For the first time in West Bengal, State Under 11 Chess Championship became a rated event. Alekhya Mukhopadhyay and Sinthia Sarkar won the championship in open and girls category respectively. Alekhya scored 7.0/8 and Sinthia scored 6.5/7 to win the title. There was a four-way tie in the open category for the champion, but Alekhya became champion in State age group for the very first time due to a better tie-break score. Ayush Bhattacherjee, Rachishnu Datta and Swarnoj Saha Talukdar also finished at 7.0/8 and they secured 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively. In the girls category, Sinthia won her third State age group title with a full point difference. She is the Silver medal winner in under-10 girls category in Commonwealth Chess Championships 2017. Photo: Sayan Bose
The Group Tour by ChessBase India Power is a novel concept where players who enroll for it will go to the Catalan circuit 2018 in Spain (a series of six tournaments in Barcelona) with a personal guide. This guide will take care of all your off the board requirements, which will help you to focus entirely on your games. It's been 20 days since we published the initial article and the response has been overwhelming. Almost all of the spots in the ChessBase India group tour have been taken up. In this article we acquaint you with the players who are a part of the group tour and we also answer a few of the FAQs that we have been receiving since the last fortnight.
Arpan Das scored 8.5/10 and won 2nd Dalmia Cements All India FIDE Rating Chess Tournament 2018. He defeated GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury of RSPB in the last round with Black pieces in a must-win situation, won the tournament. There was a six-way tie at 8 points a piece. CM Aronyak Ghosh finished at 2nd position due to a better tie-break score. Kaustuv Kundu and Shrutarshi Ray secured 3rd and 4th position respectively. Top seed IM Arghyadip Das finished at 5th position. Among local players, Priyanka Kumari of Jharkhand finished at 6th position with 7.5 points. We have a detailed report with photos, videos and annotated game by the champion, Arpan Das himself. Photo: Neeraj Kumar Mishra
Nigel Short once said, "Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it, checkmate ends the game!" The art of checkmating our opponent is something that we learn when we are young. But once we know what checkmate is all about, we hardly go back to that subject. In order to ensure that you polish your art of pattern recognition related to mating attacks, Daniel King has come out with his latest Powerplay DVD - Powerplay 26. It's named as checkmate challenge - essential knowledge. In order to tell you what this DVD is all about, IM Sagar Shah takes you on a journey of three tales. Three tales of mating attacks by players of three different generations!
Abir Sinha is a International FIDE Rated player with an Elo 1832. Some of his chess achievements include finishing runners-up at the Philadelphia Open (under-2000) and winning the Hawaii Open (under-2000). Recently, he wrote a book on poetry, not related to chess, but about the feelings of a blind girl called Noora. The book smashed all records as it raced up to number 16 position among the four lakh books on Amazon. In this article, Abir tells us not only about the book, but he also shares with us the secret of how chess helped him to write this book.
Chess is booming just about everywhere in India. Gujarat which would witness around 50-100 entries for the State Rapid and Blitz selection, saw nearly 200 participants fighting it out for the title of the fastest player in the state. The work that Gujarat State Chess Association is doing at the grassroot level is surely bearing fruits. The winner of the blitz event was the young 14-year-old Vrandesh Parekh, while the rapid section was won by the experienced player from Vadodra Maulik Raval. We have the report of this entire tournament that was organized by ChessBase India Power.
The ChessBase India live coaching by Amruta Mokal on Sicilian Kan is back! Today, 23rd of April, at 9 p.m. IST. Amruta will be talking about the Maroczy bind structure with 5.c4 against Kan. This was the same line that was used by Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship 2014 to fight against Vishy Anand. Anand didn't really have a great position out of the opening, but Amruta has some new ideas to share with you. Apart from this we would urge you to contribute from your end. If you enjoy the lecture or you do learn something of value then do consider donating some money on the links given in the article. This money will be donated fully to deserving talents of Indian chess in a transparent manner.
The FIDE World School Championships is taking place in Durres, Albania from the 21st-29th of April 2018. Siblings Tarun and Trisha Kanyamarala, who originally hail from India, but now represent the Irish flag are present at the tournament. The Kanyamaralas have been on the road travelling from one tournament to the next in the last four months. Tarun sends us a report from Albania about their travelling experience and also video analysis of his and Trisha's (his sister) first round encounter.
The Bangkok Chess Club Open 2018 had many surprises in store. There were ten GMs above the rating of 2500 including some very strong grandmasters - Nigel Short, Hrant Melkumyan, Jan Gustafsson etc. However, the first prize was taken home by Novendra Priasmoro - an Indonesian player, about whom no one knew anything much. The second place was won by India's Deepan Chakkravarthy - we show you one of his blistering wins. And the third place went to 11-year-old D. Gukesh who made his maiden GM norm! Indian talent Rithvik Raja achieved his maiden IM norm. All this and more in our final report from the Bangkok Open 2018.
Praggnanandhaa became an IM at the age of 10 years and 10 months. Sergey Karjakin held the record for the youngest GM in the world - 12 years and 7 months. With nearly one year and nine months to go it seemed as if Pragg would break Karjakin's record. However, it was not to be and although the young lad from Chennai crossed 2500 Elo mark, he could achieve just one GM norm. Many people felt that it was the pressure on his shoulders of becoming that youngest GM in the world that was not letting Pragg play his natural game. Now that we are past that phase, Pragg is showing his free flowing game and achieved his second GM norm in smooth style at the 4th Fischer Memorial GM norm tournament in Heraklion, Greece.
Akshayakalpa Karnataka State 2018: Girish Koushik is the richest state champion in the history of Indian chess!20/04/2018 -
When it comes to controlling one's nerves, there is no one better than Girish Koushik. The youngster from Bangalore was lost in his final round game against Thejkumar, but he hung on and took home the glittering trophy, Rs.1,00,000 and the title of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Champion 2018. He is the richest state champion ever in the history of Indian chess. Girish did a lot of hard work on the final day by drawing Thej in the last round and beating Stany in the penultimate one. Second place went to Thejkumar and Ojas Kulkarni was third. A comprehensive report with analysis of the key games.
The third edition of CBIJ (that's ChessBase India Juniors) brings to you all the news about the Asian Youth 2018 and the players that did a fantastic job at the event. It also features an interview with Siddharth Jagadeesh, the World no.1 in U-11 category. Siddharth Jagadeesh represents Singapore but originally hails from India. He tells us about his bold decision to leave school and pursue chess and also sends us two instructive annotated games. We received a poem from young Trisha Krishnan, our first little contributor! Do check out the answer to last week's trivia and know more about the player. Try your hand at this edition's trivia! Enjoy the third edition of CBIJ by our young editor-in-chief Avathanshu Bhat.
The Akshayakalpa Karnataka State 2018 has reached a highly interesting juncture right before the last day of the event. Two more rounds are to be played and some things have panned out as expected, while a few things have happened which absolutely no one could have imagined. Thejkumar, Stany and Girish Koushik are in the lead with 7.5/8, but the surprise of the tournament is clearly Isha Sharma who is also on the same points. The reigning state women's champion scored wins over Likhit Chilukuri and N. Sanjay in the last two rounds and has added an altogether different dimension to this event.
IM Harsha Bharathakoti drew his last round game against GM Azer Mirzoev and became champion of Kathmandu Open 2018 with a score of 7.5/9. He won a gigantic trophy and NRS 200000. Seven people ended up with 7.0 points each. Azer Mirzoev of Azerbaijan, had the best tie-break score and he secured the first runner up position bagging home NRS 120000, followed by Tarlev Konstantin of Ukraine, who got NRS 80000. Top 3 board games might have ended up in a draw but the result does not do justice to their hard fought devastating battles. In this report, we bring you photos, games and videos from the final round of the tournament.