Playing Chess at the top level is a very hectic affair. You have to prepare for your opponents, pick the right tournaments, pick the right coach, etc. But what if you were also doing a job as a Civil engineer while playing Chess? That is exactly what IM Mohammed Nubairshah Shaikh is doing, and he won the Silver Lake Open A! He scored a fantastic 7/9 to clinch the first position, getting a beautiful trophy, a gold medal, and a cash prize of RSD 1,10,000( Rs. 77,605). Municipality Veliko Gradiste, Chess Club VGSK, Chess Federation of Central Serbia, and Danubia Hotels organized the Chess Festival “Silver Lake 2022″ under the aegis of the International Chess Federation between 19 to 26 June 2022.
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IM Nitin Senthilvel drew his final round game against GM Alexei Fedorov. It should have been enough for Nitin to become champion, if IM Aronyak Ghosh drew with GM Boris Savchenko. No one could have predicted that Boris will win such a difficult endgame against Aronyak. Alexei and IM Srihari L R scored 8/10 each. They were placed third and fourth respectively. IM Siddharth Ravichandran, IM Aronyak, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and IM Himal Gusain are the remaining Indians to finish in top 10. Deepan survived a big scare against Kunal M in the penultimate round. Boris won his second consecutive event after winning GITAM University 3rd Vizag GM Open over a week ago. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Hikaru Nakamura is a professional chess streamer currently signed with Misfits Gaming. However, one must not forget that he is also a world-class player. It is safe to say that he has played and analyzed more games of his in this year than the remaining players of the event. While Caruana might have seemed to be invincible, the Speed King showed that his tactical prowess is not the sole strength in his arsenal. He can very much outclass anyone in a positional duel too. Nepomniachtchi is still in the lead 6/8, followed by Caruana 5/8 and Nakamura 4.5/8. Richard Rapport scored the only other win of the round against Duda. Round 9 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Love to play the game of Chess? But have you ever given a thought to what the other side of the game looks like? Find out through this pictorial representation how different this game actually is from what we can see from the outside. Just like any other sport. Chess is highly competitive and it will test your mental toughness to the limit. Day in and day out you have to learn the art of dealing with extreme mental pressure and the more you become good at it, the better player you become. No matter how well prepared are you in the game, you will also need mental training to handle tense situations. You will meet players who will tell you that the position in their game was winning but they could not convert it. The reason may be sole because the opponent handled the situation in a better way. Through these pictures, I have tried to show the various kind of emotions a player goes through while playing. Photos by Aditya Sur Roy.
The 11th Grandmaster of India, Tejas Bakre and the 66th GM of the country, Akash Ganesan relayed the Chess Olympiad Torch from Dehradun, Uttarakhand to Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Tejas is the first GM from Gujarat. He is also one of the few FIDE Senior Trainers of India. He won a strong tournament in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2017. Akash is the youngest National Senior champion of India. He won it at the age of 16 years. The Tamil Nadu GM is also a FIDE Trainer. He has won strong open tournaments in Austria and Prague International Chess Festival Open 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. They both carried the Chess Olympiad Torch at Dehradun, Haridwar and Meerut. Photo: AICF
Starting out as the top seed, Manigandan S S scored an unbeaten 7.5/8. He finished a half point ahead of the field to win 31st CUSAT Rating Open 2022. Four players scored 7/8 each. They are - Arpith S Bijoy, Goutham Krishna H, Mithun Anand V and Abdallah M Nistar. 13-year-old Arpith and the reigning National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹25000 and ₹20000 along with a trophy each. The tournament was held between 26th and 29th May 2022 at CUSAT Campus. Photo: IA T Vinoth Kumar
Fabiano Caruana is a thinking man's favorite to win Candidates 2022 for many reasons. If someone is not able to find any, they need to take a look at his seventh round win against Teimour Radjabov. He got an advantage, ensured his opponent does not get any opportunity to make a comeback. Then in time trouble, he showed a fantastic technique to win the game. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the other decisive game of the round without breaking much of a sweat. His opponent Richard Rapport declined repetition twice and gifted his opponent a present he was not expecting. Round 8 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
The 47th Grandmaster of India, Himanshu Sharma, received the Chess Olympiad Torch at Brahm Sarovar, Kurukshetra. The man who has won various rating tournaments all over the country, brought the Torch to Panipat Museum at Panipat. Himanshu has a fantastic understanding of chess. He won a Fischer Random tournament in 2017 before winning the 50th Barbera del Valles GM Open. Haryana's first GM won that event before becoming a GM and finished ahead of many. India's 64th GM Prithu Gupta received the Torch at Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram. The 18-year-old became a GM in six years after he got his FIDE rating. Photo: AICF
The chess universe is well-acquainted with the strength of IM Pranav Venkatesh. He earned his second GM-norm by scoring seven consecutive victories at Vezerkepzo GM June 2022 with a rating performance of 3175. He also crossed 2500 in the live ratings in the process. The 15-year-old from Tamil Nadu did not slow down, instead he won his eighth round game too against strong Czech Republic no.8, GM Vojtech Plat. The teenager only drew his last round game to end the event with a score of 8.5/9. He finished a massive 1.5 points ahead of the field. This is his fourth tournament victory of the year. He had also secured a second place at MPL 46th National Sub-Junior Open 2022. Photo: GM Attila Czebe's fb
IM Nitin S continues his amazing run. He registered his seventh consecutive victory by halting Vignesh B's unbeaten streak. Nitin drew the following game against GM Boris Savchenko, although he had a good opportunity in the endgame. Nitin is currently a full point ahead of the field 7.5/8 at 13th Chennai GM Open. Nine players are at 6.5/8 each. Prasannaa S is the sole untitled player among them. He will face the top seed in the penultimate round. IM P Konguvel scored a nice win against GM Tran Tuan Minh in Round 8. 12-year-old CM Daakshin Arun is the youngest player among the pursuers at 6.5 points. Round 9 starts today at 10 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
GM Harika Dronavalli is pregnant with her first child. With the Olympiad happening in India, she has decided to play the Chennai chess olympiad in her 8th month of pregnancy! How is she preparing for the event? What are her thoughts on Team India's chances in the Olympiad? How is she managing all the different activities? We discuss all these topics and more with her in a short interview.
The 22nd Grandmaster of India, Deep Sengupta, carried the Chess Olympiad Torch for two days. The three-times Hastings Masters winner travelled to five different cities. First he went to Dharamshala and Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday 22nd June. On the following day, 23rd June, he travelled to Chandigarh, Patiala and finally Amritsar at Attari Border, Wagah where he handed the Torch to Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, Harpreet Singh Sudan, IAS. The Commonwealth Gold medalist shared in a tweet that he had an out of the world experience at the final destination. Photo: AICF
India has won a total of 29 medals including 13 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze medals at Western Asia Youth Chess Championships 2022. Sahib Singh and Safin Sarafullakhan won three Golds in all three formats - Classical, Rapid and Blitz in Under-14 Open and Under-8 Open categories each respectively. FM Harshad S won two Golds in Rapid and Blitz, a Bronze in Under-18 Open Classical. Reigning National Under-12 Open and Under-18 Girls champions, Goutham Krishna H and WFM Bhagyashree Patil won two Gold medals each. Hanya Shah won Gold, Silver and Bronze. Current National Under-12 Girls and National Amateur U-2000 Women champion, Shubhi Gupta won three Silver medals.
It seems like Ian Nepomniachtchi took Carlsen's words, "Be a Shark!" seriously. He took his typical bold approach towards his sixth round game and won it convincingly. His opponent Duda could not manage to put up any resistance. Radjabov and Rapport had an interesting encounter. Just when it looked like Radjabov will end his Classical win drought, he missed his opportunity and the game ended in a draw. Nakamura launched a strong attack on Ding Liren's kingside. However, the World no.2 calmly defended his position without breaking a sweat. Firouzja imploded against Caruana. Today is a rest day. Round 7 starts tomorrow Saturday 25th June 2022 at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
The third Grandmaster in the Indian chess history is Pravin Thipsay. He is the first Indian to get a GM-norm. The Arjuna Awardee has won seven National titles and represented India at the Chess Olympiad for seven times. The revered coach and gentleman of the game has trained countless players who have won numerous medals for India. He is one of the few FIDE Senior Trainers in this country. Apart from inculcating knowledge and improving the strength of young talents, he also devotes his valuable time in creating trainers all over the country. He believes quality trainers will help to spread the game among the masses. Photo: AICF