ChessBase India would like to wish India's 8th Grandmaster, Surya Sekhar Ganguly a very happy birthday. He has a lot of accolades to his name, National, Commonwealth, Asian title and he has won tournaments all over the world, Bangladesh, Australia, Philippines, UAE, Thailand and different parts of our country, India. He won the Arjuna Award in 2005. He has also worked with the team of seconds and assisted Anand in winning the World Title in Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and Gelfand in 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively. We bring you an interview along with a few annotated games by the elite GM himself, which was first published in chessbase.com on 5th October 2015, conducted by IM Sagar Shah. Thumbnail image: Surya Sekhar Ganguly's facebook page.
This is one of the biggest Indian contingent ever witnessed at the Aeroflot Open 2018. We have 16 players in the A group, 37 in the B group and 11 in the C. It comes to a total of 64 players! Of course, a lot of Indians get paired against each other, but that is just the part of the deal. After the initial three rounds a very surprising super performer for team India has emerged - IM Eesha Karavade! She is the last seed in the A group, but has scored 2.0/3 and is currently placed 13th, the highest rank by an Indian ahead of Vidit, Sasikiran, Sethu and the others! In the B group we have Nubairshah Sheikh who is on 3.0/3 and in the C group it is Kumar Gaurav on 100% score. Report from Moscow by Niklesh Jain.
P. Iniyan is one of the most talented players currently in India. The 15-year-old has a rating of 2460 and has scored his two GM norms in very short time. The second one, however, took a lot out of him as he was in a must-win situation in the last round against Marco Baldauf, a German IM, rated 2498. Usually, in such last round must-win scenarios players come under a lot of pressure and are unable to come out with the desired result. But Iniyan delivered and he played a beautiful game. In this article he gives advice on what it takes to win such games and also sends us his in-depth analysis.
Many people claim that chess is their passion, but how many have thought deeply about the reasons why they love chess so much. It takes an IIT graduate and the head of an engineering college to think objectively about this intense subject! Prof. Lakshmi Narayana thought deeply about why he loves chess so much, and was able to break it down point by point. Through this article, you can realize how rich the game of chess is. As has been rightly mentioned, "Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe!" There is something in this game for everyone, right from a philosopher to an illiterate!
When the stakes are high, more often than not she delivers. This is one of the qualities that makes a champion and Padmini Rout surely is one of the greatest ones that Indian chess has ever produced. They say that your present qualities are an echo of what you have learned when you were young. Hence, it's always interesting to dig up the past and learn more about these great players. Sagar Shah caught up with Padmini after her fourth consecutive national title and did an in-depth interview with her. This article gives you a clear insight into how Padmini Rout functions and what makes her the player that she is.
When Tarun and Trisha Kanyamarala started playing chess, they faced a problem - chess coaching was too expensive and even if they went for it the coaches were not able to give them dedicated attention. In such a scenario, how should they improve? The kids came up with a novel concept of ATC (Any time Chess). They invited players to come at one place and practice chess together. For this they even created their own ATC ratings and kept it as affordable as Rs.10 per game! As players started pouring in Tarun and Trisha got great practice at their home with a wide range of players which helped them to become stronger chess players.
Kishan Gangolli is 75% visually challenged. But it has not stopped him from pursuing his passion - the game of chess. He is the five-time national blind champion, current Asian champion and two-time Olympiad medal winner. He is, perhaps, the greatest blind chess player that India has ever produced. The 25-year-old has always given the priority to chess over education. But, he has never received any recognition, sponsorship or support. Very reluctantly he has made a decision to quit chess and study for IAS. Can we save our star player?
The highest sporting honour for any sportsplayer in Maharashtra is the Shiv Chhatrapati awards. Since last three years because of some irregularities, the award had been stopped. All Marathi Chess Association (AMCA) along with senior players and administrators of Maharashtra chess convinced the Government that different grading system should be put in place for chess players to receive the award. Hence all the GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs in the last five years received this prestigious award. ChessBase India's Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal were present at the venue and bring you some exclusive coverage with beautiful pictures and lively videos.
The First Friday IM norm closed Round Robin tournament in Kuala Lumpur organized by Peter Long had reached its third edition in February. The tournament is a small one consisting of just 10 players, but its repercussions on Indian chess are pretty huge. Two of our biggest talents D.Gukesh and V. Pranav made their maiden IM norms at this event. Thanks to this achievement their chess careers get a tremendous boost! In this article, we tell you the story of how Pranav made his IM norm in the February edition and also bring to you two of his annotated games from the event.
What do you look for when you choose to play in an international event? 1. Strong field, 2. A good place to visit, 3. Affordability. What if we said that all of this is possible if you play at the HD Bank Open 2018 in Vietnam. With the top seed being 2737 and close to 100 titled players expected this is a perfect tournament for you to gain exposure/norms. Apart from this Hanoi is a beautiful city in Vietnam with a lot of tourist attractions. And thanks to ChessBase India Power this entire trip will cost you just Rs. 40,000. Check out this article and get ready for the South East Asian Experience.
We often hear that chess is useful in other phases of life. While this is true for the ones who play the sport, it is still quite a big question to the uninitiated as to what exactly are the benefits of playing chess. Also, the benefits are so vast that sometimes it is difficult even for an experienced player to jot them all down. Dr. Shrirang Joshi is a well-known psychiatrist and counsellor based in Mumbai. He spent a lot of time studying the benefits of chess and now brings us the details of his findings. In this article you learn how lessons learnt from chess can be better applied to our day to day life.
He didn't come so well prepared for the event, but it didn't matter. Kishan Gangolli is in a class of his own and without much ado became the national blind champion for the fifth consecutive time! Ashvin Makwana from Vadodara grabbed the second place, Soundarya Pradhan was third and Aryan Joshi fourth. The fight for the fifth spot was intense in the last round and was taken by Subhendu Patra. These five players will represent India in World Team Championships in Bulgaria later this year. The tournament which had no sponsor at the start was funded by 114 individuals and the total collection was Rs.5,47,053. A wonderful collective achievement.
PSPB always performed strong in National Team Championship. However, this time they finished with 100% score 18/18 asnd 14/14 in both open and women's section respectively. Airport Authority of India scored 14/18 and finished in the 2nd position. Both RSPB-A and RSPB- B finished at 13/18 each. However due to a better tie-break score RSPB-B finished at 3rd position and RSPB-A at 4th. In the women's section, Air India finished at 2nd position with a score of 11/14 and Airport Authority of India scored 10/14 to secure 3rd position. All ten players of PSPB got a Board Prize each, followed by Airport Authority of India who got seven and Air India got five. We bring you prize distribution ceremony photos, final round photos and a game from the last round.
On 18th of January 2018 ChessBase India completed two years of existence. We held a Facebook contest where we asked people to tell us the reason why they loved ChessBase India. We got an overwhelming response with more than 75 people sending in their reasons. We went through all of them carefully. There were three ChessBase India t-shirts to be won. We thought about all the comments carefully and chose the three winners. Of course, it was not easy and there were many more comments which were close to winning the prize. We have mentioned them as well in this article.
He was rated 2295 around August 2017 with no IM norms. Rahul Srivathsav stunned everyone by gained over 100 Elo points and gaining all his three IM norms within 6 months! By January 2018 he was already an International Master at the age of 15 years and 9 days. How did this boy from Hyderabad improve so quickly? What is his secret? ChessBase India got in touch with Rahul's first trainer, his father and tried to unravel the reasons behind Rahul's meteoric rise. If you go through the article below, you will realize one common factor throughout Rahul's career - he always wants to work on his weaknesses and come out stronger.