After five weeks of the North American Corporate Chess League’s seventh season, Capital One maintains a narrow lead in a very competitive league leaderboard.
With 44 team points, Capital One is just ahead of second place Ernst & Young (42.5) and Google’s competitive squads – Google-A has 41 points, while Google-B has 40.5. Rounding out the top 5 is Deloitte, with 39.5 points.
Capital One and EY would both be brand new NACCL champions, while Google, Deloitte, and the Susquehanna International Group have all tasted victory in previous seasons.
EY was helped in a big way when NM Mike Zaloznyy defeated GM Andrey Baryshpolets of PricewaterhouseCoopers on board 2 of round 15.
Check out the full team standings here. The top four scores for each company make up the team score.
At the sole lead of the individual standings is IM Craig Hilby of Capital One with 14 points out of 15, with 14 wins and a single loss against GM Baryshpolets, who is in second place at 12 points. The aforementioned NM Mike Zaloznyy is in clear third place with 11.5 points, and there are many players tied for fourth place with 11 points, including titled players NM Francisco Guadalupe (Anduril Industries) and NM Andrew Lu (DRW Holdings).
With many team and individual prizes and such tight competition, there is everything to play for in the final week!
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
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.
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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