Ever heard of 106 teams participating in a state team championship and that too with grandmasters and international masters in the fray? Welcome to Tamil Nadu! Welcome to India! It happened at Kovilpatti, a small town in Tamil Nadu when National Engineering College organized the 34th TN State FIDE Rated Team Chess Championship from 8th to 11th November. We have a report from our very own R. Anantharam.
The Indian Chess School and IIFL Wealth in association with Mount Litera School International are pleased to present the IIFL Wealth 2nd Mumbai International Chess Tournament. A twin tournament with the Open and Junior categories, the championship kicks off on 26th December 2016 in Mumbai. Preview.
168 players participated in the one-day All Bengal Rapid Tournament held in Kolkata on 04 December. The time control was 20 mins. per player and the youngsters dominated the event. Recently crowned Indian sub-junior champion FM Mitrabha Guha won the tournament convincingly. Quick Report.
FM Srinath Rao SV won the St. Teresa FIDE Rating Open held from 1 December to 4 December in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The tournament was an eight-round swiss held over four days under the aegis of St. Teresa School. The prize fund was Rs. 1.5 lakhs. Quick Report.
IM Chakravarthi Reddy M. won the GCA International FIDE Rating Open 2016 held from 25th to 30the November in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The tournament was a ten-round swiss organized by Global Chess Academy with Rs. 2 lakhs prize fund. Quick Report.
Kunal M. won the TN State Level Rapid Tournament held at Sivakasi under the aegis of the Virudhnagar District Chess Association. The event was a seven-round swiss with twenty minutes per player. The prize fund was a cool Rs. 25000. Quick Report.
The temperature in Sochi, Russia is around zero degrees Celsius. A pack of 18 Indians are braving the weather and fighting it out at the World Schools 2016, trying to bring home a medal. Currently it is A. Harshini in the under-15 girls section who is performing the best with 3.5/4. Niklesh Jain is in Russia as the head of the Indian delegate and he brings us not only pictures, but lots of interesting tidbits about players, organization and interviews with interesting personalities.
On 4th of December Timur Gareyev played against 48 opponents in a blindfold simul that lasted nearly 20 hours to set the world record in simultaneous blindfold chess. Miguel Najdorf's record of 45 opponents was broken by Mark Lang after 64 years in 2011 by playing 46 people. Timur went two steps ahead and challenged 48! He ended the simul with a staggering 35 wins. It was truly an exhibition of unbelievable human strength and stamina. Albert Silver tells you the tale of how it all transpired.
The popular Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, also known to her followers as Amma, passed away in Chennai. She was one of the most powerful leaders from India and was instrumental in bringing the World Championship to this country, a match that saw Anand step down to allow Magnus to begin a new era. She passed away at the age of 68 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai after struggling with health related issues for three months. She was a believer in the power of chess and introduced the game as a compulsory activity in all schools in Tamil Nadu, making her state an intellectual powerhouse.
The 1st Shaastra Rapid Fide rating tournament will be held in Chennai from 17th to 18th of December 2016. With the prize fund of Rs. 2,00,000, the event is scheduled to take place in IIT Madras Campus. The last date for registration for the event is 13th December. Play and enjoy the rapid tournament at the campus of the IIT-M! An invitation from Nitin Pai.
The National Schools Championship for the Visually Challenged was held from 22 November to 26 November at Shirdi in Maharashtra. 67 players born after 2000 participated, including many girls, and four were rated among them. The tournament was won by Tamil Nadu's talented K. Marimuthu in a crushing manner while Mumbai lad Aryan Joshi was second. Report.
The 2016 National Premier Championship was a heavyweight affair with Adhiban and Vidit among the participants. The tournament saw an early leader in Aravindh Chithambaram as he rolled through the opposition, but Karthikeyan Murali caught up with his city-mate. In the final round, Aravindh lost to R.R. Laxman, while Karthikeyan won his game, making him the Indian Champion again. We have a special report with analysis by Karthikeyan.
His Elo is 2485, he has one GM norm and he loves France! Guess the Indian player? He is none other than Stany. This 23-year-old from Karnataka has been in great form recently. In 15 months he has jumped from a rating of 2359 to 2485! And a part of his achievement are thanks to the tournaments he has played in France. The last one being the Sautron Open 2016 where he finished first ahead of four strong grandmasters. Stany sends us his favourite game from the event and also tells us why every food lover must visit Sautron!
In a tale of grit and merit, Chinese GM Ju Wenjun came from behind to win the Women's Grand Prix at Khanty-Mansiysk. She won with a clear one point lead scoring 7.5/11! She won crucial games against Sarasadat Khademalsarieh and Nino Batsiashvili towards the end. With this win, she has confirmed her status as the challenger to the world title next year. An illustrated report.
The World Schools 2016 kicked off in Sochi, Russia from the 3rd of December 2016. Players from 30 countries have participated in this mammoth event. Niklesh Jain, head of Indian contingent, brings us impressions from the opening ceremony and tells us about the excellent arrangements made by the organizers. Illustrated report from Sochi.