India 1 bounced back strong and beat Chile by a narrow margin of 2.5-1.5 in Round 6 of FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities. India 2 beat Kazakhstan by 3-1 and India 3 lost their second match of the tournament, this time against Turkey 1 by 1.5-2.5. India 4 scored a victory again, this time against Romania 2 by 2.5-1.5. During the game, Malika Handa mistakenly pressed 'Resign' button instead of 'Draw Offer', his opponent accepted the game to be continued and the Chief Arbiter allowed. India 1 still has some mathematical chances to advance to the Semi-Finals, however for that to happen, a lot of results need to go in India 1's favor. Today Friday 27th November, India 1 will face Russia 2 in Round 7 which is the final round of the Swiss League stage starting from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Chessfest
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Nepomniachtchi, So and Nakamura defied all odds and won against their respective opponents to advance to the Semi-Finals of Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open. All three needed to win the Rapid mini-matches on the second day of the Quarter-Finals and they did. Nakamura did it in a brilliant fashion as he just won in three matches against Vachier-Lagrave. So drew with Radjabov in the Armageddon in a completely winning position as draw was enough for him to advance. Nepomniachtchi completely dominated Aronian in Blitz. Giri drew all four games in the Rapid to get eliminated by Carlsen. Semi-Finals starts tonight from 10:30 p.m. IST. Who do you think will win the first mini-match between Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi and So-Nakamura? Photo: chess24 India live stream
India 1 had a tough time against Poland 2 in Round 5 of FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities. Both Shashikant and Naveen had no chance against their respective opponents. Kishan scored the only draw for the team to avoid a whitewash. Jennitha got a winning position but she was unable to convert it into a victory. India 2 defeated Mongolia by 3-1, India 3 went down against Romania 1 by 3-1 and India 4 lost to Colombia by 1.5-2.5. India 1 needs to win the last two rounds of the preliminary stage by maximum margin to have a chance to advance to the Semi-Finals. Today Thursday 26th November, India 1 will face Chile in Round 6 starting from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Carlsen had a shaky start in the first game against Giri. However the psychological edge once again paid off as Giri was unable to capitalize on the advantage. After two quiet draws, the fourth game was also on the verge of another draw but Giri made a questionable decision to double his pawns and lost the game. Radjabov played fantastic against So as he needed only three games to best the Fischer-Random world champion on the first day of the Quarter-Final in Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open. Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave won their day 1 encounter against Nepomniachtchi and Nakamura respectively. Giri, So, Nepomniachtchi and Nakamura are in a must-win situation. Who do you think will be able to overcome the odds and force the tie-breaks? Photo: ChessBase India live stream
Chess can be learned from anywhere, any time and from anyone. However when a seven-time British champion, one of the best in the world, a legend is your teacher, you do not want to pass that opportunity. Former World no.4 Michael Adams will be doing a webinar with World Chess on Sunday 29th of November 2020 at 9.30 p.m. IST. The topic of the session is "Practical decision making." You will be able to ask questions to Adams and also get your doubts answered. Check out the article to find out how you can learn from the British legend. Photo: World Chess
India 1 held the top seed of FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities, Poland 1 to a 2-2 draw in Round 4. Naveen and Jennitha scored important victories for the team. Shashikant and Kishan almost overcame adversity on the board and got winning opportunities but they couldn't seize them. India 1 is currently at fifth position 7.0/8, a point behind the leaders Russia 1 and Germany. In Round 4, India 2 lost to Russia 2 by 3-1, India 3 beat Canada 3-1 and India 4 held Spain to a 2-2 draw. Today Wednesday 25th November, India 1 will face Poland 2 in Round 5 starting from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Chessfest 2019
Carlsen topped the Preliminary stage of the Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open with 9.0/15. Nakamura finished at the second position also with 9.0/15. So, Nepomniachtchi and Aronian finished the Round-Robin stage with 8.5/10. Radjabov, Vachier-Lagrave and Giri advanced to the Knockout stage with 8.0/15 respectively. Quarter-Final games will begin tonight Wednesday 25th November from 10:30 p.m. IST with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan on ChessBase India youtube channel. Each encounter will have four Rapid games. Who do you think will win the matches today? Photo: chess24 live stream
The Comedians on Board III was one of the largest ever online chess events to be held. It lasted for three days from 19th to 21st of November 2020. 32 of the best stand-up comedians of India played chess in a knock-out tournament. The event was so massively followed that the live concurrent viewership went as high as 74,000 people! At the end of three gruelling days of chess it was Joel D'Souza who came out as the champion of the event. Vaibhav Sethia finished second and third place went to Samay Raina. In this article IM Sagar Shah takes you through the final day of the event with analysis of the semi-finals and finals as well as interviews of the first three placed finishers.
India 1 beats Vietnam 2.5-1.5 to join five other teams with 6.0/6 to lead FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities at the conclusion of Round 3. Kishan played fantastic and scored an emphatic victory. Jennitha managed to save the game from a difficult position and eventually win it. Aryan drew his game and Shashikant suffered a loss. India 2, 3 and 4 made draws with North Macedonia, Philippines 2 and Brazil respectively. Today Tuesday 24th November India 1 will face top seed Poland 1 in Round 4 starting from 7:30 p.m. IST.
Anish Giri maintains his sole lead with 6.5/10 at the conclusion of Day 2 at Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open. The Dutch no.1 drew all five of his games on the second day including the game against Carlsen. Carlsen, So and Ding Liren are at shared second spot with 6.0/10. Karjakin spoiled Carlsen's day as he trapped the world champion's queen and handed him his second defeat of the tournament. So drew four and beat Liem. Ding Liren scored a fantastic win against Radjabov, ending his winning streak. Vidit had a better day as he drew four games after losing against Karjakin. Round 11 continues tonight Tuesday 24th November from 10:30 p.m. IST with live commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan on ChessBase India youtube channel. Photo: ChessBase India live stream
Three Indian teams - India 1, 2 and 3 register victories in Round 2. India 1 defeated Argentina by narrow margin of 2.5-1.5. India 2 and 3 whitewashed Turkey 4 and El Salvador by 4-0 each respectively. India 4 delivered an impressive performance against Ukraine 2, although they lost by 3-1, Marimuthu and Sanjay played brilliantly and got winning positions against much higher rated opponents respectively. India 1 needs to register win by bigger margins as only top four teams will advance to the Semi-Finals. Today Monday 23rd November India 1 will face Vietnam in Round 3 starting from 7:30 p.m. IST.
Anish Giri takes the sole lead with 4.0/5 at the conclusion of Day 1 at Champions Chess Tour Skilling Open. Despite arriving almost four minutes late to his game against Nakamura, Giri managed to get a good position and eventually made a draw. At least rating-wise the underdog of the tournament Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro made the most of his opportunities by beating Svidler, Nepomniachtchi and Radjabov. His only blemish was against Carlsen who made a good recovery after losing to Nepomniachtchi in the first round of the game due to mouse slip. Both Anton and Carlsen ended Day 1 with 3.5/5 at the shared second spot. Round 6 continues tonight Monday 23rd November from 10:30 p.m. IST. Photo: chess24 Live stream
India 1 and India 4 make a winning start by registering victories over Azerbaijan and Venezuela. IM Shashikant Kutwal who is also the captain of the team, Kishan Gangolli and WIM Jennitha Anto K registered emphatic victories to secure a victory for the team India 1. Marimuthu, Krishna and Sanjay ensured India 4's win over higher rated Venezuela. Both wins for team India came in the form of 3-1. With six more rounds to go for the Swiss league stage, India 1 definitely has good chances to advance to the knockout stage. Today Sunday 22nd November India 1 will face Argentina and India 4 will go up against Ukraine 2 in Round 2 starting from 7:30 p.m. IST.
The Queen's Gambit Episode 7 is titled 'End game'. A month after its release, The Queen's Gambit still remains the talk of the universe both chess and non-chess. The final episode of the mini-series is Beth's path to slaying Borgov in her third attempt. Although her journey in the tournament may seem like a fairy-tale ending, it is not absolutely impossible, yes highly improbable can be said. Anyway here is an episodic review where we discuss all the chess related aspects shown in the final episode and how tastefully it was done. It is arguably the greatest drama series/mini-series ever made about chess. Photo: Netflix stream
Vidit Gujrathi led Team India to a historic Gold medal victory in FIDE Online Olympiad 2020 couple of months ago. He continued his impressive form in the Speed Chess invitational as he defeated Daniil Dubov and Dmitry Andreikin before losing to Sergey Karjakin. Vidit will be looking forward to making an impressive start at the Champions Chess Tour as he battles against the best of the best. The first event of the 2020-21 tour is the Skilling Open with a prize fund of 1 lac US dollars. The event will witness players like Carlsen, Nakamura, That's not all we have a great reason to rejoice as we are the official broadcast partners where Sagar Shah will do live commentary along with Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan.