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Lalith Babu wins the Fischer Online Blitz extravaganza!

by Sagar Shah - 19/03/2017

ChessBase India started over a year ago with the intention of boosting chess in the country. On 12th of March we took giant steps in that direction by organizing the first Online Prize money tournament in the memory of the great Bobby Fischer. 148 participants including six grandmaster and twelve International Masters participated, making it a truly grand event. The winner was the top seed of the event GM M.R. Lalith Babu who simply steamrolled the field with a perfect 9.0/9. A huge report, with games, analysis, player's feedback and much more. 

The turnout to the first prize money tournament held by ChessBase India in the memory of Bobby Fischer was humongous. We received 148 entries with six grandmasters and twelve International Masters fighting for the top prize of Rs.10,000 (Total Prize fund Rs.31,000). Of course the prize money was an attraction, but more than the money it was the fact that you could sit at the comfort of your home and play a high class tournament is surely a sweet feeling. All you have to do is fire up your laptop and get going. 

Nine-year-old Raahil Mullick, who has annotated games for ChessBase India in the past, shows us the advantage of the online tournaments! Players get to play against some super strong players from their bedrooms!

The cream of Indian chess had gathered to battle it out against each other, fight for the first prize of Rs.10,000 and have some fun!

It was a 3+0 time control event with 9 rounds. It took place in the Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India room on Playchess. There was a slight delay in the start of the event, but at 6.15 p.m. (15 minutes delay) the tournament started and within the next two hours everyone could already switch off their laptops and get ready for dinner! :)

The top seed of the event, GM Lalith Babu (Playchess id: Anji and a playchess rating of 2919) won the event in Fischer style with a perfect 9.0/9

Speaking to us after the event Lalith said, "This was a great experience. It was really nice to play a blitz tournament on Playchess after a long time. In 3+0 you are unable to form a strategy after getting a good position out of the opening, but it is nonetheless very exciting. I particularly liked my win against GM Laxman, although I must admit that I was a bit lucky against Venkatesh!"

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "6"]
[White "LAXMAN"]
[Black "Anji"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E12"]
[WhiteElo "2649"]
[BlackElo "2923"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. d4 {1} Nf6 {2} 2. Nf3 {0} e6 {2} 3. c4 {1} b6 {1} 4. a3 {1 Laxman plays the
active Petrosian Kasparov variation in the Queen's Indian.} Bb7 {2} 5. Nc3 {1}
d5 {1} 6. Bg5 {1} Be7 {5} 7. Bxf6 {1} Bxf6 {3} 8. cxd5 {0} exd5 {1} 9. g3 {0}
O-O {3} 10. Bg2 {0} c5 {1 White has a smooth development while Black has the
bishop pair. I already think Black has no issues.} 11. O-O {0} Re8 {5} 12. e3 {
1} Na6 {3} 13. Rc1 {4} Nc7 {2} 14. dxc5 {2} bxc5 {1} 15. Na4 {0 White starts
to chip away at the Black centre.} c4 $1 {3 Although the d4 square is weakened,
the b2 pawn is fixed and Black gains some central stability.} 16. Nd4 {2} Ne6 {
4} 17. Ne2 {17} Rb8 $1 {4 A strong move eyeing the b2 pawn.} 18. b4 $2 {
5 This turns out to be mistake, but Lalith takes advantage of it in impeccable
style.} cxb3 {3} 19. Qxb3 {1} Ba6 {4} 20. Qc2 {6} Qa5 $1 {7} 21. Rfe1 {12} Rec8
{24} 22. Qd1 {5} Rxc1 {4} 23. Nxc1 {2} Bb5 {4 The knight is trapped.} 24. Qxd5
{7} Qxe1+ {3 An excellent game by Lalith with absolutely no errors.} 0-1

While many would think that this blitz tournament was predominantly played for fun, think again. Lalith after winning the event spoke to the Hindu newspaper and said, "This victory is significant, for it boosted my sagging confidence." And at the on-going Inter PSPB Lalith was the reason for Indian Oil's success as he beat Sasikiran Krishnan. Somewhere this blitz victory did make a difference!

Final Standings

Top 20 finishers of the tournament
Place Prize
1st 10,000
2nd 5,000
3rd 3,200
4th 2,000
5th 1,000
6th 1,000
7th 1,000
8th 1,000
9th 1,000
10th 1,000

The prizes for the top finishers

GM M.R. Venkatesh (Sivaji) finished second and won the prize of Rs.5,000

This is what Venkatesh had to say about the event: "It was a well organized and fun-filled event. Personally I enjoyed every moment of the tournament, since it was 3 minutes without increment it was even more thrilling! Against Swapnil (Dhopade) it was so exciting and at one point my heart was pounding because I was running in seconds and I think I checkmated when I had 0.6 seconds left!

 

Overall it was very enjoyable and I hope ChessBase India conducts more such events in future. Of course we (Indian players) are eagerly waiting to participate in such tournaments.

 

Here's is Venkatesh's best victory from the event:

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Nihalsarin"]
[Black "Sivaji"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2223"]
[BlackElo "2536"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. d4 {4} Nf6 {2} 2. c4 {1} e6 {2} 3. Nc3 {0} Bb4 {2} 4. Qc2 {0} O-O {2} 5. Nf3
{2} b6 {6} 6. e4 {1} Bxc3+ {3} 7. bxc3 {1} d6 {1} 8. Bd3 {1} e5 {10} 9. O-O {6}
Nc6 {5} 10. h3 {7} h6 {3} 11. a4 {3} a5 {24} 12. Ba3 {2} Ba6 {2} 13. Rad1 {4}
Re8 {2} 14. Rfe1 {2} Qc8 {2} 15. c5 $5 {6 A very interesting pawn sacrifice by
Nihal Sarin.} dxc5 {4} 16. d5 {17} Nd8 {6} 17. c4 {2} Nb7 {3} 18. Bb2 {1} Nd7 {
1} 19. Nh4 {5} Nd6 {1 Black has consolidated to some extent but White has
clear compensation.} 20. f4 {1} Qd8 {9} 21. Nf3 {7} (21. fxe5 Qxh4 $15) 21...
f6 {1} 22. f5 {16} Qe7 {9} 23. g4 {1} Bb7 {12} 24. h4 {2} Nf7 {3} 25. Kf2 {2}
c6 $1 {2 I like this move by Venkatesh. It is interesting to see how he
generates counterplay in a position where it seems like he is getting squeezed.
} 26. Rg1 {8} cxd5 {2} 27. cxd5 {1} (27. exd5 e4 $17) 27... c4 $1 {4} 28. Qxc4
{6} Rac8 {2} 29. Qb3 {5} Nc5 {5 By sacrificing back the pawn, Black has
generated tons of counterplay. White has to forget about his kingside play.}
30. Qa3 {1} (30. Qxb6 Nxa4 $17) 30... Nd6 {3} 31. Rge1 {7} Nxd3+ {6} 32. Rxd3 {
6} Rc4 {0} 33. Nd2 {2} Rc2 {1} 34. Qb3 {6} Rec8 {1 Just look at the change in
the last few moves. Black pieces are all over White.} 35. Re2 {2} Ba6 {1} 36.
Ba3 {4} Bxd3 {2} 37. Bxd6 {8} Qxd6 {2} 38. Qxd3 {0} Rb2 {8} 39. Kg2 {3} Rcc2 {2
} 40. Kf3 {3} Qb4 {2} 41. Ke3 {6} Rc3 {2 Great counter attack by Venkatesh.}
0-1

CRG Krishna finished third. It was commendable because he had lost his first round and then came back to score 7.5/8 with wins over Swapnil Dhopade, Anwesh Upadhyay and Chakravarthi Reddy.

Here's a very nice CRG attack:

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "3"]
[White "CRG"]
[Black "JPTHEKING"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "2364"]
[BlackElo "1748"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. e4 {2} c5 {2} 2. Nf3 {1} e6 {1} 3. b3 {1} a6 {6} 4. Bb2 {1} d6 {2} 5. d4 {4}
cxd4 {2} 6. Nxd4 {0} Qc7 {1} 7. Bd3 {4} Nf6 {1} 8. O-O {2} Be7 {1} 9. Nd2 {
1 White has quickly developed all his pieces out of the opening. Something
that is pretty essential in a 3+0 game.} Nc6 {1} 10. N2f3 {3} b5 $2 {4 Very
ambitious.} 11. a4 {2} b4 {3} 12. Nxc6 {10} Qxc6 {0} 13. e5 {0 White is ahead
in development and logically opens the centre.} Nd5 {8} 14. exd6 {2} Bxd6 {1}
15. Be4 {5} O-O {6} 16. Ng5 $1 {34} f5 {24} (16... h6 17. Nh7 Re8 18. Qd4 $18)
17. Qh5 {2} h6 {24} 18. Qg6 {4 It's very nice to see how the White pieces have
surrounded the Black king.} Ra7 {10} 19. Qh7# {2} 1-0

GM R.R. Laxman, also known as the speed king of Indian chess finished fourth

When the tournament was announced Laxman called me and congratulated ChessBase India for this initiative. "We need more such events in India. As you already know I really love online chess because you do not lose anything and have a chance to enjoy and have fun." After the event got over, I once again received a call from him, "It was a great event. And I really hope the next one will be organized soon. I can even sponsor a part of the prize fund for the next event!" Laxman was so excited about the tournament that he called a lot of his friends to participate. One of them was CJ Arvind, a very strong player in the early 2000s, who now resides in the US.

 

Laxman had good chances of finishing second, but he botched it up against the youngest IM in the world R. Praggnanandhaa in the penultimate round.

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "8"]
[White "LAXMAN"]
[Black "rprag2005"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D90"]
[WhiteElo "2648"]
[BlackElo "2150"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. d4 {1} Nf6 {2} 2. Nf3 {1} g6 {2} 3. c4 {1} Bg7 {1} 4. Nc3 {0} d5 {1} 5. cxd5
{4} Nxd5 {1} 6. Bd2 {0} O-O {2} 7. e4 {2} Nxc3 {3} 8. Bxc3 {1} c5 {2} 9. d5 {3}
e6 {2} 10. Bc4 {2} exd5 {2} 11. Bxd5 {0} Nd7 {1} 12. Bxg7 {4} Kxg7 {3} 13. O-O
{0} Nf6 {2} 14. Qb3 {3} Nxd5 {6} 15. exd5 {0} b6 {1} 16. Ne5 {7} Bb7 {6} 17.
Rad1 {1} Re8 {6} 18. f4 {10} f6 {8} 19. Ng4 {12} Qd6 {5} 20. Qh3 {26 Black has
a pretty fine postion here, but from here Praggnanandhaa starts to go wrong.}
Kg8 $2 {44} (20... h5 $1 21. Ne3 Ba6 22. Rf2 Re4 $17 {With an initiative.}) 21.
f5 $1 {5 Now White is in the driver's seat.} g5 {1} 22. Qh6 {2} Rf8 {3} 23.
Rfe1 {2 The rook is coming to e6 and it looks all over for Black.} Bc8 {2} 24.
Qh5 {17} (24. Re6 $1 Bxe6 25. Nxf6+ $1 Rxf6 26. Qxf6 $18 {And that's curtains!}
) 24... Bd7 {4} 25. h3 {11} Rae8 {6} 26. Nh6+ {9} (26. Re6 {was important.}
Bxe6 27. Nxf6+ $1 $18) 26... Kg7 {5} 27. Re6 $6 {5 This is not the best timing.
} Qf4 {8} 28. Rde1 {8} (28. Ng4 $1 $16) 28... Bxe6 {1} 29. dxe6 {5} Re7 {1} 30.
Rf1 {4} Qd4+ {1} 31. Kh1 {1} Qh4 $1 {1 Once the queens are exchanged, Black is
out of the danger zone and little Pragga converts it without any difficulties!}
32. Qxh4 {1} gxh4 {1} 33. Ng4 {0} Rd8 {1} 34. Ne3 {4} Rd3 {1} 35. Re1 {5} Kh6 {
1} 36. Kg1 {2} Kg5 {1} 37. Kf2 {4} Kf4 {1} 38. Re2 {1} Rxe3 {2} 39. Rxe3 {1}
Kxf5 {0} 40. Kf3 {1} Rxe6 {1} 41. Rd3 {0} Re7 {0} 42. Rd1 {2} Kg6 {1} 43. Rd2 {
1} h5 {1} 44. Kf4 {0} Re5 {1} 45. Kf3 {0} Re7 {3} 46. Kf4 {0} Rc7 {0} 47. Kf3 {
2} c4 {0} 48. Rd5 {1} c3 {1} 49. bxc3 {1} Rxc3+ {0} 50. Ke4 {0} Ra3 {0} 51. Rd2
{1} Ra4+ {1} 52. Kd5 {0} Ra5+ {0} 53. Kc6 {0} Kg5 {0} 54. Kb7 {0} Kf4 {0} 55.
Rf2+ {1} Kg3 {0} 56. Rxf6 {1} Kxg2 {0 LAXMAN resigns} 0-1

Praggnanandhaa (Rprag2005) showed why he is a dangerous blitz player as saved one inferior position after another to chalk up 7.0/9. He lost to Lalith and Sanjeev Nair (on time) and was able to win the rest of his games

Here's another of his saves against IM N. Srinath where he could have easily got a zero!

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "6"]
[White "NSRINATH"]
[Black "rprag2005"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C60"]
[WhiteElo "2288"]
[BlackElo "1931"]
[Annotator "Sagar,Shah"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. e4 {2} e5 {6} 2. Nf3 {2} Nc6 {1} 3. Bb5 {0} g6 {4} 4. c3 {5} a6 {2} 5. Ba4 {
1} Bg7 {2} 6. d4 {1} exd4 {13} 7. cxd4 {0} Nge7 {1} 8. O-O {17} b5 {5} 9. Bc2 {
3} O-O {8} 10. d5 {2} Na5 {2} 11. Bd2 {4} Nc4 {8} 12. Bc3 {2} d6 {1} 13. Bxg7 {
8} Kxg7 {2} 14. b3 {0} Ne5 {3} 15. Nxe5 {25} dxe5 {2} 16. a4 {0} Bb7 {3} 17.
Nc3 {2} c6 {4} 18. axb5 {14} axb5 {4} 19. Rxa8 {0} Bxa8 {2} 20. dxc6 {21} Bxc6
{2} 21. Qf3 {2} Qb6 {4} 22. Rd1 {2} Qc5 {1} 23. Bb1 {8} Nf5 $1 {12 The knight
makes its way to the d4 square. Black is already slightly better.} 24. Nd5 {6}
Nd4 $2 {35} (24... Bxd5 $1 25. Rxd5 Qb4 $1 {Threatening a mate on e1.} 26. Bd3
Nd4 $15 {Black is better.}) 25. Qf6+ {3} Kh6 {2} (25... Kg8 26. Ne7+ $18) 26.
Ne3 {13} (26. Qxe5 $18) 26... Bd7 {9} 27. g4 $1 {11 White now has a mating
attack.} Qc6 {7} 28. g5+ {2} Kh5 {2} 29. Bd3 $2 {2 I am unsure what Srinath
was thinking. Just like in the game with Laxman, the queen exchange spells the
doom for White.} (29. Qg7 $1 {And this is a mating attack.} Nf3+ 30. Kh1 Nxg5
31. h4 Qe6 32. hxg5 Qh3+ 33. Kg1 Kxg5 34. Qxf8 $18) 29... Qxf6 {1} 30. gxf6 {0}
Kg5 {2 Black's weak king is now a strength! Pragga easily went on to win this
one!} 31. Nd5 {1} Be6 {1} 32. Nc7 {3} Bxb3 {3} 33. Rb1 {2} Bc4 {3} 34. Bxc4 {2}
bxc4 {1} 35. Nd5 {0} Rc8 {1} 36. Kf1 {1} c3 {1} 37. Ke1 {1} c2 {1} 38. f4+ {0}
exf4 {1} 39. Rc1 {0} Nb3 {1} 40. Nb6 {0} Nxc1 {2} 41. Nxc8 {1} Nd3+ {0} 42. Ke2
{0} c1=Q {0} 43. Kxd3 {0} Qxc8 {0} 44. e5 {1} Kf5 {0 NSRINATH resigns} 0-1

That's the place where you can usually find Sai Krishna GV - Inside a classroom! Rated 2339, Sai Krishna hasn't been playing much chess recently because of his studies at IIIT Hyderabad. But the online tournament was a perfect event for him as he had to spend only two hours of his time. He scored 7.0/9 beating some seasoned players like Ravi Teja, Rakesh Kulkarni and others to finished fifth.

IM N.Srinath finished seventh. He wrote to us saying that the event was a big success and he would be glad to be a part of the future events as well

Rahul Shrivatshav (Elo-2303) finished eighth
It was good to see Sriram Sarja (Indianquant) coming back to chess and finishing ninth
This young boy has already proved that he is a huge talent by winning the IIFLW Juniors held in Mumbai a few months ago. Pranav. V finished tenth winning games against players like P. Karthikeyan, Thejkumar, Ritviz Parab.

Here's his exciting game against P. Karthikeyan with an interesting finale:

[Event "Fischer Online Blitz by ChessBase India"]
[Site "playchess #644190Vishy Anand "]
[Date "2017.03.12"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Pranav_vip"]
[Black "Chennaikramnik"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteElo "2205"]
[BlackElo "2465"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2017.03.12"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
1. e4 {2} d6 {1} 2. d4 {2} Nd7 {1} 3. Nc3 {1} Ngf6 {0} 4. Nf3 {1} e5 {1} 5. Bc4
{2} Be7 {1} 6. O-O {7} O-O {1} 7. Re1 {3} c6 {1} 8. dxe5 {2} dxe5 {1} 9. Qe2 {1
} b5 {2} 10. Bb3 {2} Qc7 {1} 11. Bg5 {2} Nc5 {2} 12. Rad1 {3} Nxb3 {3} 13. axb3
{1} Be6 {1} 14. Bh4 {2} h6 {3} 15. Bg3 {1} Nd7 {3} 16. Rd3 {5} f6 {6} 17. Rdd1
{6} Bg4 {10} 18. h3 {3} Bh5 {2} 19. Qd3 {12} Nc5 {2} 20. Qe3 {1} Ne6 {3} 21.
Nh4 {3} Bxd1 {5} 22. Rxd1 {1} Rad8 {3} 23. Ra1 {2} Bc5 {1} 24. Qf3 {4} Ng5 {5}
25. Qe2 {4} Qd7 {7} 26. Nf5 {4} Kh7 {6} 27. h4 {1} Ne6 {2} 28. h5 {1} Nd4 {2}
29. Qg4 {8} Nxf5 {2} 30. exf5 {0} Bb6 {5} 31. Ne4 {2} Qf7 {1} 32. Bh4 {4} Rd4 {
2} 33. c3 {4} Rd3 {3} 34. c4 {10} Rd4 {8} 35. c5 {8} Bxc5 {2} 36. Qg6+ {2} Qxg6
{3} 37. hxg6+ {1} Kg8 {1} 38. Nxc5 {0} Rxh4 {1} 39. Rxa7 {1 After lot of ups
and downs we have reached a position which seems around equal, but Black has
to play carefully.} Rf4 $2 {3} (39... Kh8 $1 40. Ne6 Rg8 $11 {And Black can
survive.}) 40. Ne6 $1 {1} Rxf5 {1} 41. Rxg7+ {1} (41. Nxf8 {Karthikeyan would
have been expecting this when the position is around even.}) 41... Kh8 {2} 42.
Rh7+ {2} Kg8 {1} 43. g7 $1 {10} (43. Rh8+ $1 {was also possible.} Kxh8 44. g7+
Kh7 45. gxf8=Q $18) 43... Re8 {16} 44. Rh8+ {1} Kf7 {8} 45. Rxe8 {0
Chennaikramnik resigns} 1-0

There were also lucky prizes of Rs. 800 each which were to be given to places 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70. They were won by 20th - GM Deepan Chakravarthy (J2d), 30th - Arvind CJ (Junosource), 40th - IM Arghyadip Das (Casillas), 50th - Rajdeep Sarkar (duh_backbencher), 60th - Aditya Mittal (vinniethepooh) and 70th - Benjamin Vargheese Isaac (Benisaac).

 

There was also a parallel Fischer Fever contest that was run on Facebook and Twitter. It was a brainchild of our author Aditya Pai. These are the winners of the Fischer Fever contest:

Winners of the Fischer Fever contest get the Master Class Vol.1 from ChessBase India. Congratulations to Shubham, Akhilesh, Tarun, Saumitra and Priyanka. In case you haven't done so already please write to us at chessbaseindia@gmail.com to claim your prizes. 

This tournament was an initiative by ChessBase India to bring a positive development in Indian chess. We thank each and every player who participated in this event for their support. You took a leap of faith and we provided you with a good event. And we will keep doing this in the future as well. 

 

Of course the biggest challenge when conducting an online event is the issue of cheating. First of all we were careful to collect the FIDE IDs and names of all the players playing at the event. You can check them here. There were no anonymous entries. Secondly we had referee accounts scouting the entire playing room. All the games were carefully checked and we managed to ensure that no cheating took place by the use of engines at the event.


We also offered one month free premium subscription to every participant who paid the entry fee before the last date of the event worth Rs.125. Every name that was registered with us was updated on the tournament page by the evening each day. There was transparency in the way we conducted things and we will continue to do that. You can even download all the games of the event from the link given at the end of the article.

 

There were some initial glitches related to starting of the event. We were 15 minutes late, but after that everything functioned like clockwork and the tournament was over by 8.15 p.m. All those players who had technical difficulties with registration and could not play the event will be refunded the entry fees. Please write to us at chessbaseindia@gmail.com

The credit for smooth conducting of the event goes to Halsagar Chincholimath from Bangalore, who was the tournament director

Feedback from the participants:

Great management....First time played a tmt with no problems...This was my first online tournament.....And had a great experience hope you all organise this type of tournaments quite frequently.....Would love to participate in your future tournaments

-Ambarish Sharma

 

Thank you. It was really a nice and enjoyable tournament. Hope in future also ... If this kind of tournament once in a month happen it will be brilliant... 
-Mithu Dey (on behalf of Shahil)

Although the tournament was organized well,I felt that that referee 1 was somehow inactive. Other than that everything was fine.

-Rahul Shrivatshav

 

The Fischer online blitz event on 12th March was organised in an exemplary manner. Hope we have more tournaments of this stature in future.

-GM R.R. Laxman
It was an awesome tournament. I look forward to playing more in such events.
-Snehal Bhosale
Thank you ChessBase India for arranging strongest online Fischer blitz event. I have played against high rated players including IMs and increased Playchess ELO from 1953 to 2008! There is nothing better than this a chess player can ask for. Seating at the home on perfect Sunday evening, sipping coffee and playing against famous players in India. Thank you so much for everything!
- Nikhil Joshi

I must congratulate ChessBase India for promoting events like this to encourage chess players on Online. Hope all the participants were able to enjoy playing this tournament without any glitch. The opportunity provided by ChessBase India is a welcome move.

- N.V.Nagesh (father of Badri Naryanan)

 

The tournament was very well conducted. I enjoyed playing the tournament. Maybe if possible next time you can use fide rating instead of the playchess rating as many new players started with low ratings. On the whole it was a very good tournament.
- Arjun Kalyan
Loved the tournament. Was fun playing against such a strong field without leaving the house. Everything went smoothly and there were no real problems once it began. The only issue I had was the 20 minute delay to start the round. But I guess it's OK since it's the first time. Overall, great experience and would definitely play again. Great work guys. 
P. S-The bonus prizes are a nice incentive for players like me. :P
-Likhit Chilukuri
The tournament was well organised. I had a blast playing in this tournament :) It was a good experience playing without time increment. 
-Aashna Makhija
Excellent start.  Hope to play more events like this in future.
With warm regards...
-Nihal Sarin
The tournament was organized pretty well.. I liked this concept of online blitz tournament. Thank you for organizing this event.
-Akhilesh Nagare
I was very fascinated to play in an online blitz tournament for the first time! I did not play my best but I hope that from the next time, I expect more online tournaments from my own country, Chessbase India! I like everything of this tournament! But one thing the time control was without any increment. It ruined the quality of some games. But I hope Chessbase India will look after it and I am already excited to play in the next online blitz tournament!
-Rajdeep Sarkar
Thank you for your hard work!. Everything is just perfect for me. 
-Priyanka Nutakki
It was a great initiative on the part of Chess base India. Hope you are able to do on a regular basis. It was a great opportunity n looking forward to many more.
-Hriday Bhuta

Download all the games of the event in pgn format

Download the final standings in pdf format


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