Week 4 of the North American Corporate Chess League’s Season 7 is in the books, with Capital One capturing a small lead over Ernst & Young and 40+ other companies in the team standings.
The Capital One team is off to a great four weeks in the NACCL, taking a two-point lead into week 5. They are led by IM Craig Hilby (11 points), Philip Yu (9.5), and several players with 8 points. The top four scores are totaled to form the team score of 36.5 points for Capital One, but with Ernst & Young (34.5 points), Google-B (34), PricewaterhouseCoopers (33.5), and FINRA (33) just behind them.
There is all to play for in the final two weeks! Check out the team standings here.
In the individual standings, GM Andrey Baryshpolets (PwC) tops the leaderboard with 11.5 points out of 12, only eschewing a draw to IM Michael Bodek of Lyft. In clear second place is IM Craig Hilby (Capital One) with 11 points (only losing in week 2 to GM Baryshpolets). Tied for third place are Philip Yu (Capital One) and Noah Isaksen of Bloomberg Games with 9.5 points.
IM Michael Bodek (Lyft) annotates 4 games every week.
If you feel as though you played an interesting game. Please feel free to send Michael a link to the game via lichess. His account is @mbodek
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
FM Gauri Shankar had the call on week 4 commentary, which can be replayed here.
GM Naroditsky and FM Shankar will alternative the Monday improvement lectures which are open to all players. Details sent via email.
Special Note – Fair Play
Unfortunately, the NACCL has already had to make a few fair play decisions with the support of lichess. While we are a competitive league with team and individual prizes, please be reminded that any form of external assistance while playing is strictly against the spirit of this competition and will not be tolerated.
Although we only require Zoom for the top 10 boards, there is robust fair play detection at all levels of the league. Do not risk your professional reputation by cheating in the NACCL.
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