First Official Fischer Random World Champion Wesley So visited DDDBCA for a Q&A session and distribute a few prizes for Intra Academy tournament. Ding Liren and Hikaru Nakamura visited the Gariahat Chess Club to play a little bit of street chess. It is the only open air club in the world which is on 24x7, 365 days a year and it is open-for-all. 16-year-old IM Aronyak Ghosh held World #3 Ding Liren to a draw in a friendly blitz game. In a battle of Arjuna Awardees, Tania Sachdev beat Dibyendu Barua, in a warm-up friendly game for the audience. Anish Giri and Harikrishna Pentala appeared at one of the oldest chess clubs of the city Alekhine Chess Club for an interactive and photo op session | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
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The strongest tournament on Indian soil - the Tata Steel India Rapid and Blitz which is part of the Grand Chess Tour will begin from the 22nd to the 26th November 2019. It will witness the participation of the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Our very own Vishy Anand will also be present and it will be exciting to see if he can defend his blitz title that he won last year. The event garners further significance as it is the penultimate event of the Grand Chess Tour. Top four players with the highest cumulative score in the tour qualify for the finals in London to be held in December 2019. In this article, you will find all the information you need to follow this super tournament including the schedule, venue, prize money and more.
Mrudul Dehankar, the 15-year-old talent from Nagpur, played a sparkling game in the last round of AICF International Women Grandmaster Round Robin Tournament to wrest the lead from Aakanksha Hagawane and finish a full point ahead of the rest of the field with 8.0/11 points. After eleven rounds three players, namely Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, Olga Babiy, and Aakanksha scored 7.0/11 each and were placed second, third, and fourth respectively on the basis of tie-breaks. In this article we look into Mrudul's final round game in detail and also give you the results and standings of all the players.
Bhopal International GM Open steps into its third year and this time it is going to be much bigger. Although it is the eighth edition of this tournament because from 2012-2016, for five consecutive years international rating tournament was organized. From 21st-28th December 2019, many strong GMs will be seen in action from various parts of the world. The total prize fund has been increased to ₹1414000, which makes this the biggest tournament of central India. One of the biggest attraction of this year's edition is the Blitz tournament is now open to all players around the tournament. As of now, Nodirbek Yakubboev is slated to be the top seed of the tournament. So let's not delay any further, register yourself fast. The tournament is a good opportunity to score IM and GM-norms.
Two Indian engineers studying at the Somaiya college in Mumbai decided to create a chess board which could make moves on its own. This was back in 2016. Three years have passed and their company "Square Off" has had an amazing journey. They sold many chess boards of the Kingdom and Grand Kingdom set. The company got a funding of 1.1 million US dollars towards the end of 2018. Now they have come up with two new products - Square Off Neo and Square Off Swap. In this article we tell you about the journey of Square Off and its founders Bhavya Gohil and Aatur Mehta and also tell you about the Kickstarters project that was launched a month ago for Square off Neo and Swap. In 30 days, they have managed to raise a whopping Rs. 4 crore!
Daakshin Arun of Tamil Nadu and Anupam M Sreekumar of Kerala emerged as the sole leader in Open and Girls section respectively at the conclusion of round 6 of National under-11. Daakshin defeated the other leader of the round Rohith S, while Anupam defeated former National under-9 girls champion Sneha Halder. Both Daakshin and Anupam scored their victory comfortably and they are well on their way to the championship. Total 434 players including 265 in Open and 169 in Girls are taking part from over 25 different states across the country in the nation's capital Delhi. The tournament is organized by Delhi Chess Association from 15th - 23rd November 2019 at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary
When it came to GMs Karnataka had none until 2017. Now they have three. Recently they got their first WIM as well. Things are changing in Karnataka chess, but the biggest strength of the state lies in its youngsters. The number of students in schools who have taken up chess is huge! That's the reason why when the state schools championships was held in Bengaluru on the 16th of November 2019, a one-day event, you saw participation of as many as 534 youngsters! The National Schools held every year, boasts of around 1000 participants. Karnataka already has half the number in its own state! Read this article by Hinduja Reddy to know who were the winners at the event and also know more about the organizers and sponsors. This article also tells you why Karnataka chess is booming in a big way!
On 19th of November, India no. 3 Vidit Gujrathi will be spending a day at the ChessBase India office in Mumbai. He is travelling from Montenegro where his team won the silver medal at the European Club Cup 2019 and will be flying to Kolkata on 20th of November for the Grand Chess Tour. In between he has 24 hours in Mumbai. He could have spent it taking some rest for the important event. But Vidit wants to do something interesting in Mumbai? But what exactly? Well, that's the Vidit Gujrathi challenge! Vidit has called upon the readers of ChessBase India to put on their thinking hats and to suggest an interesting idea on which he can record a video. Of course the idea must contain a chess element, but it should definitely be something out of the box!
The long awaited dates and venue of the World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 have been released. It will be held in Moscow from the 25th to 30th of December. The rapid portion will be held from the 26th to 28th of December and the Blitz will be on the 29th and 30th of December. The total prize fund of the event would be 1 million dollars! The detailed regulations will be published in a few days. For now, we have the press release by FIDE.
Top seed of the tournament Savitribai Phule Pune University scored 13.0/14, remained undefeated to win AIU Inter University West Zone Men's Tournament 2019. They finished a full point ahead of the runner-up Gujarat University who finished at 12.0/14. Deviahilya University, Indore edged ahead of University of Mumbai due to a better tie-break score and finished at the third position and the latter was placed fourth. Both teams finished at 11.0/14 each. All top four teams have advanced to the All India Inter University championship. Total 52 teams from five different states comprising of 287 players participated in this tournament from 10th to 12th November 2019 at Poornima University, Jaipur. Photo: Vidhi Jagirdar
One of the strongest international open tournament in Italy will take place in UNESCO World Natural Heritage from 13th - 20th June 2020. This will be the eleventh edition of the tournament. The tournament witnessed the participation of the former World Rapid Champion legendary Vassily Ivanchuk early this year. Among the Indians, Arun Prasad, Tania Sachdev and Sundararajan Kidambi have participated in the previous editions of the tournament. Total prize fund €8000 is up for grabs in two different category. Daily single round gives you ample amount of time to prepare for the next round as well as sink in to the beautiful vista of this picturesque town Forni Di Sopra. Photo: Tournament Circular
Which is the most popular European event for Indian players? Is it the Gibraltar Masters? Is it the Aeroflot Open? Is it the Grenke Chess Classic? While all of these tournaments are popular and are frequently visited by many Indians, there is one event which takes the cake. Situated in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe, on the Mediterranean sea coast, the Sunway Sitges Chess Festival is an event you cannot afford to miss. Into its sixth year, the tournament will take place from 13-22nd December 2019 and will see as many as 75 Indians taking part in the A-group out of the 240 registered players! And it's not just about quantity! We also have high quality players including Sasikiran, Sethuraman, Karthikeyan, Nihal Sarin, Praggnanadhaa and many others. Why is this tournament so popular among Indians? We try to find out!
13-year-old IM Aditya Mittal of Mumbai, Maharashtra discusses 'The Magician of Riga' Mikhail Tal's brilliant game against Aleksandrs Koblencs. It was played in Riga 1957. Aditya carefully annotates all brilliant ideas and intricacies of Tal's moves. He also explains how he sometimes went for aesthetically pleasing moves and ideas instead of the most immediate and direct wins. It's a pleasure to read about one of the greatest attackers that chess has ever seen through the prism one of the biggest talents of Indian chess! The young IM exclaims the fact that Tal almost always had the perfect intuition and imagination, which allowed him to play fearlessly. Check out the comprehensive annotated game of Tal by Aditya Mittal | Photo: Pinterest
Aakanksha Hagawane and Mrudul Dehankar lead the ongoing AICF International Women Grandmaster Round Robin tournament after the completion of its penultimate round today. While Mrudul has suffered defeats in the first and eighth rounds of the event, Aakanksha has actually managed to remain unbeaten with four victories and six draws. Thus, even though both players have bagged 7.0/10 points each so far, it is the latter who stands ahead in terms of tie-break scores. Phuong Hanh Luong of Vietnam follows the leaders closely just half a point behind with 6.5/10 and going into the final round will also be looking to grab one of the top places. On the other hand, the Ukrainian WIM Olga Babiy, who started off the tournament with three consecutive powerful victories, has slipped down the rank-list and now shares the fourth place jointly with Nguyen Thi Mai Hung.
Rutuja Bakshi created history on 12th November 2019 by becoming the first woman in her state to win Maharashtra State Open Selection. She won this exactly a week after winning Aurangabad District Open. Earlier this year she had won State Women's, Gold in Commonwealth under-20, Silver and Bronze at Western Asia Youth and Junior. She is also pursuing CA and balancing her chess quite well. We reported earlier this year that Sonakshi Rathore won Rajasthan State Senior for a record third time. Rutuja joins the elite list of women who have won a State Senior Open. In this article we get to know about Rutuja's triumph, her best game of the year and also hear from her coach Sajandas Joshi. Photo: Joseph D'souza / PDCA chess