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Players revealed for Gujarat-Goa ChessBase India Online Blitz Tournament 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/08/2018

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 all Indian players! We look forward to your participation! Let's blitz!

For the first time ever, win ChessBase India Online Blitz 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 350 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

Two-time national champion Karthikeyan Murali will be seen in action | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Srinath Narayanan is having a fantastic year so far as he won Kolkata Open and Faroes Open 2018 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Debashis Das won the last edition of ChessBase Online Blitz tournament | Photo: Amruta Mokal

World's 2nd youngest and India's youngest GM R Pragnnanandhaa will be seen in action | Photo: advancedchessleon

Former Asian Youth Blitz Champion, Diptayan Ghosh would like to make his mark in this edition of Online Blitz tournament

Former National Blitz Champion Laxman will be seen in action

Former two-time Asian Junior Champion, ShyamSundar M will be seen in action | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Youngest GM from Pune, Abhimanyu Puranik has confirmed his participation

Former Asian Youth Blitz Champion, IM Visakh NR will try to conquer ChessBase Online Blitz

Few days ago Gukesh played brilliantly in Abu Dhabi as he won the Juniors | Photo: Amruta Mokal

15-year old newly crowned IM earlier this year, Rahul Srivathsav will be returning to ChessBase Online Blitz event

Chandigarh's only IM Himal Gusain has confirmed his participation


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 8 p.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 
E-mail -

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.


Registered players:

Serial No. Full name Rating Playchess ID
1 GM Srinath Narayanan 2549 NSRINATH
2 GM Diptayan Ghosh 2527 diptayan
3 GM Laxman R R 2527 LAXMAN
4 GM ShyamSundar M 2508 Kereslover
5 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2505 Refresh
6 GM Karthikeyan Murali 2487 fighter64
7 GM Debashis Das 2470 debashis das
8 IM Sayantan Das 2419 Ambitious
9 Arjun Erigaisi 2412 Indian-Lion
10 IM C R G Krishna 2401 crg
11 IM S Ravi Teja 2387 Ravi Teja S
12 IM Nitin S 2368 snitin
13 IM P Karthikeyan 2366 Chennaikramnik
14 IM Sai Krishna G V 2359 Pennkrishna
15 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya 2349 Anwesh
16 Rakesh Kulkarni 2344 Pheonix02
17 IM Raunak Sadhwani 2337 devil1234
18 GM R Pragnnanandhaa 2335 chessworld1
19 Arjun Kalyan 2329 chesscounter
20 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2328 pabh
21 Ram S Krishnan 2324 ramkrish256
22 Mitrabha Guha 2321 babysnake
23 IM Harshit Raja 2312 Johncking
24 IM Himal Gusain 2303 rajdhani express
25 WIM R Vaishali 2296 rvaishali2001
26 Niranjan Navalgund 2296 Twentythreewins
27 Kunal M 2291 Kunal64
28 IM Fenil Shah 2290 fenilshah95
29 Gahan MG 2254 karnatakangahan
30 Sankalp Gupta 2250 Junior Tyson
31 R Ashwath 2240 CSK
32 IM Visakh NR 2191 Visakh
33 IM Rahul Srivasthav Peddy 2173 rahulsrivathsav
34 IM Gukesh D 2168 gk06
35 Mithil Ajgaonkar 2149 Mithil
36 Vinod Bhagwat 2146 vkbchess
37 Pranav V 2129 pranav_vip
38 Niraj Saripalli 2125 gogolman4196
39 Gopal Rathod 2120 chessworld36
40 Kaustuv Kundu 2120 Kaustuv Kundu
41 Ankit Gajwa 2119 Ab De Villiers
42 Amithpal Singh 2107 amithpal15
43 Gopal K N  2102 kngopal
44 Arvinder Preet Singh 2097 141003
45 Ganesh R 2088 teamb7
46 Manish Parmar 2084 dca
47 WIM Michelle Catherina P 2081 Zanta
48 Sa Kannan 2056 NextWC
49 Kiran Panditrao 2049 Kiran Panditrao
50 G.Muralikrishna 2026 muralikrishna
51 Sahil Tickoo 2023 TheHope
52 Saurabh Anand 2004 Saurabh19
53 Subhayan Kundu 1995 Target
54 Girish B Chandanani 1992 400050
55 R Prajesh 1975 Praju
56 WIM Divya Deshmukh 1962 shiv1
57 WFM Sai Nirumpama 1949 Saraswathii
58 Sanjeev S Nair 1947 Attacker_97
59 Nikhil Dixit 1943 nikhildixit98
60 Pavan BNB 1943 loss2win
61 N L V Anusha 1932 Anushanlv
62 Anuj Shrivatri 1931 Anuj Shrivatri
63 R.Manu David Suthandram 1922 Smart Dolphin
64 Suyog Wagh 1922 suyu28
65 Alok Sinha 1915 adi007bond
66 Saurabh Choubey 1898 kalinator##
67 Raghav Srivathsav Varayogi 1897 Chessv198
68 Dushyant Sharma 1896 Dushu2930
69 Ameya Datta Audi 1894 Audi_S_Tesla
70 Suvradeepta Das 1894 Star01
71 Ayush Sharma 1869 Python45
72 Adarsh Tripathi 1864 ADARSHK-123
73 Anirudh Bhat 1864 403601
74 Abhishek Jaiswal 1857 abhi56
75 R Rathneesh 1826 rathu
76 Ajay Karthikeyan 1804 skkeyan
77 Kumthekar Shubham 1803 dynamic_maestro1
78 Shahil Dey 1799 ShahilDey
79 G.Hari Surya Bharadwaj 1793 ALekhine1
80 Sudarshan Malga 1788 ultimatewinner_a
81 Priyanka Nutakki 1783 Chess Queen
82 Potluri Saye Srreezza 1779 Mersal
83 Panesar Vedant 1778 brainboy123
84 Rohan Bharat Joshi 1764 rbj77
85 Sahil Dhawan 1760 greatgatsby
86 Aishwin Daniel 1757 aman2017
87 Aditya Mittal 1736 vinniethepooh
88 Sunil Vaidya 1736 sunil vaidya
89 Pravin Narayan Hend 1726 god_1chess
90 Kushager Krishnater 1724 kushu_attack
91 Aditya Samant 1707 adityass
92 Udit Kamdar 1706 TheRestlessWarrior
93 Sanchit Anand 1693 devil_sanchit
94 Vaibhav Jayant Raut 1691 Chessmaster10
95 Harsh Kanoje 1684 Masterwhiteking
96 Kautil Kakumanu 1663 kdb17
97 Krishna Karthik Nerella 1659 kartheek24
98 Ambarish Sharma 1651 TheDeadSoul
99 Bhoopnath 1646 bhoopnathchess
100 Atharva Jaeel 1625 atharvajaeel
101 LR Srihari 1620 LSR
102 Rahil Babaria 1617 King222
103 Aakash Dalvi 1609 aakash-dalvi
104 Joy Pankaj Shah 1595 JOYSHAH
105 Sambit Panda 1589 sambit_panda1979
106 Honi Arora 1587 silentkiller11
107 Rohit S 1561 rohit2007
108 Mansoor C M 1558 WORLDCHAMPION93
109 Vignesh N 1557 vicky18
110 Savithashri B 1534 Savithashri
111 Bommini Mounika Akshaya 1529 Cutequeen
112 Gokulraj 1516 Ra28397
113 Aditya Bikram Paul 1502 Adityabikram
114 Aadit Bhatia 1498 aadit1728
115 Srihari L 1491 srichess
116 Ankur SIngh Thakur 1482 stuart1988
117 Tejas Kiran Joshi 1475 tejaschess64
118 Adithya A Chullikkad 1472 ajikumanj
119 Rakshitta Ravi 1471 KASPAROV 24
120 Navodith V Bhat 1447 Whitefalcon
121 Atri Chattopadhyay 1436 Atri Chattopadhyay
122 Rohit Pandey 1435 Rohit271989
123 Nongsha Angom 1392 Nongsha
124 K.Sarath Chandra 1371 Def987abc123
125 Mitul K H 1367 mitulkh
126 Kartik Sai Ch 1328 rockstar2059
127 Rushil Gupta 1325 Rushilgupta
128 Jaiveer Mahendru 1318 diamond06
129 Borkhetariya Devarsh M 1317 Lightning McQueen
130 Aarav Dengla 1296 Notovertilliwin
131 Dhruv Khosla 1287 Castle_64
132 K Suhrud Sudheer Acharya 1281 sam6
133 Ritvik Gupta 1279 Ritvikgupta
134 AnuKiruthika 1268 Kiruthi
135 Satvik Kapoor 1241 SATVIK_YGM
136 Madhavan R Munjanattu 1197 mailrakeshp
137 Aahana Pachchigar 1186 Morphy style
138 Chandrani Shlok 1175 jack2212
139 Tejas Cavale 1163 Kakashi Hatake
140 Neev Patel 1155 neevptl
141 Sakthivel Heamish Kanha 1153 hk18
142 Saouhridya Pran Kashyap 1144 Sanu365
143 Namitbir Singh Walia 1142 namitbir
144 Sankar Bhattacharya 1140 700060
145 S A Krishna Prakaash 1132 sakp1001
146 Saptarshi Bhattacharjee 1124 SaptarshiTriz
147 Swara Lakshmi S Nair 1122 sureknair
148 Aaditya Prashant Sadafale 1095 Aadu2005
149 Madhavansh Mittal 1082 Madhavansh Mittal
150 Aman Dhanuka 1067 amandhanuka
151 Parmar Khush K 1060 khushparmar
152 Harsh Yogesh Sakhardande 1026 Harshmate
153 Sankarshana Goli 1025 sankarshanag
154 Jatin Anandbhai Pandya 1015 361006
155 Girija Trehan   SAGARUKIN
156 Purushaartha Raj Singh Parihar   Purushaartha






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

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Gujarat-Goa ChessBase India Online Blitz Tournament 2018