Chess Underground #19: Saumik Narayanan

The October Chess Underground checks in with States Cup creator and lead organizer Saumik Narayanan. Saumik gives the inside scoop on the States Cup as it enters into the playoffs for its inaugural season. We also discuss his other endeavors, including bowling and chess, grant-writing, and a visit from a certain kind of raptor to a scholastic chess tournament.

Saumik at the board
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For more info on the States Cup, including how to join the Fantasy States Cup playoffs competition, please check out the links below! - League Rules - Regular Season Matches and Standings - Playoff Match Forms and Standings - Fantasy competition for the playoffs - Discord server to get updates on the league


The 2020 States Cup was a phenomenal event, which required a very high level of organization from Saumik and his team.  He and his team must be commended for such an ambitious event, and the persistence to make it happen.  The Hawaii team had a lot of fun and we look forward to future, similar events.  This event should become yearly, with compensation for the huge effort of the organizational staff, and with categories based on team ratings.  Mahalo!

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