16 real life heroes will battle it out in the Super Heroes Cup 2021
One of the most amazing things about chess is that just about anyone can play it. It doesn't matter if you are visually impaired, physically challenged or deaf - chess is an amazing social tool which has the same rules for everyone. This is the reason why we have organized the ChessBase India Super Heroes Cup 2021 from 14th to 16th May where 16 of the most brilliant differently abled chess players will fight it out in a knock-out tournament. The total prize fund of the tournament is Rs.2,60,888 and the entire event will be broadcast LIVE on the ChessBase India YouTube Channel. Come, join us to find the real life super heroes!
Super Heroes Cup 2021 from 14th to 16th May 2021
We have all seen super heroes in movies. Be it Batman, Superman, Hulk, Thor or Captain America. Each one of them has a different super power and each one is special in their own way! But this is fiction! What about the reality? Where do the super heroes in real world reside? Introducing you to the 16 super heroes of Indian chess - 16 individuals whose super powers include fighting each and every difficult situation life throws at them, never giving up and single mindedly trying to achieve their goal.
From 14th to 16th of May, HelpChess (ChessBase India Foundation) is organizing the Super Heroes Cup 2021. It's a knock-out tournament which involves 16 top differently-abled players of Indian chess. There are 7 players who are visually impaired, 6 who are physically disabled and 3 who are deaf. The selection is done based on the Elo rating of the players, with special spots for female participants. We contacted all the top players of India and based on their availability the final list has been confirmed. The total prize fund of the tournament is Rs.2,60,888 and this has been raised via the knighthood blitz tournament that was held on 1st of August 2020. (The breakup of how this amount was raised is given at the end of the article). The entire tournament will be streamed on ChessBase India YouTube channel with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and several esteemed guests. All the 16 players will also receive the flagship ChessBase product - ChessBase 16.
Date: 14th to 16th May 2021
Total Prize fund: ₹260,888 + 16 ChessBase 16s (one to each participant)
First prize: ₹30,000
|3||Naveen Kumar A.||5029279||IND||2035|
|4||Ashish Krishnamurari Desai||25974955||IND||1965|
|5||FM||Venkata Krishna Karthik K||5029430||IND||1903|
|6||Aryan B Joshi||35055933||IND||1842|
|7||Patra Subhendu Kumar||46604634||IND||1783|
|8||Makwana Ashvin K||5081912||IND||1768|
|9||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||25051822||IND||1746|
|10||CM||Samarth J Rao||46652370||IND||1664|
|16||Kanishri R P||45050309||IND||1098|
For pairings and more details check out chess-results link
IM Shashikant Kutwal (2182)
Achievements of Shashikant:
17th IPCA World Chess Individual Chess Champion at Slovakia in 2017 - Winner.
16th IPCA World Chess Individual Chess Champion at Serbia in 2016.- Silver Medal
1st Asian Chess Championship for Disabled players at Kyrgyzstan- Gold Medal in Men`s Section.
He became an International Master in 2017.
1st IPCA Rapid and Blitz Championship at Spain in 2019- Bronze medal Rapid and Gold Medal in Blitz.
Kishan Gangolli (2128)
Achievements of Kishan
Indivual gold and Team silver medal at Asian para games 2018, Indonesia. First and only Indian Chess player to win gold medal at Asian para games in men's section.
Two times Olympiad medalist. In 2012, gold medal at 14th IBCA Olympiad, Chennai
2017 bronze medal at 15th IBCA Olympiad, Macedonia. Only Indian to get two medals consecutively in blind Chess Olympics.
Current Asian blind Chess champion. Gold medal at IBCA Asian championship 2017, Manipal
6 times consecutive AICFB National Champion. Gold medal in National A from 2013-2019
15th place in IBCA world championship. Highest position secured by an Indian in IBCA world championship.
Naveen Kumar (2035)
Achievements of Naveen Kumar:
2003 National championship - 3rd place
Reached a career high Elo rating of 2101 in 2004
2011 Team championship 1st Board Prize
2019 physically disabled open chess championship - 2nd place
2020 online chess Olympiad India A team player
Ashish Desai (1965)
Achievements of Ashish Desai
Was the Gujarat State Champion in Open section several times
National Deaf Champion in 1991
National Teams Open event in 1988 - 1st place on board two with 7.0/7
Participated at the 18th ICCD World Chess Championship in Manchester in 2018
4th place in ICCD deaf chess Olympiad blitz in 2018
Venkata Krishna Karthik (1903)
Achievements of Venkata Krishna Karthik
Commonwealth Chess Champion in the Physically disabled section at Glasgow in 2014
IPCA World Individual Chess Championship - Bronze medal in 2014 Serbia
3-time Physically disabled national chess champion in 2015, 2017 and 2018
Represented India in Para Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018
Represented India at the 1st FIDE Online Olympiad for people with disabilities
Aryan Joshi (1842)
Achievements of Aryan Joshi
Stood 4th at the Asian Chess Championship For Visually Challenged 2017 held at Udipi.
Participated at the World Senior Chess Championships For the Visually Impaired held in Italy in 2019. He was the youngest participant of the event.
Represented India at the Online Para Olympiad 2020
Champion at the national Open Chess Championship for the blind held at Hyderabad in 2017
Received over 50 medals in 15 National and State Level Para Swimming Competitions.
Represented India at the Virtual Youth Sports Visitor Program 2020 hosted by USA.
Patra Subhendu Kumar (1783)
Achievements of Subhendu Patra
Finished runner-up at the 14th AICFB National A chess championship for visually challenged held in Nagpur 2020
Led India-B team at 1st Fide Olympiad for people with disabilities. India B finished 13th, ahead of India A (18th)
Represented India at the world individual chess championship for the blind and visually challenged at Cagliari, Italy from 5-15 April 2019 and finished at 15th position
Represented India at the world team chess championship for the blind and visually challenged at Sofia, Bulgaria from 20-31 July 2018
Ashvin Makwana (Elo: 1768)
Achievements of Ashvin Makwana
2nd place at the Asian Championships 2017 in Udupi
Silver medal at the Asian Para Games in Indonesia in 2018
From 2005 to 2017, Ashwin has won 12 National Open Championships for the Blind
5-time Vadodra district Khelmaha Kumbh champion
Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (1746)
Achievements of Soundarya
Won SILVER MEDAL in B2/B3 Men Rapid Team Chess in 3rd Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6th to 13th October, 2018.
Won SILVER MEDAL in the 10th IBCA World Individual Junior Chess Championship for the Blind & Visually Impaired held in Poland from 13th to 23rd August 2018.
Won BRONZE MEDAL in Asia Pacific Chess Championship for Visually Challenged organised by IBCA in Manipal University, Karnataka from 22nd to 31st March, 2017.
Samarth Rao (1664)
Achievements of Samarth Rao
2 silver medals at the USA fide world junior chess championship for players with disabilities
3 times Bronze medal winner at the junior boys IPCA world chess championship in Europe country
Gold medal at the Junior boys blitz chess in Europe
Under 19 Karnataka state chess champion in 2018
Under 16 state Rapid chess champion in 2015
Vaibhav Gautam (1358)
Achievements of Vaibhav Gautam
FIDE rated Open tournament in Faridabad in 2019 - 5th place
CS Sharma FIDE rating tournament, Delhi 2019 - 3rd place
Physically Challenged Rapid tournament Delhi in 2020 - 1st place
Many 1st place finishes in the physically challenged category in open tournaments
Mallika Handa (1345)
Achievements of Mallika Handa
National Awardee (Best Sportsperson) by President of India 2019
1st Indian Girl Who won Gold Medal in ICCD world individual open chess championship in Armenia 2016
Silver Medal in World FIDE Olympaid Blitz in Manchester 2018
Silver Medal in World Deaf Blitz Chess tournament 2016
7th Times National champion for last 7 years in deaf category
1st Indian Girl who won Gold medal in Asian women chess championship of the deaf at Mongolia 2015
Yashaswi K (1341)
Achievements of Yashaswi
First place at the national level chess for deaf held in Tirur, Kerala (2016-17)
First place at the national level chess for deaf held in Madhya Pradesh
Bronze medal at international chess tournament held in Manchester, England.(2018-19)
First place at the national chess for deaf held in Jaipur, Rajasthan (2019-20)
Megha Chakraborty (1232)
Achievements of Megha Chakraborty
2018 women's national champion
2018 Asian para games - silver and bronze medal
2019 National A - 3rd position
2020 National school championship 1st position
Himanshi Rathi (1177)
Achievements of Himanshi Rathi
5-time state champion in Khel Mahakumbh Gujarat in blind women
2-time national champion in blind women
1 silver and 1 bronze in blind women Nationals
4th rank in Paralympic Indonesia in rapid
Kanishri RP (1098)
Achievements of Kanishri
2nd Physically Disabled National Individual chess championship 2017 - 2nd place
Tamil Nadu State Level Physically Disabled Chess Championship 2018 - 1st place
3rd Asian Para Games 2018 in Indonesia - silver medal in rapid and bronze in standard
1st All India Open Chess Championship 2019 for Physically disabled - 2nd place
2nd All India Open Chess Championship 2019 For Physically Disabled - 1st place
Note: There were some top players who had been contacted, but were unable to confirm their participation due to other commitments.
Format of Play
Round 1 (Pre quarter-finals): 2 games of 15+10. In case of 1-1 tie there will be an Armageddon (10 vs 8)
There will be 8 matches in the pre-quarterfinals and the broadcast will be split into two portions with 4 games shown at the same time from 2.30 to 4.30 and the next four games from 4.30 to 6.30
Round 2 (Quarter-finals): 2 games of 15+10. In case of 1-1 there will be an Armageddon (10 vs 8)
There will be 4 matches in the Quarterfinals and the broadcast will be split into two portions with 2 games shown at the same time from 2.30 to 4.30 and the next 2 games from 4.30 to 6.30
Round 3 (Semi finals): 2 games of 15+10. In case of 1-1 tie there will be an Armageddon (10 vs 8).
Round 4 (Finals): 2 games of 15+10. In case of 1-1 tie there will be an Armageddon (10 vs 8).
In the Armageddon the colour will be chosen by a toss.
Please note: The entire tournament will be streamed LIVE on the ChessBase India YouTube channel. The aim of this tournament apart from some amazing chess is to show the tenacity and fighting spirit of these super heroes! We hope you will join us in the broadcast!
14th May - Pre-Quarter Finals - 2 to 6.30 p.m.
15th May - Quarter Finals - 2 to 6.30 p.m.
16th May - Semi Finals - 2 to 4.30 p.m.
16th May - Finals - 5 pm to 7 p.m.
Please note, there will be an exhibition match each day 30 minutes before the start of each round.
Players who exit in Round 1: Rs.11,111 x 8 = Rs.88,888
Players who exit in Round 2: Rs.15,000 x 4 = Rs.60,000
Players who exit in Round 3: Rs.20,000 x 2 = Rs.40,000
Runner-up = Rs.25,000
Winner = Rs.30,000
Game of the event: Rs.5,000
Fighter of the event: Rs.5,000
Best Female player: Rs.7,000
Total = Rs.260,888
1. No agreed draws before 50 moves.
2. Indian Tax laws will be applicable with regards to the distribution of the prize money.
Anti-Cheating measures will be very strong:
All players will be required to adhere to the below rules:
1. Mandatory to have two cameras
2. One Capturing the face
3. One from back which will show the player and his/her screen
4. Sharing the entire screen.
5. Only the front face camera will be broadcasted on a live stream, however arbiters will have access to other cameras as well.
A note of appreciation
This tournament is possible because of the amazing chess community that has been built up. The prize money of Rs,2,60,888 is possible because of various individuals and we would like to thank them.
Through the fundraiser activities we raised Rs.95,283 and through the entry fee collection, the amount reached was Rs.55,943. You can find details here. It's been nearly 8 months since we had collected this amount. We wanted to use this money in the best possible way. We would like to thank all the people who contributed, not only for the money they spent, but also for their patience and trust in ChessBasse India. It is because of you that this tournament is happening today.
Team of organization:
Commentary: IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and several other eminent guests
Chief Arbiter: Vivek Sohani
Chief coordinator: Shahid Ahmed
Statistics expert: Avathanshu Bhat
Graphics: Abhyudaya Raam