1st Bikaner GM Open is starting today. Rajasthan is going to host another strong rating open tournament in a week from 8th October 2022. The seventh edition of N L Pandiyar Memorial Rating Open will take place at Orbit Resort, Udaipur. This is one of the longest running Open Rating tournaments in the state. The first edition took place back in 2009. This edition offers a prize fund of ₹1501000. Total number of prizes are 173. There are three prizes worth ₹1 lac and more. Apart from that, there are five prizes worth over ₹50000. So far 309 players have registered from various parts of the country. Hurry up and register if you have not already. Photo: Tournament Circular/Chess in Lakecity
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IM Aditya Mittal has emerged sole leader after the first day of MPL Indian Chess Tour leg 4. The teenager scored three wins and a draw to stay a full point ahead of the field 10/12. Previous leg winner, GM S L Narayanan, GM Vaibhav Suri and GM Pranav Anand are close behind at 9/12 each. Apart from Aditya, GM Bharath Subramaniyam and GM Karthikeyan Murali have also remained undefeated on the first day. This is the final leg of MPL Indian Chess Tour. The winner will earn a place in the next Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Regular event, also in the 8-player Knockout Finals of the MPL Indian Chess Tour. Round 5 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Pranav Anand became India's 76th Grandmaster on 15th September. On the following day, he became World Youth Under-16 Open champion. A feat very few players in the world can claim, if there are any. The 15-year-old boy became Karnataka's fourth Grandmaster. He earned his maiden GM-norm at 8th Sunway Sitges Open in 2021. The teenager scored his second and third GM-norm at Vezerkepzo GM March 2022 and 55th Biel Master Tournament in July. Both of those norms were earned in just eight games. He fulfilled the rating requirements by winning against IM Emin Ohanyan (ARM) in the tenth round of World Youth 2022. Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz
GM Kateryna Lagno drew her final round game against GM Alexandra Kosteniuk to win FIDE Astana GP. The former World Rapid and three-time World Blitz Women's champion scored 8/11. IM Vaishali R had great chances to beat GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. Unfortunately, she could not seize her opportunity. The former World Women's Championship Challenger, Goryachkina scored 7.5/11 to finish second. WGM Zhu Jiner scored (CHN) made 6.5/11 to finish third. Vaishali had an impressive debut. She scored 5/11, suffered only two losses and gained 1.6 Elo rating points. Her performance speaks volumes that she is ready for the big leagues. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Arun R U and Shrayan Majumder, both scored an unbeaten 8/9. They were placed first and second according to tie-breaks. Three players - Bishal Basak, Vishrut Parekh and Arnav Kherdekar scored 7.5/9 each. Out of them, Bishal Basak was adjudged third. He remained undefeated too. The total prize fund for the Challengers section was ₹1200000. Top three prizes were ₹100000 and trophy, ₹80000 and ₹70000 each respectively. A total of 343 players participated from various states across India along with Bangladesh, Nepal and USA. The five-day nine-round tournament was organized by Chhattisgarh Pradesh Shatranj Sangh at Shagun Farms, Raipur, Chhattisgarh from 19th to 23rd September 2022. Photo: Chhattisgarh Pradesh Shatranj Sangh
Manuel Aaron was India's first International Master. Manuel is a great champion who indulged in battles with players like Fischer, Botvinnik, and other world superstars in his prime. He laid the foundation for Indian chess, due to which India has now become a superpower in the Chess world. In the 5th episode of Olympiad Stories with Saravanan, IM Saravanan shares some interesting stories about the first Indian Superstar, the grand old man of Indian chess. Photo: The Hindu archives.
GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) deservedly won Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Trophy GM Masters Tournament 2022. He drew his final round game against IM Ajay Karthikeyan to finish a full point ahead of the field 8.5/10. Three players followed him at 8.5/10. They are - GM Boris Savchenko, GM Michal Krasenkow (POL) and GM Shyam Sundar M. They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. Apart from Shyam, IM Ajay Karthikeyan, IM Nubairshah Shaikh and GM Mitrabha Guha are the only three Indians to finish in top ten at seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively scoring 7/10 each. The total prize fund in the Masters section was ₹2300000. Top three prizes were ₹331000, ₹231000 and ₹175000 each respectively. Photo: Chhattisgarh Pradesh Shatranj Sangh
GM Kateryna Lagno made a quick 13-move draw with GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) to maintain her lead 7.5/10 at FIDE Astana GP. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina also drew her game with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, to maintain her chase 7/10. IM Vaishali drew with IM Polina Shuvalova by forcing a perpetual check. She has scored 4.5/10 and had a good tournament so far. In the final round, Vaishali will be up against Goryachkina who would certainly go for maximum in her effort for the tournament triumph. Who do you think will win the tournament - Lagno or Goryachkina? Round 11 starts today at 12:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Charvi Anilkumar and Shubhi Gupta are the World Champions in Under-8 Girls and Under-12 Girls category respectively. They both have won a Gold medal each for India. Charvi scored 9.5/11 and Shubhi made 8.5/11, both of them edged past other competitors on tie-breaks to etch their name in history. Safin Safarullakhan is the only other Indian to claim a medal. He won the Bronze in Under-8 Open, scoring sole 9/11. India won two more Gold in the same month after Pranav Anand and Ilamparthi won a Gold each in World Youth Under-16 and Under-14 Open respectively, a little over a week ago. Thus, India now has the highest number of Gold medals between the age group of Under-8 and Under-18.
GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) made another quick draw to maintain his sole lead 8/9 at Chhattisgarh CM Trophy Masters. He just needs a draw in the final round to win the tournament. GM Tsegmed Batchuluun (MGL) is the only one who is at a full point behind 7/9. Nine players are at 6.5/9 each. Utsab Chatterjee became the latest International Master of India after he drew his game with GM Mitrabha Guha. FM Aaryan Varshney scored his final IM-norm by scoring a win against GM Saptarshi Roy. After scoring his maiden IM-norm, Srihari L continues his great run by ending IM Aronyak Ghosh's 55-game unbeaten streak. WIM Mahalakshmi M is currently the highest female scoring player after beating WGM Divya Deshmukh. Final Round 10 starts today at 10 a.m. IST.
GM Kateryna Lagno has won four games in a row to emerge sole leader at FIDE Astana GP 2022. She defeated WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) in a dicey game where she could have probably lost at some point. IM Polina Shuvalova also averted disaster as her opponent GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) missed an opportunity to trap her opponent's queen. IM Vaishali suffered her second loss of the event, against the FIDE Women's World Cup 2021 winner, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk. Vaishali will face IM Polina Shuvalova in the penultimate round 10 which starts today at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
A day after winning the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Julius Baer Generation Cup in a dominating fashion, Magnus Carlsen has tweeted a public statement. Not only the chess universe, but the entire world is talking about the Sinquefield Cup withdrawal, Carlsen's refusal to play against Niemann at the Generation Cup. Everyone knows that Carlsen loves to play chess, he does not say or take rash decisions. He has finally issued a public statement. There are still some things he cannot say without Niemann's explicit permission, as he mentioned in the statement. The chess universe is split, many have taken Carlsen's side, while some feel Niemann is innocent. What is your opinion in this matter?
IM Nubairshah Shaikh got himself a very good opportunity to halt GM Levan Pantsulaia's (GEO) fantastic run. However, he could not make the most out of it. With this win, the Georgian extended his lead by 1.5 points. Seven players are at 6/8 each. GM Mitrabha Guha, IM Ajay Karthikeyan, Utsab Chatterjee, IM and Sammed Jaykumar Shete are the four Indians among them. Utsab continues his impressive run. He beat his second consecutive GM of the event, Deepan Chakkravarthy. Srihari L and CM Mayank Chakraborty also scored two big wins over IM Koustav Chatterjee and IM Ratnakaran K respectively. Round 9 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: Chhattisgarh Pradesh Shatranj Sangh
Shubhi Gupta has had a fantastic year so far. She won the National Under-12 Girls and National Amateur U-2000 Women Championship, three Silver medals at the Western Asia Under-12 Girls. Last month, the 11-year-old finished third at an Open Rating tournament. So her leading at World Under-12 Girls does not come as a surprise. A win in the last round will earn her a Gold. Charvi A can also win a Gold in the Under-8 Girls. She is currently at 8.5/10, a half point behind the leader. Ethan Vaz 8/10 and Safin Safarullakhan 8/10 are the remaining two Indians in the medal fray in Under-12 and Under-8 Open categories respectively. Final round starts today at 10 a.m. local time, 11:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Sophie Nikoladze
IM Vaishali R drew with Kazakhstan no.1 woman, GM Zhansaya Abdumalik in the eighth round of FIDE Astana GP 2022. She had some chances in the final moments of the endgame, however, she decided to draw. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina prevailed in the battle among the tournament leaders, against WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN). GM Kateryna Lagno defeated IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) to join the lead 6/8. IM Polina Shuvalova, WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) and GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) are the remaining three victors of the round. Vaishali will face GM Alexandra Kosteniuk in round 9 which starts today at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman