Think you can beat a 13-year-old?

by Sagar Shah
4/18/2020 – Locked up at home? No visits to the chess club, no social gatherings? So how about taking part in a giant blitz tournament. It is all virtual on the Playchess server, where you can play against more than a dozen GMs, some of whom are the brightest young super-talents in the world, plus 25 IMs, WGMs and WIMs who have confirmed their participation so far. There is a prize fund of Rs. 10,000. Watching and playing is free of charge. Make this a Saturday full of chess!

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The final leg of the ChessBase india Saturday Online blitz will take place on the 18th of April 2020 at 8 p.m. IST on Playchess. The entry is absolutely free if you have a ChessBase Premium Account.

General information about the event

Date: Saturday 18th April 2020
Time: 8.00 p.m. IST (your time)
Time control: 3 mins per game (no increment)
Rounds: 9
Prize Fund: Rs. 10,000
Venue: Playchess, ChessBase India room, Premium Tournaments

How to play tournament

The entry is free. You only need to be a ChessBase Account Premium member and have a valid Playchess id. If you aren't a member already, this might be a good time to become a member.

You can create an account here. The first 90 days trial for starters is free, after that you can become a permanent Starter (€3.49/month, €34.90/year), or a Premium Member (€4.99/month, €49.90/year). Here is what you get for each membership plan.

All you need to do is install the Free Playchess software and fill in the entry form here. You need to be present at the Premium Tournaments sub-room inside ChessBase India room for the event.

Also with the Premium Account you get full access to Playchess, eight million games online, tactical training, private master classes, practise against an amateur-strength engine (where you can actually win games), learn openings, maintain your repertoire, store your games in the cloud, videos, and much more. Full details of all the services offered are given at the bottom of this page.

It is definitely worth a try!

Top seeds in the 5th Saturday Online Blitz

The following is a list of top players who had registered on Saturday morning (237 in total). More are bound to appear when the tournament begins. The previous ChessBase India Saturday Online Blitz event had 27 GMs, 36 IMs, 2 WGMs and 8 WIMs from India, Argentina, England, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Singapore, USA and Uzbekistan.

Sl.no. Name Playchess ID Rating
1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram hitter1999 2641
2 GM R Praggnanandhaa chessworld1 2608
3 GM Gukesh D Gk06 2563
4 GM Arjun Erigaisi Indian-Lion 2559
5 GM Elshan Moradiabadi GM Abadi 2555
6 GM Raunak Sadhwani devil1234 2545
7 GM Diptayan Ghosh Diptayan 2541
8 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov Uzbektiger95 2533
9 GM Andres Carlos Obregon Andres Obregon 2525
10 GM Shardul Gagare IndianKing97 2514
11 GM Harsha Bharathakoti RACEKING 2509
12 GM Iniyan P Superind2002 2506
13 IM Arjun Kalyan Arjunkalyan 2477
14 IM Arghyadip Das Arghyadip 2453
15 IM Leon Mendonca Luke boobyfisher 2452
16 IM Mitrabha Guha Miloni006 2445
17 IM Rathanvel V S vsr64 2445
18 IM Aditya Mittal vinniethepooh 2438
19 IM Pranesh M pranimastermuni 2437
20 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 2436

Circuit Standings after 4th Saturday Online Blitz

For each tournament played there were points which were added. The current circuit standings look like this:

Sl.no. Name Playchess ID Points
1 GM Diptayan Ghosh Diptayan 28
2 GM Arjun Erigaisi Indian-Lion 20
3 GM Raunak Sadhwani Devil1234 19
4 IM Aronyak Ghosh STRANGE 18
5 GM Praggnanandhaa R chessworld1 16
6 GM Visakh N R Visakh 14
7 Pranav V pranav_vip 11
8 GM Aravindh Chithambaram hitter1999 11
9 GM Gukesh D Gk06 10
10 GM Zaven Andriasian zavenGrozny 7
10 GM Elshan Moradiabadi GM Abadi 7
10 GM Abhimanyu Puranik pabh 7

Full information on the 4th Saturday Online Blitz is available here

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India website, the biggest chess news outlet in the country.