A thrilling online match between DBCA and KCA ends in 8-8 draw
Students in any academy are often bored playing repeatedly against each other! So we thought why not make them compete against students of another academy! In the first of its kind match two of India's biggest and finest chess academies were pitted against each other in a unique exhibition online match. Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy from Kolkata and Kunte's Chess Academy from Pune. It was held on the Playchess server and the time control was 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment. The match was keenly contested and it ended in a thrilling 8.0-8.0 draw. We have a lot of videos, pictures, games and analysis from this online match.
The students were excited and so were the coaches! It was going to be a very unique match between two of the most popular academies in India - Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) and Kunte's Chess Academy (KCA). It was an online exhibition match of 16 players on each side. Both the academies have nearly 300 students enrolled with them. So it made sense to have different rating groups. Hence we made four rating groups - unrated, 1000-1400, 1400 to 1800, 1800 to 2200. In each of these four categories there were four boards. The time control was 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move. There were no fees collected, but all the students had to have the premium subscription of ChessBase/Playchess account. Only then would they be allowed inside the "Premium Tournaments" hall on the Playchess server. The idea was not just to have fun, but to also play a serious game that would help the student improve.
1800 - 2200 category:
DBCA 1.0 - KCA 3.0
|Arpita Mukherjee||chessdreamer2001||2151||Aditya Samant||adityass||2167||1-0|
|Souhardo Basak||souhardo||1831||Pruthu Deshpande||GR8KNIGHT2001||2072||0-1|
|Sumit Kumar||themariners||2183||Himanshu Chhabra||chhabrachess||1797||0-1|
|Sayan Bose||bosesayan28||1978||Rohan Joshi||rbj77||1786||0-1|
This was the category where KCA was highly dominant. Apart from the top board where Arpita won against Aditya Samant, on rest of the boards KCA managed to outplay their opponents. Himanshu Chhabra was rated nearly 400 points lower than his opponent played a beautiful game to beat Sumit Kumar.
While the match was in progress, I decided to do some live commentary on the ChessBase India Youtube channel where I discussed the game between Himanshu and Sumit and a few others in some depth:
Sayan Bose had a nice position out of the opening with black against Rohan Joshi, but later blundered an entire rook and lost the game.
Although Souhardo's loss was primarily in the opening, the good part is that he can now analyze the game, learn from it and get ready in a real tournament game where Elo is at stake. I think this is the biggest advantage of the playing serious games online. You can afford to make mistakes, learn, improve and not make those same errors in tournament games!
1400 to 1800 - DBCA 3.0 vs KCA 1.0:
White 1800 to 2200 was dominated by KCA, the next rating group 1400-1800 was dominated by DBCA.
|Sanchit Mukherjee||sanchit||1444||Arnav Nanal||ATTACK_MASTER||1357||0-1|
|Shounak Mazumder||riju123||1688||Akshay Borgaonkar||chess2009||1456||1-0|
|Dhritabrata Kundu||babua123||1510||Atharva Gavade||AtharvGavade23||1536||1-0|
|Aniruddh Chatterjee||omaniruddh||1525||Sankalp Kukreja||skukreja2||1463||1-0|
Aniruddh Chatterjee played a fine game to beat Sankalp Kukreja:
Things looked dangerous for Arnav Nanal in the Dragon, but he kept his cool and converted the point in the endgame:
1000 to 1400 - DBCA 1.5 vs KCA 2.5
|Sneha Halder||sneha123||1177||Vihaan Dawda||vihaandawda||1093||0-1|
|Srijak Sengupta||sansengu||1090||Shreyas Purkar||shreyasp||1223||draw|
|Sambuddha Roy Chowdhury||sambuddha||1106||Aditya Prabhu||ASP_2007||1285||0-1|
|Antik Kumar||antik2018||1076||Dhruv Haldankar||Haldankardhruv||1224||1-0|
In the 1000 to 1400 section it was DBCA who won the match with a score of 2.5-1.5.
Unrated - DBCA 2.5 vs KCA 1.5
|Arihant Jain||ArihantJain_2004||Anay Uplenchwar||DIEGOANAY||1-0|
|Satadru Ash||satadru30082009||Arjun Raje||Arjun raje||bye 1-0|
|Sohom Koner||soham04112006||Arnav Koparde||arnavkop||0-1|
|Harshit Bahety||bahety||Nikhil Chitale||Nikhilchitale||draw|
Although this was the unrated section, the match was decided by the top board clash between Arihant Jain and Anay Uplenchwar. The scores were tied at 1.5 each and KCA was leading the match 8-7. At the same time Anay (KCA) was clearly moving towards victory. But a blank spot led to a huge blunder and he missed a mate in one.
|1800 - 2200||1||3|
|1400 - 1800||3||1|
It was a keenly contested encounter that came to a close with a 8:8 result. Both the sides went back home with a smile on their face and a lot of lessons learnt. We spoke to the founders of both DBCA and KCA academy about this match and they were thrilled with the concept. Usually you have limited number of students in the academy and the players are bored playing with each other. However, with this inter academy match on Playchess, a boy sitting in Pune could fight it out against a big talent in Kolkata! It just opens up new horizons and gives the students in academies serious playing partners.
For a match of this magnitude to take place smoothly a lot of things have to fall in place. Our tournament director Halsagar Chincholimath did a fine job as he ensured that all the games were played and match was smoothly conducted.
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