In a breaking announcement, world no. 5 Levon Aronian announced that he would be switching his federation from Armenia to the USA. He was invited by American entrepreneur and philanthropist Rex Sinquefield and Aronian has accepted this offer. This means that America will now have five players in world top 20 and an extremely formidable chess team. Why did Aronian, who is a great patriot and lover of his country Armenia, make this decision? In a detailed statement he speaks about the lack of support received from the Government as being the main reason for his decision.
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The main problem that blind players face when preparing for the chess games, is the lack of tools and resources that are available. They struggle with technology because of their inability to access some of the content which sighted people can easily do so. For big organizations who produce chess tools, tweaking the features for visually impaired players becomes financially unviable. This is the reason why Soundarya Pradhan, who is 100% visually impaired, decided to take things in his own hands. He has built up his own website, which solves a very specific problem for blind chess players. What is it? Know more about it in the article. Soundarya also received Rs.33,000 from ChessBase India and its viewers for his efforts and to develop his website further.
FIDE Commission for Chess in Education has launched a new program which is divided into two stages. In the first stage, the EDU Commission will prepare and certify lecturers and then these lecturers will run seminars to prepare teachers. Those who fulfill the required criteria can receive a diploma of Certified FIDE Chess in Education Lecturer (CEL) and School Instructor (SI). The entire program considers the current circumstances, thus the majority of the seminars are to take place online. Photo: FIDE
If you enjoy playing otb chess, Gariahat Chess Club is the place to be to play a friendly blitz game against anyone, any time. Of course you have to be prepared to remain impervious to the cacophony of traffic. It is just like the online chess servers, except this is where you get to play against someone whom you can actually see in person and move pieces physically on the board. The 24x7 open chess club has organized various tournaments witnessing 300+ players on this busy area of the city. On Sunday 21st February, Open Air Chess Fest witnessed 158 players participation including four IMs. Photo: FA Mrinal Ghosh
The chess boom during the pandemic has happened because of several reasons. In India the influx of stand-up comedians led by Samay Raina, in the US - a lot of Twitch streamers led by Hikaru Nakamura, the persistent work done by various organizations in these tough times led by FIDE and the cherry on the top, was of course the Netflix Show - The Queen's Gambit which piqued the interest of people all across the globe towards our venerable sport. Riding on this wave of chess boom it doesn't come as a surprise that dynamic entrepreneurs like Anand Mahindra see it as an opportunity to invest in the sport. Tech Mahindra has joined hands with five-time World Champion Vishy Anand to bring the Global Chess League.
From July 13th to 18th, the chess world will be looking forward to the duel between the 14th and 15th World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand once again. The event will be held in the chess-rich city of Dortmund and will be a part of the historic Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Trophy. However, there is a small twist here! The legends will indulge in a four-game match with Classical time control, but in No-Castling Chess! In this article we give you the details of the event and also acquaint you with the world of No-Castling chess and how it can lead to exciting games.
Odisha Circle ended Tamil Nadu's dominant run at the 35th All India Postal Chess Tournament in the Team event as the home team edged past the last three editions' consecutive winner Tamil Nadu in the tie-breaks to assert a new champion. Both teams finished with 9.0/10 and the first three tie-breaks were same. It was the fourth tie-break which decided the winner. Rajasthan Circle finished third with 8.0/10. In the individual debutant Utkal scored an unbeaten 6.5/7 to win it. FM P Maheswaran and Shailendra K Bajpai finished second and third respectively with 6.0/7. Check out Utkal's success on his birthday with his annotated games.
Day 2 of the FIDE Online World Corporate Championship witnessed the exit of all Indian teams at the conclusion of Stage 1. Team LIC, TCS Chennai and TCS Bangalore are the only three teams to finish in top five in their respective groups. TCS Bangalore remained undefeated throughout the event. However it was not enough as only group toppers advance to the knockout stage. Vaishali representing Autodesk scored 6.0/6. Ian Nepomniachtchi of SBER, Georg Meier and Alina Kashlinskaya of Grenke Bank and Anton Korobov of Sberbank Trade Union, are the notable top players to advance for their respective teams in the knockout stage., Photo: Amruta Mokal
FIDE Online World Corporate Championship had an exciting start as Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods was paired against Optiver in the very first round. It means Nihal Sarin was up against Anish Giri, something which is yet to happen in an over-the-board tournament yet. Nihal got a good chance but he mistimed it and Giri saved the game and it ended up in a draw. Among Indian teams, Praggnanandhaa's team Tata Consultancy Services Chennai is the only Indian team which has a very good chance of advancing to the Knockout stage as they won all three matches on the first day of Stage 1.
Shahil Dey scored his maiden IM-norm in GM Round Robin "Orbis-1 2021" Paracin on 11th February 2021. He started playing IM Mix Swiss "Orbis-2 2021" Paracin on the following day 12th February. The 14-year-old boy from Assam who moved to Kolkata made a blitzkrieg start with 4.0/4, however two consecutive losses caused a setback to score his maiden GM-norm. He finished 6.0/9, secured third place and in the process scored his second IM-norm in consecutive tournaments within a week. Photo: Domi Dervieux
In spite of the relentless attack by Covid-19, Sivakasi Chess Club was busily engaged in multifarious chess activities like organizing online tournaments, chess awareness program etc. When the pandemic slowly subsided, it organized Chess in Park program, with the support of the Sivakasi Municipality. When it was under control, it organized five practice and friendly over-the-board tournaments, the latest one involving three international masters. Just imagine, all the programs had no entry fee. Lunch and tea were provided to all the players and parents in the OTB tournaments featuring about 70 players each.
Total 288 teams comprising of 1475 players from 68 federations across the world will take part in the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship. Total 69 Indian teams and a staggering 390 Indian players are slated to take part in this event. Only six rounds will be played in the first stage and only top eight teams out of 288 teams will advance to the knockout stage. It means luck will also play a huge role for a team to advance to the next stage. LIC is the top Indian team which will start as the 33rd seed. Photo: Shahid Ahmed and Niklesh Jain
Chess can be learned from anywhere, any time and from anyone. When the former world champion and one of Caruana's seconds can be your teacher, you do not want to pass that opportunity. The man of impeccable knowledge will be doing a webinar with World Chess on Sunday 21st of February 2020 at 10.00 p.m. IST. The topic of the session is "How to Spot Tactics". You will be able to ask questions to Kasimdzhanov and also get your doubts answered. Check out the article to find out how you can learn from one of the greats in the world. Photo: World Chess
Koneru Humpy is a legend in her own right, you would think learning chess from a player of her stature would most definitely be daunting for amateurs, wouldn't you? Well then, prepare yourself for a surprise! The fourteenth episode of Grandmaster Chess features none other than the comeback lady of Indian chess, the fiercely strong and equally poised Koneru Humpy. Three out of the four comedians join in with IM Sagar Shah as the host, and what ensues is a thoroughly uplifting experience. The pupils raise relevant questions as they grapple with the positions, while the master walks them through the nuances patiently and with crystal clarity.
Some very important decisions were made and committees were formed in the first AGM of the newly elected AICF administration. Some of the very positive developments are a league beginning before the end of this year, bidding for the next Olympiad, getting FIDE Women's Grand Prix as well as super tournaments to India. Chess in Schools needs a special boost, a single registration model for AICF will increase transparency and creation of a center of excellence is on the cards. We also have the list of members in different AICF committees and it is heartening to see the huge number of active chess players being a part of it.