GM R Praggnanandhaa completely dominated IM Volodar Murzin (RUS) as he beat him in three consecutive games to storm into the Semifinals of Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Finals. Pragg did not give a single fragment of opportunity in all three games. The battle between IM Christopher Yoo and GM Lei Tingjie was very close. The only female player in the Finals bounced back in the second game after suffering a loss. The next two Rapid games and the first Blitz tie-break was also drawn. Yoo made a fantastic comeback in the second blitz tie-break to win the game from a completely lost position. Keymer-Leon and Liang-Abdusattorov Quarterfinal matches will take place today from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
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The Kingslayers have made their way to the knockout stage as they registered their third consecutive victory, defeating Ruthless Rooks 2.5-3.5 in the fourth round of CoinDCX Chess Super League. They started at the bottom by losing the first round, and now they are at the top of the table 6.0/8. Krazy Knights handed Brutal Bishops their first defeat of the event 4-2. Quintessential Queens suffered their third loss of the event, this time against Pivotal Pawns 2-4. Pivotal Pawns, Brutal Bishops, Ruthless Rooks and Krazy Knights fight for the remaining three spots as The Kingslayers cannot be displaced from the top four position even if we consider the worst mathematical outcome in the fifth round. Round 5 starts today from 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Samay Raina live stream
15-year-old Iranian youth FM Seyed Kian Poormosavi (IRI) had an exciting game against GM Narayanan S L. It could have gone either player's way, yet the game, much to each player's chagrin, ended in a draw. Gukesh, Arjun and Abhimanyu scored a win each. CM Prraneeth Vuppala had Gukesh on the ropes, but he loosened his grip and let the India's youngest GM in history escape with a win. Among other upsets, untitled Sargis R Mkrtchyan (ARM) held GM Sandipan Chanda and Sambit Panda held IM P Shyam Nikhil to a draw each respectively. Vaishali will face Gukesh at the top board in Round 2 which will be an interesting rematch from their final round encounter at ChessMood Open. Round 2 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
GM P Iniyan scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 to win La Nucia International Open 2021. He had to miss the eighth round game due to his commitments towards CoinDCX Chess Super League, still he managed to win the tournament in just eight games. He won a trophy and €2500 (approx.₹218,400) as a prize. GMs Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder (CHI) and Andrey Sumets (UKR) also finished with the same score 7.0/9, however they were placed second and third according to the tie-breaks. This is Iniyan's third over-the-board triumph of the year since he won a double at Noisiel Open, fourth overall including online events. Check out Iniyan's favorite game from the tournament with his annotations.
GMs Leon Luke Mendonca and R Praggnanandhaa will start their campaign at Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Finals today. A total of US$ 40,000 prize fund with the first prize being US$ 12,500 and a regular spot at the next year's Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is up for grabs. Leon will face GM Vincent Keymer (GER) and Praggnanandhaa wil go against IM Volodar Murzin (RUS) in the Quarterfinals. GM Lei Tingjie (CHN) is the sole female player in the Finals. The knockout event will have a best of four 15+10 rapid games. There will be two 5+3 blitz games in tie-breaks and Armageddon if required. Pragg-Murzin and Yoo-Tingjie will take place today from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Challengers Chess Tour
Brutal Bishops made their second consecutive draw to remain unbeaten at the conclusion of the third round of CoinDCX Chess Super League. Vidit Gujrathi scored a big win over Ding Liren, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated Zhansaya Abdumalik to make sure Brutal Bishops remain undefeated so far. Ruthless Rooks defeated Quintessential Queens 3.5-2.5 which is the only team still in search for their first match win. The Kingslayers are going strength to strength as they beat Krazy Knights 4-2. Anish Giri played another fantastic game against Hikaru Nakamura. The Dutch no.1 was completely winning, however the Speed King managed to escape with a draw. Round 4 starts today from 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Samay Raina live stream
Alexey Goganov (RUS) drew with Narayanan S L in the final round to win the ChessMood Open. Narayanan had to settle for second place. This is the third event of the year when Narayanan performed at over 2700. He gained 10 Elo rating points in this event which took his live rating to 2657. Goganov won 2,500,000 Armenian Drams (approx. ₹3.95 lacs), Narayanan received 1,750,000 AMD (approx. ₹2.76 lacs). Praggnanandhaa, Abhimanyu Puranik and Karthik Venkataraman scored 6.5/9 each. They were placed sixth, eighth and tenth respectively according to tie-breaks. IM Vaishali scored 6.5/9. She is the highest placed woman of the event. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Anish Giri delivered an instant classic against Abhijeet Gupta as the Dutch no.1 played his immortal game which will be talked for years to come in the second round of CoinDCX Chess Super League. Giri and Arpita scored important victories to ensure The Kingslayers score their first win of the event against Pivotal Pawns. Brutal Bishops drew with Quintessential Queens to emerge as the early sole leader. Ruthless Rooks bounced back from a first round loss, as they beat Krazy Knights 2-4. Radjabov, Karthikeyan and Anna Muzychuk scored the victories for Ruthless Rooks who is now at the second position in the points table. Round 3 starts today from 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Samay Raina live stream
Alexey Goganov (RUS) beat Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) in the penultimate round to take sole lead 7.0/8 for the first time, heading into the final round of ChessMood Open. Top seed Narayanan S L 6.5/8 beat fellow countryman, Arjun Erigaisi to keep his championship hopes. Goganov and Narayanan will face each other in the final round. A draw is enough for Goganov to win the tournament, while Narayanan must defeat him to become champion. Both of them will have tie-breaks in their favor if they can score the desired result. IM Vaishali scored her fourth consecutive win to bring her score 5.5/8. Round 9 starts today from 12 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Krazy Knights, Pivotal Pawns and Brutal Bishops are the three teams who started their campaign with a victory against Quintessential Queens, Ruthless Rooks and The Kingslayers respectively in the first round of CoinDCX Chess Super League. Brutal Bishops lived up to their team name as they defeated The Kingslayers brutally 4.5-1.5 and did not allow a single game victory to the team whose name is inspired by the famous tale from the series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Ruthless Rooks lost to Pivotal Pawns by minimum margin 2.5-3.5. Krazy Knights defeated Quintessential Queens 4-2 without conceding a single draw in any game. Round 2 starts today from 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Samay Raina live stream
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan made a quick draw with Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) in the seventh round to maitain his lead 6.0/7 at ChessMood Open. Alexey Goganov (RUS) beat Aram Hakobyan (ARM) to join the lead with Ter-Sahakyan. Five players are trailing by a half point. They are - Narayanan, Arjun, Pantsulaia, Abhimanyu and Tigran L Petrosian. Arjun, Praggnanandhaa, Sandipan and Karthik scored victories among the Indians at the top. Gukesh was held to a solid draw by IM Artur Davtyan. IM Vaishali scored her third consecutive victory to move to 4.5/7. Round 8 starts today from 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
GM P Iniyan beat the previous round leader GM Evgeny Postny (ISR) in the fifth round of La Nucia International Open to take the sole lead 4.5/5. Iniyan scored a very nice win with a picturesque finish against Postny who had a huge momentum as he won four consecutive games. Iniyan will face GM Andrey Sumets (UKR) in the sixth round. A total of 87 players in the Open section, including 10GMs, 9 IMs, a WGM and a WIM are taking part from 14 countries across the world. The total prize fund is €9000, first prize is €2500 in the Open section (approx.₹217,300). Round 6 starts today at 1 p.m. IST. Photo: facv.org
GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan defeated compatriot IM David Shahinyan in the sixth round to regain his sole lead 5.5/6 at ChessMood Open. Four players are trailing by a half point. They are - Narayanan S L, Levan Pantsulaia (GEO), Abhimanyu Puranik and Alexey Goganov (RUS). All three of them won their respective games in the sixth round. IM Bharath Subramaniyam H had a 116-move long marathon draw against GM Arman Mikaelyan (ARM). Arjun, Gukesh, Sandipan and Karthik won their respective games. WFM Sahithi Varshini M held IM Padmini Rout to a draw. Round 7 starts today from 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: ChessMood
The state of Tamil Nadu has been the strongest state in Indian chess for a very long time. It has the highest number of GMs - 24 out of the 70 GMs of the country so far. On Thursday 7th October, Tamil Nadu State Government felicitated 14 players of their state who have won Gold in FIDE Online Olympiad 2020, FIDE World Teams 2019, Bronze in FIDE Online Olympiad 2021, along with the newly minted Grandmaster, Woman Grandmaster and International Master. This monumental acknowledgement of the efforts will definitely boost the spirit of the hardworking players, coaches and parents. It will also encourage the upcoming talent who are striving for the best. Photo: CMO Tamil Nadu twitter
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan drew with Praggnanandhaa in the fifth round to maintain his lead 4.5/5. He is joined by fellow countryman IM David Shahinyan (ARM) after the fifth round of ChessMood Open. The tournament leaders will face each other in the sixth round. Ten players are at a half point behind the leader. Narayanan S L, Praggnanandhaa and Abhimanyu Puranik are the three Indians among them. IMs Mitrabha Guha and P Shyam Nikhil held Armenian GMs Shant Sargsyan and Manuel Petrosyan to a draw each, respectively. IM Bharath Subramaniyam H got back to winning ways as he defeated GM Harsha Bharathakoti. Round 6 starts today from 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick