Fischer Random tournament on 23rd May 2020 on Playchess

by Shahid Ahmed
5/22/2020 – After the successful online event on Playchess in April the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust (BKT) is back with another tournament. The tournament has a prize fund of ₹35000 and is a Fischer Random (Chess960) tournament. The first prize is ₹11000. With rating category prizes and prizes for women, it's a tournament you cannot afford to miss. It will take place on Saturday 23rd of May at 8 p.m. Indian Standard Time (16:30 CEST, 14:30 UTC, 09:30 EST) in Chess960 Tournaments in the "Thematic Chess" room on Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else the entry fee is ₹300. Registration is on.

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Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Fischer Random Blitz on 23rd May

On the heels of the success of BKT Online Blitz on 14th April 2020, Buddhibal Kreeda Trust will be back to organize a Fischer Random Open Blitz event which will have a total prize fund of ₹35000 with the first prize of ₹11000. The entire prize fund is sponsored by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust. And 50% of the entry collected will be donated to the CM Relief fund of Maharashtra. Entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else the entry fee is ₹300. The event is open to players all over the world.

Prakash Kunte, the man who started the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust, and his better half. 

Prakash has worked tirelessly throughout his life to ensure that chess in Maharashtra and India develops. He has nurtured two of the finest talents of Indian chess - GM Abhijit Kunte and WIM Mrunalini Kunte.

GM S L Narayanan won Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Online Blitz on 14th April 2020

Details of the online tournament

Date: Saturday 23rd May 2020

Time: 8.00 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins + 1 sec increment

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹35000

Venue: Chess 960 Tournaments in Playchess under Thematic Chess room

Main Prizes (All prizes mentioned in Indian Rupees)

1 USD = Rs.75

1st 11000
2nd 6000
3rd 4000
4th 3000
5th 2000
6th 1000
7th 800
8th 700
9th 500
10th 500
11th 500
12th 500
13th 500
14th 500
15th 500

Best Below 1700

1st 600
2nd 400

Best Below 1500

1st 600
2nd 400

Best Women

1st 600
2nd 400

FIDE Standard Rating will be considered for Rating Category prizes, a player without a standard rating will be considered as an unrated player. One player will be eligible for one higher prize only.

Entry fees

The entry fee for the event is ₹300. The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. The last date for entry is 23rd of May 2020 12 p.m. IST. Registration is Open. If you are an Indian, you can register here.

International players (outside India) can submit €5 entry fee here via Paypal and email us their name, FIDE ID and Playchess ID to

Titled players must write to us at with their playchess id to confirm their entry.

List of confirmed players

Sr No. Player name Rating Playchess ID
1 GM Sethuraman S.P 2644 Piscean
2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2641 hitter1999
3 GM SL Narayanan 2618 narayanansl
4 GM Mikhail kobalia 2614 Mikhail kobalia
5 GM Praggnanandhaa R 2608 chessworld1
6 GM Vaibhav Suri 2600 irus1997
7 GM Gukesh D 2563 gk06
8 GM Arjun Erigaisi 2559 Indian-Lion
9 GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2555 GMAbadi
10 GM Raunak Sadhwani 2545 devil1234
11 GM Stany GA 2522 stany g a
12 GM Shyam Sunder 2518 chillax
13 GM Visakh NR 2516 Visakh
14 GM Shardul Gagare 2514 IndianKing97
15 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 2509 RACEKING
16 IM Renato Terry 2504 TerryR
17 GM Dusan Popovic 2500 DusanPopovic
18 GM Girish Koushik 2498 gak_chess
19 GM M R Venkatesh 2493 Sivaji
20 IM Saksham Rautela 2480 Kcnock
21 IM Arjun Kalyan 2477 Arjunkalyan
22 GM Vishnu Prasanna 2476 Fidodido
23 IM Harshit Raja 2472 Johncking
24 IM Volodar Murzin 2465 Murzin
25 IM Rahul Srivasthav P 2457 rahulsrivathsav
26 IM Leon Mendonca 2452 boobyfischer
27 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2445 NubairshahShaikh
28 IM Mitrabha Guha 2445 Babysnake
29 IM VS.Rathanvel 2445 vsr64
30 GM Andrey Devyatkin 2436 Adevyatkin
31 L R Srihari 2414 lsr
32 IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2412 champion111
33 GM Laxman R R 2411 Laxman
34 GM Himanshu Sharma 2394 himplanet
35 WGM R. Vaishali 2393 rvaishali2001
36 IM Giuseppe Leiva 2391 unico
37 IM Nitin S 2381 snitin
38 IM Krishna Teja, N 2378 N_Krishna teja
39 Shahil 2376 Shahil dey
40 IM Aleksei Kireev 2351 MaestroASK
41 IM Anuj Shrivatri 2350 Anuj Shrivatri
42 Pranav V 2348 pranav_vip
43 IM Abhishek Kelkar 2320 Livestrong_6
44 Ajay Karthikeyan 2315 skkeyan
45 IM Rathnakaran K 2314 Rathnakaran
46 IM P Saravana Krishnan 2312 mbachez90
47 Aditya Samant 2297 adityass
48 WIM Priyanka Nutakki 2263 Priyanka Nutakki
49 JUBIN JIMMY 2259 Kollam
50 WIM Mrudul Dehankar 2256 shiv01
51 Prraneeth Vuppala 2253 Smart123
52 WIM Cholleti Sahajasri 2235 lifeis2short
53 IM Nisha Mohota 2195 Nisha Mohota
54 Rohit S 2189 rohit2007
55 Amardeep S Bartakke 2177 Aditya2003
56 WIM Michelle Catherina 2176 Zanta
57 WIM Saloni Sapale 2147 Saloni1204
58 Soham Datar 2115 Sohamchess64
59 Garv Gaur 2083 garvgaur1008
60 MILIND MAITI 2068 Maitiboy
61 Laishram Imocha 2049 Athoibi
62 Alan Diviya Raj 2033 Michaelraj_98
63 Bommini Mounika Akshaya 2029 Boa Constrictor
64 Kiran Panditrao 1898 Kiran Panditrao
65 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam 1860 Position
66 Anand Sivasankar 1853 anandfan
67 Sahil Dhawan 1849 Greatgatsby
68 Phatak Aanjaneya 1769 aanjaneya
69 Vishvesh Kochrekar 1663 Vishveshk
70 SOLLETI SRUJAN KEERTHAN 1647 SrujanKeerthan
71 Augustiya Negi 1575 -247055
72 Anshuman Singh 1559 Anshuman19
73 VarshitaJain 1491 Chessqueen1491
74 Mitul KH 1341 MitulKH
75 Surucha Shanbhag 1324 Crazyintrovert
76 Sarvad Senthil 1226 Sarvad64Squares
77 chetan pandit 1200 chepan
78 Shanjula Senthil 1176 Shanjusai
79 Ishan Warudkar 1117 ishanw
80 Mathur Raj 1052 Raj1611
81 Wadikar Arnav 1040 Arnavwadikar
82 kaavya g s 1030 kaavyaraghavan
83 Shreyas G Kaushik 1003 Sgk
84 Mayur Gondhalekar 0 gonda
85 Archit Nikhil Deshpande 0 Archit_deshpande
86 Balasundaram K 0 alphadinosaur
87 Saurav Rath 0 Sauravr11
88 Ajay Sharma 0 Knightsabre
89 Rahul Anil Bhagwat 0 MRAA
90 Sougata Bose 0  
91 Atmakuri Dimple Sriya 0 Dimpi
92 Adithya Purushothaman 0 adithya505

Chess960 rules

Chess960 (also known as Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces on the players' home ranks is randomized. The random setup renders the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely on their talent and creativity.

There are in all 960 possibilities. This starting position was used in the game between Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian in their Mainz Chess960 World Championship. This is position number 666.

All the pieces move in the same manner as chess. Two important rules while arranging pieces on the last rank is that the bishops should be on opposite coloured squares and the rooks should be on the opposite side of the king.

Castling in chess960

The only complicated rule that is to some extent different from normal chess is castling. In chess 960 the king and the rook end up in the exact same position after castling as in normal chess after castling.

The king is on f1 and the rook on g1. So in order to castle short, I do not need anything. I can just touch my king on f1 and bring it over the g1 rook and leave it. The rook will jump over to f1 and the king will settle down on g1 and it will be a short castling done.

You have already castled!

Now let's go to the initial position again:

How do we castle long?

When we castle long, the king needs to touch the rook on the queenside. Both these squares are taken up by the bishops. Hence after five moves I try to vacate these squares. The position looks something like this:

Now I drag my king and drop it on the queenside rook to do long castle

The rook on its own moves to d1 and you have successfully 0-0-0!

For those who are new/unfamiliar with Fischer Random/Chess 960, it is highly recommended to play a few Fischer Random games to get accustomed to castling in various scenarios.



How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here and then buy the premium membership from the product embeds given above.

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Next you have to download the free native Windows software from here. If you have Mac OS or Mac Computer, then you have to use some VMWare to run it as Playchess Desktop Client has native support on Windows OS only. The tournament cannot be played via mobile or tablet device.

Login or Create account

After you have installed the Client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess/ChessBase Account username and password. Locate Thematic Chess Room under Rooms on the bottom right of the screen.

Click on Thematic Chess to get the Chess960 Tournaments option and then select it.

The tournament will take place in the Chess960 Tournaments in the Thematic Chess 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 23rd of May 2020. 7:15 p.m. IST would be a good time.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. If 'Join Event' button does not show and 'Unregistered' shows instead, it means you have been registered in the tournament. The Tournament Director will accept your entry. Only those who have paid the entry fee will be allowed to play.

Note: The Playchess id, while registering and playing the tournament should be the same.

Important links:

Read more about the event and BKT

Players outside India pay your entry fee here and send a mail to confirming your entry.


Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.


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