Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura had an identical performance on the final day of 2020 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. As both of them scored a victory and drew the other two games. They became Co-Champions with a score of 6.0/9 Meanwhile, previous day leader Aronian had a difficult day as he scored two draws and suffered one loss. Aronian and Caruana finished at shared third place with 5.5/9. Firouzja might have finished at the bottom of the final standings but he finished his event with a victory over the reigning Fischer Random World Champion Wesley So. So finished at fifth place with 5.0/9. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream
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Day 2 of 2020 Champions Showdown 9LX belonged to the Armenia no.1 Levon Aronian as he wrecked through all three opponents and take the sole lead with 4.5/6. He felt like he was playing with more passion in his games. Meanwhile in the battle of World Champions, So once again had Carlsen's number as Carlsen suffered defeat in the fifth round. Carlsen was visibly distracted against Nakamura in Round 4 and the game turned out to be a draw. Three players are at shared second position with 4.0/6 and they are - Carlsen, Nakamura and So. Round 7 resumes tonight from 11:33 p.m. IST. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream
GM D Gukesh scored a triple hat-trick with 9.0/9, a loss in the final round did not affect his final standings. Gukesh wins ₹12000. GM Jose Eduardo Martinez also finished with 9.0/10 at the second position. Runner-up Martinez earned ₹10000. IM Mitrabha Guha scored sole 8.5/10 to secure third position and won ₹7000. GoodEarth sponsored the entire prize fund of ₹50000. Total 231 players including 16 GMs, 22 IMs and 4 WIMs took part from India, Azerbaijan, Canada, England, Kuwait, Peru, USA and Uzbekistan in this 10-Round event. Photo: Niki Riga
The unprecedented pandemic Covid-19 might have caused a lot of events to be cancelled or delayed, however Saint Louis Chess Club continues their tradition and due to the prevailing circumstances they shifted the 2020 Champions Showdown Chess 9LX to online with an incredible lineup starring Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Wesley So among the World Champions and two-time World Cup winner Levon Aronian, Speed King Hikaru Nakamura and others. Each day three rounds are played. Three minutes are given to the players after the randomly drawn position is shared with the players. Carlsen and Dominguez-Perez scored 2.5/3 to take the lead after Day 1. Round 4 resumes tonight from 11:33 p.m. IST. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream
A man who has beaten Vishy Anand twice in his teenages, became an IM with a career high Elo of 2430, has trained numerous grandmasters without charging them any fee and remains an active chess player even till date, winning over 30 FIDE rated events in the his career. A man with such accomplishments definitely has to be someone special. Meet Anup Deshmukh, the man with a golden heart. Anup's achievements are so many that they cannot be crammed into one article, but FM Sauravh Kherdekar has made an attempt on this front. It's an article not to be missed. Get to know this gem of Indian chess better!
"What is the best advice for getting the most out of my ChessBase 15 software?" This is a question that is often asked. And the first two answers are always the same: "Read The Manual" and "Update the Program". ChessBase 15 is a very important software for all types of chess players, enthusiasts and followers of the game. It has a lot of features, many are unbeknownst to most of us. However some of the basic important stuff is often ignored by most of us. If they can be covered then we cannot avoid having minute issues. Here Nick Murphy shows you step-by-step how to do both.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is widely regarded as one of the players who is a strong contender for the World title. Him leading in the FIDE Candidates 2020 also asserts to that theory. On 29th August MVL appeared in Surya Sekhar Ganguly's talk show 'In Conversation with' where he discussed a lot of his games, his thought process, things that he likes, what he does when he is not playing chess and much more. He also acknowledged the fact of being a mathematician helped him a lot in his career. Did you know - MVL made a cameo in a French movie titled 'Le Tournoi' ? Photo: Surya's youtube channel.
On 7th of September (2 days ago) we published an article about Durgesh, a well-known chess trainer from Bangalore, who suffered from brain haemorrhage and is in the hospital fighting for his life. Although his surgery is completed, the path to recovery is long and he will need quite a bit of financial resources to get through this phase of his life. Durgesh's good friend Sushrutha Reddy sponsored Rs.50,000 as the prize fund for the tournament that will be held on 19th of September 2020. In the last couple of days, the chess community has come together and we have had 147 donors and we have managed to raise Rs. 2,67,165 for Durgesh. The battle still continues and we hope for your support.
From 11-year-old Ilamparthi to 44-year-old Carl Bicknell the online training session with world class coach Vladimir Chuchelov and Vidit Gujrathi had a huge variety of students. But one thing brought them all together - the hunger for knowledge and chess improvement. From 1st to the 10th of August a very successful training camp was organized by Vidit Chess Academy and ChessBase India with Chuchelov and India no.3 Vidit Gujrathi. The camp revolved around the brainchild of Chuchelov called the Strategic Balance and it was 50 hours long. In this article we bring to you the feedback of the students who took part and also inputs by the trainers.
Claus-Dieter Meyer and Karsten Mueller present the "Magical Endgames Fritztrainer", their third collaboration. Sadly, Claus-Dieter Meyer passed away in March 2020, but he finished his work on this DVD before, including notes and comments. Endgame expert Karsten Mueller analyses and explains important endgame techniques and presents a number of fantastic games. The volume concludes with helpful interactive exercises and is a treasure for everyone who likes the endgame and wants to improve in chess. Photo: ChessBase
The search for Magnus Carlsen's opponent had reached half way in the month of March 2020. FIDE Candidates 2020, which was stopped halfway due to the Corona virus scare, is now resuming from the 1st of November 2020 from round 8 onwards. All the results until round 7 will stay as they are. The tournament will resume in Yekaterinburg, which was the original venue of the tournament. The organizers have also arranged for an alternate venue in Tbilisi Georgia. In this article we bring to you FIDE's press release. Apart from that we also bring to you some special moments from first seven rounds of the Canddidates 2020.
India's 16th and Kerala's first GM Gopal G N launched his website on last week of August 2020. The site has various content - Testimonial, Gallery, his achievements and more. He uploaded a couple of videos explaining Exchange Sacrifices. Gopal is an accomplished player. He became a GM in eight months after becoming an IM. Gopal has a huge list of accolades - Gold in National Junior 2004, National Sub-Junior Rapid 2001; Silver in Asian Team 2008 and 2012, National Premier 2010; Bronze in World Team 2010, Asian Games 2010, Asian Team Blitz 2012 and many more. Did you know that Gopal is one of the very few Indian players to have become a GM without having a personal foreign GM trainer. Photo: Official site
India's 61st GM Iniyan P wins 48th World Open by scoring an unbeaten 7.5/9. He joins the long list of previous champions - Bent Larsen, Pal Benko, Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura, Magesh Panchanathan, Sandipan Chanda, Parimarjan Negi, Le Quang Liem and more. Iniyan played three games per day from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. IST between 7th and 9th August. He mentions that at one point, he felt like an owl for staying awake for the entire night. His efforts earned him a handsome reward as he won US$3000 + $100 bonus as a winner in the tie-break for the first place. Check out four of Iniyan's games where he analyzed them in great detail and explained his thoughts.
Bangalore-based well-known chess coach Durgesh K collapsed from a severe brain haemorrhage last month and has been hospital-bound in critical condition since then. Durgesh's family is in desperate need of funds to meet the expenses of his hospitalization and recovery. His close friend Sushrutha Reddy has sponsored a fundraiser event (Prize fund of Rs.50,000, held on 19th of September) along with ChessBase India to make sure that Durgesh recovers and comes back home. We therefore urge the chess community to come forward and Play for Durgesh and lend a helping hand. Read this article to know more about who Durgesh is, what his contributions to the game of chess are, and how you can help him overcome the toughest time of his life.
The Teachers Day is celebrated all across India on 5th of September 2020. In chess, the coach/teacher/trainer plays a very important role in the upbringing of a talent. Indian chess has now reached a stage where we are being called all across the world as a super power in chess. The teachers have played a very crucial role in this entire upheaval. In this article we speak to 22 top players of Indian chess about the teachers who have made the biggest impact on their chess career! Through this article, you will get to know all the hidden gems in Indian chess, who rarely get recognized. Happy Teachers Day to all the wonderful chess trainers out there!