4NCL Online Season 2: Kicks-off

By Tarun

The biggest Online Chess League 4NCL Online Season 2 Round 1 started on 25th August. Season 2 is good as the previous season with over 229 teams across 6 Divisions playing on lichess.org.

4NCL Online League format is pretty simple. After 7 rounds of swiss play, top 4 teams from respective division play semi-final and then, Final. Thou, this is for Division 1-4. For more details refer to 4NCL Offical Site.

Chessable White Rose 1 vs Blackthorne Russia:

Quite a suprising yet exciting pairing. Top Favorite teams battle against each other in round 1. The reigning champions outweigh Blackthorne Russia by 100 average team rating points.

Chessable vs Blackthorne Russia | Scoreboard

Blackthorne Russia scared Chessable White Rose 1 with Danny’s Big win against Gawain. See how Danny won against Gawain.

Before you see the game. Step into the foot steps of Danny

After this game, scores were level 1-1. John Emms was the first one to score a point for the team and 4NCL Online season 2, pointed out by the reigning champions tweet

Renowned author deserves best game of the round prize.

GM John M Emms Photo
Authors of 40+ Chess Books! John Emms| Photo: John Upham

Christof relieved team pressure by winning against Adam Taylor. The game was uncertain till White’s 43rd move. Where White Blundered.

The ball was on Blackthorne Russia’s Court. Having 2-1 Chessable White Rose were guaranteed a draw at least. The remaining game was Board 2. From the start, Richard had an upper hand. In the late middle-game, he was a whole knight up. So it was expected that the match scores would be 2-2, but in a tense-time scramble, Richard missed many winning opportunities. Finally, the game ended in a draw

Chessable White Rose 4NCL: Tweet
A much-needed win for the reigning champions
A great save by IM Adair James | Photo: ECF Chess

Guilford Young Guns vs Broadland Kestrels:

Guildford won without much of a hassle. Scoring 3-1. The team is led my GM Romain Edouard – 2nd highest rated player in division 2, if not at least round 1. So you can say the team’s biggest asset.

Romain had a smooth victory against Michael Harris. Early in the game white got the bishop pair and lion’s share in the center all under 8 moves.

Wood Green vs Sussex Social Isolaters:

Wood Green were too strong for Sussex Social Isolater. This was the only match in Division 1, where 100% was the winning rate. Wood Green had 3 IM’s and 1 FM with 2300+ rating playing this round.

There were many interesting games, but it is hard to cover them all in one article. Contact me at tarun@chessatc.com, if you want to share your game or some interesting game played in the 4NCL Online.

The USA vs Ireland Friendly Match: Peter Carroll’s Best Victory

by Tarun

Irish Chess Union and US Chess organized a friendly match. The match was held on 27th June. Ireland lost the match by 1 point. I’m analyzing the best victories of my Irish teammates. This time, I share my insights on Candidate Master (CM) Peter Carroll’s best victory in the match against Aakash Meduri.

Match Poster
The official US vs Ireland Match Poster`|Credits: US Chess Website

CM Peter Carroll played on the 12th board for Ireland. He battled against USA’s Aakash Meduri. The match outcome was 2-2. The final game of their board match was crucial for the Irish Team. If Peter wins, Ireland levels the score with 5. The USA only needs a draw to win the match. The latter happened, but I was amazed to see Peter escaping from dead-losing position to only a piece down.

Score Table
Best of 4 | Carroll Peter – Aakash Meduri Score Table

Decoding Peter Carroll’s Game

Feel free to watch the content you want. The below links are there to watch the content you wish to watch.

More Videos on Peter Carrol

ATC player bags Silver

ATC player bags Silver Medal at World School Chess Championship at Antalya, Turkey.

Irish born Tarun, who learned his chess by practice at ATC wins Silver Medal for Ireland. Tarun dedicates his win to all the players of ATC and his coach IM CRG Krishna.

Gold winner
Grand Master Javokhir Sindarov

Tarun lost his game by Grand Master Javokhir Sindarov from Usbekistan, but didn’t lose his hope and played a fantastic game by sacrificing his Bishop for four pawns and won the game against Singaporean Candidate Master Advait Bagri. The penultimate round is like a decider against FM Ilyasli Ugur from Azerbaijan, Tarun sacrificed a pawn for a positional compensation. Last round, it’s a quick draw and sealed a Silver for Ireland.

AIM Trisha

Tarun says, Trisha played a big role as a motivator which helped in preparation for this Championship. She won category prize recently at European Women Chess Championship.


Srikanth Malladi of Tetrasoft organised a great tournament in Hyderabad.  ATC congratulates Tetrasoft and specially Srikanth for his relentless efforts in making the tournament a grand success.

The Tamil Tigers IM Saravana Krishnan, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and GM R.R. Laxman clinched top three prizes at Marriot.

Top 3 Winners of Tetrasoft

Another Tamil Tiger in making Al Muthaiah all set for his International Master title from FIDE. He played excellent chess and secured 6th Position.

Al Muthaiah

I thank GM Practice group and Telugu Rated Group for continuous encouragement and helping budding players like me

prize distribution
Prize distribution at Tetrasoft

Bharath Poluri, after winning runner up at recently concluded tournament at Hyderabad, won another prize in this tournament.

Bharath Poluri

Indian Tal, International Master Ratnakaran, demonstrated his lightening speed. It is a great opportunity for Hyderabad players to witness his speed. KNR one of the famous coach of Hyderabad says, it is hard to play against IM Ratnakaran, he managed a draw by playing online with him. He also says, even GM Vishy can’t handle speed of IM Ratnakaran!

tar tal
tar vs tal

IM Ratnakaran ended up 20th position.

IM Ratnakaran

September Special

It’s time for September Special Offer to ATC chess players. It is evident that ATC is helping to improve the game of almost all the chess players of ATC.  We Congratulate Mr. Bharath Poluri for winning Runner up Prize in the recently concluded FIDE tournament at Hyderabad. Bharath is a active player at ATC and holds title almost every week, and he is the main contender for every day prizes at ATC. We also Congratulate Mr. MRMR for winning Best Veteran at the same tournament. ATC star players Tarun got 11th and Trisha got 19th at Adra Tournament, Tarun surprised every one by making Draw with Grand Master in a crucial Match. Tanmay celebrated his Birthday on 23rd this month, by giving a self Gift for himself from his winnings at ATC. Tanmay Chopra a upcoming player from Delhi, gained tremendous strength for the last three months. There is no doubt in saying that he will cross  rating 2000 psychological mark this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to Announce September Special Offer. If you are a ATC player, you can introduce your friend who wants to play at ATC. (Your friend should have, never played ATC online Blitz). If your friend buys a Pass, then you will receive Rs 250 and your friend will receive Rs 250 credited to your ATC accounts after one week. This offer is valid for only one month i.e., from 1st September 2018 to 30th September 2018.

If you want to avail this offer, simply send a email about your friend. In case of disperency, ATC decision is final and binding.

Finally, Wish you All A Happy Raksha Bhandan, we celebrated on Train while we are coming back from Adra with famous Bengal sweet Roshogulla🍜 We Thank world Guinness book holder Raghav Srivastava for celebrating Raksha Bandan with us. (Missed you Chetan Bhaiya).



Happy Friendship Day

ATC wishes A Happy Friendship Day to all the chess players. We are sorry for conveying this greetings bit late.  ATC star players busy celebrating Happy Friendship Day in Guntur.

It is a great privilege to get acquaint with new chess players at Guntur and we explained our concept and about 10 chess players joined on Happy Friendship Day. We had a fun all evening and exchanged our views on Chess.

It was a exciting week. ATC lucky to have player like Bharath. If we ask him, he may say Bharath Ane Nenu, a Telugu Rated Player always on the top, week on week at ATC online. Bharath Poluri made it again this week. Bharath is a outstanding Telugu Rated Player ever seen by ATC.


Telugu Rated Players

ATC congratulates Telugu Rated Players group and Simply Chess Foundation for successfully completing Simultaneous and Blind Fold Chess Exhibition Matches by IM D.V. Prasad. A special thanks to Mr. Surya Kotha for his efforts in bringing a big change in Hyderabad chess.

We came accross a discussion of IM D.V. Prasad games played against former world champions Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand and Grand Master Mikhail Tal. ATC players put some efforts in analysing the games and you can view the games and learn alot from below video.

ATC wishes all the members of Telugu Rated Players and Simply Chess Foundation a Happy Friendship Day.



GM Tornike plays at ATC Online Blitz

Great news for ATC players.We invited GM Tornike to play with ATC players.

Who is GM Tornike ?

GM Tornike Sanikidze is a Professional Chess Player  from Tbilisi, Georgia. His peak rating was 2616.

Here is a list of his achievements:

  • Grand Master Title 2008
  • Georgian National Champion 2009
  • 1st place at Deizisau Open, Germany, 2010
  • 3rd place at Cappelle-La-Grande Open, France 2012
  • 7.5/8 at German Bundesliga with a rating performance of 2891, 2012
  • 3rd place at Georgian Championship, 2014
  • 2nd place at Georgian Championship, 2016

Interesting Attacking games played by GM Tornike

Suresh Duvvala vs GM Tornike 0-1 Pirc Defence

ATC Nakamura (Mr.Suresh Duvvala) just played Rfe1. Can find what GM Tornike played?

Clash of the Titans

Bharath Poluri vs GM Tornike 0-1 Sicilian Dragon Classical System

ATC top player Mr. Bharath faced against GM Tornike. Bharath sacrificed  a pawn with e5-e6 to create weaknesses in black’s camp. It looked like Bharath had a good position when he played 17.Nc5. We all know GMs are Magicians in chess, somehow they manage to wriggle out of the mess and win the game.


Urban to Rural

Migrating from Urban to Rural, is the present chess scenario in Hyderabad Chess. When we use to conduct every Sunday tournaments in Super kids chess academy, inspite of lot of hurdles, we still manage to run for nearly two years. Then we brought a innovative model ATC. It proved to be one of the best model and appreciated among the chess community accross the world. The main draw back was, it need to be played over the Board at ATC Ramnagar branch. We introduced online ATC and now it is serving entire world and players are improving their skills.

Dr. Chowdari Satyanarayana

I request all the parents, coaches, organisers, local association work closely in conducting tournaments every week. This is a must for all emerging players of Hyderabad. As a parent, who born and broughtup  in Hyderabad looking for chess tournaments in rural and even travelling out of Telangana to test my kids on what they are learning everyday. Moving Urban to Rural is a big pain but I feel it is a must in the journey of chess for ATC star players.

Players who are on tie breaker

We recently played tournaments at Gudivada and Srikakulam, ATC star players got a chance to meet high rated players, coaches and also got a chance to exchange of knowledge and had a chance to participate in a seminar on Art of Attacking.

Trisha receiving Prize from Ex I & B Minister

We thank Andhra Pradesh Organisers for providing us an opportunity for ATC star players to test their strengths and weakness. A special Thanks to Kartikeya Chess Academy for conducting such a big tournament in Srikakulam.

Tarun last round
7th round

Major Shiva Prasad

TSCA Vice President Major Shiva Prasad graced the Prize Distribution ceremony at 146th Brilliant Trophy.

Major Shiva Prasad applauded J. Subramanium for successfully conducting 146th Brilliant Trophy. He said how Brilliant Trophy started in 2006. You can hear to his speech in the above video.

Let us talk about ATC star players performance at Brilliant. As usual, Tarun and Trisha paired against each other at 3rd round. As you all know, both are preparing together, so they know each other moves and it ended up in a draw. We predicted if there is a draw there is a likely chance that we may not get 146th Brilliant Trophy, it happened exactly how we predicted. I want to share my experiences with you all about my 4th and subsequent rounds. If I write a story about 4th and 5th rounds, it will take lot of time and probably you may get bored. So, please watch below video.

ATC Congratulates Shanmukha for winning 146th Brilliant Trophy. Trisha Runnerup and Tarun ended 3rd.