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The day of making simple Berlin draws or playing fun openings are gone because it's the Semi-Finals of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess Classic which means the gloves are off and it's time for bare knuckle brawl. That's exactly what happened as everyone lost at least one game in the Semi-Finals including Carlsen and Nakamura who were undefeated till Quarter-Finals. While Carlsen and Aronian traded blows to tie the first set 2-2, it seems like Nakamura got the better of Mamedyarov as he won the first set by 3-1. The second set of the Semi-Finals continue tonight from 10:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Altibox Norway Chess
Off the Board Tales is a series by ChessBase India, where the premise revolves around people who are passionate about chess despite it not being their career. An emotional and short story is what you're up for, so read on for tales of joy, tales of aspirations, tales of sorrows, and tales of success. Ashwin Subramanian is a Chess and Technology Evangelist, Software Engineering Manager at Intel, brilliant photographer, and regular donor to the ChessBase India Foundation. Photos: Ashwin Subramanian
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess Quarter-Finals witnessed the first set winner to have a smooth sailing towards the Semi-Finals. Carlsen will look for his first tournament triumph of the year as he faces Aronian in the Semi-Finals. Meanwhile Nakamura escaped the jaws of defeat twice against Liem to secure his spot in the Semi-Finals against Mamedyarov who has been completely dominant against Firouzja. Aronian is the only Semi-Finalist who lost a game in the Quarter-Finals while Carlsen and Nakamura are yet to lose a single game in the event so far. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Top seed Bodugu Giribabu dominated the field as he scored 5.0/5 to win Nellore District Senior Chess Championship for the first time in his career. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. 8-year-old Mithilesh P was definitely the star performer of the event as he scored 4.5/5 and remained undefeated to secure the second position. Sriram Haricharan Bellamkonda was placed third with 4.0/5. A total of 43 players from Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh participated in this one-day five-round event. Photo: FI Abdul Azeez Shaik
The first set of Quarter-Finals in Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess saw a battle of equals as Carlsen-Radjabov encounter did not yield a single decisive result. Aronian, Mamedyarov and Nakamura won the first set. Firouzja and Liem are yet to score in the Knockout stage. Firouzja did a couple of tactical errors in the final moments of the game, so he will need to come back stronger. Liem and So will also need to win their second set to keep Semi-Final hopes alive for them. Quarter-Final games resumes tonight from 10:30 p.m. IST. Watch all the action with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal on ChessBase India youtube channel. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
The longest chess tournament in history - FIDE Candidates 2020 is finally over. The winner of the event and new Challenger for the World Championship lost his final round game against Ding Liren who finished the tournament with a hat-trick of wins. Vachier-Lagrave beat Hao Wang to finish sole second with 8.0/14. Anish Giri suffered a loss against Kirilll Alekseenko and he was placed third 7.5/14. Caruana made a draw with Grischuk, they finished with a score of 7.5/14 and 7.0/14 respectively. Hao Wang decided to retire from Professional Chess but he is open to coaching, friendly matches and some shows. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE
Candidates, the biggest tournament of 2021, is back. After half of the event being completed, we are now moving to the second half that will take place in Yekaterinberg, Russia from the 19-28th of April. The Round will begin each day at 4.30 p.m IST. On this page you can find not only the embed for the Live commentary of ChessBase India that will happen on YouTube, but also the Live games. You can also follow the reports of the previous rounds and download the annotated games of each round by IM Sagar Shah.
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess Classic Day 3 witnessed Praggnanandhaa once again have another fantastic day. He started with a loss but then he beat Christiansen and drew with Carlsen, Nakamura and Firouzja. The world champion praised Pragg for his play. He might not have advanced to the next stage but he certainly showed that he can hold his own with the top players of the world. Vidit also finished with the same score as Pragg 7.0/15 and got eliminated from the event. Carlsen-Radjabov, Aronian-So, Mamedyarov-Firouzja and Liem-Nakamura are set to clash in the Quarter-Finals which starts tonight from 10:30 p.m. IST. Watch all the action with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal on ChessBase India youtube channel. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Reigning and two-time Russian Superfinal champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi sets up a clash for the World Championship against Magnus Carlsen later this year as he won the FIDE Candidates 2020 with a round to spare. Nepomniachtchi made a draw with Vachier-Lagrave once he realized that Giri has no chance to beat Grischuk. Thus Nepomniachtchi took a full point lead 8.5/13 heading into the final round, making it immaterial for Giri's victory in the last round as the Russian has already beaten the Dutch no.1 in the first round of the tournament, last year. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess Classic Day 2 witnessed the World Champion Carlsen climb to the top of the table. Currently he solely leads the Prelims with 7.0/10. Firouzja and Nakamura share the second spot with 6.5/10 each respectively. Both Vidit and Praggnanandhaa had a difficult day as Vidit missed two winning opportunities and Pragg lost three games. Vidit and Pragg must finish in top eight of the Prelims stage to advance to the Quarter-Finals. A win against Radjabov is the highlight of the day for Pragg. Catch Day 3 action tonight on ChessBase India youtube channel from 10:30 p.m. IST. with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour New in Chess Classic Day 1 undoubtedly goes to Praggnanandhaa. He made most of the opportunity and scored an impressive 3.0/5. He beat Duda and Karjakin convincingly, made solid draws with Jones and Mamedyarov. Vidit also had a fantastic day as held the world champion Carlsen to a brilliantly fought draw in a near flawless game. Radjabov is the sole leader at the end of Day 1 with 4.0/5 followed by Firouzja and Carlsen at 3.5/5. Catch Day 2 action tonight on ChessBase India youtube channel from 10:30 p.m. IST. with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. Photo: Amruta Mokal
It would be an understatement to say Anish Giri is absolutely impressive in the second half of FIDE Candidates 2020. He continued his momentum and scored his third victory in the last five games. Only Nepomniachtchi has scored two wins since the tournament resumed. The reigning Russia champion Nepomniachtchi maintained his sole lead with a victory over Hao Wang and moves to 8.0/12. Giri is at 7.5/12. Giri must win the last two games and hope Nepomniachtchi scores less than 1.5/2 to win the event as the latter has the better tie-breaks over the Dutch no.1. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE
Anish Giri continues his impressive run at the second half of FIDE Candidates 2020 with a brilliant win over Ding Liren in Round 11. He now moves to a sole second spot with 6.5/11 and breathes down the neck of the tournament leader Nepomniachtchi 7.0/11 who made a draw with Caruana. The former World Championship challenger is now at sole third spot with 6.0/11. Grischuk scored the only other victory of the round against Vachier-Lagrave. Both are now at 5.5/11. Game of the day definitely goes to Giri whose win was applauded by the chess universe. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE
From a competitive perspective things are heating up at the Candidates 2020-21. Ian Nepomniachtchi has a full point lead over the field. With his win against Alekseenko, the Russian top GM has moved to 6.5/10. He is being followed by Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana and MVL on 5.5/10. One of the highlights of the round was Alexander Grischuk's game against Wang Hao. The Chinese GM sacrificed a queen, but what was even more interesting is the fact that Grischuk thought for 72 minutes in one position. What was he thinking and what was his analysis? We bring you all of that in this report, along with all the news that took place in the 10th round.