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ACL 1st Super League 2018: DCA and ICA are the finalists in Rating 1000-1400 category

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/08/2018

Dynamic Chess Academy of Rajkot, Gujarat and Innovators Chess Academy of Bengaluru, Karnataka are the finalists in ACL 1st Super League 2018 in Rating 1000-1400 category. Nimai Ponna of ICA woke up at 3 a.m. because he moved to USA recently but that did not stop him from playing for his team and making sure that they secure a spot in the finals. It was Shreyas Sashi Kumar of ICA who won the crucial tie-breaker against Kabir of Matrix Chess Academy to push ICA to the finals. DCA won their second semi-final match against Tattva Chess Academy Achievers convincingly. They will face each other on 18th August 2018 to fight for the title of best academy in Rating 1000-1400 category. Photo: ICA/Sushrutha Reddy

Rajkot, Gujarat will face Bengaluru , Karnataka in the ACL 1st Super League Rating 1000-1400 finals

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Vineet Patel Parin made sure DCA does not lose their first semi-final match | Photo: DCA/Manish Parmar

Vineet Patel Parin kept playing as it was a must win situation for him to save the team from the jaws of defeat

Hirak Modi (top left) won both, Vishwam Jayesh Thaker (top right) lost 1 and won 1, Aryan Lakhwani (bottom right) won his only semi-final match and Yash Pitroda (bottom left) lost his only semi-final match | Photo: DCA/Manish Parmar

We reached out to team DCA's coach and manager, Manish Parmar and this is what he had to say, "It was a very exciting Semi-final match. 1st Semi-final was drawn by 2-2 & second was also running very close. Youngsters were trying to give their best performance to earn a seat in the finals. DCA family is feeling very proud about the performance of their little stars & seeing them advance to the Final."

12-year old, Nimai Ponna woke up at 3 a.m. in the morning since he recently moved to USA but that did not dampen his spirit to play for his team | Photo: ICA/Sushrutha Reddy

Shreyas Shashi Kumar (left) won all his games especially the most important tie-breaker, Archit Saigal (middle) and Vaibhav Kalpa (right) did not have the best day as they drew one and lost the other | Photo: ICA/Sushrutha Reddy

After winning the semi-final, Innovators Chess Academy's elated coach and manager said, "They should have won the fourth game hands down and shouldn't have let it go down to the tie breaker. Thankfully, they didn't choke. One of the team mates, Nimai Ponna, shifted to USA about a week ago and was up at 3 a.m. for the Semi-Finals. Must say that the semi-final match was a roller coaster. Nimai's parents at USA said that they felt they were part of a thriller at 3 a.m.. They exclaimed, it definitely wasn't for the faint-hearted - probably fearing a blunder around the corner. My perspective and my emotions ran from one extreme to the other watching the final showdown between Kabir and Shreyas."

Tattva Chess Academy - Achievers will face Matrix Chess Academy for 3rd-4th place match on 17th August 2018. Dynamic Chess Academy will face Innovators Chess Academy on 21st August 2018 in a best of two matches in the finals.

Aim of the Academy Chess League (ACL):

There are many chess academies all over the world. However, in terms of playing practice and partners they are bounded by geographical limitations. The Academy Chess League by ChessBase India wants to overcome these limitations and barriers and ensure that academies, schools and institutions situated in one part of the world can compete against teams anywhere on the planet. The aim is to play high quality chess and that's why the time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds has been decided. ACL is an initiative by ChessBase India that will be played online on the Playchess platform. Over 300 players from 50 institutions have registered with us for the 1st Super League that has begun from the 1st of July. The second league will soon follow, so stayed tuned!

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