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Chess lovers raise Rs.1,41,007 on ChessBase India's Commentary Livestream for Indian chess

by Sagar Shah - 11/02/2021

The chess community that we have built up on our channel on YouTube is simply amazing! It was just another day at office for Sagar and Amruta, who were commentating on the Opera Euro Rapid Quarter Finals day 1. All of a sudden one super chat followed the other and quite some money was received! At that point Amruta announced that all of this money would be utilized for Indian chess! It was amazing to see how the viewers supported this initiative and in a little over an hour we collected a total of Rs.1,41,007! Read how it all transpired!

We hurriedly ate our dinner, and got things ready for our livestream. It was the first day of the Quarter Finals of the Opera Euro Rapid and Amruta and I were going to commnentate on the games. Vidit Gujrathi had been eliminated, but there was still a huge crowd interest. Magnus Carlsen was playing and the most anticipated encounter for the viewers was Teimour Radjabov vs Anish Giri.

Radjabov vs Giri encounters have become more exciting since they have become very close friends in the lockdown due to streaming! | Photo: Gashimov Memorial

The livestream began and two hours into the show is when the magic began! A viewer by the name Madhu Kris contributed Rs.2,000 as superchat. Rs.2,000 in one shot is a huge amount! At the same time he did not write any message in the superchat! Usually superchats are sent when someone wants their message to be conveyed during the livestream. The fact that Madhu had contributed Rs.2000 and had nothing to say made the entire chat very curious! Some of the people even started writing that it was a blunder on his part! He wanted to send Rs.20 and by mistake added two more zeros and sent Rs.2,000! Madhu Kris was watching all of this unfold and made another contribution of Rs.2,000 via his next superchat! That's when a few more viewers Akshay Sharma and Vikas Saini also contributed huge amounts (Rs.1,000 each).

The entire livestream of the Quarter Finals Day one of Opera Euro Rapid. The magic begins at 2 hours 57 minutes!

Seeing that a lot of people are contributing huge amounts, Amruta announced that all of this money would be used for Indian chess! After that we received 136 more superchats in the day and the total amount was Rs. 97,374! We also received over Rs.14,000 via the ChessBase India Foundation UPI. On the next day when we did the live commentary of day two of the Quarter Finals, we had a lot of people who mentioned that they too wanted to contribute and had missed the chance to do so! We also decided that all of the money collected on the second stream would also be used for Indian chess. 

A total of Rs.29,222 was received!

Adding all the amounts, the total comes to Rs.1,41,007. The details of all the contributors are given below:

Details of all the contributors

S. No Name Amount Amount in INR
1 Arindam Bhadra CAD $100.00 5700
2 NIRAJ HARISHYAM SHAR   5000
3 Rounak Meyur USD $50.00 3600
4 Zeus USD $50.00 3600
5 Aditya Iyer USD $50.00 3600
6 ChessFabregas USD $50.00 3600
7 Santosh Rohith USD $49.99 3599
8 SHREENATH SRINIVASAN   2500
9 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
10 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
11 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
12 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
13 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
14 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
15 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
16 Sameer Poduri INR ₹2,000.00 2000
17 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
18 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹2,000.00 2000
19 Madhu Kris INR ₹2,000.00 2000
20 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹2,000.00 2000
21 SHAH PARTH   2000
22 ketul surati USD $25.00 1800
23 ketul surati USD $25.00 1800
24 Preet Shihn USD $25.00 1800
25 Ash USD $25.00 1800
26 Mahesh Kotapalli USD $24.99 1799
27 S. USD $24.99 1799
28 Pranav Kulkarni EUR €20.00 1750
29 Jai Pandit USD $20.00 1440
30 Manaswi Mishra USD $20.00 1440
31 ChessFabregas USD $20.00 1440
32 Mahesh Kotapalli USD $19.99 1439
33 Jeel Shah CAD $25.00 1425
34 Devin anand INR ₹1,050.00 1050
35 Ayushi Sharma INR ₹1,002.00 1002
36 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹1,000.00 1000
37 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
38 Vikash Saini INR ₹1,000.00 1000
39 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
40 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
41 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
42 Just A Random Guy INR ₹1,000.00 1000
43 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹1,000.00 1000
44 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
45 Kumar Ankush INR ₹1,000.00 1000
46 akshay sharma INR ₹1,000.00 1000
47 Sharad Jha INR ₹1,000.00 1000
48 Sparsh Nigam INR ₹1,000.00 1000
49 Sparsh Nigam INR ₹1,000.00 1000
50 Manu Gurtu INR ₹1,000.00 1000
51 SAKSHI BHUTAN   1000
52 PIYUSH JAISING DINDE   1000
53 PIYUSH RAJENDRA   1000
54 GIRISH RAGHUNATH   1000
55 Tarun EUR €10.00 875
56 Ankita Kulkarni USD $10.00 720
57 Tube or Not Tube USD $10.00 720
58 Aditya Narkar USD $10.00 720
59 Niraj Sharma USD $10.00 720
60 Mahesh Parab USD $10.00 720
61 Sravan Kallakuri USD $10.00 720
62 Abhishek Deshpande USD $10.00 720
63 Kubdya32 USD $10.00 720
64 Vignesh Subramanian DKK kr.50.00 575
65 Vignesh Subramanian DKK kr.50.00 575
66 Devdeep Singh INR ₹500.00 500
67 nUdeNoOb GAmInG INR ₹500.00 500
68 Shubham Poddar INR ₹500.00 500
69 Akshay deep sharma INR ₹500.00 500
70 Jaydeep Chakrabarty INR ₹500.00 500
71 keegan lobo INR ₹500.00 500
72 Naman Dhingra INR ₹500.00 500
73 avant jain INR ₹500.00 500
74 VIPIN VIJAYAN NAIR   500
75 Pranav Kulkarni EUR €5.00 438
76 Ritobrata Ghose EUR €5.00 438
77 Tushar Andhare EUR €5.00 438
78 Aditya Singh Rana INR ₹400.00 400
79 Ritesh Veluvolu INR ₹400.00 400
80 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹400.00 400
81 Indian From South INR ₹400.00 400
82 RS INR ₹400.00 400
83 Just A Random Guy INR ₹400.00 400
84 Krishna Subramanian INR ₹400.00 400
85 koolkatch INR ₹400.00 400
86 Akshit Johry INR ₹400.00 400
87 Just A Random Guy INR ₹400.00 400
88 RS INR ₹400.00 400
89 Aalekh Patel CAD $6.99 398
90 Jai Pandit USD $5.00 360
91 Ash USD $5.00 360
92 Naveen Kumar USD $5.00 360
93 dave erdahl USD $5.00 360
94 Suraj Subraveti USD $5.00 360
95 Kunal Lalwani USD $5.00 360
96 Stainmatter USD $5.00 360
97 kartik josyula USD $5.00 360
98 Aditya Badheka USD $4.99 359
99 Siddharth Ranadive USD $4.99 359
100 Siddharth Ranadive USD $4.99 359
101 ankit USD $4.99 359
102 Mohit Manghnani CAD $5.00 285
103 Bilal Molani CAD $5.00 285
104 Devin anand INR ₹250.00 250
105 Vignesh Subramanian DKK kr.20.00 230
106 Vignesh Subramanian DKK kr.20.00 230
107 Abhiyan Singh INR ₹200.00 200
108 Yash Manjrekar INR ₹200.00 200
109 Kushagra Singh INR ₹200.00 200
110 Just A Random Guy INR ₹200.00 200
111 Rahul Sharma INR ₹200.00 200
112 Arijit Maity INR ₹200.00 200
113 Kartik INR ₹200.00 200
114 Justin george INR ₹200.00 200
115 Sachin Varma INR ₹200.00 200
116 Nirvana Guha INR ₹200.00 200
117 Kumar Ankush INR ₹200.00 200
118 Just A Random Guy INR ₹200.00 200
119 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹200.00 200
120 NAYAN VARIA INR ₹200.00 200
121 IBBI-Valuation-Course INR ₹200.00 200
122 Akshay Zatu USD $2.00 144
123 himanshu agarwal USD $2.00 144
124 Siddharth Ranadive USD $1.99 143
125 Darshan Singhvi INR ₹101.00 101
126 Mukul INR ₹101.00 101
127 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
128 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
129 Daneesh Chandrakar INR ₹100.00 100
130 Sriharsha Nayak INR ₹100.00 100
131 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
132 Aditya Singh Rana INR ₹100.00 100
133 Mohit Manglani INR ₹100.00 100
134 Yash Mahajan INR ₹100.00 100
135 Shivam Shekhar INR ₹100.00 100
136 Devdeep Singh INR ₹100.00 100
137 Shivam Singh INR ₹100.00 100
138 jyotiraditya mishra INR ₹100.00 100
139 Ayushi Sharma INR ₹100.00 100
140 Abhilash Jha INR ₹100.00 100
141 Amit Swain INR ₹100.00 100
142 Arun interval INR ₹100.00 100
143 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
144 Aditya Singh Rana INR ₹100.00 100
145 Priyanshu Pattnaik INR ₹100.00 100
146 Ritesh Veluvolu INR ₹100.00 100
147 Sanus Pillai INR ₹100.00 100
148 Manjot Kalsi INR ₹100.00 100
149 Just A Random Guy INR ₹100.00 100
150 Shubha Das INR ₹100.00 100
151 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
152 Gursimar Singh INR ₹100.00 100
153 FlashBin Gaming INR ₹100.00 100
154 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
155 D SANDEEP INR ₹100.00 100
156 Saurabh Gurbhele INR ₹100.00 100
157 Anshul Khandelwal INR ₹100.00 100
158 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
159 Akshay Natu INR ₹100.00 100
160 Ritesh Veluvolu INR ₹100.00 100
161 Shraddha Srivastava INR ₹100.00 100
162 thiedevil INR ₹100.00 100
163 Kevin pandya INR ₹100.00 100
164 mohit garodia INR ₹100.00 100
165 Tapan Krishna INR ₹100.00 100
166 Yatin Sarbalia INR ₹100.00 100
167 Jagatjeet Singh INR ₹100.00 100
168 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
169 rohit kumar INR ₹100.00 100
170 Shashank Landole INR ₹100.00 100
171 Aagam Shah INR ₹100.00 100
172 padma thinles INR ₹100.00 100
173 Ashutosh D. INR ₹100.00 100
174 vishal parashar INR ₹100.00 100
175 ashutosh ojha INR ₹100.00 100
176 Phani Varma INR ₹100.00 100
177 aniket jadhavar INR ₹100.00 100
178 Justin george INR ₹100.00 100
179 sidharth patra INR ₹100.00 100
180 Manav Kaushal INR ₹100.00 100
181 Faizan Khan INR ₹100.00 100
182 slow reader INR ₹100.00 100
183 Akshay Natu INR ₹100.00 100
184 Tapan Krishna INR ₹100.00 100
185 rijodboy INR ₹100.00 100
186 kanyakhubja !!! INR ₹100.00 100
187 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
188 Siddharth Agarwal INR ₹100.00 100
189 Akshay Natu INR ₹100.00 100
190 teja rvs INR ₹100.00 100
191 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
192 Sid Khanna INR ₹100.00 100
193 Shashank Landole INR ₹100.00 100
194 Nirvana Guha INR ₹100.00 100
195 Vivaswan Damle INR ₹100.00 100
196 Sid Khanna INR ₹100.00 100
197 Sid Khanna INR ₹100.00 100
198 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
199 Kumar Ankush INR ₹100.00 100
200 Krishna Subramanian INR ₹100.00 100
201 Kartik INR ₹100.00 100
202 pranav hiwase INR ₹100.00 100
203 Abhishek Singh INR ₹100.00 100
204 saransh jain INR ₹100.00 100
205 RavenX INR ₹100.00 100
206 Swastik Singh INR ₹100.00 100
207 rishav tiwary INR ₹100.00 100
208 Abhishek INR ₹100.00 100
209 Rushabh Surana INR ₹100.00 100
210 rishav tiwary INR ₹100.00 100
211 Mouli INR ₹100.00 100
212 suyog sanklapur INR ₹100.00 100
213 ankit anand INR ₹100.00 100
214 Arpit Sharma INR ₹100.00 100
215 rishav tiwary INR ₹100.00 100
216 Shashank Bhatnagar INR ₹100.00 100
217 rajat hari INR ₹100.00 100
218 Arpit Sharma INR ₹100.00 100
219 Kartik Rajesh INR ₹100.00 100
220 Faizan Khan INR ₹100.00 100
221 Veda Vyas INR ₹100.00 100
222 Mantra Bhatt INR ₹100.00 100
223 Aman Narula INR ₹100.00 100
224 Malay Panchal INR ₹100.00 100
225 Hemanth kumar INR ₹100.00 100
226 RavenX INR ₹100.00 100
227 Mohit Nikam INR ₹100.00 100
228 Abhishek INR ₹100.00 100
229 Mohit Nikam INR ₹100.00 100
230 Aditya Kanaujia INR ₹100.00 100
231 Shatz INR ₹100.00 100
232 Sarvesh Goyal INR ₹100.00 100
233 Rahul Sharma INR ₹100.00 100
234 Akshay Natu INR ₹100.00 100
235 Shraddha Srivastava INR ₹100.00 100
236 Akshit Johry INR ₹100.00 100
237 Mohit Nikam INR ₹100.00 100
238 Alok Kumar INR ₹100.00 100
239 Faizan Khan INR ₹100.00 100
240 Alok Kumar INR ₹100.00 100
241 VAIBHAV SETHIA INR ₹100.00 100
242 Saptak Roy INR ₹100.00 100
243 Ranjan K Ranjith INR ₹100.00 100
244 Ashwini Kelkar INR ₹100.00 100
245 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹100.00 100
246 MAHESH DEVRANI   100
247 MUDASSIR FAIZ K   100
248 DAVE DRASHTI NARENDR   100
249 Shubham Surana EUR €1.00 88
250 Nihaar Batla INR ₹60.00 60
251 Nilotpal Bharti INR ₹51.00 51
252 Paras Jain INR ₹50.00 50
253 KSHITIZ KHARBANDA   50
254 Rahul Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
255 Vrashin Aggarwal INR ₹40.00 40
256 Nihaar Batla INR ₹40.00 40
257 pranav hiwase INR ₹40.00 40
258 spidyy spiderman INR ₹40.00 40
259 Darin N. INR ₹40.00 40
260 Abhitabh Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
261 Abhitabh Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
262 Abhitabh Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
263 Abhitabh Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
264 Ninad Mohite INR ₹40.00 40
265 Abhitabh Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
266 Rajat Goyal INR ₹40.00 40
267 Arun interval INR ₹40.00 40
268 amogh456 INR ₹40.00 40
269 Justin george INR ₹40.00 40
270 Akshay Natu INR ₹40.00 40
271 Akshay Natu INR ₹40.00 40
272 Nishad Paluskar INR ₹40.00 40
273 spidyy spiderman INR ₹40.00 40
274 Dipz INR ₹40.00 40
275 Subhrajyoti Mallick INR ₹40.00 40
276 Akshay Natu INR ₹40.00 40
277 Akhil Denny INR ₹40.00 40
278 Sameer Sheth INR ₹40.00 40
279 nUdeNoOb GAmInG INR ₹40.00 40
280 Yash Parakh INR ₹40.00 40
281 Acoustic Vocalist INR ₹40.00 40
282 Aryan_ _K INR ₹40.00 40
283 Justin george INR ₹40.00 40
284 Yash Mahajan INR ₹40.00 40
285 Rahul Sharma INR ₹40.00 40
286 World_Chess_ Family On Insta INR ₹40.00 40
287 Abhisar Rohila INR ₹40.00 40
288 Kishan Rajyaguru INR ₹40.00 40
289 Nihaar Batla INR ₹40.00 40
290 Mahesh INR ₹40.00 40
291 Akshay Natu INR ₹40.00 40
292 vishal parashar INR ₹40.00 40
293 Lord Yuno INR ₹40.00 40
294 Subhrajoy Dutta INR ₹40.00 40
295 spidyy spiderman INR ₹40.00 40
296 Aagam Shah INR ₹40.00 40
297 Rahil Sayed INR ₹40.00 40
298 Sankalp Wankar INR ₹40.00 40
299 Justin george INR ₹40.00 40
300 Darshan Singhvi INR ₹40.00 40
301 Mahesh INR ₹40.00 40
302 spidyy spiderman INR ₹40.00 40
303 Aradhya Chopra INR ₹40.00 40
304 Gowri Sankar Ravichandran INR ₹40.00 40
305 Kartik INR ₹40.00 40
306 pranav hiwase INR ₹40.00 40
307 Justin george INR ₹40.00 40
308 Sayan Biswas INR ₹40.00 40
309 suraj shrivastava INR ₹40.00 40
310 Sayan Biswas INR ₹40.00 40
311 Ranish Gadjabov INR ₹40.00 40
312 Rahul Krishna INR ₹40.00 40
313 Jaskaran Singh INR ₹40.00 40
314 Aradhya Chopra INR ₹40.00 40
315 Devansh Sehgal INR ₹40.00 40
316 Nitin Saxena INR ₹40.00 40
317 Darshan Singhvi INR ₹40.00 40
318 Nitin Saxena INR ₹40.00 40
319 Nitin Saxena INR ₹40.00 40
320 VARUN-MAHESHWAR   39
321 Shuvashish Sarker INR ₹30.00 30
322 Knowledge zone all INR ₹29.00 29
323 Altaf Khan INR ₹29.00 29
324 Abhishek INR ₹29.00 29
325 VARUN-MAHESHWARI   23.78
326 Mudassir Faiz INR ₹20.00 20
327 Sanket Pandhare INR ₹20.00 20
328 Harsh_ patel INR ₹20.00 20
329 Darshan Singhvi INR ₹20.00 20
Total 141007.78

 

We want to thank each and every person who has contributed from the bottom of our heart for making this possible. We would like to use this money to power chess in India. In a few days we will come up with a detailed plan of how this money is going to be utilized. Thank you immensely for trusting us with your contributions. Your money is in safe hands and we can assure you that it will be used for the betterment of Indian chess and chess players.

Some heartwarming messages from the viewers:

Alok Kumar: Thank you Sagar bhai and Amruta mam for this beautiful stream. I like your commentary even more than the official one. Hope to see Radja tomorrow.

 

S.: You guys are amazing. You guys are doing great job of promoting chess not only in India but all over world.

 

Avant Jain: following cbi from 2019 start.u again increase the love for chess.nvr miss any stream of urs. love the beautiful and endless love of amruta mam fr u nd ur love for chess.u both are op. also a member.

 

Abhishek Deshpande: You are doing a great job covering this tournament. It is exciting & at the same time a lot of learning for all of us.

 

Mohit Nikam: Thank you Sagar bhai, Amruta and whole chess gang for making our lockdown more interesting. I work night shift and your streams are my company!

 

Aditya Iyer: Just a big thank you - Sagar, Amruta,Samay,vidit,Anish,Radja,Soumya. You guys have kept me sane through the lockdowns.Lots of love.

 

Aman Narula: Loved the content throughout the lockdown and even more so since tournaments started!! Continue the amazing work! You're both amazing💯♥️

 

Sharad Jha: I am addicted to your streams sir. Thanks for making me fall in love with chess again. Keep up the good work. Sagar and Amruta OP

 

Stainmatter: Great work guys, discovered CBI and chess during pandemic. I am addicted. For beginners, what games do you suggest to improve. More Rapid or blitz?

 

Ved Vyas: I work in US shift and Everyday your stream runs in the background. Loved your late night conversations...Admire your dedication and hardwork..

 

Akshit Johry: Analogy Uncle and Bullet aunty, kudos to your effort to Indian Chess. You guys are definitely laying a very strong foundation. Just a question, how do you guys earn money yourselves?

 

Jeel Shah: Hi Sagar and Amruta, you have reignited my love for chess. Thank you so much for enthusiastic streams and your wonderful content. Wishing you lots of luck -- best wishes from Canada!

 

Keegan Lobo: Had pulled out too early on the ep57 stream. Not this time. Love you sagar bhai and your dedication towards the chess community!

 

Arpit Sharma: Sagar bhai your chess commentary sends excitement through the roof.Viewer count k baju me heart rate count bhi laga lo. will lead to a lot of content

A big thank you guys! | Artwork: Abhyudaya Raam

Please note: The total amount received via UPI is Rs.14413 and the total amount raised via superchats is Rs.126596. The amount we receive via UPI is 100% deposited in our bank account. Meanwhile, the amount we receive via superchats, Google keeps 30% of the total contributions. We have written to a person in YouTube if this 30% can be waived off as we are going to use this fund for the betterment of Indian chess. His response was that YouTube is coming up with a new tool for creators where they can raise funds, but as now 30% will be deducted.