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First prize: Rs. 15,000 !!

South Mumbai Chess Academy online tournament on 3rd December, 2017

Brothers and Founders of SMCA G. Nagesh and G.Balaji with five-time World Champion Vishy Anand

Celebrating 21st anniversary

Date: Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Time: 10.00 a.m. IST 

Time control: 3+1, 10 rounds

Prize fund: Rs. 62,500

Venue: Playchess

Please note the time is 10 a.m. We have kept the tournament in the morning so that you can party in the evening!

Flamboyant GM Adhiban Baskaran will be the top seed of the tournament | Photo: Lennart Ootes

GM S.P. Sethuraman who almost sent Anish Giri home in the World Cup 2017, will raise the bar of the tournament with his participation

World Junior 2017 Bronze medal winner GM Aravindh Chithambaram will be seen in action

Two time National Premier Champion GM Murali Karthikeyan will make his debut in ChessBase Online Blitz tournament

Former Asian Junior Blitz Champion GM S L Narayanan will be among top seeds

GM Vaibhav Suri is familiar with the taste of championship in ChessBase Online Blitz tournament as he won the 2nd edition of it earlier this year

Newly crowned National Premier champion GM Lalith Babu will try to extend his domination in ChessBase Online Blitz tournaments

GM G N Gopal, reigning National Blitz Champion, GM R R Laxman and GM Dibyendu Barua will be in action

Pune's youngest and 3rd Grandmaster Abhimanyu Puranik will also participate

Former National Rapid and National Challengers GM Debashis Das will be among the top seeds

Karnataka's first and India's 50th Grandmaster M S Thejkumar will be one of the thirteen Grandmasters participating in the tournament

3 young IMs have confirmed their participation: Hemant Sharma, Swayams Mishra and Sidhant Mohapatra

IM Nitin S joins the list of other young IMs of the tournament

IM C R G Krishna has joined the strongest online blitz of the winter

National Challengers 2016 champion IM Ravi Teja S has also confirmed his participation

Odisha's youngest IM Rakesh Kumar Jena will join the strong line up

Andhra Pradesh IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad will be seen in action


The total prize fund is Rs.62,500

(Introducing for the first time female as well as age category prizes!)


Main Prize list:

Place Prize
1st 15,000
2nd 10,000
3rd 8,000
4th 5,000
5th 3,500
6th 2,500
7th 2,000
8th 1,700
9th 1,500
10th 1,200

Best female player: Rs.2,500

Age category prizes:

Best under-8 (born on or after 1/1/2009) - Rs.800

Best under-10 (born on or after 1/1/2007) - Rs.800

Best under-12 (born on or after 1/1/2005) - Rs.800

Best under-14 (born on or after 1/1/2003)- Rs.800

Best under-16 (born on or after 1/1/2001) - Rs.800

Special prizes:

Place Prize
20th 800
30th 800
40th 800
50th 800
60th 800
70th 800
80th 800

The condition to claim all of these prizes is that you have to play all the rounds of the tournament, and cannot leave it half-way.

Entry fee:

The entry fee is Rs.500. In this fee you get one month of ChessBase Premium Account worth Rs.125. Before paying the entry fee of the tournament, please ensure that you have a valid Playchess id. You can create one from here. The last date to pay entry is 2nd December 2017.

Once you have paid the entry fee, you will receive the one month serial key on the registered email address along with the procedure to extend your account.


Entry fee for students of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) will be Rs.250 which should be paid directly at the academy.

All GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs get free entry to our tournament. All you have to do is write a mail to us at along with your name, FIDE ID, FIDE Rating and the Playchess ID. If you do not have a Playchess ID please create it from here and share with us.


For registration queries contact:

Mr Shahid Ahmed - 9038139510 email -

The above number (9038139510can also be used for payment of entry fee via Paytm.

Tournament Rules:

  • All the games will be checked by the server engine and by a panel of experts. If any player is found guilty of cheating, the concerned player’s account will be suspended and will not be allowed to participate in any of the future Playchess events. The prize in such cases will move to the next rank.
  • The provisional standings will be displayed immediately after the end of the tournament. However, the final standings will be displayed within a week after all the games have been checked.
  • We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. If poor internet connection is detected at the start of the tournament, the concerned player will not be allowed to participate and the entry fee will be refunded after a minimal amount (around 3-5%) is deducted.


  • The Tournament Director will hold the right to reject any entry and entry fee will be refunded (after a minimal amount of around 3-5% is deducted) if the entry is rejected at the start of the tournament. The decision of the Tournament Director will be final.


  • After the tournament has started and your internet is disconnected or you exit the playing room, you will not be paired for the next rounds and your entry fee will not be refunded.

How to play in the tournament?

1. Download the free Windows software of Playchess

Firstly you have to download the free native Windows software from here.

Login or create an account

After you have installed the Playchess client. You must login.

Enter your Playchess username and password if you have one. (Note, for all the ChessBase Account Premium members, your login credentials will work). If you do not have a Username, you must click on "Create New Player Name" and create a new account. Alternatively, you can also create it here. This is free of cost and gives you free access to Playchess for a few days. After you pay the aforementioned entry fee, you will be given one month serial key on your registered email address along with the steps to make your account premium.

The tournament will take place in the newly created Vishy Anand Arena in the ChessBase India 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 3rd of December.

Click on the ‘Players’ Tab and then click on ‘Join Event’. The Sysop (Tournament Director) will accept your entry. This is subject to the payment of entry fees.

Note: The Playchess id, while paying the entry fee and while entering the playing arena on 3rd December, should be the same.

Registered Players:


Serial No. Name Rating Playchess ID
1 GM B Adhiban 2655 phoenix92
2 GM S.P. Sethuraman 2638 Piscean
3 GM G.N.Gopal 2589 ilusionist60
4 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 2586 Refresh
5 GM Murali Karthikeyan 2580 fighter64
6 GM S L Narayanan 2573 Indianwonder
7 GM Vaibhav Suri 2560 irus1997
8 GM Swapnil S Dhopade 2533 simandhar90
9 GM Lalith Babu M R 2525 Anji
10 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2521 pabh
11 GM Debashis Das 2501 debashis das
12 GM M S Thejkumar 2500 msthej
13 IM P Karthikeyan 2497 Chennaikramnik
14 IM Harsha Bharathakoti 2451 Target GM
15 GM Dibyendu Barua 2448 Dibyendu Barua
16 IM Swayams Mishra 2444 Mr bh6
17 IM Nitin S 2424 snitin
18 IM C R G Krishna 2421  
19 GM Rajaram Laxman 2397 Laxman
20 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2394 Imrk_64
21 IM Sidhant Mohapatra 2371 Sidhant
22 IM Hemant Sharma 2348 Aru Baba
23 FM Sai Krishna G V 2370 pennkrishna
24 FM Arjun Erigaisi 2365 Indian-Lion
25 IM Ravi Teja S 2369 Ravi Teja S
26 D Gukesh 2362 gk06
27 P Saravana Krishnan 2350 Mbachez90
28 FM Raunak Sadhwani 2339 devil1234
29 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 2334 Samudragupta
30 RAHUL SRIVATHSAV P 2331 rahulsrivathsav
31 FM Mitrabha Guha 2315 Babysnake
32 Gahan MG 2311 karnatakangahan
33 Koustav Chatterjee 2288 KoustavChatterjee1
34 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C H 2287 mehar
35 Raja Rithvik Rajavaram 2241 chesswarrior
36 R.Ashwath 2239 Csk
37 Ajay Karthikeyan 2224 skkeyan
38 Dushyant Sharma 2219 Dushu2930
39 Kushagra Mohan 2174 bindusara
40 Girish B Chandanani 2169 sanjanachandanani
41 Wesley Falcao 2169 WesleyFalcao
42 FM Arvind C J 2166 Junosource
43 Panesar Vedant 2161 brainboy123
44 Anand Nadar 2158 Anand_Nadar
45 Yadlapalli Venkata Kalyana Chakravarthy 2148 Tarak jr
46 Sahil Tickoo 2131 Moonwalk
47 Priyanka Nutakki 2107 Chess  Queen
48 Tarini Goyal 2071 Tan5
49 Swayangsu Satyakam 2033 FUTGEN
50 LAKSHMAN RAO D 2022 laxmi123
51 Kushager Krishnater 2021 kushu_attack
52 Siddarth 1985 Human1008
53 RISHAB SHAH 1973 DarkKnight8750
54 Aakash Dalvi 1969 aakash-dalvi
55 Kotepalli Sai Nirupama 1949 saraswathii
56 Hetul Shah 1943 Het1999
57 PAVAN BNB 1915 loss2win
58 Anusha N L V 1902 Anushanlv
59 Atharva Jaeel 1893 atharvajaeel
60 Shahid Ahmed 1876 dnumber23
61 SHOURYA JAIN 1871 chesscombat2237
62 Toshali V 1860 apocalypse1
63 Bommini Mounika Akshaya 1829 Akhi
64 MAHITOSH DEY 1820 mahitosh
65 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam 1811 chessmotives_com
66 Rohit.S 1808 rohit_arjun
67 KARTHIK GOPAL G 1784 amma_007
68 ARAVIND BABU L 1776 chessislife6
69 Raahil Mullick 1775 raahi07
70 Sibi Srinivasa Einstein Reddy 1763 Sibieinstein
71 Saketh Pedagandham 1762 Me N Chess
72 Vishvesh Kochrekar 1745 Vishvesh2017
73 Sunil Vaidya 1736 sunil vaidya
74 K.Sarath chandra 1711 Def987abc123
75 Rajesh Gupta 1706 chessbattle
76 BHAVEN JAY SHAH 1678 Darkrai7
77 Prateek Wadhwa 1659 prateek_1659
79 Vishwa Vasnawala 1613 Vishwa78
80 ANIL SANDANSHI 1580 visit
81 Debarghya Samanta 1563 tapa1964
82 Mohit Swami 1549 mohitswami1022
83 Akavaram Ashish Reddy 1496 Aashish2003
84 Pratham Parikh 1491 Pratham1343
85 KONATHAM SNEHIL 1417 snehilindia
86 Jaiveer Mahendru 1413 diamond06
88 KUSH BHAGAT 1392 secret superstar
89 Tanmay Ajmera 1390 Tanmanyo
90 Sankaran Ponnada Krishnaswamy 1312 enthusiast
91 Dhairya Ghelani 1300 queen25
92 Medhansh Saxena 1300 littlemedhansh
93 Aditya Dhananjay Kale 1266 adikale 
94 Arueran Raghuraman 1158 arueran R
95 Gaurang Bagwe 1151 gau248
96 Aujsya Mohta 1110 aujsyamohta
97 Manpreeth Singh 1074 Manpreeth
98 Kanishk Bohra 0 kanishkbohra
99 Nandakumar Shroff 0 nksnks2011
100 ROUNAIV RANA 0 rocketspeed19
101 Sanditya Srivastava 0 Sanditya2510
102 Shorya Mohta 0 shoryamohta

Related links:

Official homepage of South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA)

Check out how the first ChessBase India Prize money online tournament was conducted

Vaibhav Suri wins second ChessBase India Prize money online tournament

Lalith Babu wins third ChessBase India Prize money online tournament

Feedback for previous ChessBase India prize money tournaments:

Great management....First time played a tournamet with no problems...This was my first online tournament.....And had a great experience hope you all organise this type of tournaments quite frequently.....Would love to participate in your future tournaments

-Ambarish Sharma


Thank you. It was really a nice and enjoyable tournament. Hope in future also ... If this kind of tournament once in a month happen it will be brilliant... 
-Mithu Dey (on behalf of Shahil)


Although the tournament was organized well, I felt that that referee 1 was somehow inactive. Other than that everything was fine.

-Rahul Shrivatshav


The Fischer online blitz event on 12th March was organised in an exemplary manner. Hope we have more tournaments of this stature in future.

-GM R.R. Laxman


It was an awesome tournament. I look forward to playing more in such events.
-Snehal Bhosale


Thank you, ChessBase India for arranging strongest online Fischer blitz event. I have played against high rated players including IMs and increased Playchess ELO from 1953 to 2008! There is nothing better than this a chess player can ask for. Seating at the home on perfect Sunday evening, sipping coffee and playing against famous players in India. Thank you so much for everything!
- Nikhil Joshi


I must congratulate ChessBase India for promoting events like this to encourage chess players on Online. Hope all the participants were able to enjoy playing this tournament without any glitch. The opportunity provided by ChessBase India is a welcome move.

- N.V.Nagesh (father of Badri Naryanan)


The tournament was very well conducted. I enjoyed playing the tournament. Maybe if possible next time you can use fide rating instead of the playchess rating as many new players started with low ratings. On the whole, it was a very good tournament.
- Arjun Kalyan


Loved the tournament. Was fun playing against such a strong field without leaving the house. Everything went smoothly and there were no real problems once it began. The only issue I had was the 20 minute delay to start the round. But I guess it's OK since it's the first time. Overall, great experience and would definitely play again. Great work guys. 
P. S-The bonus prizes are a nice incentive for players like me. :P
-Likhit Chilukuri


The tournament was well organised. I had a blast playing in this tournament :) It was a good experience playing without time increment. 
-Aashna Makhija


Excellent start.  Hope to play more events like this in future.
With warm regards...
-Nihal Sarin


The tournament was organized pretty well.. I liked this concept of online blitz tournament. Thank you for organizing this event.
-Akhilesh Nagare


I was very fascinated to play in an online blitz tournament for the first time! I did not play my best but I hope that from the next time, I expect more online tournaments from my own country, Chessbase India! I like everything of this tournament! But one thing the time control was without any increment. It ruined the quality of some games. But I hope Chessbase India will look after it and I am already excited to play in the next online blitz tournament!
-Rajdeep Sarkar


Thank you for your hard work!. Everything is just perfect for me. 
-Priyanka Nutakki


It was a great initiative on the part of Chess base India. Hope you are able to do on a regular basis. It was a great opportunity n looking forward to many more.
-Hriday Bhuta


It's a pleasure to play in the ChessBase India online tournament. I never played on board match with an International Master in a tournament but here I got a chance to play against Ratnakaran sir.
What ChessBase India is doing to Indian chess  is superb. Hope one day Anand also gets the same recognition like Sachin and Kohli .
My best wishes always with you.
-Harsh Kanoje, Nagpur


First of all, I would like to say congratulations for organizing such a mammoth event smoothly without any delays/disturbances. It is really a great platform for the budding chess players and chess enthusiasts (who can't travel more often for the tournaments as players I'm one among them) Playing these tournaments with such a strong field always been a great experience. Especially when you are paired against titled players (one of the best players in the country) it gives lots of encouragement and inspiration! I really enjoyed my tournament session (played with GM Vaibhav Suri in the first round and he became the champion in the end also played with IM Padmini Rout in the 9th round and I drew with her) also lost some games because of time pressure etc. ChessBase India is doing a great job and looking forward to hear from you about the future events like 3rd online blitz and many more (I believe you won't stop this journey for sure.)
-Pavan BNB, Mumbai


Thank you so much for organising the tournament, along with cb india , Halsagar & Dbca. Really appreciate it ! It was my 1st online tournament, a very good experience overall. It was very smoothly conducted infact. The last round delay was a very minor one, maybe max 5 mins, so it was not an issue at all.

-WGM Soumya Swaminathan, Pune

SMCA welcomes you to take part in this online tournament and celebrate the occasion of their 21st anniversary!
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