CM Kushagra Mohan and WIM Sakshi Chitlange showed some fine endgame knowledge in Round 2 of Serbia Open 2022 Masters. Both of them are among Indian players at 2/2. GM B Adhiban, GM Abhimanyu Puranik, IM Padmini Rout, IM Anuj Shrivatri, IM P Shyam Nikhil and IM Aditya S Samant are the remaining Indians who have made a 100% start. FM Kashish Manoj Jain continues his momentum from the previous round. He had a significant advantage in the final position where he decided to draw with IM Yoav Milikow (ISR). Round 3 starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
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Hikaru Nakamura lived up to his prediction of beating Firouzja at the Candidates 2022. He might have said it nonchalantly, however, one cannot discount the fact that he won the FIDE Grand Prix too. Ding Liren and Jan-Krzysztof Duda were the other two victors of the round. The World no.2 defeated Rapport in his own game by creating imbalance and playing creatively. Caruana's ambitious approach against the FIDE World Cup 2021 winner, did not turn out the way he wanted. Duda's brave play earned him a full point convincingly. Nepomniachtchi now has a 1.5 point lead 7/10, over Caruana, Nakamura and Ding Liren at 5.5/10 each. Round 11 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: David Llada/FIDE
The 16th Grandmaster of India, Gopal G N received the Chess Olympiad Torch at Ayodhya. Gopal along with GM Tejas Bakre and WGM Vantika Agrawal carried the Torch to Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 18 years, Gopal became Kerala's first Grandmaster. He won the Bronze medal for Team India in both Asian Games and World Team Championship in 2010. He represented India at the Olympiads three times - 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Keralite won an individual Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals at a multitude of Asian Team, Zonal and Sub-Junior tournaments. He has also won Gold and Silver in National Junior and Premier events. Photo: AICF
Team India made a good start at the 9th IBCA World Team Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired 2022. They won the first round of the Group stage, 2.5-1.5 against home team North Macedonia. Soundarya Kumar Pradhan and Swapanil Shah scored victories, Marimuthu K drew and Kishan Gangolli suffered a loss. India will face Italy in the second round. The board order remains the same as Somender B L is rested. Top two teams in each group - Yellow and Red will advance to the Semifinals. Round 2 starts today at 3 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: AICFB
GM Visakh N R scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 2nd Torneo Internazionale San Leo Scacchi in Fortezza. He finished a massive two points ahead of the competition. GM Artem Omelja (UKR) and GM Oleg Korneev (ESP) scored 6/8 each to finish second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. The tournament had a total prize fund of €7000 combining two groups. Top three prizes were €1000, €800 and €700 cash. The champion received a trophy, and the remaining two podium finishers received a medal each. This is Visakh's second overall, first individual tournament victory of the year. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Serbia Open 2022 witnesses the participation of 393 players, combining both Masters and Amateur section. A total of 78 Indians are taking part in this event. B Adhiban is the highest rated Indian in the field. 12 players are rated 2600 and above. 38 GMs, 68 IMs, 6 WGMs and 13 IMs are taking part. The average rating of the tournament is 2319. That should give you a good idea about the strength of the tournament. WIM Arpita Mukherjee and FM Kashish Manoj Jain scored big victories over two Azeris, GM Mahammad Muradli and GM Ulvi Sadikhov respectively. Round 2 starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
The 21st Woman Grandmaster of India, Vantika Agrawal received the Chess Olympiad Torch from India's 11th GM Tejas Bakre in front of the Taj Mahal at Agra. They both brought the Torch to Green Park Stadium, Kanpur. Five-time World Champion Vishy Anand arrived at Lucknow Vidhan Sabha. On the ninth day, Vantika carried the Torch to Allahabad Museum, Prayagraj and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi. Vantika has won several Silver medals at Asian Youth events. Last year in August she earned her WGM title. She also won the National Women Online championship for the very first time in 2021, after winning FIDE Binance Business Schools Super Cup in the previous month. Photo: AICF
GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win 15th Teplice Open 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Thus, he earned an extra 5000 CZK. In total the Turk won 55000 CZK. Seven players scored 7/9. GM S L Narayanan and GM Iniyan P were placed second and eighth according to tie-breaks. They won 35000 and 6000 CZK each respectively. Both of them gained 1.6 and 8.7 Elo rating points each. GM Sankalp Gupta was the only other Indian to finish in top 15. He scored 6.5/9. The total prize fund of the tournament was 190000 CZK. The top three won a trophy each. Photo: FI Atul Dahale
Hikaru Nakamura is the first player in the Candidates to play the tournament and then upload the analysis of his game immediately after its conclusion. It was bound to take a toll on him eventually. The tournament situation also prompted the Speed King to take a chance, as later it might become too little too late. It did not pay off. Radjabov scored his first win of the event and also the first Classical win since October 2019. Firouzja and Ding Liren were the other two victors of the round. They also scored their first win of the Candidates 2022. Nepomniachtchi maintained his lead after Caruana could not extract anything out of Petroff. Round 10 starts tomorrow Wednesday 29th June at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Playing Chess at the top level is a very hectic affair. You have to prepare for your opponents, pick the right tournaments, pick the right coach, etc. But what if you were also doing a job as a Civil engineer while playing Chess? That is exactly what IM Mohammed Nubairshah Shaikh is doing, and he won the Silver Lake Open A! He scored a fantastic 7/9 to clinch the first position, getting a beautiful trophy, a gold medal, and a cash prize of RSD 1,10,000( Rs. 77,605). Municipality Veliko Gradiste, Chess Club VGSK, Chess Federation of Central Serbia, and Danubia Hotels organized the Chess Festival “Silver Lake 2022″ under the aegis of the International Chess Federation between 19 to 26 June 2022.
IM Nitin Senthilvel drew his final round game against GM Alexei Fedorov. It should have been enough for Nitin to become champion, if IM Aronyak Ghosh drew with GM Boris Savchenko. No one could have predicted that Boris will win such a difficult endgame against Aronyak. Alexei and IM Srihari L R scored 8/10 each. They were placed third and fourth respectively. IM Siddharth Ravichandran, IM Aronyak, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and IM Himal Gusain are the remaining Indians to finish in top 10. Deepan survived a big scare against Kunal M in the penultimate round. Boris won his second consecutive event after winning GITAM University 3rd Vizag GM Open over a week ago. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Hikaru Nakamura is a professional chess streamer currently signed with Misfits Gaming. However, one must not forget that he is also a world-class player. It is safe to say that he has played and analyzed more games of his in this year than the remaining players of the event. While Caruana might have seemed to be invincible, the Speed King showed that his tactical prowess is not the sole strength in his arsenal. He can very much outclass anyone in a positional duel too. Nepomniachtchi is still in the lead 6/8, followed by Caruana 5/8 and Nakamura 4.5/8. Richard Rapport scored the only other win of the round against Duda. Round 9 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Love to play the game of Chess? But have you ever given a thought to what the other side of the game looks like? Find out through this pictorial representation how different this game actually is from what we can see from the outside. Just like any other sport. Chess is highly competitive and it will test your mental toughness to the limit. Day in and day out you have to learn the art of dealing with extreme mental pressure and the more you become good at it, the better player you become. No matter how well prepared are you in the game, you will also need mental training to handle tense situations. You will meet players who will tell you that the position in their game was winning but they could not convert it. The reason may be sole because the opponent handled the situation in a better way. Through these pictures, I have tried to show the various kind of emotions a player goes through while playing. Photos by Aditya Sur Roy.
The 11th Grandmaster of India, Tejas Bakre and the 66th GM of the country, Akash Ganesan relayed the Chess Olympiad Torch from Dehradun, Uttarakhand to Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Tejas is the first GM from Gujarat. He is also one of the few FIDE Senior Trainers of India. He won a strong tournament in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2017. Akash is the youngest National Senior champion of India. He won it at the age of 16 years. The Tamil Nadu GM is also a FIDE Trainer. He has won strong open tournaments in Austria and Prague International Chess Festival Open 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. They both carried the Chess Olympiad Torch at Dehradun, Haridwar and Meerut. Photo: AICF
Starting out as the top seed, Manigandan S S scored an unbeaten 7.5/8. He finished a half point ahead of the field to win 31st CUSAT Rating Open 2022. Four players scored 7/8 each. They are - Arpith S Bijoy, Goutham Krishna H, Mithun Anand V and Abdallah M Nistar. 13-year-old Arpith and the reigning National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹25000 and ₹20000 along with a trophy each. The tournament was held between 26th and 29th May 2022 at CUSAT Campus. Photo: IA T Vinoth Kumar