After week 4 of the North American Corporate Chess League’s season 5, Google and the Susquehanna International Group (SIG) are tied for the lead.
While GM Andrew Tang of SIG was not able to join for this week’s games, he (as well as all other players who have not exceeded 3 skipped weeks) will receive two “byes,” good for half a point each. Thus, Google (25 points) was able to make up some ground at the top of the team standings, as Teddy Katz (6.5 points), Felipe Mira (6.5), Ravi Khanna (6.0), and Benjamin Stern (6.0), are the top four contributors to the team score.
SIG’s squad also sits at 25 points, with Andrew Tang sitting at 7 points, along with Nalin Khanna, Bryce Streeper, and Aranav Baid each at 6 points. Just behind these two NACCL powerhouses are Nvidia, a new team to the league. Despite not having any titled players, the Nvidia team are playing inspired chess, as they are led by Anil Gahlot (7.0), Matthew Mendell (6.5), Michael Lu (6.0), and Abhishek Dutta (5.0).
FINRA (23.5 points) are in 4th place, while DRW Holdings rounds out the top 5 at 23 points. The full team standings can be found here.
In the individual standings, GM Andrew Tang (SIG), Tyler Geonetta (Airbnb), and Anil Gahlot (Nvidia) top the leaderboard at 7 points out of a possible 8. They are closely followed by a pack of 8 players at 6.5 points, including FIDE Master Andrey Krasnov (Jump Trading) and National Master Andrew Lu (DRW Holdings).
Although each player and team will be playing to win in the final two weeks, there is always an extensive prize list in the North American Corporate Chess League. For the team prizes, custom plaques are awarded to the top 10 overall teams, as well as the top 2 small companies (under 50 employees), top financial service company, top IT company, and top law company. For the individual prizes, custom plaques are awarded to the top 15 overall finishers, as well as the top 10 players rated under 1700, top 10 players under 1100, and top 10 unrated players.
The NACCL and the Charlotte Chess Center’s free Qualifier tournaments to the 2022 Fischer Random World Championship continue on lichess for several more days – check out CCC News Article and Lichess Announcement (updated).
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!
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
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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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