25th of November - the final day of the exciting World Junior Championship 2017. The tournament has reached its pinnacle of excitement as just about anyone can become the World Junior Champion. Little Praggu's hope of become the youngest grandmaster in the world are not over yet as he has good chances to become the Champion if he beats his opponent Rasmus Svane today. On the other hand Aryan Tari will have a tough task against Jorden van Foreest. Aravindh Chithambaram and Kirill Alekseenko are still in with a chance as they face Xu Xiangyu and Manuel Petrosyan respectively. Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah every hour from 14.30 hours IST.
The Women's National Premier 2017 will begin from today in Surat, Gujarat. Many of the top Indian players (Tania, Viji, Eesha) have given this event a miss. However, the tournament is still extremely interesting because of the participation of three time consecutive national champion Padmini Rout, top seed Mary Ann Gomes, former World Junior Champion Soumya Swaminathan, Challengers winner Bhakti Kulkarni and Commonwealth Champion Swati Ghate. There are also some new faces like Sakshi Chitlange, Samriddha Ghosh and Srishti Pandey. We also have an SMCA online blitz contest for you to guess the winner of the event and win Rs.5,000 worth of ChessBase products!
One of the best ways to enjoy chess and improve at the game is by playing blitz. Gone are the days when people used to think that blitz is detrimental to your game. The new attitude is that you have to be fluent in all the formats of chess - be it classical, rapid or blitz. ChessBase India began with its prize money online blitz tournaments in March 2017 and now has the fourth one - SMCA online blitz that will be held on 4th of December. We have gone from strength to strength and for the current event, we have a prize fund of Rs. 62,500 and first prize of Rs.12,500. Adhiban and Sethuraman have confirmed their entries!
The World Juniors 2017 is in the news for all the right reasons: Norwegian Aryan Tari is in the lead and little Pragg is right on his heels trying to win the title and become the youngest GM in the world. However, there are certain logistic issues at the venue and the town of Tarvisio. IM Atanu Lahiri is the head coach of the Indian delegate of 23 people and he sends us a report as to how the organization of the event is clearly below the standards of what is expected at the World Championship level.
SBI Life Chess Festival in Mumbai was a unique tournament organized by Praful Zaveri with one round every day in the evening. Children didn't have to miss their school and could still enjoy the tournament. Grown ups could enjoy chess after a hard day at work. FM Sajandas Joshi made a comeback to chess after many years and was leading the tournament, but in the fateful final round he lost to Atul Dahale, while Amardeep Bartakke managed beat Gopal Rathod. Thus Atul and Amardeep were tied at the top with 7.5/9, but the latter was adjudged as the champion due to a better tiebreak.
After a day of rest, play resumed in Mallorca on Wednesday. Levon Aronian, after his draw against Peter Svidler, retained his half-point lead over the rest of the field while Rapport and Tomashevsky joined the pack of players tied for second. The Indian star, Pentala Harikrishna, got a good position out of the opening against MVL but eventually settled for a draw. A report with games and pictures.
Round 9 of the World Juniors 2017 was an extremely important one for Indian fans. Pragg was facing the leader Norwegian Aryan Tari. The game was extremely hard fought and in the end the players settled for a draw. ChessBase India had live updates for the game every half an hour with IM Sagar Shah providing Facebook live videos in English and Niklesh Jain providing audio commentary in Hindi. We have all the video and audio files here for you to enjoy.
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The world was waiting with a bated breath. Praggnanandhaa moved his knight to c6. The little American GM Awonder Liang saw no way to stave off mate and stretched his hand out in resignation! Little Praggu had done it! The boy has scored his maiden GM norm! But there is no time to relax. With 6.5/8 Pragg is in a great position to win the World Juniors title. All that he has to do is beat Norwegian Aryan Tari, who is in the lead, in the ninth round! It's going to be a fascinating finish. We bring you all the action from the eighth round with video analysis by IM Sagar Shah.
The fourth and the fifth round in Mallorca were like two juxtaposing elements. While round four was a bloody affair which featured seven decisive games, peace abound round five as all games ended in a draw. Many of the participants who had not scored wins in the first three rounds scored on Sunday. And the best news for Indian fans was that Harikrishna, the only Indian at the event won his game against Francisco Vallejo Pons. A report on round 5 and 6.
" Fortresses in endgame always appeals to the spectator when a side with a material disadvantage holds his own in a seemingly lost battle. Like the attractiveness of sacrifice in chess, fortresses too capture the imagination of players and annotators alike," writes GM Sundararajan Kidambi. He saw the game between Lupulescu and Navara live from the European Club Cup 2017 and was drawn towards the beauty of the Czech grandmaster's tenacious play. In this article we discuss the fortress of rook versus queen, which is not only possible with one pawn per side, but also when the side with the queen is a pawn up! | Kidambi's image in thumbnail: Alina l'Ami.
Often described as "the chess machine", Jose Raul Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players the world has seen, was born today. Known for the simplicity of his games and an immaculate endgame technique, Capablanca has influenced several world champions like Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov. As a tribute to the genius of the third world champion, Aniket Sawant, a chess enthusiast from Mumbai has sent us this article.
After three rounds at the Mallorca Grand Prix, five players -- Aronian, Svidler, MVL, Giri and Radjabov -- are leading with 2.0/3. The only Indian in the fray, Pentala Harikrishna, after drawing all of his first three games is half-a-point behind the leaders at 1.5/2 along with eight other players. Of course, Hari is already out of the race for the two spots in the Candidates tournament. But if he is to finish things on a high note at the Grand Prix series, he will have to start scoring full points real soon.