23-year-old Prudhvi Kumar V and Jovan Mijajlovic (SRB) scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 each. Prudhvi won the Prestige 2023 Open B Below 2000 Rating tournament due to better tie-breaks. It was part of Winter Chess Festival "Paracin 2023". Their fourth round encounter ended in a draw and they both finished a full point ahead of the competition. FM Dinu-Simi Suciu (ROU) scored sole 6.5/9 to finish third. The total prize fund of the tournament was 180000 RSD (approx. ₹135914). The top three prizes were 50000, 36000 and 25000 RSD each respectively. Prudhvi won approximately ₹37754. Photo: FM IA IO FT Sasa Jevtic
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The first edition of FIDE Olympiad for People with Disabilities started on 30th January 2023. India is represented by five players - Soundarya Kumar Pradhan, IM Shashikant Kutwal, Kishan Gangolli, Darpan Inani and Naveen Kumar A. Apart from Soundarya, the remaining four have scored at least one win each. India as a team won both matches. They whitewashed Panama in the first and defeated Cuba 3-1 in the second round. Currently, six teams are at a perfect 4/4. Tenth seeded India will face the strong second seeded Israel in Round 3 which starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE / Mark Livshitz
Internet is a wonderful place. You get to know about your favourite personalities in a deep and intimate way. On 28th of January 2023 we saw an episode of "The Long Game" released on the chess legend and 5-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand. "The Long Game" invites sporting legends and asks them to take the viewers down the memory lane through 10 artefacts in their museum of memories in just 10 minutes. Anand's choice of 10 artefacts is amazing and it includes some amazing anecdotes on Kasparov, Kramnik, Carlsen, how he became the lightning kid and much more. One of the advice that Anand gave in the video helped IM Sagar Shah think deeply about his issue of procrastination. Check out the article.
India's 79th GM Pranesh M scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 to win 1st ENS Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. The first prize was not a conventional cash and trophy. The 16-year-old won a brand new TVS Raider-125 bike worth ₹100000. Eight players scored 8/9 each. Out of them, IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra and GM Arjun Kalyan secured second and third place respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The runner-ups received ₹10000 and ₹7000 each respectively. A total of 409 players including 4 GMs and 2 IMs took part in this one-day event organized by Avengers Chess Academy. Photo: Gowri Karthikeyan / Avengers Chess Academy
The National Schools Chess Championship is the biggest chess tournament in India in terms of numbers. Players take part in six different age group in Open and Girls category, thus the number become quite big. The 11th edition sponsored by MPL Sports Foundation is witnessing the participation of 1537 players from various states across the country. The Under-13 Open itself has 257 players taking part, followed by 244 in Under-13 Open and 184 in Under-15 Open. Currently, eight players are in the sole lead in their respective age group and only two players are at perfect 7/7. They are - Vyom Malhota (HAR) and Saharsha Challa (TEL) in Under-9 and Under-13 Open respectively. Among the Girls, Prasiddhi Bhat (KAR) has a 1.5 point lead over the field in Under-17 Girls. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Anish Giri has finally won the ever alluring Tata Steel Masters. What an amazing way he has won the 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. Firstly, it is a jubilee edition, secondly he defeated both World no.1 and 2, a week apart. Finally, he remained undefeated and played fighting chess throughout the event. There was never a doubt whether Giri can win a super tournament. He was very close to winning the 83rd edition, but he didn't, due to tie-breaks which makes him absolutely dislike the Playoffs after such a grueling 13-round event. The question was always about when. That has been answered on 29th January 2023. This might just be Giri's year as he cemented his legacy by winning the strongest 'Wimbledon of Chess' as his first proper super tournament victory.
Second seeded Kumar Gaurav scored a staggering 9.5/10 to win 1st Mungeli Trophy Rating Open 2023. He finished a whopping 1.5 points ahead of the field. Despite drawing his third round game, he won the next seven games to become a clear champion. Kamad Mishra made sole 8/9 to finish second. Five players scored 7.5/9. Out of them, Mobin Farooque was adjudged third according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹150000. The top three prizes were ₹21101, ₹15101 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each. A total of 101 players took part from various part of India. Photo: Subodh Kumar Singh
Praggnanandhaa quite possibly made one of the best saves of his career against Magnus Carlsen. The teenager drew with the world no.1 for the first time in a Classical game in their second ever Classical encounter at the penultimate round of 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. He deservedly received the compliment of "...he defends very well". No matter how the tournament ends for Pragg, he has certainly shown that he hang with the very best in the world. Abdusattorov drew with So. He is in a very good position to win the tournament. If he draws and Giri wins the final round, we might see a Playoff. Gukesh drew with Aronian in a well contested battle. Final Round 13 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
IM Ameya Audi scored a sensational 9/9 to win Late Venkatesh and Sumathi Shanbag Memorial 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the competition. Lad Mandar Pradip and IM Nitish Belurkar scored 8/9 each. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹25000, ₹15000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each. The winner also received a rolling trophy. A total of 312 players including a GM and 3 IMs took part from various part of the country. Photo: FA Swapnil Hoble
Six out of seven games ended in draws in the eleventh round of 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. The only decisive game was won by Parham Maghsoodloo against R Praggnanandhaa. The teenager made a questionable choice of offering his knight for exchange after spending the majority of the opening maneuvering it on the board. This was his second consecutive loss and he will face Magnus Carlsen in the penultimate round. The Norwegian would certainly try to win his last two games and hope things work out in his favor for a Playoff and possibly win the event too. Round 12 starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Aishwin Daniel won the first Khelo Chess India Rapid Open 2023. The tournament was organized in Bhopal with the aim of taking chess to every household in the central India. Aishwin scored 6/7, remained undefeated, edged past three more players to become the champion. It was held in memory of Late R Satyamurthy, the first National chess player of Madhya Pradesh. Vedant Bhardwaj, Ravi Pallsule and Rajeev Singh Parihar also scored 6/7. They were placed second to fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. WGM Beatriz Franco was the only foreign player to take part. She won the best woman prize scoring 5.5/7. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹14100. Photo: Ayush Jain
One of the latest IMs of India, Shantanu Bhambure scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 1st GCH Sharad Pawar Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Four players scored 8/9. Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi and Shailesh Baria were placed second and third according to tie-breaks. Aakash also remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹25000, ₹20000 and ₹15000 along with a trophy each. A total of 412 players including 5 IMs and a WIM took part from various part of the country. This is the first tournament Shantanu played after becoming an IM in December 2022 and he won it with an emphatic performance. Photo: Ganesh Patil/Garware Club House
Why Tamil Nadu is the numero-uno in the Indian chess scene? One of the main reasons is its organizing strength and ability to conduct big level tournaments. Regular, frequent and systematic tournaments have helped to generate the players, quality as well as quantity wise. Academic institutions play a vital role in promoting chess by helping players as well as providing venue with excellent infrastructure and facilities. Adhiyaman College Engineering, Hosur and Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering, Pollachi have come forward to hold the National Schools Chess Championships and the National Team Chess Championships within a gap of ten days. The Schools championships is to be held at Adhiyaman College of Engineering from 27th to 31st January and the team championships at MCET from 10th to 16th February 2023. Photo: Tournament Circular
D Gukesh continues his great momentum at 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. He defeated Praggnanandhaa in an exciting game. Almost a year later, Gukesh avenged his last Classical loss against Pragg at Reykjavik Open 2022. The 16-year-old announced his intentions of playing for only one result with 10.Rg1, 11.g4. The dynamic play certainly upstaged his opponent who generally prefers to play solid chess. Magnus Carlsen defeated Parham Maghsoodloo to reduce the gap 6/10 with Nodirbek Abdusattorov 7/10. Anish Giri drew with Wesley So to remain at sole second place 6.5/10. Arjun Erigaisi made a solid draw with Fabiano Caruana. Today is the final rest day. Round 11 starts tomorrow Friday 27th January at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
P Sam Peniel (1364, TN) won the National Junior Chess Championships for the Visually Challenged! Sam scored 6.5/7, and his only draw of the tournament was against John Harris Sujin. Tanish Waghmare (MAH) took the 2nd position with 6/7, and John Harris Sujin came in 3rd with 5.5/7. Sam Peniel and Tanish Waghmare will now represent India in the forthcoming IBCA World Junior Chess Championship which will be held in Spain. Two players will also get an entry into National senior championships of the visually impaired. Read the final report of the AICFB National Junior Championships below.