The world no.4 Alireza Firouzja lost to Arjun Erigaisi in three consecutive games at Airthings Masters 2023 Quarterfinals. Arjun played outstanding chess in all three games, seized his opportunities to a score a 0-3 whitewash. He will face the world no.1 Magnus Carlsen in the Semifinals. Carlsen defeated Alexey Sarana 2.5-0.5, although he was winning the third game too. D Gukesh lost to Hikaru Nakamura 0.5-2.5. He won the Swiss stage Play-in scoring an unbeaten 7.5/9 and finished a full point on 3rd February. On the very same day he defeated the 14th world champion, Vladimir Kramnik thrice. It will be Carlsen vs Arjun and So va Nakamura in the Semifinals starting tonight from 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: ChessBase India live stream
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Harika Dronavalli got herself very close to ending Alexandra Kosteniuk's unbeaten streak. However, the former could not capitalize on her advantage and Kosteniuk escaped with a draw. She is still in the sole lead 4.5/5 and 1.5 points ahead of the field. GM Mariya Muzychuk could not spot her opponent IM Alina Kashlinskaya's blunder and eventually she went on the to win the game. WGM Dinara Wagner had a great opportunity to beat the reigning World Rapid Women's champion, GM Tan Zhongyi. Today is a rest day. Round 6 starts tomorrow Wednesday 8th February 2023 at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/David Llada
Fourth seeded IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Velammal Republic Day Celebration Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. IM Ajay Karthikeyan scored sole 8/9 to finish second. Three players - Ilamparthi A R, GM Laxman R R and GM Vishnu Prasanna scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively. The total prize fund of the Rapid event was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹15000 each respectively. The one-day Rapid Rating tournament witnessed the participation of 267 players including 3 GMs and 5 IMs. It was organized by Rooks and Knights Academy of Chess.
Koneru Humpy scored her first win of Monaco GP 2023 in the fourth round against Anna Muzychuk. The World no.3 sacrificed a pawn as part of her preparation. Anna took it correctly. However, later she had to spot a difficult tactic to keep things in balance. She didn't and the India no.1 ended up seizing her advantage. Alexandra Kosteniuk won an interesting battle against Tan Zhongyi. With this win, she moved to 4/4. GM Mariya Muzychuk also scored her first victory of the event, against WGM Zhu Jiner. Mariya, GM Nana Dzagnidze and Humpy are trailing the leader by 1.5 points at 2.5/4 each. Round 5 starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/David Llada
Most players prefer to attack rather than defend. But what is the correct way to do it? GM Dr. Karsten Müller has compiled many rules and motifs to guide you, along with sharpening your intuition for the exceptions. An extraordinary Fritztrainer by the endgame pro, this time dedicated to his real player type standard model - The attacking activist! Topics include: “All pieces in the attack”; “The attacker does not exchange attacking potential”; “Opening of attacking routes”; “Typical attacking motifs” (such as the Greek-gift and the back rank mate) and “Bishops of opposite colours favour the attacker”. Photo: ChessBase
Kishan Gangolli wins Silver, Naveen Kumar Bronze at 1st FIDE Olympiad for People with Disabilities 202305/02/2023 -
India drew with Philippines in the final round to finish fourth at 1st FIDE Olympiad for People with Disabilities. Kishan Gangolli won an individual Silver medal on Board no.3 and also Best game of the tournament prize. Naveen Kumar A secured a Bronze medal on Board no.5 (Reserve) scoring 2.5/5. India drew with Philippines in the final round to finish fourth. This is a great result considering, India started as the tenth seed, lost only one game to the eventual Gold medalist, Poland who scored a perfect 12/12. The sole draw was against the Bronze medal winning team. India missed a medal due to the third tie-break criteria, the second tie-break, Game Points was also same with Philippines - 15.
Alexandra Kosteniuk registered her third consecutive victory at Munich GP 2023. She got a pleasant position out of the opening against WGM Dinara Wagner and had no trouble converting into a win. WGM Zhu Jiner scored the only other win of the round against GM Zhansaya Abdumalik. Zhansaya probably had difficulty of shaking cobwebs after missing out a great opportunity against Humpy in the previous round. GM Humpy and GM Harika drew their respective games against GM Mariya Muzychuk and IM Alina Kashlinskaya. German no.1, GM Elisabeth Paehtz missed a chance in the endgame against GM Tan Zhongyi. Round 4 starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/David Llada
Playing Chess tournaments is not an easy task by any means - you have to be in the best possible physical and mental state if you want to perform well. A whole new set of Challenges are added when you go to play an event in a foreign country! 14-year-old Kerala youngster Adithya A Chullikkad did exactly that, and he gained a total of 100 elo points in the Rilton Cup held at Stockholm, Sweden. Check out the story of his experience travelling with his coach Saketh Pedagandham of Kings Chess Academy, and playing in a very strong field. Photo: Adithya A Chullikkad
It is rare to see female players take part in the Open section of their country's National championship.19-year-old IM Nurgyul Salimova decided to do that at Bulgarian Championship 2023. The teenager scored an impressive 6/9 and edged past two more players, GM Momchil Petkov and GM Martin Petrov, to finish second overall. She scored four wins, four draws and suffered her sole loss of the event against the top seed and eventual champion, GM Kiril Georgiev, to win a Silver. The teenager earned her first GM-norm last year when she defeated the legend, GM Nigel Short in the penultimate round. We hope her performance will inspire more girls and women to participate in the Open section and do well in it. Photo: KK/Nurgyul's ig
The true sign of a strong player is not just how easily they can win. It lies in the fact that how they deal with it after landing themselves in danger. Both GM Koneru Humpy and GM Anna Muzychuk found themselves in lost positions in the second round of Munich GP 2023. While Humpy blundered an exchange, Anna found herself positionally lost. The India no.1 and World no.3 fought tooth and nail to salvage a half point as she had two pawns for a rook in the endgame eventually, both sides had a minor piece each. WGM Dinara Wagner missed her chances and Anna not only survived but turned things around and went on to win the game. Round 3 starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/David Llada
Poland is a very strong team. They are the top seed and currently the sole leader 10/10. They defeated India 3-1 in the penultimate round. IPCA is at sole second place 8/10, followed by four teams - Philippines, Israel, India and Hungary. India must win the last round and with the best possible game score to have medal chances. Poland needs a draw against Israel to clinch the Gold which might still not be enough for the latter to secure a medal. India faces Philippines in the final round. Soundarya Kumar Pradhan is substituted by Darpan Inani in the final round which starts today at 11 a.m. local time, 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE / Mark Livshitz
Subhayan Kundu scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and 6.5/7 to win Madaripur Festival Deputy Commissioner Rapid and Blitz Rating Open 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the field in both events. CM Manon Reja Neer scored 7.5/9 and 5.5/7 to secure second and third place in Rapid and Blitz events respectively. Samrat Ghorai edged past three other players 7/9 to finish third in Rapid. FM Subrota Biswas was adjudged second in the Blitz scoring 5.5/7. The total prize fund of the Rapid event was Tk 60000 (₹45776 approx). The top three prizes were Tk 10000, 7000 and 5500 each respectively. The first prize in the Blitz event was Tk 1600.
The game between India's top two women, Humpy and Harika ended in a draw at Munich GP 2023. It was a hard fought battle. The first round witnessed four decisive games. GM Tan Zhongyi, GM Elisabeth Paehtz and GM Nana Dzagnidze scored convincing victories over WGM Zhu Jiner, WGM Dinara Wagner and GM Zhansaya Abdumalik respectively. Elisabeth got a better position when her opponent went wrong after thinking for nearly an hour for her sixth move. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won a back and forth game against IM Alina Kaslinskaya. It will be Humpy vs Zhansaya and Zhu Jiner vs Harika in Round 2 which starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/David Llada
India held Hungary to a draw in the fourth round of FIDE Olympiad for People with Disabilities 2023. Kishan Gangolli scored the key victory to make sure the team maintains their unbeaten streak. IM Shashikant Kutwal and Darpan Inani drew their respective games. Naveen Kumar A suffered the sole loss. Philippines lost to Poland 1.5-2.5. Thus, Poland has gained sole lead 8/8, followed by India at 7/8. India will face the tournament leader Poland in the penultimate round which will be like a virtual final. The result of this match will have huge implications on which team will fight for Gold. Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE / Mark Livshitz
Anish Giri won the Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023 ahead of all the top players in the world - Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Ding Liren, Fabiano Caruana. He played some phenomenal chess throughout the event to win it with a rating performance of 2849, scoring 8.5/13 and gaining 16 Elo points. Anish has been very close to winning the tournament multiple times, but this is the first time he has clinched the trophy at Wijk Aan Zee! We invited him for a livestream to get his thoughts on winning this prestigious tournament. Check out his full interview with IM Sagar Shah below.