Even though the eighth round of Tata Steel Chess 2023 concluded, a lot of firsts happened. Jorden van Foreest, Richard Rapport, D Gukesh and Adhiban scored their first wins of the event. Arjun Erigaisi and Luis Paulo Supi suffered their second consecutive loss. Magnus Carlsen won his second game in-a-row. Nodirbek Abdusattorov drew his game against Levon Aronian to stay a full point ahead 6/8. Giri and So continue their chase at 5/8 each. In the Challengers, Donchenko maintained his sole lead by 6/8. Mustafa Yilmaz beeat Javokhir Sindarov to move to shared second place with Velimir Ivic 5.5/8. Today is a rest day. Round 9 for both Masters and Challengers section starts tomorrow Tuesday 24th January at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
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Top seed of the tournament, IM Himal Gusain scored a staggering 9.5/10 to win Surya Trophy Rating Open 2022. He finished a full point ahead of the field. 10-year-old Aansh Nandan Nerurkar scored 8.5/10 to finish second. His sole loss of the event was against the eventual champion, Himal. IM Rahul Sangma scored 8/10 to finish third. None of the podium finishers needed tie-break to determine their final rank. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹500000. The top three prizes were ₹75000, ₹50000 and ₹25000 along with a trophy each. The six-day ten-round Swiss League Rating tournament was organized by Divyam Foundation at Hotel Surya, Vadodara, Gujarat. Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva
As a fan of the sport, one could not have asked for a better day at the Tata Steel Chess 2023. The seventh round witnessed the maximum number of decisive games in both Masters and Challengers section. Nodirbek Abdusattorov defeated Arjun Erigaisi to increase his sole lead by a full point 5.5/7. R Praggnanandhaa and Wesley So won their respective games to join Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana at 4.5/7 each. Magnus Carlsen got back to winning ways by defeating Richard Rapport. IM Vaishali beat her second consecutive GM of the event, Brazil no.1 Luis Paulo Supi. Round 8 for both Masters and Challengers section starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
14-year-old FM Sreyas Payyappat scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win Johnson Pallippatt Memorial 7th Don Bosco Rating Open 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Despite missing the first round, the top seed of the tournament went on to win the next eight games to win the tournament. Marthandan K U and Jake Shanty scored 7.5/9 each and remained undefeated. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹301000. The top three prizes were ₹30000 + trophy, ₹20000 and ₹15000 each. A total of 65 cash prizes and 33 trophies were up for grabs. Photo: IA Peter Joseph M
Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana are the two victors of the sixth round at 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. Vincent Keymer went wrong in the endgame which cost him the full point against So. D Gukesh made some wrong calls early in the middlegame which gave his opponent, the former World Championship Challenger, a substantial positional advantage. Arjun Erigaisi had another exciting draw, this time against Anish Giri. R Praggnanandhaa drew his game against the sole leader of the tournament, Nodirbek Abdusattorov. IM Vaishali, GM Donchenko and GM Erwin scored a win each in the Challenger section. Round 7 for both Masters and Challengers section starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
The ChessBase India Chess Club at Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai is going to host an epic event on 21st of January 2023. 16-year-old Aditya Mittal became India's 77th GM and Mumbai's 2nd GM recently. He will be felicitated by Mumbai's 1st GM Pravin Thipsay. But before the felicitation Aditya will be playing a clock simul against 10 opponents with 1 hour each! The idea is to give a chance to some of the most regular players of the club to cross swords and learn from one of the best youngsters of Indian chess. IM Sagar Shah will commentate on the simul. The event is open and free for all the chess lovers to come and visit!
Last month ChessBase India started the journey of Khelo Chess India at Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. The first edition comprised a chess workshop, a blindfold match and a simultaneous exhibition match with few selected school children. The second event will be a rapid tournament. It will be held in memory of Late R Satyamurthy. He was the first national level player of the state. He led the state in the National Senior Championship in 1959 while working for the Indian Railways back then. He made great efforts to promote chess in Bhopal. The one-day seven round Rapid tournnament will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2023 at Minaleswar Temple Hall.
The 44th Olympiad Gold medalist, Nodirbek Abdusattorov defeated Magnus Carlsen in fifth round of 85th Tata Steel Masters 2023. The former World Rapid champion won against the reigning champion similarly as his first win back at World Rapid 2021. The world no.1 could not navigate a way to bring his king to g7 or h7 in the queen endgame, which would have been a theoretical draw as mentioned by the teenager. Speaking of teenagers, Arjun Erigaisi had an exciting game against Ding Liren which the former saved from the brink of a loss. Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa drew with Rapport and Giri respectively. Round 6 for both Masters and Challengers section starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
The FIDE World Championship 2023 is due to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, from April 7th to May 1st. A new World Champion will be crowned, as Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren will battle to seize the throne left vacant by Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal. The General Partner of the event, which boasts a sensational prize fund of 2 million euros, will be NASDAQ-listed firm Freedom Holding Corp, a US-based corporation with Kazakh roots that provides financial services. Who do you think will be the next World Champion - Ding Liren or Ian Nepomniachtchi? Photo: FIDE
ChessBase India turned 7 years old on 18th of January 2023. The little baby is growing up pretty quickly. In this article, the CEO and co-founder of ChessBase India, IM Sagar Shah writes about the work done by the ChessBase India team in the last 365 days. The grind to power chess in India is real and just to give you a couple of quick examples - ChessBase India published a total of 3822 videos in last 365 days which works out to an average of 10.4 videos per day! 1000 articles were written on the newspage and more than Rs.15 lakh have been given to various chess players via HelpChess. Read on to know more:
IM Vaishali R had her second scoring game at Tata Steel Challengers 2023. She had a peaceful draw with GM B Adhiban in the fifth round. The reigning Turkey champion, GM Mustafa Yilmaz defeated the highest rated player of the section, GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI). Mustafa has gained an early sole lead 4/5. The other two victors of the round were IM Thomas Beerdsen (NED) and GM Javokhir Sindarov (UZB). IM Eline Roebers missed a great opportunity to convert her chance against Beerdsen. Today is a rest day for the Challengers. Masters Round 5 starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Jaiveer Mahendru scored 8/9 and remained undefeated to win 360 One Mumbai Junior U-13 Rating Tournament 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Paras Dilip Bhoir, Sneha Halder and Siddhanth Poonja scored 7.5/9. They were placed second to fourth according to the tie-breaks. Jaiveer drew with Paras in the final round as it was enough for him to become a clear champion. The six-day nine-round rating tournament was organized by Indian Chess School at World Trade Center in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹250000. Top three prizes were ₹50000 + trophy, ₹30000 and ₹25000 each. Photo: Indian Chess School
R Praggnanandhaa scored his biggest Classical win of his career in the fourth round of 85th Tata Steel Masters 2023. The teenager grinded a relatively balanced rook, knight and many pawns endgame to beat the World no.2 and World Championship Contender, Ding Liren. Anish Giri beat Magnus Carlsen for the second time in his career in a Classical encounter, exactly after 12 years. The World no.7 has beaten the World no.1 in Blitz but Classical chess is what matters the most to any strong player. This event is called the 'Wimbledon of Chess' for a reason - it is where the mighty fall and new heroes are born. Abdusattorov defeated Parham to join the lead with Giri 3/4. Today is a rest day for the Masters. Challengers Round 5 starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Arjun Erigaisi reached an extremely difficult endgame against Levon Aronian in the third round of the Tata Steel Masters 2023. Many players would have collapsed, but the 19-year-old Indian talent is a tough nut to crack. He held his own and managed to draw the game. After the game you could see Arjun and Levon analyzing the game, trying to understand what exactly was happening. But it was all just to complex to figure out without an engine. IM Sagar Shah spent a lot of time on this endgame in his LIVE commentary and then also spent another 4 hours next day morning to go to the depth of the position and share the findings with you. Do check out the analysis to unlock the secrets of a complex knight vs bishop endgame.
Sourabh Mhamane scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 360 One Mumbai Rating Open 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Akshit Jha scored sole 7.5/9 to finish second. Four players finished at 7/9. IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni secured the third place due to better tie-breaks. Sourabh drew with Akshit in the final round and defeated Vikramaditya in the previous. The six-day nine-round rating tournament was organized by Indian Chess School at World Trade Center in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹250000. Top three prizes were ₹50000 + trophy, ₹30000 and ₹25000 each. Photo: Indian Chess School