Overwhelming response for the ChessBase India Power Catalan circuit group tour 2018
The Group Tour by ChessBase India Power is a novel concept where players who enroll for it will go to the Catalan circuit 2018 in Spain (a series of six tournaments in Barcelona) with a personal guide. This guide will take care of all your off the board requirements, which will help you to focus entirely on your games. It's been 20 days since we published the initial article and the response has been overwhelming. Almost all of the spots in the ChessBase India group tour have been taken up. In this article we acquaint you with the players who are a part of the group tour and we also answer a few of the FAQs that we have been receiving since the last fortnight.
A few days ago we published an article on how you can play six tournaments in Spain by making ChessBase India Power your personal tour guide. The response to the same was overwhelming. The guided tour with ChessBase Power Head Ankit Dalal had 10 slots and majority of them have been filled up.
It's a refreshing concept that ChessBase India Power has come up with. Usually, when you plan a tournament you have to figure out everything right from booking tickets to accommodation to visa and so on. ChessBase India Power helps you by doing all of this for you, but for the Catalan Circuit 2018, we have decided to take it a step further. After you reach the place of the tournament, you do not need to figure out where your accommodation is, where the tournament hall is, how are you going travel, where are you going to eat. All of this will be done by ChessBase India Power. We decided to have a special guided tour where Ankit Dalal, who is an extremely competent and well traveled person, will accompany you to the tournaments in Spain. In this way the players can completely focus on the game and pump up their Elo while all the logistical issues can be left to us.
The added incentive here is that parents need not accompany their kids. For parents to come to events is a great expenditure not only in terms of money but also time. The ChessBase India Power guided tour helps the kids to travel on their own, become independent and learn a lot of things in process. At the same time the safety of the kid is our highest priority.
These are the people who have already confirmed and would be part of the group tour.
Saurabh Anand, 2294:
Kumar Gaurav, 2137
Harikrishnan A.Ra, 2225
Akshita Gorti, 2252
Deepak Katiyar, 2140
Kartavya Anadkat, 1976
Ishaan Bansal, 1759
Raghav Bansal, 1541
Kavisha Shah, 1702
Dhairya Ghelani, 1795
Ankit Dalal, the head of ChessBase India Power and your guide!
Says Ankit Dalal, "Since the day the article on the Catalan circuit 2018 was published I have received a tremendous number of calls on the ChessBase India Power Hotline Number. Parents and players alike have congratulated ChessBase India Power to have come up with this concept. We often have young chess players who go to events with other experienced chess players. The experienced chess player is also playing the tournament. The difference in ChessBase India Power guided tour is that I will be 100% dedicated to ensure that each and every need of the player is fulfilled."
The guided group tour is quickly filling up. We only have a couple of spots left. You can contact ChessBase India Power and get your doubts clarified if you are interested to play.
Hotline and Whatsapp: 09106908500 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.)
"It's a rich mix of players in the ChessBase India guided tour," says Ankit Dalal. We have young talents above the rating of 2200 and we also have players who are grossly under-rated and are going to win a lot of Elo points in the Catalan circuit. I on my part will ensure that I provide them the perfect conditions off the board, so that they can excel over the board." Ankit himself was a talented youngster at chess who aimed to make it big. Lack of guidance led to stagnation and since then Dalal has made it his aim to guide other players achieve their dreams.
If you do not want to be a part of the guided tour, you can of course book your tickets, visa, accommodation through ChessBase India Power. A lot of players including many titled players have done that.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
These are the questions we have been asked by a lot of the people and parents who are interested to participate in the Catalan circuit.
1. Why should you play in the Catalan circuit?
The biggest advantage of playing in the Catalan circuit is that you get to play five tournaments in a row. Amruta and I (Sagar Shah) chose to play four, as we took a break after three events, but for the ones who are enthusiastic and have loads of energy, can aim for five or even six!
The most boring part for chess players is to pack their bags after every tournament and move to the next location. Playing in Catalan Circuit helps you avoid that because all the events are in the same city. So you can have a central place to stay and travel to each of these tournaments without having to change your accommodation.
There is only one round taking place each day. Every day at 5 p.m. This helps you to plan your day in a perfect manner. What time do you want to wake up, what time do you want to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, what is the ideal time to prepare for the games and so on. A good schedule often helps you to conserve energy and keep your focus for the entire trip.
The city of Barcelona is one which people visit as a part of their vacations. We as chess players are lucky that we get to stay in the city for more than a month to do something more meaningful (playing chess) than just sight seeing!
Q: At what rating should you play the Catalan circuit?
The tournaments that we are looking at in the Catalan circuit are:
1. Montcada Open: 25th June to 3rd July 2018
2. Barbera Del Valles Open: 4th July to 12 July 2018
3. Sant Marti Open: 13th July to 21st July
4. Sitges Open: 22nd July to 29th July
5. Badalona Open: 1st August to 9th August
6. Sants Open: 17th to 26th August.
Let's have a look at the top 20 seeds of all of these tournaments for the year 2017:
Starting rank for Montcada 2017
|1||GM||Vorobiov Evgeny E.||4121341||RUS||2591||0||RUSSIA|
|2||GM||Peralta Fernando||105309||ARG||2569||2576||2601||CAT - Escola D'escacs De Barcelona|
|3||IM||Santos Latasa Jaime||2293307||ESP||2567||2564||EXT - Magic C.A.|
|4||GM||Shyam Sundar M.||5019141||IND||2535||0||INDIA|
|5||GM||Henriquez Villagra Cristobal||3409350||CHI||2532||0||CHILE|
|6||GM||Narciso Dublan Marc||2201500||ESP||2516||2529||2578||CAT - Escola D'escacs De Barcelona|
|7||IM||Asis Gargatagli Hipolito||2260735||ESP||2505||2499||2554||CAT - Lira, La C.E.|
|9||IM||Oliva Castaneda Kevel||3500799||CUB||2498||0||CUBA|
|10||GM||Cuartas Jaime Alexander||4401190||COL||2492||2492||2550||CAT - Peona I Peo, C.E.|
|11||IM||Santos Ruiz Miguel||22291482||ESP||2473||2463||CTL|
|12||GM||Rizouk Aimen||7900309||ALG||2472||2473||2521||CAT - Barbera C.E.|
|14||IM||Salinas Herrera Pablo||3407128||CHI||2438||0||CHILE|
|15||IM||Vega Gutierrez Sabrina||2219026||ESP||2427||2384||w||CAN - Grandama Santa Lucia|
|17||GM||Perez Mitjans Orelvis||3502856||ESP||2413||2419||MAD - 64 Villalba|
|18||WGM||Cori T. Deysi||3801934||PER||2413||0||w||PERU|
Starting rank for Barbera 2017:
|1||GM||Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo||CUB||2565||2555|
|2||GM||Grigoryan Karen H.||ARM||2555||0|
|3||GM||Henriquez Villagra Cristobal||CHI||2532||0|
|4||GM||Narciso Dublan Marc||ESP||2516||2529||2578|
|7||IM||Oliva Castaneda Kevel||CUB||2497||0|
|8||FM||Diaz Camallonga Carles||ESP||2445||2428||2461|
|9||IM||Salinas Herrera Pablo||CHI||2438||0|
|11||WGM||Cori T. Deysi||PER||2413||0||w|
|12||GM||Perez Mitjans Orelvis||ESP||2407||2414|
|14||IM||Lorenzo De La Riva Lazaro||ESP||2389||2377||A||2445|
|15||FM||Pablo Mari Alejandro||ESP||2387||2391||A-S6||2452|
|17||FM||Quirhuayo Chumbe German Gonza||PER||2376||0||A-U1|
Starting rank for Sant Marti 2017
Starting rank for Sitges 2017
|3||GM||Grigoryan Karen H.||13301004||ARM||2555||0|
|4||GM||Henriquez Villagra Cristobal||3409350||CHI||2532||0|
|6||IM||Oliva Castaneda Kevel||3500799||CUB||2497||0|
|8||GM||Movsziszian Karen||13301152||ARM||2485||2558||2521||Sant Andreu C.E.|
|9||IM||Salinas Herrera Pablo||3407128||CHI||2438||0|
|11||FM||Von Bahr Oskar||1703250||SWE||2423||0|
|12||GM||Perez Mitjans Orelvis||3502856||ESP||2407||0||2414|
|13||IM||Garriga Cazorla Pere||32011601||ESP||2400||2469||A||2390||Mollet, Club D'escacs|
|17||IM||Lorenzo De La Riva Lazaro||2268809||ESP||2389||2445||A||2377||Colon Sabadell Chessy|
|18||IM||Beltran Rueda Santiago||2200694||ESP||2362||2428||A||2373||Sitges Prado Suburenc, C.E.|
|19||FM||Chueca Forcen Alberto||2269902||ESP||2361||2364||A||2352||Escola D'escacs De Barcelona|
Starting rank for Badalona 2017
|1||GM||Grigoryan Karen H.||0||13301004||ARM||2570||0||Armenia|
|2||GM||Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo||0||3507165||CUB||2556||0||Cuba|
|3||GM||Peralta Fernando||15065||105309||ARG||2540||2551||2593||Escola Escacs BCN|
|5||IM||Vera Siguenas Deivy||0||3804623||PER||2525||0||Peru|
|7||GM||Gonzalez Garcia Jose||16604||5101174||MEX||2513||2513||2572||SCC Sabadell Chessy|
|8||IM||Gascon Del Nogal Jose Rafael||33010||3902463||VEN||2498||2500||Venezuela|
|9||IM||Oliva Castaneda Kevel||0||3500799||CUB||2497||0||Cuba|
|10||IM||Rios Cristhian Camilo||0||4403940||COL||2475||0||Colombia|
|11||GM||Narciso Dublan Marc||1386||2201500||ESP||2467||2477||2546||Escola Escacs BCN|
|13||IM||Fluvia Poyatos Jordi||6277||2214334||ESP||2438||2424||2467||Sant Josep Badalona|
|14||FM||Diaz Camallonga Carles||22798||22235256||ESP||2437||2422||2471||SCC Sabadell Chessy|
|15||IM||Petrosyan Tigran S.||0||13303678||ARM||2430||0||Armenia|
|16||IM||Lorenzo De La Riva Lazaro||15231||2268809||ESP||2415||2404||2465||SCC Sabadell Chessy|
|17||IM||Salinas Herrera Pablo||0||3407128||CHI||2411||0||Chile|
|18||IM||Garriga Cazorla Pere||24781||32011601||ESP||2405||2396||20||2469||Mollet|
|19||IM||Gual Pascual Antonio||347||2200589||ESP||2404||2395||2489||Cerdanyola Valles|
Starting list for Sants 2017
|3||GM||AGDESTEIN Simen||1500015||2604||0||Oslo Schakselskap|
|4||GM||VOCATURO Daniele||813192||2596||2607||2610||Mollet, Club D'escacs|
|5||GM||HEIMANN Andreas||24624632||2591||0||OSG Baden-Baden|
|8||GM||MOUSSARD Jules||642908||2571||0||2555||Evry Grand Roque|
|9||GM||GRIGORYAN Karen H.||13301004||2570||0||2612||Armenia|
|11||GM||ORTIZ SUAREZ Isan Reynaldo||3507165||2556||2537||2373|
|12||GM||SCHROEDER Jan-Christian||24662259||2539||0||SV 1920 Hofheim|
|13||GM||NOVIKOV Stanislav||4125371||2538||0||Botvinnik Chess School|
|14||GM||KRYSA Leandro||116807||2537||0||2495||Mollet, Club D'escacs|
|15||GM||BLOMQVIST Erik||1709437||2525||0||2423||SK Rockaden|
|16||IM||VERA SIGUENAS Deivy||3804623||2525||0||2454|
|18||IM||FERREIRA Jorge Viterbo||1910850||2499||2408||Xadrez Ourense|
|19||IM||GASCON DEL NOGAL Jose Rafael||3902463||2498||2500|
|20||GM||HERTNECK Gerald||4600088||2498||0||Zugzwang Munich|
If you look at the lists carefully, you will find that the top 20 seeds in each section are rated above 2350-2400. In fact in the last tournament Sants Open you have the 20th seed with a rating of 2498! I went to the Catalan circuit in 2014 with a rating of 2304, and gained 100 Elo points surpassing 2400 and gaining my final IM norm. Last year we saw players like Iniyan making their GM norms. It is our belief that the Catalan circuit can be a good idea for any player up to 2400 Elo. For those above 2400 should plan the circuit if they would like to focus on improving their game, gain Elo points, or win prize money.
Q: What is the cost of the package?
The cost of the package is conditional to the time you do your bookings with us. The sooner the better. Also the number of tournaments you choose to play will decide the cost. But roughly, the cost of five events would be Rs.1,40,000** for the ChessBase India group tour and Rs.1,28,0000** if you decide to go independently. ( ** = conditions apply)
Group Tour Inclusions:
* Flight Tickets
* Entry Fees
* Management of all candidates
* Airport Transfers
* Metro Charges
*Flexibility (You can choose any number of tournaments and the package will be accordingly tailored)
* Complete Guidance
Non group-tour inclusions:
Q: How far will the venue be from the apartment?
This is where the six tournaments stand on a map:
The apartments will be booked in such a way that the travel time should not be more than 30 to 45 minutes to each of the tournaments. However, as you can see Sitges is a bit far and if you decide to play it, the train journey should take you around one hour fifteen minutes.
Q: How many people in one apartment?
The apartments will be huge and spacious and will host 6-7 people. It will have 2 washrooms. The number of people in an apartment could also be tailored to your needs. So you can let us know your requirements and we will assist you accordingly.
In case of any further questions, just pick up the phone and contact ChessBase India Power and get your queries answered. Alternatively you can also write to us.
Contact ChessBase India Power:
Hotline and Whatsapp: 09106908500 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.)
Note: Players outside India can also avail of the above services. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.