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Why you should play ACL Challengers League 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/10/2018

ACL Challengers League 2018 is just a week away. This time the tournament has been made open for all academies. There is no limit on maximum teams in each category. You must be wondering why you should play in this tournament. Because this time it is going to be bigger, better and more rewarding. In Challengers League, each winning team in all four categories will not only get the bragging rights, but they will also get a shining new trophy to remind them of their glory. That's not all. All participants will get a participation certificate* too.

ACL Challengers League 2018 is just a week away

ACL Challengers League 2018 is open for all academies. What does it mean? There is no limit on number of teams an academy can enroll in one category to increase their odds. Each winning team in all of the four categories will get a trophy. All participants will get a participation certificate. Only condition to get the participation certificate is that the player must play a minimum of one game in the entire tournament. 

It's not just trophies, qualification to the Super League is also at stake

Let's see who participated in ACL 1st Super League 2018 and how they did wonders in over-the-board tournaments and contributed to the chess universe.

Ajay Karthikeyan (T Nagar Chess Academy 1800-2200)

Ajay Karthikeyan played in ACL during his National Sub-junior tournament and he won the national championship for the very first time. Ajay's coach, Srinivasa Rangan, said, "We are naturally happy and delighted. The interesting thing is he played a game in ACL (Academy Chess League) a day before he played a crucial game against top seed VS Rahul. He lost the ACL game because of a mouse slip but that kind of triggered him to do well in nationals after that. He won that game against VS Rahul"

Ajay Karthikeyan wins his first major title and ACL definitely played a role in it | Photo: Swati Biswas

Sankalp Gupta (Orange City Rockers 1800-2200)

Sankalp Gupta secured second runner-up position in National sub-junior while he was playing in ACL 1st Super League 2018 and then he went on to score IM norm in Abu Dhabi Masters

Former National sub-junior champion, Sankalp Gupta is definitely a talent to watch out for | Photo: Swati Biswas

Sneha Halder (Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy 1000-1400)

Sneha Halder won her maiden national title when she won National under-9 championship last month in Ranchi. She had won State under-9 and Bronze medal in Commonwealth under-10 earlier this year. All this within a span of four months only.

Confident and determined Sneha is ready to make waves | Photo: Sneha Halder

Strong players who participated:

Getting a chance to play to against the strong players of the country from the comfort of your home and at a convenient time is definitely something that's desirable.

 

IM D K Sharma (ChessBase India Katni Knights, 1800-2200)

Reigning National Blitz champion, IM D K Sharma was seen in action | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Abhishek Kelkar (Kunte's Chess Academy, 1800-2200)

Shiv Chhatrapati Award winner IM Abhishek Kelkar stepped in for his team Kunte's Chess Academy

IM Swayams Mishra (Orange City Rockers, 1800-2200)

The master stepped in when his student was off to play tournaments. IM Swayams Mishra made sure his team qualifies to the semi-finals

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (Siva Prasad Academy of Chess Education, 1800-2200)

Strong IM from Ponnur, Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad played for team SPACE

Muralikrishna G (Siva Prasad Academy of Chess Education, 1800-2200)

Coach of Lalith Babu and Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad was seen in action. Read more about him

Arvinder Preet Singh (Punjab Kesari Centre of Chess Excellence, 1800-2200)

Benefits of taking part in ACL Challengers League 2018:

1. High quality practice games for players in their rating categories

2. Ready games for coaches of the academy to analyze the mistakes of their students

3. Playing against opponents all over the India and the World

4. Get to play from the comfort of your home or academy. No travelling.

5. No entry fee! The ChessBase Premium Account can anyway be used to become a stronger player with all its features.

6. Attractive prizes to the winners.

7. Exposure to the academy with regular reports about the matches on ChessBase India.

 

For more details about ACL Challengers League 2018, visit here

 

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