Anand vs Anand squares off Tech Mahindra Global Chess League
Tech Mahindra Global Chess League squared off with a friendly game between Vishy Anand and Anand Mahindra. It goes without saying that it filled everyone with joy. The Chairman of Mahindra Group was certainly well-prepared for the game as he made theoretical moves in the Ruy Lopez/Spanish opening, before the game had to be cut short due to time constraints. The champion's trophy was revealed in presence of all six teams and guests. The first day will have two matches. Triveni Continental Kings vs upGrad Mumba Masters from 5:30 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. IST. The second match will be contested between Chingari Gulf Titans and Ganges Grandmasters from 6:50 p.m. local time, 8:20 p.m. IST. Who will be the winners on day 1? Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Tech Mahindra GCL first match is hours away
Generally on Day 0 of a round-robin tournament, Draw of Lots take place. The pairing was done already. We mentioned a few days ago that all members of one team will play with the same color, either white or black. In the rematch against the same team, the colors be inverted which means each player gets to play with white and black both. Now which team will get white/black in their first encounter against a new team? That will be decided few minutes before the match, just like in cricket and football where batting/fielding, kick-off/sides are determined only few minutes before the match begins. Isn't that something unique and interesting? Check out the fixed board order of each team and team captains' names at the end of this report.
Here are the first few moves played between Anand Mahindra and Vishy Anand which ended with the maestro's quip: "I see that it's heading towards a draw" to which the Chairman replied, "Those are the most generous words I have ever heard in my life."
The idea behind this and next photos were revealed in a tweet
From the inception of a chess league during Chess Olympiad 2020 to a reality
Day 1 matches
Match #1: Triveni Continental Kings vs upGrad Mumba Masters from 5:30 p.m. GST, 7 p.m. IST.
Match #2: Chingari Gulf Titans vs Ganges Grandmasters from 6:50 p.m. GST, 8:20 p.m. IST.
We have the game video. It will be shared soon.
Stay tuned for the interview of Steve Waugh by IM Sagar Shah.
Peter Svidler who is a cricket fan, met Steve Waugh yesterday and tweeted about it
What is the Scoring System?
Each team will have six players and a manager, who will be competing on six boards which will be played simultaneously. While each board will be called a game, all six combined boards will be termed one match. Once the board order is decided, it cannot be altered after drawing lots while deciding the run order of play. And in each match, all the players of one team will play with the same colour.
A game won with Black pieces will result in 4 Game Points (GP) to the winning player. A victory for a player with White pieces will see them win 3 GP. A draw will be rewarded with 1 GP, and a defeat gets the player 0 GP. Each players’ GP will contribute to the Team’s total Match Points (MP).
With regards to the calculations on Match Points (MP), a Team which scores more GP than their opposition will be rewarded with a bonus of 3 MP. If both the Teams are level on GP, they will be awarded 1 MP each. However, if a team scores lesser GP than the opposing team, they won’t get any MP for that Match.
Scoring System for Game Points (GP)
4 GP (3+1)
A player wins the Game with Black Pieces
A player wins the Game with White Pieces
Scoring System for Match Points (MP)
The team that scores more Game Points
If both teams are level on Game Points
The team that scores lesser Game Points than the opponent
The Final will be played over best-of-2 matches. There will be a drawing of lots to determine which Team is White in Match 1, this team will then be black in Match 2. The team who wins more matches will be the Champion. In the event of a tie:
• There will be a playoff blitz fixture, which will be a best-of-2 match. The team that was white in Match 1 and black in Match 2 will play white in Match 3 and black in Match 4. The time limit for each game will be all moves in 3 minutes plus 2 seconds. The Team that wins the most matches in the fixture will be the Champion.
• If the Teams remain tied, there shall be a drawing of lots to determine a board from 1 to 6. The player from each Team on this board will then participate in a sudden-death blitz game. The time limit for this game will be 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. The player from the Team who was white in Matches 1 and 3, will play white in this game.
• If the sudden death blitz game is drawn, then the procedure is repeated except that the colour of the player from each team alternates from the colour the team had in the preceding sudden death blitz game.
• If the tie remains unbroken, the above procedure is repeated until a sudden death blitz game has a winner.
|1. Triveni Continental Kings (RtgAvg:2613, Captain: Loek Van Wely / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|6||GM||Bjerre, Jonas Buhl||2535||DEN||1444948||0||0|
|2. Chingari Gulf Titans (RtgAvg:2628, Captain: Swapnil Dhopade / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|3. SG Alpine Warriors (RtgAvg:2589, Captain: Vishal Sareen / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|4. Balan Alaskan knights (RtgAvg:2600, Captain: Abhijit Kunte / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|5. Ganges grandmasters (RtgAvg:2639, Captain: Pravin Thipsay / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|3||GM||Dominguez Perez, Leinier||2706||USA||3503240||0||0|
|6. Upgrad mumba masters (RtgAvg:2611, Captain: Srinath Narayanan / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)|
|3||GM||Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi||2665||IND||5029465||0||0|