In championship week of the North American Corporate Chess League’s season 8, Symetra held onto their sturdy lead to secure the season 8 title. This is Symetra’s first title – they join Capital One, Deloitte, Google, and the Susquehanna International Group as NACCL champions.
Symetra earned the highest team score ever achieved in 8 seasons of the NACCL, with 57.5 points. They were bolstered by four very strong titled players: GM Andrey Stukopin, GM Vladimir Belous, IM Yannick Kambrath, and IM Irakli Beradze.
In second place was a familiar face in Google – A, with 50 points, led by Yury Volvovskiy, IM Ritvars Reimanis, Thanga Manickam, and Derek Jia.
Rounding out the top 10 were Nvidia (48 points), Capital One – A (46.5), Ernst & Young (46), Deloitte (46), PricewaterhouseCoopers (45.5), Jane Street (45.5), FINRA (45), and Google – B (44.5).
Plaques are awarded to the top 10 teams overall, as well as the top two small companies (Flume Water and Torchlight Investors). The full team standings and awards can be seen here.
Symetra also dominated the individual standings, taking the top 4 spots (GM Stukopin – 15 points, GM Belous – 14.5, IM Kambrath – 14, IM Beradze – 14). Tied for fifth place with 13 points were GM Andrey Baryshpolets (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Yury Volvoskiy (Google – A).
Plaques are engraved and mailed to the top 15 players overall, as well as top 3 in each rating category: Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, Under 1000, and Unrated. See full individual standings and awards here.
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IM Kyron Griffith (Lyft) annotates 4 games every week.
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
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 Grant Oen a link to the game via lichess. His account is @go2006
Commentary and Lectures
FM Gauri Shankar commentated live on week 4, which you can replay here.
Congratulations to all the winners! Those who will claim individual or team prizes will be contacted should fill out the prize forms coming soon. Stay tuned for season 9 coming up in the first quarter of 2024.
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