ChessBase Magazine #174 is out! With analyses by World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, tournament reports, a masterclass from Biel with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and lots of training material. Not to forget the opening surveys that help you to get inspiration for your opening repertoire and to surprise your opponents in the opening. Stay ahead of your competition, you need this!
The 2nd Rail Wheel Factory Fide rating tournament will be held in Bangalore from the 8th to 12th of October 2016. Some of the salient features of the event are: a beautiful brand new playing hall, a first prize of Rs. 70,000, a total prize fund of Rs.5,00,000, in all 260 prizes and special conditions for the visually impaired. The last date for registration to the event is 30th September. Three IMs and one WGM have already confirmed their participation. We have all the details related to the event for you.
Vishy Anand joined the lead at the 2016 Tal Memorial in a stylish manner. Anand fended off a sacrificial attack by Mamedyarov to emerge up a piece in a winning endgame, despite Black's three passed pawns as compensation. A study-like finish gave a nice win to the Indian former World Champion. Find out a detailed step-by-step analysis by GM Alejandro Ramirez and also, comments game analysis by Viswanathan Anand himself!
On 26th of September Harikrishna beat Ivan Cheparinov in the first round of the Spanish Team Championships. With this victory he gained four Elo points. This took his live rating to 2765.8. This was good enough to surpass Ding Liren and enter the top ten players in the world! The live rating lists are dynamic and change with the daily result. However, this does not take away from the fact that as on 27th of September we have two Indians in the top ten chess players of the world! Kudos to Harikrishna for his consistent performances.
The category 21 tournament Tal Memorial 2016 featuring ex-world champions Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand and eight other top players begins from the 25th of September 2016. On this page you will be able to follow the live games of Anand from the event. While watching the games you can make use of the powerful functions like Livebook, Let's check, Engine Analysis, sharing the game and moves on a social platform and much more.
Evgeny Tomashevsky was playing the Modern Scotch from the black side in the first round of the 2012 Tal Memorial. He lost the game to Teimour Radjabov. Fast forward to 2016 -- Tomashevsky was playing the Modern Scotch from the black side once again, this time against Nepomniachtchi. he lost once again! The Scotch is an opening that evolved from the swashbuckling games of the 19th century. It has long been associated with exciting play, but people often doubt its positional base. In recent times, however, it has evolved into an aggressive alternative to the Spanish. We investigate both the games that we talked about in this article with analysis by Teimour Radjabov and Alejandro Ramirez!
Anand began with an interesting move order, but then, he was in trouble due to a missed intermezzo. But he managed to make a bunch of accurate moves and held Anish Giri to a draw. The first round of the Tal Memorial belonged to Nepomniachtchi. After only 23 moves and less than two hours of play, Black was forced to resign in a hopeless position. Svidler almost toppled Kramnik, but was unable to put the finishing touch. All other games were solid draws to kick off the event. Nonetheless, here is our illustrated report focusing on Anand's game with a video-analysis by the former world champion and also, master analysis for you to study. Enjoy!
The legendary trainer Mark Dvoretsky is no more. He died on 26th of September 2016 at the age of 68 years. Mark had been suffering from ill health from quite some time. However, he had been working on chess right until the very end of his life. He was a true chess lover who spent almost his time helping other players to reach their highest potential in chess. The chess world has lost a visionary and a great human being. Mark is no more but his books and teachings will continue to inspire generations of chess players.
The Tal Memorial 2016 tournament began with the traditional blitz tournament and Anand had a miserable outing. He drew seven games and lost two to finish with 3.5/9. Azeri GM Shakriyar Mamedyarov won the event with 7.5/9. The main tournament begins today, in a while, but before that, enjoy our brief overview of Anand's performance.
India has the most number of registered chess players in the world, and a high percentage of this number is made up of rated players. Yet, in a country where chess is this popular, while the national team was setting the Olympiad on fire, most media houses just chose to ignore the historic event. Have you felt sad that your favourite game does not make it to the first page of the newspapers, or not make it to the main slots on television? Well, here is your chance to change it! Fund Yogesh Gautam's unique campaign to teach chess in every corner of this country, while he attempts to register a world record of the longest journey ever made by road in any country! His plan is simple -- the mainstream media will take notice, as it has begun already, and consequently, the Indian chess players, especially the main stars, will gain major publicity thanks to Yogesh's efforts.
Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal played the Leiden Open in Netherlands from 15th-25th of July 2016. It is one of the tournaments they had planned on their 89 day Euro trip. This turned out to be one of the most memorable events because of many reasons - the picturesque city, travelling on bicycle, getting paired against each other in the final round! In this article Sagar gives you a personal view of how foreign tournaments should be enjoyed and how you can make them cost-effective. You cannot emerge victorious in every event that you play, but you can surely make each one memorable!
2015 World Youth Championship was a medal feast for Team India. It was raining Golds, Silvers, and Bronze, and the domination was such that India had won more Golds than most teams had even won medals! A year has passed since then, and there was a marked change in the organisation of the 2016 edition -- the under 14, under 16 and under 18 sections are being held separately from the other sections that will be held in Georgia next month. Enjoy our heavily illustrated report!
You would like to play in Europe in December, but the cold weather is not your cup of tea. Do not worry! Sitges, Spain is the perfect place to be! The third Sunway Sitges Chess Festival 2016 will be held from the 16th to 23rd December 2016. It offers you a beautiful tournament venue, a total amount of 19,700 Euros in prizes and a pleasant atmosphere to play against strong opposition thereby scoring your IM and GM norms. An Invitation.
Many foreigners await their chance of visiting India. Filled with diverse landscapes, historic and cultural background, various cuisines and landmark structures - a trip to India can be a life transforming experience. If you are a chess player, here's some good news for you. You not only get to play in three back to back strong tournaments with a hefty prize fund, but you get to see the country and if you are an IM or a GM you get some excellent conditions. Read on to know what you can expect by making a trip to the Incredible India.
First of all, sorry for the late report -- the writer was away on world juniors duty. Did you know that WIM Nandhidhaa actually finished ahead of Tania Sachdev in the Commonwealth Chess Championship? Despite that, Tania took the Commonwealth Women's title and not Nandhidhaa! The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka organized the Commonwealth Championship 2016. IM Tania Sachdev took the women's title of the Commonwealth Champion, while GM Abhijeet Gupta was crowned the men's champion. Enjoy our report with some lip-smacking portraits by Sri Lanka's Ruwan Gunaratne.