The first round of the Candidates 2018 was an extremely exciting affair with three of the four games ending in decisive results. Even the drawn game between Aronian and Ding Liren was filled with great fireworks. ChessBase India will try to bring you in-depth coverage of the games with video analysis by IM Sagar Shah and also some test questions. This is the best way to know about the games and also improve your understanding of the game.
Reaching halfway stage, the Reykjavik Open witnessed some thrilling games and results. The biggest result of the round was IM Nihal Sarin's win against GM Elshan Moradiabadi. With this win, not only has Nihal joined Mustafa Yilmaz in tournament lead, he has also made a huge stride towards his GM norm. As of round 5, his rating performance stands at a whopping 2858! In another exciting game of the round, GM Vladimir Hamitevici tried to catch Richard Rapport by surprise by playing 1.a3 on his first move. However, the boot was on the wrong foot when Rapport answered with 1...h6?! A report with games and pictures.
ChessBase India has been meticulously covering each and every Indian talent who is making it big in the world of chess. Recently we have been receiving a lot of content from our young audience! In order to ensure that we do not miss any of this material we are starting from today - ChessBase India Juniors! CBI Juniors is an initiative by our young author Avathanshu Bhat, who will compile material about under-13 kids (born on and after 1.1.2005) regularly and create fun reports containing short interviews, annotated games, stories, poems and more. And the best part is that if you are a junior - you can contribute to these reports!
WGM Soumya Swaminathan is an extremely strong chess player. She is a former World Junior Champion. More often than not you see her hunched over the chess board trying to find the best way to beat her opponent. However, there are times when she is 'relegated' to being a spectator. Every once in a while when Soumya did this, she realized that it was a refreshing experience. She learnt things that helped her grown stronger as a player and as a person. These tips she now shares with you. Since Candidates 2018 starts today, we decided to bring you the first hand experience of a strong player who was present at the last Candidates Tournament 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Let's delve into Soumya's mind and take a flashback into her Candidates memories.
The fourth round of the Reykjavik Open saw a sole leader emerge. While Richard Rapport drew Elshan Moradiabadi, Turkish GM Mustafa Yilmaz seized the opportunity to take sole lead by beating GM Vaibhav Suri on board 1. In another exciting matchup, veteran GM Johann Hjartarson stunned the second seed of the tournament, GM Pavel Eljanov from the black side of a King's Indian on board 3. One more big upset was seen on board five where Nihal Sarin defeated GM Ahmed Adly from an equal looking position in the QGD. With this win, Nihal is in shared second place having won three and drawn one of his first four games. An illustrated report.
"It was my desire from childhood that I have to become a Grandmaster.", that's how much ambitious and determined he is. It took him over 13 years to become a Grandmaster after he achieved his International Master title in 2004. 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 did not become a Grandmaster to prove it to the world. 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. Here is a closer look at the life of Saptarshi Roy in a candid interview.
It is clear that chess in India is booming. The number of players taking up the sport is growing each and every day. In such a scenario, it is important that quality trainers are created in the country. With an aim to ensure that coaches get the right guidance AICF along with Sports Authority of India have put in place the FIDE Trainers' Seminar to be held at different parts of the country from time to time. From 4th-6th March, GM R.B.Ramesh and IM Vishal Sareen interacted with the coaches in Mohali. There were also 30 talented kids who received training from these excellent coaches. All in all a great initiative by AICF, SAI, Ramesh and Vishal Sareen.
The Twitter is becoming a battlefield of exchanges between top players these days. The Candidates 2018 is beginning in a couple of days from now and Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri have already had quite some serious battle of words on Twitter. While Magnus attacked Anish with all his might, the Dutch GM has been able to maintain his cool. A lot of this happened after it was made public that Anish Giri is working with Vladimir Kramnik in Berlin. We bring you chronologically all of what happened along with some background behind the tweets!
Rounds 2 and 3 of the Reykjavik Open were incredibly exciting. First up, GM Vaibhav Suri from Delhi was able to carve out a win out of a dead drawn position in his round 2 game against GM Midoux Sebastian. He also managed to win the second game of the day and is now leading the tournament with Mustafa Yilmaz and Elshan Moradiabadi. In another unbelievable game, Erwin L'ami missed a simple back rank trick in his game against English IM Ravi Haria and ended up losing. The two little geniuses Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin also scored their share of upsets on day 2. While Praggnanandhaa held the eighth-seeded Mathieu Cornett to a draw, Nihal signed truce with none other than the top seed of the tournament, Richard Rapport!
When 26-year-old Vishy Anand got married to Aruna, his career was at a very delicate juncture. He was one of the top chess players in the world, but had not yet become a world champion. If the marriage didn't suit him well, he would have bled a lot of rating points. However, the marriage worked like a charm. Within a few years Vishy not only reached the number one ranking in the world, but also became multiple time World Champion. If there was one person who would get the major credit for all of Vishy's successes, it has to be his wife and manager Aruna Anand. Today being the Women's day, there could be no better time to acquaint you with the Iron lady of Indian chess, the Tigress of Madras - Aruna Anand.
The Reykjavik Open kicked off at the Icelandic capital city last night. At the end of round one, nearly every rating favourite on the top board came out unscathed. However, the day wasn't as merry for Adhiban Baskaran who had to sweat it out for 78 long moves against the 2275 rated Soham Das and still settle for a draw. Slightly lower down the pairing chart, wunderkinds, R Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin both won their games while Erwin L'ami demolished Nisha Mohota with a monstrous kingside attack on board 6. Round 1 report.
Chess is a mind game. When you sit at the board, it is just you, your thoughts and your emotions. In such a scenario having the right psychology is of utmost importance to serious tournament players. You may polish your opening knowledge, endgame skills, combinational abilities endlessly, but if you are not able to get in the right frame of mind then improving at the game is very difficult. With this in mind, Dr. Shrirang Joshi, a well-known psychiatrist and counsellor gives us three tips which can help us before, during and after the game. These are simple directives which are easy to understand, but quite difficult to implement.
After his emphatic win in the Rapid leg of the Tal Memorial, Vishy Anand had a relatively disappointing finish in the Blitz. With a score of 6.0/13, Anand finished ninth on the leaderboard after losing in the final round to Vladimir Kramnik. The eventual winner of the tournament, Sergey Karjakin had also lost to Kramnik in the second round but after that, he took the tournament by storm. Raking 10.0/13, he was 1.5 points ahead of his nearest rival, Hikaru Nakamura who had scored 8.5 points. Besides, Karjakin was the only player in the fray to make a podium finish in both the Rapid and the Blitz event.
At the start of the rapid leg of the Tal Memorial, we discussed how Viswanathan Anand, with his ongoing form in the rapid time control, would be able to bring back the Riyadh magic in Moscow. Well, guess what? The Tiger from Madras has done it again! Going into the final day, the race was mainly between Mamedyarov and Anand who were both co-leading the tournament. After quick draws in round 7, it was the penultimate round which decided the fate of the event. While Anand defeated Grischuk, Mamedyarov was defeated by Dubov, leaving him virtually no chance at the title. An illustrated report.
Day two of the Tal Memorial brought some great news for Indian fans. Viswanathan Anand, who was half-a-point behind the tournament leader, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, was able to catch up for the first place after beating Hikaru Nakamura in the sixth round. In his first two games of the day, Anand was only able to draw. In fact, Anand had to walk on tightropes against Svidler in the fourth round to split the point while in round 5, while the sixth round draw against Kramnik was a mere 16 move affair. Mamedyarov, on the other hand, was held to a draw in all the three games he played yesterday. Six rounds down, the two players share the tournament lead with 4.0/6