NACCL News Season 5

Record Breaking Season 5

Season 5 of the North American Corporate Chess League is here!  With 40 teams and 506 players, the NACCL maintains its status as the largest corporate chess league in the world.

There are many returning teams including previous champions Susquehanna International Group (SIG) (Season 1 Champions), Google (Season 2 and 3 Champions) and Deloitte (Season 4 Champions).  There are also many new teams and hundreds of new players.

The NACCL features an inclusive and easy-to-understand format.  An overwhelming number of the players in the league are casual players, but they are joined by GM Praveen Balakrishnan (Citadel Securities), GM Andrew Tang (SIG), IM Kyron Griffith (Lyft) as well as many FIDE Masters and National Masters.

The top four scores from each company comprise a team’s score, so recreational players can compete without the fear that they are “bringing down” their colleagues.  There are also individual standings and prizes, plus weekly chess improvement seminars for all participants.

With a simple online check-in process and no downloads, roster submissions, memberships, or powerhouse chess teams from within the industry, the NACCL is very accessible and straightforward, meanwhile emphasizing engagement, team building, and the popularization of chess.

367 of the 506 players checked in for week 1, which consisted of two games of 15+5 (15 minutes plus 5 second increment per move).  As is the nature of rapid games, there were a few upsets up and down the crosstable.  Many expert (2000+) rated and other strong players did not get through 2 rounds unscathed.

Team Standings

In the team standings, six teams scored the maximum 8 points – Google, Deloitte, Accenture Federal Services, SIG, NVIDIA, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

FINRA are just behind with 7.5 team points, and DRW Holdings, Sullivan and Cromwell have 7 points.  The top four player scores within each company contribute to the team standings.  With six teams on a perfect score and many within 1 point, this looks to be the most competitive season yet.

Individual Standings

In addition to team prizes, the NA Corporate Chess League offers individual prizes for the top performers.  76 players move to 2-0 on the individual standings, but with an accelerated pairing system and closer matchups coming up in week 2, the number of perfect scores will be whittled down quickly.  Players who skip an early week earn half point “byes” so as to help their team a bit even if they must miss a week or two.  Individual standings can be found here.

Kyron’s Corner

IM Kyron Griffith (Lyft) annotates 4 games each week of the NACCL. See those games with his comments below:

If you feel as though you played an interesting game. Please feel free to send Kyron a link to the game via lichess. His account is @kyrongriffith

Peter’s Puzzlers

FM Peter Giannatos provides puzzles from games played in the NACCL. These are great tactical warmups and you never know when your game will appear here!

If you had an interesting tactic in your game. Please feel free to send Peter a link to the game via lichess. His account is @Giannatos

Commentary and Lectures

Replay FM Peter Giannatos’ week 1 Twitch commentary here.  Every Monday during the league is the NACCL’s improvement seminar led GM Daniel Naroditsky.

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