Indian-Lion (GM Arjun Erigiasi) scored 8.0/9, remained undefeated to win 2nd Saturday Online Blitz Open 2020. This is his third ChessBase India Online Blitz event triumph. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Diptayan, STRANGE, ZavenGrozny and chessworld1 finished at 7.5/9 each and they were placed second to fifth respectively. The second edition of five tournament series witnessed the participation of 225 players comprising of 20 GMs, 29 IMs, 2 WGMs and 4 WIMs from India, Armenia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Colombia, England, France, Singapore, USA. There were eight 2600+ players among them. The third edition will take place this Saturday 4th April 2020. Photo: Puneet Jaiswal
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Improve your chess with IM Sagar Shah during the 21 day lockdown raises funds for the fight against Covid-1901/04/2020 -
An early morning inspiration has resulted in 21-day training program where IM Sagar Shah conducts LIVE sessions and interacts with 300+ people and teaches them chess during the 21-day lockdown period due to Corona virus. The training revolves around understanding the imbalances in chess and how to improve your thinking in any given position. At the same time funds are being raised to be donated to the PM CARES fund. Until now Rs.13,129 have been raised in seven days. You too can be a part of this initiative, learn something interesting and donate money to a good cause! Read more:
Before the era of digital board and computers, the only way to keep a game safe and saved was to save the physical score sheet. While most of the games are available on Mega Database, there are a few games of World famous legend Nigel Short which are not published anywhere. Some of them were discovered by Nigel Short by the man himself, the others were helped put together by various people of the chess universe. We decided to compile all games of Nigel Short which are unpublished in Mega Database along with a few photos of his score sheets and some of the literature he possessed all these years which he shared on his social media pages. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Organizing an online event can be quite a difficult process. As an organizer, you need to have cheating controls in place, you need to collect the entry fee, you need pay the prize money. At the same time there are always issues related to the server or the player's internet connection that you have to take care off. For the uninitiated, this is quite a worrisome process. But for the capable team at ChessBase India, this is just another day at the office. We have a solid track record of organizing some of the biggest online events ever in the history of Indian chess. And now we would like to throw open the platform for ambitious organizers and academies. Learn how you can be a part of it.
The chess world experienced a huge blow when on 31st of March 2020, Arianne Caoili passed away after a road accident and fighting for 15 days at the Astghik Medical center. Arianne was an excellent chess player with the highest Elo of 2309 and WIM title. In 2017, she tied the knot with Levon Aronian. Apart from being a chess player, Arianne was a visionary, social worker, political advisor, MD at a strategy consultant firm, dancer, boxer, mountain climber, biker and excelled at just about everything she did. Her death at the age of 33 comes as a huge shock.
In our third tutorial, focusing on our playchess.com virtual rooms, we see how to have an online training session with you as a chess coach. In our tutorial series, we already took a look at how to create a virtual room for your chess club. Furthermore, we had another tutorial about online tournaments in your virtual room. These offers are an excellent option to keep up with your chess activities.
The Candidates 2020 came to an abrupt halt due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. But despite all the tension, the first seven rounds didn't cease to deliver the usual high-quality, cutting-edge chess that is expected of such mega-events. In this article, the 13-year-old IM Aditya Mittal, delves into one of the curious AlphaZero inspired opening trends that recurred in several of the games in the tournament. Aditya is one of the most promising up-and-coming talents of our country. Read this article to learn how he critically investigates these top-level games to enhance his own understanding and knowledge.
Chess, in its very essence, is a constant struggle to either seize or give up control of certain key squares on the chessboard. Grandmaster Sundararajan Kidambi realizes this fundamental truth while going through the analysis of a very instructive ending that happened recently between Wang Hao and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in their game from Candidates 2020. In this article he puts down his musings in his characteristic clear and concise manner. For anyone who wants to improve their understanding of endgames in general and the dynamics of minor pieces ending in particular, this beautiful piece is a must read.
This Sunday will be a double header in ChessBase India Online Blitz tournament as Saturday we will have the 2nd edition of Saturday Online Blitz tournament, but Sunday we will have the Mega event of March Masters Online Blitz with Laxman which has the five times the prize money of a Saturday Online event. The total Prize fund is ₹50000 with the first prize being ₹10000. Laxman has contributed ₹15000 to the tournament prize fund as he loves playing Blitz on Playchess. Total 24 GMs, 34 IMs, 3 WGMs and 8 WIMs have confirmed their participation for the event. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Photo: Various sources
There are very few individuals in the chess world who have met and known the many legends of the royal game as closely as the ChessBase co-founder Frederic Friedel. For years, Frederic traveled to chess tournaments, covering events after events and running the ChessBase newspage. In this process he rubbed shoulders with greats like Kasparov and Karpov, became friend and mentor to talents like Anand and Short. Well, one can only imagine the experiences that he accumulated over the years interacting with all these super-talents. The wonderful raconteur that Frederic is, he always makes sure to treat IM Sagar Shah with a story or two every time they meet. The Knowing the Chess Greats series is an effort to bring some of these much cherished conversations to the general chess audience!
We are back again with the 2nd Saturday Online Blitz 2020 after a super strong first edition. To give you a clue of the lineup, we have 18 GMs, 31 IMs, 2 WGMs and 4 WIMs taking part in the second edition. Players from India, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Colombia, England, France, Singapore and USA have already confirmed their participation. The entry fee to the tournament is *FREE, however you need an active ChessBase Premium subscription. There are prizes worth ₹10000 to be won for the top three finishers. That's not all, the circuit winner at the conclusion of five Saturday Blitz event will win an additional ₹10000. Currently Praggnanandhaa is leading the table after winning the first edition. Photo: Various sources
The Postponement of the Candidates 2020 was hanging on the heads of the players, organizers, and spectators like a damocles sword throughout the last ten days. Finally it has happened. The Russian Government announced that starting from 27th of March 2020, Russia will interrupt air traffics with other countries without indicating any time frames. This could mean that the players could be stuck in Russia for months together. As a result FIDE has stopped the tournament and the FIDE President Arkadij Dvorkovich has published a press release on the FIDE website. What's interesting is that the tournament has only been postponed and not cancelled. It will resume from round 8 onwards after the Covid19 pandemic situation cools down.
The way Nepo was playing at the event made him look untouchable. But MVL, his seventh round opponent had different plans. Nepo's French Defense was punished by the Frenchman with great precision. With this victory MVL caught up with Nepo at the top and both of them lead the event with a score of 4.5/7, one point more than the rest of the field. The remaining three games ended in draws. We bring you the detailed analysis of the decisive game, pictures, videos and more.
The Candidates 2020 will take place in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia from the 17th of March to the 3rd of April 2020. Eight players - Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Hao and Kirill Alekseenko will fight it out to win the tournament and earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen. On this page you will find the Live games, commentary as well as real time updates by the ChessBase India team. Games begin each day at 4.30 p.m. Indian time. We hope you will enjoy our coverage of this mega event.
Avetik Grigoryan was rated 2600+. He is a strong GM and was also the former national champion of Armenia. However, a couple of years ago, he made an important decision in life. He decided to give up playing chess, and develop a community called ChessMood. What started as just a Facebook Group, is now a full blown website with over 100 hours of training from some of the best grandmasters of Armenia. How did Avetik manage to create something so valuable as the ChessMood? What is the secret of inimitable enthusiasm and energy? We find out in this interview! ChessMood has opened up its website for 7 days due to the Corona virus outbreak and all of the premium content is now freely viewable until the 29th of March 2020.