Goa's latest IM Ritviz Parab scored an unbeaten 10.5/11 to win TTCA Blitz Rating Open 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the field. Top seed of the event, IM Nitish Belurkar scored sole 9.5/11 to secure second place. Nitish drew against the eventual champion, Ritviz in the penultimate round. Mandar Pradip Lad and Aditya Savalkar scored 9/11 each. They secured third and fourth place according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹12000, ₹10000 and ₹8000 along with a trophy each. This was Ritviz's third tournament triumph of the year and all three of them were Blitz events. Photos: IA Arvind Mhamal
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ChessBase 17 is an all-new program that helps you manage all your databases as an ambitious player. Mega Database 2024 has 10.4 million games with over 112,000 games annotated by masters. The cost of ChessBase 17 is Rs.4199/- and the cost of Mega Database 2024 is Rs.5999/- However, if you go for the combo the total amount comes to Rs.8999/- helping you save Rs. 1198/-.
The biggest open gaming convention in India, Dreamhack Hyderabad 2023 hosted a Rapid and a Blitz Open chess tournament. IM Nitish Belurkar and GM Karthik Venkataraman won the Rapid and Blitz event. Nitish and IM Viani Antonio Dcunha scored 8/9 each. Nitish won the event due to better tie-breaks, Viani secured second place. Both remained undefeated. IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra secured third place scoring 7.5/9. In the Blitz event, Karthik scored sole 8.5/9 to become the champion. IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete, IM Nitish Belurkar and Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi scored 8/9 each. Only Aakash remained undefeated among them. They were placed second to fourth respectively. The total prize fund was ₹500000, ₹300000 for Rapid and ₹200000 for Blitz. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy
The Sicilian Najdorf is one of the most popular openings after 1.e4 and is part of the repertoire of almost all top players. In two volumes, the young Hamburg Grandmaster presents all of White's answers and shows how Black can aggressively realise his strategic plans. With exercises and tests. To improve your opening knowledge in the Najdorf, you must get this Fritztrainer by this young German GM Luis Engel and enrich your knowledge. Photo: ChessBase
IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete, GM Laxman R R and IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni scored 8/9 each at 19th Shri Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Rapid Rating Open 2023. Sammed won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Laxman and Vikramaditya were placed second and third respectively. The top three finishers did not face each other. Laxman and Vikramaditya remained undefeated. Sammed won his last six games consecutively after losing his third round game. The total prize fund for the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹60000 + trophy, ₹30000 and ₹20000 each respectively. This was Sammed's eleventh tournament triumph of the year. Earlier this year, in February, he won the previous edition of the same tournament. Photos: Prakash Kunte/Buddhibal Kreeda Trust
Arnav Maheshwari and IM Asylbek Abdyzhapar (KGZ) scored 7/9 each at 5th Tamil Nadu IM-norm Closed Circuit Chess Tournament 2023. Arnav won the tournament as he defeated Asylbek in the fourth round. Thus, the tie-breaks favored Arnav. They both finished 1.5 points ahead of the field. GM Evgeniy Podolchenko scored sole 5.5/9 to finish third. Arnav's 2472 performance earned him his maiden IM-norm. The teenager also gained 103.2 Elo rating points in the process. The Tamil Nadu IM-norm Closed Circuit tournaments have already produced four IM-norms out of the five events. It goes without saying that the tournaments have been successful in its objective. The sixth event of the series starts today. Photos: IA R Anantharam
Kerala won the friendly match against Cuba 42.5-37.5 at Che International Chess Festival 2023. Kerala won it with one Blitz match to spare. GM S L Narayanan is the top scorer of the match 14.5 points, closely followed by IM Jubin Jimmy 14 points. GM Elier Miranda Mesa (CUB) and GM Dylan Isidro Berdayes Ason (CUB) scored 12 and 11.5 points each. It was a closely fought battle and Cubans were the favorites as they had two Grandmasters and overall much stronger players in terms of experience and strength. However, the younger team Kerala prevailed. The match was not about wins, losses or scores. It was more about the friendship and harmony between Kerala and Cuba. Photos: Shahid Ahmed
FIDE World Rapid and Blitz championship 2023 will take place from 26th to 30th December in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. All details regarding the tournament is available now. Apart from being the reigning National champion in Classical, Rapid or Blitz format, players rated at least 2550 in Open and 2250 in Women in any of the last twelve FIDE Rating list in Classical, Rapid or Blitz, are eligible to participate. FIDE President can nominate ten players and organizers are entitled to invite up to ten players in each Open and Women section as per their choice. Last date for regsitration is 1st December 2023. Total prize fund is US$ 350000 in both Open section of Rapid and Blitz, the top three prizes are US$ 60000, 50000 and 40000 each. The total prize fund in Women are US$ 150000 each in Rapid and Blitz. The top three prizes being US$40000, 30000 and 20000 each. Photo: FIDE
A kind gentleman who lives in Bangalore approached us with a proposal to support young and talented girl chess players of India. His proposition - he wanted to institute a scholarship in the name of his mother Sarada. He wanted the amount of Rs.10 lakh to be used in the best possible way for young Indian girl chess players. This is the reason why we came up with Sarada Scholarship via HelpChess Foundation where the amount of Rs.10 lakh is distributed among three extremely talented young girls of Indian chess - Sarayu Velpula (Rs.5 lakh), Sahithi Varshini (Rs.2.5 lakh) and Mrittika Mallick (Rs.2.5 lakh). This amount is going to be an invaluable contribution in the journey of these young talents.
He is just 12 years old but is a prodigious talent. Not in chess but in Art and Math. He is able to combine his passion for both Art and Math together by seeing math patterns in a lot of things around him. Meet Akhil and through this article get a glimpse into his world. He has written a book called the The HEart of Math - A young boy's passion of art, math and pattern and it is going to be launched on 18th of November 2023. Akhil has a chess connection - did you already find out what that is. All we can say is - like father, like son - the talent speaks for itself.
The ChessBase India Chess Club at Mumbai is back with another big event. Following the success of the Big Chess Summer Camp this May which saw the participation of 700 chess players, this November we are having the Big Chess Winter Camp! With 50 training sheets, 3 Head trainers, a number of volunteers, and most importantly - a huge number of people from various age groups, cultures, and societies eager to dive deep into the magical world of Chess, we ensure you this will be a grand experience! The Camp will take place from 20th-26th November from 4-8 PM each day at the Phoenix Marketcity Mall, Mumbai. There is no entry fee and no registration, just come in and go from the basic rules to playing a good game of chess!
The engine that drives this program has just won the Computer Chess World Championship – in July it defended its title by winning it a second year straight. But the new software is not just super-strong: it also introduces a new era of chess training. It will help you maintain a repertoire, practice playing against it, teach you how to deal with different kinds of opponents. Let the programmer tell you exactly how this works. Get the reigning World Champion Chess Software and play against players of any strength as per your choice. Grab this new software and become stronger! Photo: ChessBase
Madhya Pradesh's very own, IM Ayush Sharma scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 1st Scindia Cup Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Harish Sharma, CM Vaibhav Jayant Raut and Kamad Mishra scored 8/9 each. They were placed second to fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. Harish and Vaibhav remained undefeated. Vaibhav was the sole person to hold Ayush to a draw in the penultimate eighth round. The total prize fund for the tournament was ₹350000. The top three prizes were ₹40000, ₹25000 and ₹15000 along with a trophy each. This was Ayush's second tournament triumph of the year, first after becoming one of the latest International Master of India. Photos: Manas Mukhoti/The Scindia School
In chess, there are many key elements: opening theory; endgame theory; middlegame strategy; and calculation of variations, based on tactics. In every area, there are the most efficient and logical ways to perform chosen manoeuvres or improvements of the positions. Generally, we call these “technique”. To improve your technique, learn and master various segments of the game, increase your understanding, you must get this Fritztrainer by this experienced trainer GM FST Adrian Mikhalchishin who has trained greats like Maya Chiburdanidze, Arkady Naiditsch, Vasyl Ivanchuk and more. Photo: ChessBase
FM Abilmansur Abdilkhair (KAZ) scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win Gold at World Amateur Championship in Under-2300 Open category. He finished a full point ahead of the rest. Kartavya Anadkat and FM Marko Fadi (EGY) scored 7/9 each. Kartavya won Silver and Marko Bronze according to tie-breaks. Amarsaikhan Dashtogtokh (MGL) clinched Gold with a perfect 9/9 in Under-2000 Open. Sham R scored 7.5/9 to secure Silver. Velavaa Ragavesh edged past seven more players on tie-breaks to win Bronze medal scoring 6.5/9. The total prize fund of the tournament was €15000. The top three prizes in U2300 Open were €2000, €1500 and €1000 along with a cup and medal each. For U2000 Open, they were €1500, €1000 and €500 with a cup and medal each. Photos: Oman Chess Committee
The new Mega Database now contains over 10 million games and over 700,000 new games. With 112,000 annotated games, the Mega Database is also the largest annotated game collection in the world. The Mega Player Encyclopaedia contains 60,000 player names with over 40,000 player photos. Wow! All this is constantly being edited and expanded, e.g. with the automatic Mega Update! Grab the latest version of Mega Database right away. Now, you have the option to upgrade from any previous edition of Mega Database. So in case you own any earlier Mega Database apart from 2023, you can still purchase an upgrade at a reduced price by providing the serial number of that edition. Photo: ChessBase