Indian Women looked strong from the beginning of the tournament and they finished strong by beating Indonesia emphatically 6-2 to clinch the Gold. Both Padmini and Nandhiddaa were absolutely fantastic in the knockout stage as they scored 6.0/6 each respectively, Bhakti contributed an important 3.5/4 and Vaishali scored 4.5/6. Captain Mary Ann made two important draws and made all the right decisions. Indian Men's team couldn't overcome the Australia challenge throughout the event as they lost the first Duel by minimum margin 2.5-1.5 and drew the second 2-2, resulting in settling for the Silver. Catch all the action of the final day in this report. Photo: Various sources
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It is always a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn from a World Champion. The 14th World Champion will be doing a webinar with World Chess on Saturday 31st of October 2020 at 9.30 p.m. IST. The topic of the session is "What is prophylaxis in Chess and its importance." You will be able to ask questions to Kramnik and also get your doubts answered. In this article we tell you how to seize this opportunity, how Kramnik explains games, ideas and much more, so that you understand how detailed he is in explanations and get a preview of his Master Class. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Indian Men and Women are aiming for Gold as they are looking the strongest they have ever been in the entire event. Adhiban is back in his form, so is Sethuraman. Only Sasikiran suffered the sole defeat among the Indian in the entire Semi-Final. Indian Men beat Kazakhstan 5.5-2.5 and Indian Women beat Mongolia 7.5-0.5 in the Semi-Finals. The Women's team scored the exact same score as Quarter-Finals, only their first and second Duel scores got interchanged. The Men's team will face Australia and Women's team will be up against Indonesia in the Finals tomorrow on Sunday 25th October from 11:30 a.m. IST onwards. While the Women have already beaten their final opponent in the preliminaries by 3-1, the Men's team needs to get even as they drew with Australia 2-2 earlier. Photo: Various sources
A lot of movies have been made where chess was either a backdrop, center piece or just one of the key elements to a mystery or climax. But there has not been any mainstream drama series where chess is the main focal point in a series. Netflix decided to adapt The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis into a seven episode mini-series. If you are wondering why we are talking about a Netflix series on a chess portal, then we must tell you that Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini are the Special Consultants of this mini-series. Not only that, Chess Boxing founder late Iepe Rubingh is the On-Set Chess Consultant. Now you can be rest assured that there won't be odd chess board orientation or some incorrect checkmates. Photo: Pinterest
Both Indian Men and Women made a brilliant start to the Knockout stages by beating Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan respectively. While the Men's team registering both victories of the Duel by narrowest margin, the Women's team whitewashed in the first battle and in the second one they conceded only one draw. With Adhiban, Sethuraman coming back to form, one can only hope Indian Men will go for nothing less than Gold. Indian Men will face Kazakhstan and Indian Women will face Mongolia in the Semi-Final Duels tomorrow Saturday 24th October from 11:30 a.m. IST onwards. Let us know your prediction. Photo: Various sources
Registration for Make Your Move Fundraiser Blitz Open (Below 2100) is closed. That means the schedule is available now. There will be five Qualifiers from 26th to 30th October 2020. Each player is randomly drawn into one Qualifier event and they all start at 5 p.m. IST. Five players each from Under-14, Under-19 and Open category from each Qualifiers will advance to the Finals which will take place on 31st October. That means 15 players will qualify from each Qualifier and total 75 players will play in the Finals where the total prize fund is ₹100000. Those who have registered for this event, check your schedule and gear up to Qualify, Win the Finals and grab the golden opportunity to play against either Anand or Vidit. Photo: Niklesh Jain
We have entered the final three days of the Asian Online Nations Cup 2020. Team India will has made it to the final 8 in both open and women sections. From now onwards there is no margin for error as the format is Knock-out. The open team will now face Mongolia in the Quarter Finals, while the women team will be up against Kyrgyzstan. The individual board medals were given after the nine rounds of Swiss league itself and have been won by Nihal Sarin, Vaishali and Mary Ann Gomes (Gold), Sasikiran and Padmini Rout (Silver). We tell you all about the Quarter finals, format, tiebreaks and much more.
Spanish Pavilion of Expo Dubai 2020 is organizing and promoting a large online chess tournament which is also enthusiastically supported by FIDE. The tournament is open to schools from all over the world. All school children can participate and the top teams will qualify for the final in Dubai Expo 2020. Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation (FEBDA) has already shown their support for this initiative. The registration for this gargantuan scholastic tournament ends on 12th November 2020. So hurry up, register your schools right now! Photo: Press release
Elisabeth will be playing against Premium members of the ChessBase Account. The time control will be 3 min + 2 sec increment. The games will be commentated by IM Sagar Shah, and he will be analyzing them with Elisabeth after they are over! This is a perfect way to match your wits against a great talent and at the same time learn from the commentary and post-game analysis. The show will take place on ChessBase India's YouTube channel at 7.30 p.m. IST on 22nd October. This is our third blitz challenge after the one with world's 2nd youngest GM D.Gukesh and World Junior Champion Evgeny Shtembuliak.
A new initiative by some of the most renowned trainers in the world is kicking off on the 21st of October 2020. GM R.B. Ramesh, GM Magesh Chandran and some trainers have come together to launch the pro chess training. The idea is to bring all the best chess coaches under one roof and indulge in chess training based on the rating levels of the participants. In this article GM Magesh Chandran and R.B. Ramesh tell us more about this idea. The classes will begin from the 1st of January 2021, but you can get a feel of what's in store for you.
Historically, the Fritz family of programs were for analysis, and ChessBase was for database management. Nowadays, the distinction is much less pronounced, and ChessBase 15 is an incredibly powerful analysis tool in its own right. Here, Nick Murphy takes you through getting ChessBase ready to analyse, using the local engine of your choice. Allowing you to effortlessly use the power of your chess engines wherever you are! If you have got ChessBase 15 recently or still finding your way through this vast software which has a lot of features, we bring you part five of the Getting the most out of ChessBase 15 tutorial series, with the hope that you can learn more and the find the best way to maximize the benefits of the software. Photo: ChessBase
Indian Women finished at the top of the Preliminary stage with 16.0/18, three points ahead of the next team Philippines. Once again they made a hat-trick by beating Philippines, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. The first win against Philippines was a convincing one 3-1, however the next two victories were in narrowest of margins with 2.5-1.5. Nandhidhaa got her rhythm back as she played more to her attacking style, Padmini scored important points despite missing two wins today and Mary Ann continues her consistent form. Only Bhakti needs to recuperate her form and Vaishali needs to start afresh again because she did not have the best of days today. They will now face Kyrgyzstan on Friday 23rd October in the Quarter-finals in a duel from 11:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed and IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran
The wunderkind proved his worth once again as he steered team India to the Knockout stage of Asian Nations Online with an emphatic victory in the final round of the preliminary stage. Both Sasikiran and Nihal played incredibly well so far to make sure the rest of the teammates' shortcomings don't shatter team India's medal hopes. Sasikiran scored 8.5/9 and Nihal scored 4.0/5, only two men who remained unbeaten in the initial stage. With five days to go for Knockout stage to begin, Adhiban and Sethuraman will have to look for a way to get their form back. Captain Ganguly will have to make some tough calls. Indian Men will face Mongolia in the Quarter-Finals on Friday. Tomorrow Friday 19th October, Indian Women's team will resume their tournament against Philippines in Round 7 from 11:30 a.m. IST.
In this day and age, it is not so important to get an opening advantage - it is more important to get a playable position that you understand better than your opponent. With the Sveshnikov all the rage at the top, and the Open Sicilian no longer guaranteeing White his birthright opening advantage, top players have moved on to exploring lesser known but sound systems, and one such opening is the Rossolimo. Almost all the top players play this opening with both colours, its chief advocate being the American No.1 Fabiano Caruana. Jan Werle recently authored a DVD on the subject, and Tanmay Srinath takes a closer look at the Dutch GM's debut offering for ChessBase, along with a brief interview with the author about these DVDs.
Indian Women made a strong show on the second day of Asian Online Nations Cup as they won all three matches between Round 4 and 6. Team India defeated Myanmar 0.5-3.5, whitewashed Singapore 4-0 and beat Indonesia 1-3 convincingly. Vaishali played fantastic and won all three games. Captain Mary Ann also led steadily by winning both of her games. Bhakti lost her second game in the event after a tactical error. Nandhidhaa managed to survive a danger and salvage a draw. Padmini is also doing well in the tournament. Only in Round 6 she misplayed in the opening and got into trouble but managed to swerve all threats and walk away with a victory. Team India is currently at the second spot with 10.0/12 after Philippines whom they will face on Monday 19th October from 11:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Various sources