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Clash of two of India's biggest chess academies - DBCA vs KCA

by Sagar Shah - 30/04/2018

Dibyendu Barua is India's second grandmaster while Abhijit Kunte is India's fourth. Both of them have made the country proud on numerous occasions with their excellent chess skills. After they stopped playing actively (Abhijit Kunte still plays a lot though!) both Barua and Kunte decided to pass on their knowledge to students who were eager to improve. That's the reason why Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) and Kunte's Chess Academy (KCA) came into existence in Kolkata and Pune respectively. They are two of the biggest academies in India and today, on 30th April 2018, 16 players from each of the academy will face off against each other in a unique exhibition match!

Two of the biggest academies of Indian chess: DBCA vs KCA

16 players from Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) will take on 16 players from Kunte's Chess Academy (KCA) in a unique match which will take place on the Playchess server on 30th of April 2018. Due to the immense work done by Dibyendu and his wife Saheli Dhar Barua in Kolkata and siblings Abhijit and Mrunalini in Pune, both the academies have a lot of players in different rating categories as well as unrated players. So we have broken the group of 16 players into four groups - Unrated, 1000-1400, 1401 to 1800, 1801 to 2200.

Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) vs Kunte's Chess Academy (KCA)

Name of the players Playchess id FIDE Rating Name of the players Playchess id FIDE Rating
1800-2200     1800-2200    
Arpita Mukherjee chessdreamer2001 2151 Aditya Samant adityass 2167
Souhardo Basak souhardo 1831 Pruthu Deshpande GR8KNIGHT2001 2072
Sumit Kumar themariners 2183 Himanshu Chhabra chhabrachess 1797
Sayan Bose bosesayan28 1978 Rohan Joshi rbj77 1786
1400-1800     1400-1800    
Sanchit Mukherjee sanchit 1444 Arnav Nanal ATTACK_MASTER 1357
Shounak Mazumder riju123 1688 Akshay Borgaonkar chess2009 1456
Dhritabrata Kundu babua123 1510 Atharva Gavade AtharvGavade23 1536
Aniruddh Chatterjee omaniruddh 1525 Sankalp Kukreja skukreja2 1463
1000-1400     1000-1400    
Sneha Halder sneha123 1177 Vihaan Dawda vihaandawda 1093
Srijak Sengupta sansengu 1090 Shreyas Purkar shreyasp 1223
Sambuddha Roy Chowdhury sambuddha 1106 Aditya Prabhu ASP_2007 1285
Antik Kumar antik2018 1076 Dhruv Haldankar Haldankardhruv 1224
Unrated     Unrated    
Arihant Jain ArihantJain_2004   Anay Uplenchwar DIEGOANAY  
Satadru Ash satadru30082009   Arjun Raje Arjun raje  
Sohom Koner soham04112006   Arnav Koparde arnavkop  
Harshit Bahety bahety   Nikhil Chitale Nikhilchitale  

In the 1801 to 2200 section DBCA team will have white on board one. (board two will be black for DBCA, board three white and so on).

In the 1401 to 1800 section KCA team will have white on board one.

In the 1000 to 1400 section DBCA team will have white on board one.

In the unrated section KCA team will have white on board one.

Live commentary of the match by IM Sagar Shah


1. The games will be played with a time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

2. All the players need to have Playchess/ ChessBase Account Premium Membership

The Match will take place in the "Premium Tournaments" room in ChessBase India. All the players need to have premium membership. If you do not have, you will not be allowed to enter by the server.

3. The Match will begin at 4 p.m. IST

4. In case of 2:2 tie in any section an Armageddon match of 5 mins vs 4 mins will be played with draw odds for Black to determine the winner of the section.

5. The overall winner of the match will be determined by game points. For example if DBCA has scored 8.5 points out of the 16 games, they would be the winners.

6. We are planning to have live commentary when the match begins. If that does happen, keep an eye out for that 4 p.m. onwards on our Youtube Channel. We will also embed the live video on this page.

7. All the games will be closely monitored while they are going on and also after they are completed. In case of detection of cheating, the result will be given in the favour of the opponent and the player will not be allowed to play on Playchess server ever again.

Who is the favourite?

On paper this looks like a well balanced battle. Especially in the 1801-2200 section.

Arpita Mukherjee (DBCA) on board one is surely one of the favourites. She has won innumberable laurels for our country and is a future world beater.

Arpita is sure to receive a good fight from 11-year-old Aditya Samant (KCA), who is one of the fast improving youngsters of Indian chess

Souhardo Basak (DBCA, rated 1831) is rated much lower than his opponent Pruthu Deshpande (KCA, rated 2072). However, one only has to remember this game....| Photo: Amruta Mokal

...Souhardo's fantastic win over GM Adam Tukhaev | Photo: Amruta Mokal

There are many other interesting games in there. The main aim is that players of both the academies get to play a serious game of chess without having to travel anywhere! They can play from the comfort of their home/academy. And we kept the time control as 45 mins + 10 second increment so that it is a serious game of chess. A blitz format would have been fun to play but would not have helped the players to improve.


A big thanks to DBCA and KCA for agreeing to this one of its kind match! Let's wait for the action to begin at 4 p.m. IST. All those who are premium members and would like to watch the games live can do so by entering the Premium Tournaments Room on ChessBase India. If you do not have the Playchess Windows Client, you can download it from here.

The event is organized by ChessBase India