Imagine an Open tournament with beautiful surroundings around the venue, a beach nearby. Imagine going to the playing hall by pedaling a bicycle on the seashore. Atul Dahale found it so mesmerizing that he thought he was in a different world. Find beautiful pictures, annotations, GM masterclass by the winner, and more in his report!
The city of Gangtok and the state of Sikkim are known for its natural beauty. In such a serene environment a rating tournament was held from the 2nd to the 6th of February 2017. Rupankar Nath, twelfth seed of the event, emerged as the champion ahead of many titled players. We have a pictorial report sent to us by IA Dharmendra Kumar, which not only deals with the tournament, but also takes you on a tour of the Himalayan chess orchid!
An opening destined to become a trend is the rather curious looking Modern-Pirc. Or as some grandmasters are already admiring it, a fusion of the strategies involved in the Modern Defence and the Caro-Kann Defence. If you are wondering how that is done, you are about to find out.
Out of the fifteen players who participated from India, only one was untitled. More importantly, seven of the players were Grandmasters! But given the fact that 12 of the 72 participating GMs were rated above 2700, the task ahead of the Indian contingent was a difficult one. And also, Indians played well in Amateurs and Challengers categories. Report.
Jacob Aagaard is one of the most prolific chess authors in the world. The chess material that he finds and uses in his books is so good, that many world class players have benefited from them. Aagaard will be in India and Asia from the 25th of March until the 20th of April to promote his books, meet and interact with his fans and chess lovers. This is your unique opportunity to get in touch with a famous chess personality. Don't miss it!
Railways-A are comfortably perched atop the leaderboard with a perfect score of 14 match points in 7 games (2 points per game). But now the real fun is in the race to finish second. And Air India suffered a spectacular debacle. In the women's section, things are still hot. Report.
The Grand Chess Tour 2017 will have five super-tournaments with nine titans in the fray. The tour this year includes three rapid tournaments and two classical tourneys. Among the big guns are players like Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Viswanathan Anand.
Defending champions Railways-A are steaming ahead to win their second consecutive title. The fourth day of play was a double round and Railways-A took on the two main contenders — Air India and Airport Authority of India. Check out how they fared.
A blitz tournament for a few hours, consisting of nine rounds, was held at Malleswaram, Banglore. One International master took part. However, it was untitled Shiva S who won the event with 7.5/9. He beat top players and was the deserving winner of the event. Our correspondent Dipika Joshi was at the venue and sent us pictures which can be found in the report.
Defending champions Railways-A and third seed Air India share the lead with eight match points at the end of fourth round of the National Team Chess Championship which is in progress at Bansal Institute of Science and Technology. Pictures, Tactics and Report.
The 1st Salem International FIDE rated open was held at Mahendra College of Engineering, Salem from 26-29th January 2017 and attracted a massive total of 715 participants! A curious case in Indian tournaments is the rating anomaly. A player who beats 2300s in norm events struggles against a 1500 in a tournament in Tamil Nadu. Nitin Pai explains...
What's your favourite book of chess? This question is asked many a times and every chess player has a book that is close to his heart. Usually it's a book that one has read in childhood and has ignited the love for the game. In case of IM Sagar Shah it was the 62 most instructive games of chess ever played by Irving Chernev. In this article he speaks about what he loved about the book and also annotates his favourite game, which, to be frank, is some sort of a fairy tale!
The 2017 edition of the best Open in the world was all set for a mouth-watering finale, with as many as 9 contenders for the 23000 pounds first prize. Young David Anton Guijarro is the greatest of Spanish hopes these days and was leading the tournament. But among the players pursuing him, there was one particular face who has made winning at the Rock a habit. Hikaru Nakamura!
PSPB teams are not participating in this year's National Teams 2017. But this does not reduce the excitement. In the open section we have four teams vying for the top spot: AAI, Railways A and B, and Air India. It will be a close finish as AAI and Railways A are really well matched. In the women's section Air India is a clear favourite, but the young team from AAI would be looking to stage an upset. We have a huge pictorial report sent to us from the venue by Gopakumar Sudhakaran. Enjoy!
In a curious case at Gibraltar Masters, women's world champion Hou Yifan resigned in a mere 5 moves, breaking the record previously held by Viswanathan Anand for the shortest loss by a grandmaster. We tell you all about why the strongest female player in the world did this and what his opponent Lalith Babu had to say!