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Capablanca Chess School 5th Anniversary Online Blitz Open on Saturday 3rd April

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/03/2021

Capablanca Chess School presents 5th Anniversary Celebration Online Blitz Open for players all across the world. They have organized 25 chess tournaments since they were founded in 2016. The tournament will take place on Saturday 3rd of April at 8 p.m. IST in ChessBase India webroom on Playchess. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else Entry fee is ₹200 for Indians and €3 for foreigners. The tournament can be played via windows software and desktop or laptop browser only. 5 GMs, 16 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs have confirmed so far. Registration is CLOSED. Photo: Capablanca Chess School

Capablanca Chess School celebrates fifth Anniversary

Capablanca Chess School has organized 25 chess tournaments of various levels, camps and now they will be conducting an online tournament with a Total Prize fund of ₹40,000. It will take place on Saturday 3rd April 2021 from 8 p.m. IST onwards. The entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs, For the rest, the entry will be ₹200 or €3 (3 Euro not USD) for foreign individuals. The tournament will be conducted on ChessBase India webroom and will require the players to play via desktop or laptop. Players will not be able to take part in the tournament using a mobile or tablet.

Capablanca Chess School logo | Photo: Capablanca Chess School

Date: Saturday 3rd April 2021

Time: 8:00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins + 0 sec increment

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹40000

Venue: ChessBase India webroom (Playchess windows software is preferred although the tournament can be played via desktop or laptop browser also. Mobile or Tablet device is not allowed)

Chief Arbiter: IA Vivek Sohani



1. Buchholz Cut 1

2. Buchholz

3. Sonneborn-Berger

4. Direct encounter

5. The greater number of wins including forfeits

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prizes

Place Prize
1st 10000
2nd 6000
3rd 4000
4th 2500
5th 1500
6th 1000
7th 500
8th 500
9th 500
10th 500
11th – 25th 400 each

Best Women

1st 3000
2nd 2000
3rd 1000
4th 600
5th 400

One player will be eligible for one higher prize only.

Entry fees:

The entry fee for the event is ₹200The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. The last date for entry has been extended to 3rd of April 2021 10 a.m. IST. No entries will be accepted after that. Registration is CLOSED.


Foreign players can pay €3 (3 Euro not USD) via Paypal here as their entry fee. They must send an email mentioning their Name, FIDE ID, Playchess ID, Gender and Transaction ID along with a screenshot and send it to the below mentioned e-mail ID. Players without a FIDE ID, must produce ID proof to claim prizes. Those who will fail to do so will NOT be given the prize.


Titled players must write to us at with their Playchess ID and FIDE ID to confirm their entry.


Round 1 - 8 p.m. IST. Round 2 and 3 will start 5 minutes after the conclusion of previous round. The tournament is expected to be over by 9:30-9:45 p.m. IST.


Provisional standings are displayed immediately after the conclusion of tournament in chess-results and our social media pages. However, final standings as always are published after a few days once games are checked.

List of players

1FMPranav Anand46626786IND2417lightsaber
2GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2411LAXMAN
3IMAnuj Shrivatri35070924IND2350Anuj Shrivatri
4IMRathnakaran K.5005507IND2314RATHNAKARAN
5FMArvind C.J.5007470IND2124JUNOSOURCE
6CMRoyal Shreyas448869ENG2121sr09
7Anupam M Sreekumar45033501IND1798Anupam_Chess
8Padmaesh M K46616748IND1293Padmaesh M K
9Mithilesh Ranjithkumar25127730IND1126Mithi28
10Ekam Singh33334234IND1032Ekam Singh
11Suryanarayanan M SUSA0Playchess ID Missing

Latest players list details


Please check your Playchess ID carefully, last minute change of Playchess ID will NOT be allowed.

Confirmed Titled players

GM Diptayan Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov | Photo:

GM Harsha Bharathakoti | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM M R Venkatesh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Laxman R R is the first titled player to confirm for this event | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Terry Renato

IM Arghyadip Das | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM V S Rathanvel | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Aditya Mittal | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Sayantan Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Koustav Chatterjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Raja Rithvik R | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Bhakti Kulkarni | Photo: Queen's Chess Academy

IM Nitin S | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Rajdeep Sarkar | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh

IM Ratnakaran K | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Suvrajit Saha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WGM Nandhidhaa P V | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WIM Arpita Mukherjee | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Trisha Kanyamarala

About the organizer of the event - Capablanca Chess School

Capablanca Chess School (CCS) is first of its kind enterprise with unique blend of sports education and cognitive development modules. It started operations on 30th March 2016. Nearly 330 students spread across 7 different countries are availing services from us currently.

Chess festival

Chess festival is a week long celebrations of chess extravaganza in association with the Annual day celebration of Capablanca Chess School. The one week statewide programs includes Classical tournaments, Rapid tournaments and Blitz tournaments.

Super Genius

Super Genius is a project to create chess culture among school students. Capablanca Chess School has conducted selection tournaments in six different age categories and created Super Genius chess clubs. In the year 2019-20, 8000 students from 40 different schools had participated for the Super Genius selection.

Check Mate

Capablanca Chess School in association with Pradhidhwani (Welfare Organisation of IT employees in Kerala) have started doing chess tournaments - Check Mate, each year since 2018. Chess celebrations help the IT professionals to reduce their stress and strain from their profession. This is a state wide event collaborating the employees of Technopark Trivandrum and Infopark Cochin.

Chess Mitram

Chess Mitram is a very simple short handbook published in the regional language which helps layman to understand the basic rules of chess. Principal of Capablanca Chess School have himself written the book. Capablanca Chess School is able to do chess literacy program in Old age homes, Orphanages, Juvenile home etc with the help of Chess Mitram.

No draw before 30th move

In all events organized by us, 'Draw offer' before the completion of 30th move is not allowed. If a draw is agreed before the completion of 30th move, the player who offered the draw will be given a loss in that round irrespective of tournament situation. This rule has been enforced to see fighting games on all boards.

Mandatory Zoom Video Call and Screen Sharing

All players must remain on Zoom Video Call throughout the tournament from 7:15 p.m. IST till the end of the tournament. Players without having their camera turned on during all the games will NOT be eligible for a prize. All players must mention their full name on the Zoom display ID and share their entire screen since the start of Zoom call (not just window only). No player will be allowed to enter the room if they do not use the registered player's name. Zoom link will be sent a day before the tournament, once the entry closes which means after 8 p.m. IST on 2nd April 2021.


Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps wired broadband. No phone calls/messages will be entertained from 6 p.m. IST. All queries must be resolved before 6 p.m. Each player is responsible for their own connection, organizers are not responsible for a player's disconnection.

Anti-Cheating measures

Use of engines is strictly prohibited. All games are being scanned, players are checked through video call. Anyone found adapting any unfair means will be removed from the tournament and all points scored in the tournament will be forfeited. We also have your details and hence you would not be allowed to participate in any future events and your Playchess ID will be banned.

How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here and make sure you are only on a desktop or laptop browser. It is independent of Operating System. Mobile and tablet devices are not allowed.

Playchess Desktop Client

Those who are familiar with the Playchess Desktop Client can play from the free software. In case you do not have it yet, download it from here. Note: It is not mandatory to install to play this tournament as you can play the tournament via browser too.

1. Scroll down to the very end of the 'Rooms' tab and locate 'Club Rooms from Web'.

Select 'Club Rooms from Web'

2. Now select 'ChessBaseIndia' under 'Club Rooms from Web'.

Select 'ChessBaseIndia'

3. You should be able to see your username in the 'Players' tab. In this case I can see 'Referee 2' as myself. If it shows 'Guest10325' that means you have not logged in properly. Close the software and log back in again.

You should be able to see your username as highlighted here

Using web browser

1. Go to the ChessBase India webroom from any browser.

When you go to the above link, you will see the above window

2. Click on the 'Login' button at the top. If you have already logged in to Playchess, you can skip this step.

You will get this screen when you click on 'Login'

Now you have to type your username in the 'Name' field and password in 'Password'. Remember to keep your username/Playchess id short so that it's easy to remember and do not forget your password or share it with anyone. Select 'Login' once you are done typing your login credentials.

Click on 'Login' after typing your username and password credentials

Once you are logged in, you will see the following screen:

You will be able to see your username - for e.g. Dnumber23

Remember not to click on 'Return to the main playing hall'. In case you do, you may not get paired in the next round. If you mistakenly click there, the only way to get back is to go to the link - ChessBase India Playchess webroom which we have shared earlier. It is recommended to keep the link copied somewhere just in case you need it.


3. Now wait in the room, the games will start automatically. Do not play practice matches before the tournament or until the next round begins, else you may not get paired for the following round.


4. Do not refresh the browser during the game as it will be considered as a 'Resign' and you will lose. Choose a stable browser so that it does not crash during your game. Also do not refresh the browser after your game, else you may not get paired.


4. Please do not click on 'Video' tab. The video and audio will be checked for anti-cheating measures via 'Zoom' only.

Do not click on 'Join with Video' or 'Join with Audio' for this event

Note: The Playchess ID, while registering and playing the tournament should be the same. Incorrect Playchess IDs will not get paired and last minute changes will not be allowed. So please be careful.

About online tournaments on Playchess by ChessBase India:

ChessBase India has organized innumerable online events successfully. Here is some feedback about the quality of the events:

GM D Gukesh, youngest GM of India

I am extremely happy to have participated in my first online blitz tmt conducted by ChessBase India and loved the experience and thrill. from the start to the finish its professionally conducted and got the rare opportunity to play several high-class players in a single event and looking forward for its next event


GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament and Letsup MCA Grand Prix

The tournament was conducted quite smoothly and a quite "fun Sunday" event. The participation of Adhiban & Sethuraman definitely added the spark to the event. I guess an Online Blitz Festival would be the next way to go (with different formats - Chess960, Bughouse, Bullet etc). Overall really happy with such events. Way to go!!


GM Shyam Sundar M, 31st GM of India

It was such a interesting and a unique event. I hope these events happen quite often so that people cannot cheat with computer assistance and are forced to play genuinely. I thank the organising team for making this event happen smoothly :)


GM R R Laxman, former National Blitz Champion

I thank the  Chessbase India team once more for their strenous and tireless endeavour to popularise blitz events in India. Considering the fact that the present day time control  even in classical format ( unlike the yesteryears)  demands quick reflexes and blitz skills  , I feel that the entire Chessbase India team is doing an exemplary and praiseworthy job. A boon for Indian chess !!!. Though my performance this time was not satisfactory ,I hope to excel and cherish more pleasant memories from my side in the forthcoming editions of Chessbase India blitz events.


GM Andrey Devyatkin, Russia

What I do find strange is that the share of chess960 tournaments in the great many online chess events held during the Corona crisis has been extremely small. FIDE seems to have lost all the enthusiasm it has demonstrated last year with regard to chess960, whereas other organisers have been either following suit or being habitually conservative, traditional and cautious -- which is quite characteristic for the chess world in general, and sometimes counterproductive at that. But wait... how on Earth can one remember the different rules for castling? Even though it might create great opportunities for our game yet unknown, wouldn't that be too challenging for the modest memory of an ordinary chess player? One has to leave some room for 25-moves analyses in the Najdorf and the Grunfeld, after all...

Meanwhile, whenever a rare prize chess960 event does take place online, it usually brings together many decent players -- which could be seen from this tournament as well -- and gets a very good feedback. So, thank you Chessbase India and Buddhibal Kreeda Trust for breaking the spell of cautiousness and hosting this event!

The tournament was smoothly organised and fun to play. To me it looked no weaker than some open Indian Championship. That said, I think chess960 in general requires longer time controls so its real depth could be revealed, but when it comes to online play and its specificity 3+1 or 3+2 is OK. Also it was nice to know afterwards that the organizers were providing a live commentary.

Let me finish this by quoting Robert Fischer, the great inventor of chess960 (which he himself preferred to call 'Fischerandom'). During his only meeting with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in 1995, Fischer asked the newly-elected FIDE president: 'Why do you offer people a black and white television set, when there is a set in color?'


Amardeep Bartakke

Very strong tournament and very well orgnized, very happy to play among the strong Grandmasters, looking forward to many more such events


Amit Mahajan

A heartly Thanks to CHESSBASE INDIA Team for organizing this event. It was a great event with exciting chess format. I will adore to play more chessbase India events in the future. Great Initiative, Good luck.


Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru

This was our second chessbase online blitz event. My son is 8 years and it was an absolute thrill for him to be playing against titled players ! Thanks a lot for organizing this. We look forward to more such events !


CM Kushagra Mohan

I was happy the way the tournament was conducted. No problems at all. You just keep increasing the prize money and that is a big improvement. Cannot hope for more.


Official site

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