• ATC Congratulate Vishwanath Kannam for last week ATC session. As most of us in Hyderabad knows, he bets big. He aims for big prize money tournaments and won many big cash prizes. A humble and silent player from Telangana wins last week ATC title.
Vishy Kannam Champion

A report on world schools chess championship from Albania. As you all aware of the two players from ATC playing at world event at Albania had a mixed day. One win and one loss.

ATC players played on top boards. Tarun lost to a top seeded and Trisha made a comfortable win. It is hectic here at Albania and couldn’t concentrate on ATC online Blitz. Apologies for that. We thank Chessbase India for covering World Schools Chess Championships.

Tarun had a very bad throat as Muddasir bhai predicted before the start of the event about our health. It’s a very big sea beside us but can’t drink a glass of good water. You can watch the slowness of tarun in the below video and effected his game.




Vishy Kannam

It’s going to be one more victory for Vishy Kannam in this week of ATC session. We congratulate Vishy Kannam for his last week ATC title. We hope he wins this week ATC title.

ATC players had a flying start at World Schools Chess Championship, at Albania. AIM Trisha top seeded in under 13 Girls category played against Israel Girl. Click on below link to know how she made a easy win. Round 1

AGM Tarun played his first match against Russian player. It was bit lengthy game but ended in a win for Tarun, have look on how he managed to win on this link.  Tarun round 1

You can follow ATC players on this link World Schools Chess Championship
Irish players


Exchange Sacrifices

I would like to share my 2 favorite Exchange Sacrifices (♖ for ♝/♞) games.

Lot of Club level player Believe they are simply rook down.Which sometimes is correct, but not all the times.

Concepts of Exchange Sacrifices.They are 2 different type of Exchange sacrifices. 1.Attacking ideas 2.Defending Ideas

Attacking Exchange sacrifce:

Garry Kasparov played Rxc3 This is an attacking Exchange Sacrifice

Major Concepts for Attacking Exchange sacrifice

  • To destroy the opponent’s king shelter(as Garry did in above diagram)
  • Bishop Pair(see my game with Suresh)

Defending Exchange sacrifice

My favorite player Mikhail Botvinnik played this strong defending exchange sacrifice

Major Concepts for Defending Exchange sacrifice

  • To close an open file
  • When it is strong pieces than our Rook

Tarun vs Suresh 1-0 The above game played against Mr. Suresh Duvvala who is leading this week ATC session was winning because I had too many pawns, the below Example  is more interesting and worth investigating.

1 Can you believe that I won this exchange down dry position?

Tarun vs Akira Positional Exchange sacrifice 1-0

Lets see today’s Tragicomedy


Black to play.
Black played h6-h5 which went on to lose.
Can you find the better move for Black?
Leaving the beach, heading to Slovakia

Babazada Khazzar

I played my 4th round against Babazada Khazzar, he is from Azerbaijan, My rating is 300 points below his rating. His nature of crazy actions made me to win against him.

On behalf of ATC, I congratulate Mr. Govindlal Sharma for winning this week ATC title. It is a great opportunity I am missing to play and learn from Mr. Govindlal Sharma. Chess is a game where, passion towards chess outpaces software’s or any other learning material. I digged superkidschess archives and found that in 2014 at this same place  Mr. Govindlal Sharma won best Veteran, but now in the same venue, with lot more young and dynamic chess players he is  winning titles week on week. You can read our archive here.

Batumi 7th round

European Championships, Batumi  7th round, here we go with few interesting games which Irish lad played. I had a bad start at Georgia, but I made nearly 100 points up so far. The 7th round opponent is an International Master from Vienna, Austria. He had a tremendous experience and he played with highly experienced players like Topalov Veselin.

ATC players, don’t loose hope if you had a bad start Mondays, this is what I implemented in my case, and success following from the subsequent rounds.

I hope Mr. Govind Sharma Ji will fulfill his dream of crossing 1200 at ATC. As far as I know only Mr. Suresh Duvvala crossed this physiological mark of 1200  at AnyTimeChess long ago. You can read about Mr. Suresh record on this link.

International Arbiter

Mr. Padma Rao, International Arbiter speaks about CHESS ATC. He is a well know person in Hyderabad Chess Community, thou he is maintaining a low profile, but he wants to be an active player, arbiter and coach after seeing the players at ATC. International Arbiter now changing his role to Harsha Bhogle at chessATC in our next article, watch out for it🤣🤣🤔🤔

ATC star players relaxing on the coast of Georgia after their hectic tournaments at Iran and building their muscles to fight at European Chess Championship.

Thank you for your comments and wishes to Mr. Govindlal Sharma. According to Chetan Sharma, he says:

“Thank you every one for congratulating him. He don’t have personal phone so I showed all your wishes to him and he was so inspired that today morning when I wake up I saw chess board and pieces and position on chess board  was in middle game and Zurich 1953 international tournament book was beside chess board and my father was analysing the games..he told me I want to improve my game and he asked me to take out fischer books which he was analysing in his young age and he wants to win this week Atc title  also so he wants to practice a lot..and he asked me tomorrow onwards we will go for tennikoit playing to be physically fit..and his life has been changed and again he wants to play chess.. this is all because of ATC thank you Dayanand sir and all ATC team  and ATC players making a good platform for chess players, now my father told me his target is to achieve 1200 atc rating fininishing in this week..thank you once again every one who wished”.

MRMR says: Chethanji
Your father’s presence at ATC will inspire everyone young and old. Please bring him as long as he wishes.
Mrs. Ruchi Rajan from Delhi says:
Age is never a limit in chess..Atc is indeed a great platform .. Keeps you motivated always to do better and better.
Mr. K.V. Anand says: Congatulations to Sri Govindlal sharm. very happy to see Sri .Govindlal sharmaji after long time.He secured 3rd place in a tournament conducted by Karimnagar district chess association  at Karimnagar in 1988 . In that tournament P.D.S. Girinath is  winner and other prize winners are T.Damodhar Rao,Vijayasaradhi,Ramdas,Quavi saif and S.Ravinder Singh (now Karimnagar Mayor)
Mr. Alok from Delhi assures: Mr. Govindlal Sharma, sure of reaching his target 1200 ATC rating this week.
Mr. Pramod, a famous arbiter for the state Telangana and Karnataka appreciates the interest in a 66year elderly man towards chess.


Govind Sharma

Congratulations to Govind Sharma ji for his outstanding performance in ATC last week session. ATC feels proud to have a Veteran player Mr. Govind Sharma.

I hope most of the senior players of Hyderabad like Mr. Amithpal Singh know about Mr. Govind Sharma very well, I hope Mr. Govind Sharma was like a Ustaad for many Hyderabad players. We are glad to have his son Mr. Chetan Sharma in the core team of ATC as a expert. Mr. Govind Sharma even at 66 age, he has the same zeal as any other young chess players has.  A former national player represented at nationals nearly 15 times. He is a big fan of Bobby fischer. Mr. Govind Sharma left professional play in 1990’s. His rating is about 1600, He was a government employee but now retired. He was very good attacking player, He is known as Giant killer at his young age and many times his name was published in the news papers as Giant killer. He defeated many strong players in India at national level.

At the start of the week International Arbiter Mr. Padma rao was leading the leader board, but soon Mr. Govind Sharma played very good chess and not only surpassed other atc players ratings but reached to a height that no one can catch him in this week.

Last week Winner’s

We have two more celebrations this week.

1. We at ATC call as scientist of Chess Einstein Sibi, Winning Brilliant Trophy

2. ATC star player Winning 3rd place at Iran.

On behalf of all the ATC players we Congratulate Einstein Sibi for winning Brilliant Trophy. Sibi was active player at ATC long ago. His strength in Chess increasing day by day. He too finds, practice is the key to learn chess and he keep practicing with high quality players.

2. AIM Trisha, star player of ATC secured third place at Mashhad, Iran. She had a wonderful tournaments in Iran, got some or the other place in all the three tournaments that she played in Iran. She touched the big mile stone of ELO 2000 for the first time.

Third position at Ferdowsi Cup


International Women’s Day

Wish you all A Happy International Women’s Day. Thank you for all your wishes for my yesterday round.

Veerabhadra Asan

If I win my 8th round, I want to dedicate my today winning to all the Port Women, who constantly keep encouraging me and read all my boring blogs about Chess. There are 2 more rounds to go, If I win these two rounds, I may be the champion, but looks like I may be in top three, if I don’t perform well today and tomorrow. I will be in Tbilisi in two days time, representing Ireland at European Chess Championship at Batumi. European Championship is one the toughest Championships in the world. If I get one among top 200, then I feel I am lucky. I am 400th seed on the list.


Yoga is keeping me mentally fit. I spend around 30 min every day. I hope to do for at least one hour. As a chess player, I need to sit for hours together, a single classical match can run for 4hrs to 5 hrs.

  • Parvathasan

Last year on the same day I received Arena FIDE master. This year, I am Arena International Master and crossed ELO 2000.

Ferdowsi Cup top Board

Ferdowsi Cup Top Board going to be interesting today.  Trisha Playing on top board, it’s a pride moment for Ireland. Trisha who started her chess at Curragh Club, Kildare heading to hit 2000 ELO points at Ferdoswi Cup.

Ferdoswi Cup top Board
Playing on top board

Trisha never had major upsets, her rating increased with slow and steady. She surpassed her elder brother rating who is also her coach. Trisha is unbeaten so far in this tournament still 3 more rounds to go. Ferdowsi Cup Top Board in A category is crucial, as Grand Master battling against International Master to take a sole lead.

Ferdoswi Cup top Board
ELO points inching towards 2000 mark

Ferdowsi Cup Blitz FIDE rated tournament held yesterday as a part of this chess festival and the title clinched by  Grand Master Amantov Farrukh. Top seeded Tajik, who always helps youngsters in analysing the games, and show a right path for Young chess players

Amantov Wins Ferdowsi Blitz

Tarun ended topper in under 14 category click the link for Final Standings