After 5 weeks of the North American Corporate Chess League’s sixth season, Google leapfrogged previous frontrunners Deloitte to top the leaderboard with 31 points. The Google squad is led by NM Richard Chen and Lasha Lakirbaia (8 points) plus Kathan Shukla and Justin Kunkel at 7.5 points. Google won the NACCL in season 2, 3, and 5, and will look to close out season 6 in the final week.
Season 4 Champions, Deloitte, are in second place with 29 points. Rounding out the top 10 teams are:
- 3rd Place: Lyft – 28 points
- 4th-5th Place: PricewaterhouseCoopers and Prometheus Group – 27.5
- 6th-7th Place: Jump Trading and DRW Holdings – 27
- 8th Place: Jane Street – 26.5
- 9th Place: Accenture Federal Services – 26
- 10th Place: FINRA – 25.5
None of the teams ranked 3rd through 10th place have taken down a NACCL title, and undoubtedly that will be the goal for these strong players and teams in week 6.
Check out the full team standings here.
At the sole lead of the individual standings is IM Michael Bodek of Lyft with 8.5 points out of 10 – his only “blemishes” are two skipped rounds (half-point byes) and a hard-fought draw against GM Andrey Baryshpolets (PWC). Putting up a strong performances and entering week 6 tied for 2nd-6th places are NM Richard Chen (Google), Benjamin Blium (Deloitte), Max Hofmann (Sullivan & Cromwell), Artem Beer (Deloitte), and Lasha Lakirbaia (Google).
With many team and individual prizes and such tight competition, there is everything to play for in the final week!
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
Commentary and Lectures
FIDE Master Gauri Shankar had the call on week 5 commentary, which can be replayed here. Monday is our final weekly improvement seminar with GM Daniel Naroditsky.
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