Many experts concur on the fact that India is in the process of becoming a super power in the world of chess. A lot of people and organizations including All India Chess Federation (AICF) have contributed to the growth of the sport in our country. While we all know the role played by R.B. Ramesh, India's national coach, in creating super talents, there is one person who is quietly uplifting the chess culture of the country. He is a grandmaster from Ukraine and he is responsible for creating six grandmasters from India! Know about this phenomenal coach who believes in strengthening the basics of each of his students.
At the end of three rounds at the World Junior Chess Championship in Tarvisio, IM Harsha Bharathakoti from Telangana is in the joint lead with a perfect score of 3.0/3. A whisker away from him are R Praggnanandhaa and two of the highest rated GMs from India at the event, GM Murali Karthikeyan and GM SL Narayanan, all of whom won their first two games and conceded a draw in the third. A report with games and pictures.
The Grand Prix series until now was not the most exciting string of tournaments held. Mainly because of the high number of draws in the past events. But the last leg held at Palma De Mallorca, Spain, which will begin from 16th of November, is extremely exciting, because two spots from the Candidates 2018 will be decided from here! Two players who have the best chance to make it are Teimour Radjabov and MVL. For Indians it will be interesting to see how Harikrishna fares at this event. He has proved by holding his own against the best, but can he beat them and emerge as the winner? We will have to see.
To get a taste of the young talent in India, you should have been at the recently concluded National Under 9 Chess Championship in Gurugram. The tiebreak here was decided by the head to head encounter between the tied players. In the final round, two players who were leading the tournament by a one-point margin had to suffer a bitter defeat and their opponents got ahead of them. This clearly indicates that a new generation of chess players is in the making, which isn't only aggressive but knows very well how to perform under pressure. In the Open group, it was Om Kadam from Maharashtra who clinched the title while among the girls, Anupam M Sreekumar wore the champion's crown. A report.
Four Indian players have emerged with an unblemished score after two rounds of play at the World Junior Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. While the highest rated Indian in the field, SL Narayanan took things slow and won after 69 moves of play, Murali Karthikeyan played a neat miniature and finished Liam Vrolijk in merely 24 moves. Little Praggna is also among the perfect scorers after his win against IM Nubairshah Shaikh from Mumbai. We have a report with pictures and games.
It will be for the first time in the history of any sporting event held in Saudi Arabia that the women will not be required to wear a hijab or an Abaya. This will be witnessed at the King Salman FIDE World Rapid and Blitz 2017 to be held in Riyadh from the 25th to 30th of December 2017. Apart from no hijab, the organizers have enforced a compulsory dress code for the event. The prize money is 350% more than that of the previous editions. Until now citizens of no country have been denied participation for the event. This is all looking quite positive and upbeat for the last major event of 2017.
Indians already had a strong representation at the Dutch town of Wijk Aan Zee, where the Tata Steel Festival will be held from 12th to 28th of January, in the form of Anand and Adhiban in the Masters section. Things just got better as we now have Vidit and Harika playing in the Challengers section. Vidit is the top seed and Harika is one out of the two female participants! With four Indians in Wijk Aan Zee we can look forward to a very exciting event! This is the highest number of Indians ever in the history of Tata Steel Festival.
Over the last few years, Indian chess has experienced a boom in terms of young talent. Today, with the advent of young players like R Praggnanandha and Nihal Sarin in boys and Vantika Agrawal, Priyanka Nutakki and Divya Deshmukh in girls, India is sure to become a chess superpower in the not so distant future. In this children's day special article, ChessBase India salutes the bright young talents who have made the country proud with their achievements in chess.
The first round of the World Junior Championship in Italy saw some major upsets. While Kumar Gaurav scored a fine win against the much higher rated GM Gergely Kantor, GM Aravindh Chithambaram suffered a shocking loss to the Serbian FM Pavle Dimic. On board two, Sidhant Mohapatra held the 2606 rated GM Grigory Oparin to a draw. We have a pictorial report.
The year 2017 will end with the Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2017. It's a tournament that we, at ChessBase India, have loved a lot. The organization is wonderful and the players who have visited the place have sent us beautiful reports. The beauty of the place is unparalleled and the strength of the participants keeps getting better. This year ChessBase India is the media partner of the event and we will have our young 12-year-old author Avathanshu Bhat at the venue to cover the event beginning from 14th of December. Additionally, this sunday (19th of November) is the Fritz 16 Sunway Sitges blitz tournament on Playchess. Don't miss it!
When is chess the most enjoyable? When you win! But computers have become far too strong and won't allow their human owners a single victory. Until now. The latest iteration of our flagship program has advanced handicap features that make it behave like an average human player. And it is a full-blooded trainer that will teach you how to think – in grandmasterly style. Fritz 16 also comes with other very useful functions, like voice recognition, spell checking, and much more. It also has a completely overhauled navigation. It is releasing on Children's Day and we are offering you a 10% discount!
It is no secret that Stany GA loves playing in France. But the Sautron Open, which he has won for the second time in a row, is one of his all-time favourites. Not only does he enjoy the friendly chess atmosphere around, he also loves the fact that he gets to meet new people and taste some delicious food cooked by the organisers themselves! In this interview with Sagar Shah, Stany not only elaborates on all of the reasons he loves playing in France but also shares with us some annotated games from the tournament.
From Tartakover in the early 20th century to Morozevich and Nakamura today, all have enjoyed sidestepping the well-trodden paths of the Queen's Gambit and the umpteen Indians and venturing into the waters of the wicked Veresov Attack every now and then. On some occasions, it was used for quick draws; on some others, for a full-blooded fight. Nevertheless, it has always been a great surprise weapon. When Davide Nastasio felt the need to add the Veresov to his arsenal, he couldn't think of a better way to learn it than from IM Andrew Martin's DVD on the opening. In this review, he shares his impressions.
On November 9th 2017, FIDE - World Chess Federation announced that under the aegis of the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 26th - 30th December 2017. Hikaru Nakamura expressed his thoughts about the host nation and the sanctity of chess through a tweet immediately after the official announcement. We have asked several current and former national champions of our country to share their thoughts on the decision of hosting such a major championship in a country where democracy does not exist and their voice about Nakamura's tweet on the same subject.
The second edition of the First Friday closed Round Robin IM norm event was completed successfully. While in the first one D. Gukesh was able to make his IM norm, in November no one could score 7.0/9. In fact the winner was able to garner only six points out of the nine rounds. Reigning Indian under-17 champion Rithvik Raja had a chance to make the IM norm if he won the last round, but was unable to do so. In the end there were four players tied at the top with 6.0/9: Azarya Jodi, Niaz Murshed, Lye Lik Zang and Rithvik Raja. Illustrated report with some interesting games.