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ACL Challengers League 2018: MCAA maintains lead, Intermezzo bounces back

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/12/2018

Maestro Chess Academy Attackers maintains their sole lead at the end of round 5 in ACL Challengers League 2018. Intermezzo, Royal Knight Chess Academy, d'pawn Chess Academy and Telugu Chess Warriors have qualified in the semi-finals. They all have qualified for ACL 2nd Super League which will take place in early 2019. MCAA made the tournament's first draw against MCAF. Intermezzo bounced back at the top with a win over RKCA and dpCA drew with their other lower rated team in the tournament. This report contains best games from round 5. Photo: CCCB/RKCA

MCAA maintains sole lead after round 5

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Daksh Thacker saved the day for his team City Chess Club Bhuj | Photo: CCCB/Nirav Ganwani

Nirav of CCCB picked up perhaps the quickest win of the tournament, however Prashant and Nakul's successive losses, put Daksh in a must-win situation for the team to get a draw. Daksh launched a devastating attack on the kingside in what started as the French Defence and got transposed into King's Indian Attack. He managed to win and the team drew with Bangalore Chess Academy-1. Daksh wins the surprise prize for Game of the round 5

How would you like to launch an attack here with white pieces after 13...Bg4

Mayank missed a gift he was not expecting | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Mayank of RKCA continued his terrific form and made an easy draw against Amardeep Bartakke of Intermezzo. However, Mayank missed a win in the final part of the game, because he was expecting a draw and not a gift of full point.

Sometimes we miss an easy win when our mind is not looking for one. Find out what Mayank missed here for White

Top 4 teams advance to the Semi-finals of ACL Challengers League 2018

Intermezzo will face Telugu Chess Warriors and Royal Knight Chess Academy will face d'pawn Chess Academy in Semi-final 1 and 2 on 7th and 8th November 2018 respectively.

Round 5 unrated category results:

26th Nov Maestro Chess Academy Attackers 2-2 Maestro Chess Academy Fighters
  Dhruvan Reddy (Dhruvan2009) 1-0 Aahlad Karthik (Karthik2005)
  Aryan Tutiki (AryanT2010) 1-0 Shreyas Reddy Palley (Shreyas_palley)
  Amulya Bhagavathula (Amulya2009) 0-1 Sahejdeep Kaur (Sdk2603)
  Aarush Reddy (Aarushreddy28) 0-1 Amrutha Bhagavathula (Amrutha2007)
27th Nov City Chess Club Bhuj 2-2 Bangalore Chess Academy - 1
  Daksh Thacker (Dakshthacker8664) 1-0 Rahul Badrinath (Bshanmug)
  Prashant Joshi (Klunger) 0-1 Sriram Tangirala (Venkata_tangirala)
  Nirav Ganwani (Dragon emperor789) 1-0 Pranav Kiran Rajaratna (Pranav Kiran Rajarathna)
  Nakul Manjule (Nakul233) 0-1 Sreenjoy Modak (Sreeking)
28th Nov Maestro Chess Academy Strikers 1.5-2.5 Maestro Chess Academy Warriors
  Nrupad Krishna (Krish10) 0.5-0.5 Chanikya Bellam (Chanikya)
  Srivallabhaditya Garimella (Adityagm) 0-1 Vansh Kabra (Vanshkabra21)
  Lohith (Lohith_vadapally) 0-1 Purav Khandelwal (PURAVK)
  Anaya Agarwal (anaya1912) +- Aditya Sreeram (aditya sreeram)
29th Nov d'pawn Chess Academy 1-3 Bangalore Chess Academy - 2
  Aastha Borakhade (Aastha_dpawn) 1-0 Sai Krishna (Saikrish)
  Deepanshu Wagh (Deepw) -+ Vedanth V Vernekar (Vedantha)
  Himal Dodeja (MyLovlu) 0-1 Sidhant V Vernekar (Sidhantvv)
  Mahika Dodeja (MyVardhan) 0-1 Ranak Saxena (Ranak)

Round 5 rated category results:

30th Nov TeluguChessWarriors (1609) 0-4 DCA Juniors (1130)
  Konatham Snehil (Snehilindia) -+ Babariya Himnish P (Dragon blaster)
  Sarath Chandra K (def987abc123) -+ Lakhwani Nandani (Chess__)
  Haricharan Sai (Charan_13) -+ Jethva Krutarth (Kingofsquares)
  Kheerthi Ganta (Candybond11) -+ Parmar Khush K (Khushparmar)
1st Dec Royal Knight Chess Academy (1578) 0.5-3.5 Intermezzo (2149)
  Mayank Chakraborty (Mayank Chkraborty) 0.5-0.5 Amardeep S Bartakke (Aditya2003)
  Abhinav Dubey (Rakeshdubey) 0-1 Vedant Panesar (Brainboy123)
  Nirmalya Chakraborty (Neevjain) 0-1 Krishnater Kushager (kushu_attack)
  Ravi Kant Tiwari (Rothinchess) 0-1 Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi (aakash-dalvi)
2nd Dec d'pawn Chess Academy (1258) 2-2 d'pawn Chess Academy (2225)
  Shlok Chandrani (Jack2212) 1-0 Rahul Verma (Rahul_dpawn)
  Meet Bhattad (Meet123Bhattad) -+ Nagare Akhilesh (Nagareakhilesh)
  Aditya Chincholkar (Aditya132) 0-1 Pawan Dodeja (iamnotIM)
  Aahana Pachchhigar (MorphyStyle) +- Himanshu Chhabra (Chhabrachess)


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 witnessed 15 teams consisting of about 100 players. ACL 2nd Super League will soon follow, so stayed tuned!


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