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The Gujarat-Goa ChessBase India Online Blitz Tournament 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/08/2018

To commemorate the successful completion of ACL 1st Super League 2018, ChessBase India will organize an Online Blitz Chess Tournament on 30th August 2018 at 8 p.m. IST. Total Prize fund will be ₹28500. That's not all. The top two finishers (untitled players) will get free entry between Gujarat and Goa GM Chess Tournament 2018. Entry fee for premium members will be ₹250 and for non-premium members, it will be ₹500 which will include 1 month ChessBase Premium account. Deadline for registration is 29th August 8 p.m. IST. The tournament is open to Indian players! We look forward to your participation! Let's blitz!

For the first time ever, win ChessBase Online tournament and earn free entry at a GM tournament

Win Gujarat-Goa ChessBase Online Blitz Tournament 2018 and earn a free entry at any of the above mentioned GM tournaments | Photo: Tournament Circular

Celebrating the successful completion of ACL 1st Super League 2018

The first ACL Super League saw more than 300 players from across different academies in India fight it out against each other on Playchess. There were over 700 games played in the last 52 days from 1st of July to 22nd of August 2018. The above picture contains the photos of the winners : DBCA (1800-2200 section), Matrix Chess Club (1400-1800) and Dynamic Chess Academy (won in two sections unrated and 1000-1400). This blitz tournament celebrates the successful completion of the first Super League of the ACL.

Date: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Time: 8:00 p.m. IST 

Time control: 3+0, 10 rounds

Prize fund: ₹28,500


ChessBase India conducted four extremely successful online events in 2017 where we had all the top players of Indian chess right from Adhiban, Sethuraman, Aravindh Chithambaram, Karthikeyan Murali, Lalith Babu and many more top players fighting it out for the top prizes. Now we are back with the fifth online prize money tournament that will be held on 30th of August 2018.


World Junior 2017 Bronze medalist GM Aravindh Chithambaram is among the first GMs to confirm | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Former two-time Asian Junior Champion GM M Shyam Sundar will be seen in action | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After winning a one-day rapid tournament, GM Dibyendu Barua would like to continue his momentum | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Previous winners of ChessBase India online events:

Current National Champion in both Standard and Rapid format,M R Lalith Babu has won Fischer Online Blitz last year | Photo: Amruta Mokal



The total prize fund is ₹28500


Main Prize list:


Special prizes:

The condition to claim all of these prizes is that you have to play all the rounds of the tournament, and cannot leave it half-way.

The non titled player who finishes the highest at the event also gets a free entry to either the Gujarat GM 2018 or Goa GM Open 2018, One of the two, of his choice. You can get to know the entry fee structure of the Gujarat GM Open 2018 here and that of Goa GM 2018 over here.

Two players will benefit from this free entry prizes that we have. Let's imagine a non titled player finishes fourth and the next non titled player finishes seventh. Then the first one has to choose the event of his choice from Gujarat and Goa. If he chooses Gujarat, then the second player has to choose the other one (Goa). If any of the players do not wish to participate, the benefit will be given to the next untitled player. The only condition is that you need to finish in top 15. Untitled players finishing outside top 15 do not get a free entry.

Entry fee:

The entry fee is ₹250 for ChessBase Premium Account holders and ₹500 for non-premium members. In this fee you get one month of ChessBase Premium Account. Before paying the entry fee of the tournament, please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one from here. The last date to pay entry is at 8p.m. IST on 29th August 2018.


Non Premium Members pay (Rs.500) here:

Premium Members pay (Rs.250) here:

Once you have paid the entry fee, non Premium members will receive the one month serial key on the registered email address along with the procedure to extend your account.


All GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs get free entry to our tournament. All you have to do is write a mail to us at along with your name, FIDE ID, FIDE Rating and the Playchess ID. If you do not have a Playchess ID please create it from here and share with us.


For registration queries contact:

Mr Shahid Ahmed - 9038139510
email -

Tournament Rules:

1. All the games will be checked by the server engine and by a panel of experts. If any player is found guilty of cheating, the concerned player’s account will be suspended and will not be allowed to participate in any of the future Playchess events conducted. The prize in such cases will move to the next rank.

2. The provisional standings will be displayed immediately after the end of the tournament. However, the final standings will be displayed within a week after all the games have been checked.

3. We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. If poor internet connection is detected at the start of the tournament, the concerned player will not be allowed to participate and the entry fee will be refunded after a minimal amount (around 3-5%) is deducted.

4. The Tournament Director will hold the right to reject any entry and entry fee will be refunded (after a minimal amount of around 3-5% is deducted) if the entry is rejected at the start of the tournament. The decision of the Tournament Director will be final. After the tournament has started and your internet is disconnected or you exit the playing room, you will not be paired for the next rounds and your entry fee will not be refunded.

How to play in the tournament?

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here.


After you have installed the Playchess client. You must login. If you do not have a Playchess account, you must create one from here.

Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. After you pay the aforementioned entry fee, you will be given one month serial key on your registered email address along with the steps to make your account premium.

The tournament will take place in the Premium Tournaments sub-room in the ChessBase India room. Only Premium Members can enter this room. Registered players should be online and logged into Playchess at least 45 minutes before the start of the tournament to confirm your entries on 30th of August 2018.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Tournament Director will accept your entry. This is subject to the payment of entry fees.

Note: The Playchess id, while paying the entry fee and while entering the playing arena on 30th August, should be the same.

Feedback for previous ChessBase India prize money tournaments:

Great management....First time played a tournamet with no problems...This was my first onlinetournament.....And had a great experience hope you all organise this type of tournaments quite frequently.....Would love to participate in your future tournaments

-Ambarish Sharma


Thank you. It was really a nice and enjoyable tournament. Hope in future also ... If this kind of tournament once in a month happen it will be brilliant... 
-Mithu Dey (on behalf of Shahil)


Although the tournament was organized well, I felt that that referee 1 was somehow inactive. Other than that everything was fine.

-Rahul Shrivatshav


The Fischer online blitz event on 12th March was organised in an exemplary manner. Hope we have more tournaments of this stature in future.

-GM R.R. Laxman


It was an awesome tournament. I look forward to playing more in such events.
-Snehal Bhosale


Thank you, ChessBase India for arranging strongest online Fischer blitz event. I have played against high rated players including IMs and increased Playchess ELO from 1953 to 2008! There is nothing better than this a chess player can ask for. Seating at the home on perfect Sunday evening, sipping coffee and playing against famous players in India. Thank you so much for everything!
- Nikhil Joshi


I must congratulate ChessBase India for promoting events like this to encourage chess players on Online. Hope all the participants were able to enjoy playing this tournament without any glitch. The opportunity provided by ChessBase India is a welcome move.

- N.V.Nagesh (father of Badri Naryanan)


The tournament was very well conducted. I enjoyed playing the tournament. Maybe if possible next time you can use fide rating instead of the playchess rating as many new players started with low ratings. On the whole, it was a very good tournament.
- Arjun Kalyan


Loved the tournament. Was fun playing against such a strong field without leaving the house. Everything went smoothly and there were no real problems once it began. The only issue I had was the 20 minute delay to start the round. But I guess it's OK since it's the first time. Overall, great experience and would definitely play again. Great work guys. 
P. S-The bonus prizes are a nice incentive for players like me. :P
-Likhit Chilukuri


The tournament was well organised. I had a blast playing in this tournament :) It was a good experience playing without time increment. 
-Aashna Makhija


Excellent start.  Hope to play more events like this in future.
With warm regards...
-Nihal Sarin


The tournament was organized pretty well.. I liked this concept of online blitz tournament. Thank you for organizing this event.
-Akhilesh Nagare


I was very fascinated to play in an online blitz tournament for the first time! I did not play my best but I hope that from the next time, I expect more online tournaments from my own country, Chessbase India! I like everything of this tournament! But one thing the time control was without any increment. It ruined the quality of some games. But I hope Chessbase India will look after it and I am already excited to play in the next online blitz tournament!
-Rajdeep Sarkar


Thank you for your hard work!. Everything is just perfect for me. 
-Priyanka Nutakki


It was a great initiative on the part of Chess base India. Hope you are able to do on a regular basis. It was a great opportunity n looking forward to many more.
-Hriday Bhuta


It's a pleasure to play in the ChessBase India online tournament. I never played on board match with an International Master in a tournament but here I got a chance to play against Ratnakaran sir.
What ChessBase India is doing to Indian chess  is superb. Hope one day Anand also gets the same recognition like Sachin and Kohli .
My best wishes always with you.
-Harsh Kanoje, Nagpur


First of all, I would like to say congratulations for organizing such a mammoth event smoothly without any delays/disturbances. It is really a great platform for the budding chess players and chess enthusiasts (who can't travel more often for the tournaments as players I'm one among them) Playing these tournaments with such a strong field always been a great experience. Especially when you are paired against titled players (one of the best players in the country) it gives lots of encouragement and inspiration! I really enjoyed my tournament session (played with GM Vaibhav Suri in the first round and he became the champion in the end also played with IM Padmini Rout in the 9th round and I drew with her) also lost some games because of time pressure etc. ChessBase India is doing a great job and looking forward to hear from you about the future events like 3rd online blitz and many more (I believe you won't stop this journey for sure.)
-Pavan BNB, Mumbai


Thank you so much for organising the tournament, along with cb india , Halsagar & Dbca. Really appreciate it ! It was my 1st online tournament, a very good experience overall. It was very smoothly conducted infact. The last round delay was a very minor one, maybe max 5 mins, so it was not an issue at all.

-WGM Soumya Swaminathan, Pune