At the halfway mark of the North American Corporate Chess League’s season 5, the Susquehanna International Group (SIG) overtook Google’s early lead.
While SIG is a familiar team in the NACCL, especially as the Season 1 Champions, their intern GM Andrew Tang has set a blazing pace at 6/6. Tang, a popular streamer and very talented blitz and bullet specialist rated near 2600 USCF, is the only player to have a perfect score. He is joined by his colleagues Nalin Khanna (5 points), Aranav Baid (5), and Peter Williamson (4.5).
In a tie for third place at 19 points are DRW Holdings led by Paul Mannino and Max Rans with 5 points, and Season 4 Champions Deloitte, who have Benjamin Blium (5.5), Rozi Amin (5), and Dipan Saha (4.5) as their top scorers. Nvidia rounds out the top 5 with 18.5 points. The full team standings can be found here.
In the individual standings, besides GM Andrew Tang at 6 points, FM Andrey Krasnov (Jump Trading) and Benjamin Blium (Deloitte) have 5.5 points, trailed by a large pack of players at 5 points. GM Praveen Balakrishnan (Citadel Securities) and IM Kyron Griffith (Lyft), who were not able to play this week, top the players in the 4.5 score group.
Just announced this week, the NACCL and the Charlotte Chess Center will sponsor several free Lichess Qualifier tournaments to the 2022 Fischer Random World Championship! Check out CCC News Article and Lichess Announcement.
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
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!
Warning: difficult puzzles this week
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
NACCL Director FM Peter Giannatos had the call on week 3 commentary, which can be replayed here. Each Monday is our weekly improvement seminar with GM Daniel Naroditsky.
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