North American Corporate Chess League Week 5 – Up for Grabs
After five weeks of the North American Corporate Chess League’s third season, longtime frontrunner Google took the lead with 31.5 points. Their lead is certainly not insurmountable, as Deloitte (30.5), AirBnb (30.0), Susquehanna International Group (29.0), DRW Holdings (28.5), and Jump Trading (27.5) will certainly fight for the top prizes in the final week.
Team Standings after Week 5
|Rank||Team||Team Points||Top Scorer(s)|
|1||31.5||NM James Sun (9.0)|
|2||Deloitte||30.5||FM Benjamin Moon, NM Saumil Padhya (8.5)|
|3||Airbnb||30.0||NM Anna Matlin (8.0)|
|4||Susquehanna International Group||28.5||Ella Papanek, Raj Ray Chaudhury (7.5)|
|5||DRW Holdings||28.0||NM Nicholas Desmarais, FM Igor Tsyganov (8.0)|
|6||Jump Trading||27.5||FM Andrey Krasnov (7.5)|
|7||Hewlett Packard Enterprise||25.5||Brian McCabe (7.0)|
|8||Jane Street||25.0||Dyland Xue (7.0)|
|9||Qualcomm||24.5||Shailesh Maheshwari (6.5)|
|10||ThomsonReuters||24.5||Sarah Budow (7.0)|
With only 4 points separating first and sixth place, there is a lot to play for in the final week. Prizes are not only awarded to the top 10 teams, but also the top 2 small companies (<50 employees), top financial service company, top IT company, and top law company – there is something for everyone to play for in week 6. See the prize list here and team standings here.
Still at the top of the individual standings is Google’s NM James Sun (9 points). Several players are right behind NM Sun with 8.5 points: NM Saumil Padhya (Deloitte), and FM Benjamin Moon (Deloitte). See the full individual standings here.
In an exciting game which was critical for Deloitte’s chances to clinch the title, FM Benjamin Moon (Deloitte) fended off an interesting piece sacrifice and attack conducted by Kathan Shukla of Google.
SIG’s Andy Lee played an interesting endgame against Janusz Kudelka (Airbnb) in round 9:
View all games in the league here.
FM Peter Giannatos had the call this week – replay his commentary here.
Weekly Improvement Seminar
GM Daniel Naroditsky led the Monday lecture this week. Improvement seminars are held every Monday during the league from 8-9pm Eastern.
A special thanks goes to our sponsors Aimchess and Chessable for supporting additional prizes and promotions for league members.
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