International Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed
3/21/2021 – Dr. N Mahalingam Chess Academy is for the first time organizing an international online blitz open tournament, with a total prize fund of ₹100000. It will take place on Sunday, 21st March at 7 p.m. IST (2:30 p.m. CET, 09:30 New York) in the ChessBase India webroom on Playchess. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else the entry fee is ₹200 for Indians, and 3 Euro for foreigners. The tournament can be played via Windows software, desktop or laptop browsers only. So far 279 participants – including lots of GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs – have registered. | Photo: Yugam 2021

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Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open

Sunday 21st March at 7 p.m. IST

Dr. N Mahalingam Chess Academy has organized 20 chess tournaments and camps and now for the first time they will be conducting a virtual tournament with a total prize fund of ₹1,00,000 – with special categories for women, ratings, age groups, veterans and specially challenged. The entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs.  For everyone else the entry fee is ₹200 for Indians, and 3 Euro for foreigners. The tournament will be conducted on ChessBase India webroom and will require the players to play via desktop or laptop. Players will not be able to take part in the tournament using a mobile or tablet. Those who are well versed with the Playchess Windows Desktop Client can also play via that software. 9 GMs, 9 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs have confirmed so far, in a total of 279 participants.

  • Date: Sunday 21st March 2021
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. IST (check the time in your location)
  • Time control: 3 mins + 0 sec increment
  • Number of rounds: 9
  • Total Prize fund: ₹100000
  • Venue: ChessBase India webroom (Playchess windows software is preferred although the tournament can be played via desktop or laptop browser also. Mobile or Tablet device is not allowed)
  • Chief Arbiter: IA Vivek Sohani


  1. Buchholz Cut 1
  2. Buchholz
  3. Sonneborn-Berger
  4. Direct encounter
  5. The greater number of wins including forfeits

Full information on the event.


No draw before 30th move

In all events organized by us, 'Draw offer' before the completion of 30th move is not allowed. If a draw is agreed before the completion of 30th move, the player who offered the draw will be given a loss in that round irrespective of tournament situation. This rule has been enforced to see fighting games on all boards.

Mandatory Zoom Video Call

All players must remain on Zoom Video Call throughout the tournament from 6:15 p.m. IST till the end of the tournament. Players without having their camera turned on during all the games will NOT be eligible for a prize. All players must mention their full name on the Zoom display ID and share their entire screen (not just window only). The Zoom link has been sent to all registered participants.

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We request all players to check their Internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps wired broadband. No phone calls/messages will be entertained from 5 p.m. IST. All queries must be resolved before 5 p.m. Each player is responsible for their own connection, organizers are not responsible for a player's disconnection.

Anti-Cheating measures

Use of engines is strictly prohibited. All games are being scanned, players are checked through video call. Anyone found adapting any unfair means will be removed from the tournament and all points scored in the tournament will be forfeited. We also have your details and hence you would not be allowed to participate in any future events and your Playchess ID will be banned.

How to play tournament?

Please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one here and make sure you are only on a desktop or laptop browser. It is independent of Operating System. Mobile and tablet devices are not allowed.


1. Go to the ChessBase India webroom from any browser.

You will see the above window. Click on the 'Login' button at the top.

Alternate way to play via Playchess Desktop Client

Those who are familiar with the Playchess Desktop Client can also play from the free software. In case you do not have it yet, download it from here. Note: It is not mandatory to install it to play this tournament.

Scroll down to the very end of the 'Rooms' tab and locate 'Club Rooms from Web'. Select 'Club Rooms from Web'. Now select 'ChessBaseIndia' under 'Club Rooms from Web'.


Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries). Email -

Top 30 participants (of a 279 total)

No.     Name FideID FED RtgI
1   GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 5072786 IND 2641
2   GM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo 3805662 PER 2620
3   GM Gupta Abhijeet 5010608 IND 2612
4   GM Praggnanandhaa R 25059530 IND 2608
5   GM Karthikeyan Murali 5074452 IND 2606
6   GM Gukesh D 46616543 IND 2563
7   GM Ghosh Diptayan 5045207 IND 2541
8   GM Vakhidov Jakhongir 14201801 UZB 2533
9   GM Gagare Shardul 5037883 IND 2514
10   GM Harsha Bharathakoti 5078776 IND 2509
11   IM Terry Renato 3803457 PER 2504
12   GM Debashis Das 5024854 IND 2501
13   GM Venkatesh M.R. 5005779 IND 2493
14   GM Popovic Dusan 927031 SRB 2481
15   GM Rasulov Vugar 13402390 AZE 2478
16   IM Arjun Kalyan 35018701 IND 2477
17   IM Das Arghyadip 5003610 IND 2453
18   IM Mitrabha Guha 5057000 IND 2445
19   IM Rathanvel V S 25002112 IND 2445
20   IM Aditya Mittal 35042025 IND 2438
21   IM Pranesh M 35028600 IND 2437
22   IM Aronyak Ghosh 25072846 IND 2436
23   IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 5053196 IND 2436
24   IM Das Sayantan 5034426 IND 2431
25   CM Shahil Dey 35062352 IND 2431
26   IM Im A Ra Harikrishnan 5081483 IND 2429
27   FM Pranav Anand 46626786 IND 2417
28   FM Srihari L R 46617116 IND 2414
29   IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete 5073421 IND 2412
30   GM Laxman R.R. 5005361 IND 2411

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Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries).

Email -

Full information on the event.


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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