered with us for the 1st Super League that has begun from the 1st of July. The second league will soon follow, so stayed tuned!