Big news for Indian chess fans! Quality Chess India has been launched in India. While ChessBase India brings you the latest chess softwares and technology at an affordable price, India will now have highest quality of chess literature in book format through Quality Chess India! No more waiting for nearly a month after ordering a book, no more spending huge amounts on the books and shipping. Quality Chess India has brought Quality Chess books at Rs.999/- including shipping and all costs! And it is available not just for India. Our neighbouring countries will also reap the benefits.
Kramnik's play at the Candidates keeps getting more interesting than ever. After losing a lot of games, he bounced back to beat Levon Aronian, once again in beautiful style. There are a lot of people out there who have been attacking Kramnik for his lack of objectivity. However, IM Sagar Shah tries to discuss in this article the very fine line between objective and uncompromising play. Sometimes you have to let things spin out of control in order to win. Look at Ding Liren, he has things under control at this event, but has been able to achieve 10 draws out of 10 games! Whose approach is better?!
On the 3rd of March 2018, a lot of hearts of Indian girls were broken as the most eligible bachelor of Indian chess P. Harikrishna tied the knot with his long-time Serbian girlfriend Nadezda Stojanovic. As a chess player Harikrishna has always sought to play original and creative chess. Always looking for new ideas, and relying less on computers and laid out norms. Similarly in life he has taken some brave and out of the box decisions by having a second home in Europe, marrying a Serbian girl and becoming the first Indian GM to marry someone outside India. Just like his chess games, we continue to follow Hari's life and learn from it! A wedding report.
Soumya Swaminathan has one of the rare combinations: she is a both a WGM and an LLB. One of the best achievements of her career: she is a former World Junior Champion. She has won the National Junior Championship twice before that, awarded the best young achiever Female Award in Sahara India Sports Awards 2010, National Women's Premier champion in 2011, Commonwealth Women's Champion in 2012 and many more accolades. She loves to travel and play quality game of chess. She always has a positive vibe about everything and a conversation with her on any topic can be enlightening. Since today is her birthday, we bring you short video dedicated to her about her achievements and Soumya Swaminathan, the person.
The top spots in the Candidates remained unaffected as Caruana and Mamedyarov drew their respective games against Ding Liren and Aronian. Caruana was pressing throughout the game but could not convert it into a full point. Kramnik continued with his policy of uncompromising chess which backfired once again against Sergey Karjakin. Vladimir sacrificed a rook and it looked quite dangerous, but we mustn't forget that he was playing against the Minister of Defence, who found some only defensive ideas in the position and brought home the full point. Analysis of this critical game.
IM Sagar Shah spent ten days with the 14 best visually challenged players of Indian chess at the Blind National Championship that was held one month ago in Mumbai. The readers of ChessBase India contributed to this event via crowdfunding and with that money the tournament was organized in the best possible manner. We brought to you many reports from the venue, but there were a lot of things that remained behind the scenes. In this article Sagar narrates these expriences. Top five players of Indian blind chess will be representing our country at the World Team Championship in July and for that we will need your help once again. This time not in money, but in kind!
Saptarshi Roy turns 32 today, it took him over 13 years to become a Grandmaster after he became an International Master. Sheer passion and determination made sure he realized his dreams. People wrote him off as someone who had a lot of potential to become a Grandmaster but never will. He had to leave his hometown and focus on coaching to help him fulfill his dreams, however he had to put temporary breaks on them. He had a lot of naysayers and detractors in his life. His father and relatives forced him to take Railways job although it drained him all of his valuable time and positive energy after working with unambitious people. His father denied him the coaching he needed as it was difficult for him to afford. He won tournaments and saved his own money to fund himself and play the tournaments he needed to play abroad. This is the story of Saptarshi Roy who defied all odds to become something which was his childhood dream.
In chess it is extremely important to maintain your sense of objectivity. If you do not play according to the demands of the position, more often than not you will be punished. It doesn't matter if you are a rank amateur or the former World Champion. Vladimir Kramnik has seen it all in chess. He became the World Champion back in 2000, has defended it several times and won all the major chess events in the world. Yet, he is finding it difficult to maintain his objectivity and play as per the needs of the position. That's the reason why he is suffering at the Candidates 2018 and is the player with the maximum losses.
Things in Indian chess could not have been better! It's like a situation where you want to say "Touch Wood" just to ensure that nothing goes wrong! The All India Chess Federation (AICF) brought together all the players for a Pre-Olympiad training camp, it also got India's top player Vishy Anand back to the team after a gap of 12 years. And not only that the federation ensured that the fans get a chance to interact with their heroes by holding a live Q&A session on Facebook. The show was broadcast on ChessBase India, AICF, DCA and Nurtr. A lot of people asked questions, including a Dutch super GM who owes money to an Indian talent who wants to learn martial arts!
At 7.45 p.m. (15 minutes delay) the Indian Olympiad team featuring Vishy Anand, Harikrishna Pentala, Vidit Gujrathi, Adhiban, Sethuraman and Surya Ganguly will be LIVE on the ChessBase India Facebook Page. Over here you can watch them as they answer questions that had been sent to them by their fans! It's a wonderful initiative by the All India Chess Federation, Delhi Chess Association and Nurtr to make sure that the stars of Indian chess interact with the fans of Indian chess. Watch the live video here:
When Vishy Anand won the Candidates in 2014 and also the 8-player round robin in Mexico in 2007 there was one thing that he did really well - he kept control. This is something that Fabiano Caruana is executing to perfection at the Candidates 2018. While Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and even Wesley So are showing flashes of brilliance, it is Caruana who is truly looking rock solid. He now has a +3 score and at the half-way mark looks like the favourite to win the title. He is closely followed by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who is on 4.5/7. Rest of the players are on 3.5/7 or below. It's a race between Fabi and Shakh.
Somewhere towards the end of 2017, GM R.B. Ramesh held a one-day seminar in Singapore where he gave a lecture to Singapore youngsters on how to improve at the game. Malaysia's FM Peter Long was present at this workshop. Peter himself is a trainer and hence it was very interesting for him to see how one of the best trainers in the world uses the very limited time (just one day!) in order to train players whom he has met for the first time. The bottom line: Peter Long was greatly impressed with Ramesh's way of working with the students and in this articles tells us the reason for the same.
Confused by the title of the article? Well, it is your chance to ask the best players of Indian chess whatever it is that you had on your mind. Six of the best players of Indian chess - Anand, Harikrishna, Vidit, Adhiban, Sethuraman and Ganguly have gathered in Delhi for the pre-olympiad training camp. Some of the best questions posted by you on social media will be picked up and answered by the players. So, here is your chance! Check the article to know how you can post your questions.
We are quite used to seeing hoardings of politicians all around India. If we come to sports then you can see Sachin or Virat Kohli or Dhoni on the hoardings. "Sirf Politics aur Cricket India mein chalta hai!" (Cricket and Politics are the two things that work in India!) However, if you do visit the city of Udaipur you will see a refreshing change! At some of the busiest junctions in the city you have hoardings of GM Adhiban Baskaran who will be in the city to inaugurate the 2nd Holi Cup Lakecity FIDE Rating tournament. It's a novel idea by Chess in Lakecity and it is sure to make chess more popular.