The chess world is filled with many brave souls, but none so courageous as Shailesh Nerlikar. Shailesh suffered from 100% physical disability and could not walk or even sit. However, he made the game of chess his world and excelled at it getting an initial FIDE rating of 1743 in 2006. In the year 2015 he represented India at the World Disabled Championships held in Germany. In 2018 Shailesh passed away at the age of just 41 years. In order to honour this amazing chess player Victorious Chess Academy run by Shailesh's good friend Kapil Lohana has come forward with an online blitz event on 27th of June 2020. We request the participation of chess players in huge numbers. Photo: Victorious Chess Academy
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India no.3 WGM Vaishali R seemed to be in a hurry to get into the Semi-Finals of FIDE chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship as she won six consecutive games after losing the first game to take an unassailable lead of 6-1 which meant the result of the remaining four games wouldn't impact her opportunity at the Semi-Finals. Today 26th June at 6 pm onwards, Vaishali will face former Women's World Champion GM Anna Ushenina in what will be an interesting battle of the generations as she will be facing her toughest challenge in the event. Since she has beaten the likes of Gunina, Kashlinskaya on her way to the Semi-Finals, she has all the momentum and form on her side.
On Wednesday 24th June, something unusual happened. For the first time, we had to cancel a ChessBase India Online Blitz event as due to technical issues beyond our control, the tournament was not possible to be completed. So we had to cancel it. So when will Letsup MCA GP Blitz 4 take place? Same time on 1st July at 8 pm IST. And Blitz 5? On 8th July at 8 pm IST. We understand your valuable time and effort, thus to compensate the players we are adding an additional 20% of prize fund to the already announced prize. Total Prize fund for Blitz 4 will be ₹30000 and each prize will be increased by 20%. Those who have already registered for the event, need not do it again. Registration is open for others. Photo: MCA
One of the most important softwares in the world of chess is the Swiss Manager. It is used for preparing pairings during a chess tournament. It is developed by Heinz Herzog and is FIDE approved. Currently 180 federations are using it and it has generated over 600,000 tournament files! Although Swiss Manager is user friendly, many of the arbiters and tournament organizers are not well versed with all its functions. Hence, IA Tania Karali from Greece decided to create a 51 page manual which covers all the functions of the Swiss Manager. It's completely free and the PDF document can be downloaded from the article. A great gesture by Tania for the chess community.
India no.3 woman WGM Vaishali R defeated former Women's World Champion and wildcard of the event GM Antoaneta Stefanova by 6-5 to advance to the Quarter-Finals of FIDE chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship. She will face WIM Turmunkh Munkhzul of Mongolia in the Quarter-Finals today at 6 pm IST. Reigning Women's World Rapid Champion Koneru Humpy is one of the nine seeded players and India no.2 woman GM Harika Dronavalli qualified to the WSCC Grand Prix by finishing in the top two of Qualifier 3 which was a 21-round Bullet (1+1) event where she whitewashed GM Valentina Gunina and IM Alina Kashlinskaya 2-0 each respectively to earn her spot in the GP. Photo: Amruta Mokal
The third volume of Nicholas Pert's 1.d4 repertoire concludes his trilogy. Pert shows how White can get promising positions against the King's Indian and the Grünfeld Defence, how White can counter offbeat openings by Black, and he also offers comprehensive analysis how to fight the Dutch, the Modern and the Pirc. Now is as good as any time to learn and strengthen the repertoire with 1.d4 against various openings. In case you didn't get the first two volumes, you should get them now to enrich your knowledge on how to deal with various openings and the resultant structures. English GM Nicholas Pert brings you the latest volume of 1.d4 repertoire which is available now. Photo: ChessBase
Anish Giri surprised everyone by finishing at the top of Group B with 6.0/10. Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi both finished the group stage with 5.5/10 each respectively. The fourth qualifier from Group B was former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana. Teimour Radjabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave got knocked-out of theee Chessable Masters. In the Quarter-finals, Carlsen will play against Caruana in a best of three rapid games knockout match. Quarter-finals will take place between 25th and 29th June. Wednesday 24th June is a rest day. Day 4 witnessed the maximum number of decisive games. Find out about all interesting moments and games. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Due to Covid-19 most of us are confined inside our home, some people are creating content, while some are watching them. Since there are so much to follow and watch, what to choose and what to skip? Well this past Saturday on 20th June, Arjuna Awardee and six-time consecutive National Champion GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly started his own series with the first guest on his debut episode as none other than the seven-time World Champion, the one and only Vishy Anand. Ganguly is a former second of Anand who helped Anand in numerous World Championships. But where did their journey begin? Only two episodes have come out so far but both of them are packed with stories as well as never-before-seen questions and preparations. Photo: Surya's youtube channel
The preliminary stage games of Chessable Masters got over for Group A as Carlsen, Artemiev, Nakamura and Grischuk advance to the knockout stage in the Quarter-finals. Dubov and Harikrishna got knocked out of the tournament. Despite finishing at the bottom of the table, Harikrishna scored three impressive draws against Carlsen, Nakamura and Dubov on Day 3. Dubov scored a beautiful win over Artemiev and Nakamura defeated Dubov in the final group stage game of Group A to make sure he is out of the tournament. Group B will resume their tournament today where the battle is very close to call who will advance which is currently led by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri with 3.0/5 each respectively. Photo: Amruta Mokal
World no.1 in Under-16 GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov won Letsup MCA GP Blitz 3 on 17th June with a score of 8.5/10. The tournament was the third of five events in the Grand Prix. Abdusattorov won ₹6500 cash prize for his efforts. The remaining podium finishers are GM Vaibhav Suri and winner of Blitz 1 GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan. They finished at 8.0/10 each and they were placed second and third respectively. Vaibhav maintained his lead of the GP standings with three consecutive podium finishes at 26/30 points, followed by Abdusattorov and Rasulov at second and third position with 21/30 and 18/30 points each respectively. In case you missed you the first three events, do not worry, you can still play the remaining two. Registration is on for Blitz 4 on 24th June.
The preliminary stage games of Chessable Masters continued with Group B starting off their tournament on Sunday. At the conclusion of Day 2 proceedings, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri share the lead with 3.0/5, followed by Caruana, Ding Liren and Nepomniachtchi at 2.5/5 each respectively. Day 2 witnessed only 33.33% decisive games, out of which Caruana was involved in 80% of them. MVL made a beautiful combination in Round 3 to beat Caruana. Group B will resume their tournament on Tuesday 23rd June to play the remaining preliminary stage games. Top four in each group will advance to the knock-out stage. Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess
Harikrishna might have started day 1 of the Chessable Masters with only 1.5/5 but he finished the strong with an emphatic victory over Alexander Grischuk and in the previous round he drew with Hikaru Nakamura. Vladislav Artemiev leads group A with a score of 3.5/5, however he also did not have a perfect day as he blundered against Dubov in Round 2. Dubov beat Carlsen once again after the World Champion made a simple tactical error early in the middlegame and then cornered his queen for no reason. Chessable Masters is part of Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour which has a total prize fund of $1 Million. The winner of the Chessable Masters will earn US$45000. Photo: Niklesh Jain
On Sunday 21st of June 2020, ChessBase India will be organizing the Amphan Cyclone Fundraiser ChessBase India Online Simultaneous Exhibition. ChessBase India has always tried to bring the chess community together for a good cause. This time as well, we are looking forward to the chess players from all across India as well as the world coming together and helping the people of West Bengal who have suffered devastation and irreparable loss due to cyclone Amphan. There is no entry fee, but to participate, you have to contribute a minimum of ₹500 for the Simul. However if you have paid ₹150 for Blitz, then you just need to pay the minimum difference of ₹350 to play the Simul. That's not all, masters will analyze with their respective opponents after the game via Zoom/Google Meet.
A total of 71 titles were awarded on 19th of June for the participants of the FIDE Trainers Seminar for the Indian Subcontinent held from the 29-31st of May 2020. The seminar was in itself a big success as world class players and trainers like Yusupov, Sokolov, Motylev, Yu Shaoteng, Thomas Luther, Dejan Bojkov shared their knowledge. 5 FIDE Trainers, 40 FIDE Instructors, 14 National Instructors and 12 Developmental Instructors were given the titles. The seminar was organized by FIDE in association with ChessBase India and in this article we not only put up the results but also the feedback received from the participants.
On 20th and 21st of June 2020, ChessBase India will be organizing the Amphan Cyclone Fundraiser ChessBase India Online Blitz Open and Simultaneous Exhibition respectively. ChessBase India has always tried to bring the chess community together for a good cause. This time as well, we are looking forward to the chess players from all across India coming together and helping the people of West Bengal who have suffered devastation and irreparable loss due to cyclone Amphan. There is no entry fee, but to participate, you have to contribute a minimum of ₹150 for Blitz Open and ₹500 for Simul. Those who donate for Simul will get to play the Blitz Open for FREE. There is no upper limit and you can donate whatever amount you are comfortable with. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs in the Blitz event. GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and GM Dibyendu Barua will do live shows to raise funds.