NACCL News Season 9

Season 9 – Symetra Wins!


In championship week of the North American Corporate Chess League’s season 9, Symetra held onto their sturdy lead to secure their second consecutive title.  Former NACCL champions Capital One, Deloitte, Google, and the Susquehanna International Group also competed this year.

Symetra tied their own record from last season, achieving 57.5 team 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 Jane Street, and Google finished in third place.  Rounding out the top 5 are PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.
Plaques are awarded to the top 10 teams (including those tied for 10th place), as well as the top two small companies (Major League Rugby and Arthur AI).  The full team standings and awards can be seen here.

Individual Standings

Symetra also dominated the individual standings, taking the top 3 spots (IM Irakli Beradze – 16 points, GM Andrey Stukopin – 15 points, GM Vladimir Belous – 14 points).  In a tie for fourth place were GM Andrey Baryshpolets (PwC) and FM David Peng (Jane Street).

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.  Here are the top players in each rating category:

  • Top Expert: Yury Volvovskiy (Google)
  • Top Class A: Saikat Nath (Ernst & Young)
  • Top Class B: Adam Muhs (Jump Trading)
  • Top Class C: John Fashek (PwC)
  • Top Class D: Connor Watts (Databricks)
  • Top Class E: Dan Reusz (Segal)
  • Top Under 1000: Samuel Tournoff (DRW Holdings)
  • Top Unrated: Tyler Monbleau (Segal)

See full individual standings and awards here.

Game Analysis

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

Commentary and Lectures

FM Peter Giannatos had the call on week 6 commentary, which can be replayed here.

Season 9 Partners

Season 10

Season 10 promises to be even bigger and better. We plan on mixing up the format a bit to make the finals more exciting. Stay tuned for season 10 coming up in Fall 2024.

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