Reigning World Women Rapid Champion GM Ju Wenjun defeated GM Tan Zhongyi with a score of 5.5-4.5 to win the 10-match World Championship. The FIDE Women's World Championship Match 2018 took place in two stages. The first half consisting of first five games from 3rd to 9th May, took place in Shanghai, China and the later half, the last five games were held in Chongqing, China from 12th to 18th May. Ju took an early lead by scoring 3.5/5, which means she just needed 2 points in the last four games which she had no trouble getting as she made four consecutive draws and became third consecutive Chinese player to become the World Champion after Hou Yifan and Tan Zhongyi. Photo: Gu Xiaobing
Everyone thought he was cruising towards victory. Everyone was sure he would win the game. And then Ivan Rozum moved his king inadvertently to g7 instead of g8 and in a flash he moved from a winning to a completely lost position. That's how cruel the game of chess is! Check out this game in which Ivan plays beautiful chess to outplay GM Adam Tukhaev, only to fall at the final hurdle. Tukhaev is now the sole leader with 5.5/6. He is followed by eight GMs on 5.0/6, which includes two Kolkata lads Sandipan Chanda and Deep Sengupta. Round 6 report from Kolkata.
LIC 3rd Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018 is headlined by FIDE Presidential Candidate GM Nigel Short. He is joined by 27 GMs, 31 IMs, 2 WGMs from 12-different countries comprising of a total of 193 players. The tournament is jointly organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Foundation. It is going to take place in The Newtown School from 14th to 22nd May 2018. Total prize money ₹15 lacs is up for grabs with the first prize being ₹3 lacs. You can see top 20 games live in each round and replay any game from the previous round. Photo: Amruta Mokal
ChessBase India launches its all new initiative - Academy Chess League. An online playing league where academies from different parts of India and the world fight it out against each other in a serious long game of chess (45 min+10 sec). The main aim of the league is to provide a platform for players to fight for the honour of their academy and at the same time improve as chess players! It is for the first time that such an initiative has been taken in the world of chess. ChessBase India invites all the academies in India and the world to take part in this unique concept and ensure that their students become stronger chess players.
The sole leader at the 3rd LIC Kolkata GM International 2018 is GM Ivan Rozum from Russia. Ivan has been showing phenomenal technique at this event beating all of his opponents in endgames. Against Deep Sengupta in the fifth round he gave a model presentation of how sometimes "being" in chess is more important than "doing". Ivan played perhaps one of the finest positional games of the tournament to outwit Deep Sengupta. Rozum is pursued by three players Amonatov, Srinath and Tukhaev on 4.5/5, with a huge number of players on 4.0/5. Detailed explanation of Rozum's win, pictures, videos and more from Kolkata.
After four rounds of the Kolkata GM International 2018 we have two leaders on 100% score - GM Deep Sengupta and GM Ivan Rozum. The two will face off in the fifth round on the top board. The biggest news of round five was 12-year-old IM D. Gukesh winning his game against 2597 rated Aravindh Chithambaram. In a drawn position Aravindh, thoroughly dejected, resigned the game. In this report we have some game analysis and pictures for you. We also have a huge collection of videos where you will get a lot to learn from masters like Chanda, Prasad, Nihal Sarin and little boy from Assam Shahil Dey.
Top seed Nigel Short, along with seven others are leading with a perfect score at the end of round 3 of LIC 3rd Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018. Short extracted water out of stone when his opponent Shyam tried too hard in a seemingly equal position in the endgame. Aravindh had an unusual day as he missed a clear win in time pressure against strong IM Rathnakaran Kantholi which was evident by his repeated nodding. We have photos, videos in-depth analysis, interviews and tactical positions from round 3 in this report. Try your hand at solving the first four positions in the report - tactics that were executed by the masters and see if you can match them! Photos: Amruta Mokal
This week's CBIJ (ChessBase India Juniors) article brings to a special Mother's Week Edition! Instead of the perspectives of the juniors, we decided to have a look at what the chess moms have to say! Their take on the world of their juniors is unique and yet shares a lot in common. Featured in this article are chess moms Sonal Patel, Saimeera Ravi, Vanita Noronha, Rekha Patil, Kusum Mittal, Anita Mendonca, Priti Mahendru and Shilpa Bhagat. This article is a tribute to every mother who supports her child's chess career in her special way. Check out today's trivia as well.
WIM Vantika Agrawal pulled the biggest upset of the tournament when she defeated two-time National Premier champion, GM Karthikeyan Murali in the 2nd round of LIC 3rd Kolkata International Open 2018. Rithvik Raja was a complete piece up against Abhijeet Gupta, but Mr. Commonwealth survived. Experienced IM D.V. Prasad has come to this tournament with great energy as he beat the in-form GM Deepan Chakkravarthy in Spanish game. We have a lot of material for you in this report with game analysis, excellent pictures and an interview with the FIDE Presidential candidate Nigel Short.
Fearing higher rated opponents is a common problem that is seen in chess players, more so in youngsters. One of India's biggest talents 12-year-old Raunak Sadhwani had similar problems. However, a training camp with Amonatov seems to have made a difference. The Tajik GM constantly told Raunak two golden words "No Fear!" This mantra turned into some sort of a funny joke when Raunak started to respond to No fear with the words No Alexander, after the famous Brazilian GM Alexander Fier. Two days after the training camp Raunak flew to Llucmajor, Spain to play in a strong open tournament. And guess who he was up against in the 2nd round? Alexander Fier! What happened in the game? Read on to know!
It's a gathering with diverse personalities that makes the 3rd Kolkata GM International 2018 so interesting. As the top seed you have the former World Championship Finalist and the current FIDE Presidential Candidate Nigel Short. Strong GMs like Abhijeet Gupta, Karthikeyan Murali, Aravindh Chithambaram are going to give Short a hard time when it comes to winning the first prize. And when it comes to young talents this tournament is quite unparalleled. You have Nihal Sarin, Gukesh, Raahil Mullick and manny other youngsters. In the first round we had quite a few good games and upsets as well. We bring you all the action from Newtown school in Kolkata.
In December last year, ChessBase India had collaborated with the Udaan Welfare Foundation, an NGO based in Mumbai with the aim of introducing chess to underprivileged children through a two-day-long chess coaching camp. In these two days, the children learned not only the basics of the game but also how chess be useful in enhancing memory, decision making and rational thinking. In this report, Aditya Pai shares his impressions from the camp. He also tells us how a top International Master from Mumbai inspired the young kids to think bigger.
Today is mother's day. So many fine chess players have been created in our country because of the dedication and efforts of ChessMoms. In late 2016 we published an article where we told people about the various top players and how their mothers have made a special impact on their chess careers. We asked the chess community to come forward and post their pictures with their mother on social media with "#chessmom". A lot of people did that and in this article we publish all those who paid a tribute to the contribution of their mother in their chess career.
LIC presents 3rd Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018, jointly organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Foundation will start from this monday 14th May, 2018 at The New Town School which is also the venue partner of the event. The tournament will be headlined by recently announced candidate for FIDE Presidency, GM Nigel Short. He has been known to shoot straight from the hip in the matters related to chess. 193 players across 12 different countries including 28 GMs, 31 IMs, 2 WGMs and many more FMs, CMs and WIMs will play in a 9-day tournament which is arguably the strongest Open GM tournament in the history of Kolkata and perhaps one of the strongest in the country ever. Photo: David Llada
Shailesh Nerlikar was one of the most special players who graced the game of chess in India. He was 100% disabled suffering from an illness named Quadriplegia and multiple contracture. He could not sit or stand. Lying on the bed he learnt the game of chess! His bones were brittle and his health was always an issue, but he didn't let them come in way of his dream of becoming a GM. Shailesh fought hard, but on 10th of March 2018 he passed away. IM Sagar Shah who spent a good deal of time with this legend, shares his experiences with you. At the same time you are invited to take part in the Shailesh Nerlikar Memorial tournament to be held in Pune on the 20th of May 2018.