The fantastically organized Rilton Cup came to an end in Hotel Clarion, Stockholm, Sweden. The tournament was practically decided by the all-India penultimate round clash between grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran and Swapnil Dhopade. Sasikiran took the point and a final round draw meant that he won the tournament. We have an illustrated report.
National Schools is taking place from the 5th to the 7th of January 2017 in Nagpur. We made our way to the venue and witnessed some extra-ordinary scenes. 800 students had gathered to enjoy chess. At the same time the organizers put in all their efforts to ensure that participants and parents get all that they need at one place. We bring you exclusive pictures and stories from Nagpur and invite you to identify the fathers of the little ones in the thumbnail image.
The city of Chennai was devastated for a second consecutive December when a cyclone hit the coast. But this did not stop the Shaastra Rapids, part of the IIT Madras college festival, from going ahead. The number of players participating did get affected but the quality of the tournament did not. Two grandmasters, six international masters and several fide masters vied for the Rs. Two lakhs prize money. Let Prof. Anantharam tell you who laughed his way to the bank. Tip: it was not the monkey.
Some kids are able to excel at just about everything they do. Prithu Gupta is one such student. At the age of just 12 years he is able to speak Spanish fluently. He is academically bright, maintains a CGPA of 10. But the most astonishing part about this Delhi boy's story is the massive 1032 Elo point gain from 1187 to 2219 in just three years. Jitendra Choudhary sent us a brief portrait about this future star of Delhi.
National schools 2017 is taking place in Nagpur from the 5th to the 7th of January 2016. 700 kids from all over the country have come here to fight for the medals and ChessBase prizes. After three rounds many players are on 3.0/3. But one particularly exciting match-up is Dhyana Patel against Mrudul Dehankar. Niklesh Jain, who is at the venue, sends us an illustrated report.
One thing that is common between Magnus Carlsen and Padmini Rout is they both share hat-trick victories. She won the National Women's Premier three times in a row. Known for her fighting and uncompromising playing style, Padmini defended her Women’s National title in 2016 with ease. But the National champion had a different dream in her childhood. In the following interview, she talks about her upcoming Women’s World Cup, her favorite dish, more!
The last day of the 2nd IIFLW tournament was a grand affair. Along with exciting games, the presence of Vishy Anand livened up the proceedings. Pranav. V won the under-13 section and Adam Tukhaev was at the top in the open. In this report we recap the day in videos with Pranav (he analyzes his crucial last game in-depth), Pranav's father, Adam Tukhaev, press conference with Vishy Anand, interviews of Karan and Shilpa Bhagat and the buzzing closing ceremony. Don't miss out the video of Anand being given a back massage!
Rilton Cup is Sweden's premier open chess tournament and is heating up after six rounds of play. Six players—Gata Kamsky, Krishnan Sasikiran, Swapnil Dhopade, Ivan Sokolov, Erik Blomqvist, and Sergey Volkov—lead the tournament with 5.0/6. A host of Indian talents are having a ball in Hotel Clarion. Illustrated report with pictures by the fantastic Lars OA Hedlund.
Sport can be cruel sometimes. In fact, where there is a winner, there is a loser. There is someone in the dark corner crying his/her heart out because of that loss. The final round of the IIFL Wealth Junior Championship is in progress but we already have a winner. But it was not at all clear until a few minutes ago, if the winner would indeed win. Find out what happened.
M. S. Thejkumar celebrates his 36th birthday on 2nd of January 2017. He is one of strongest IMs in the country. It's been nearly seven years since Thej has achieved all his three GM norms. He definitely has it in him to be a GM, and he proved it recently by winning the Liffre Open 2016 in France with a dominating performance of 8.0/9. Through this article and a few annotated games we show you why Thej can be called a great positional player, also known as the Indian Smyslov!
After seven rounds of play at the 2nd IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open, four players are in the lead—two are Indians, and two Ukrainians. GM Diptayan Ghosh played an interesting game against his old rival IM Sayantan Das and annotated the game for ChessBase India readers. Also, find interesting pictures in our illustrated report.
The World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2016 was a cornucopia of some of the finest chess players that our generation has seen. Irfan Mothi Memon, a chess enthusiast, from India, who works in Doha, decided to pay a visit to the tournament hall. At the end of the day he managed to take pictures with three World Champions! Irfan speaks about his experience of meeting these stars and also has some tips that will prove invaluable when meeting Vishy, Magnus, Sergey of Chucky!
There are tournaments which are organized just for the sake of making money and there are the ones which are set up to ensure that the players get the best possible conditions and treatment. The IIFLW International definitely falls into the second category. Sagar Shah went to the Mount Litera school and tells us about the different innovations and ideas that have been implemented. It's not just a tournament, it's a festival!
Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin were locked in an epic race at the World Blitz Championship 2016. None of them was ready to let the other escape with the lead. While it was Magnus who lead the event for most of the duration, it was Karjakin who won the all important last round against Jobava and became the World Blitz Champion. Carlsen had to settle for the silver while Dubov won the bronze. In women's section it was Anna Muzychuk who scored a double by winning the gold in both the events. A detailed report with round by round analysis.
GM Sriram Jha won the 4th Bhopal Open 2016 held from the 20th-25th of December 2016. He scored 8.5/10 and emerged ahead of Srinath Rao thanks to a better tiebreak. His last round win against Anup Deshmukh was a perfect demonstration of what Sriram is so good at. Simple, purposeful and logical play. We have the game annotated for you, as well as impression, stories and videos from the event. Do not miss the end of the article for a discussion on the most number of wins tiebreak.