When World Class players are organizing a webinar, of course you want to seize the opportunity and make the most out of it. Former Women's World Rapid and two time World Blitz champion Anna Muzychuk and Germany no.1 woman Elisabeth Paehtz are going to hold a webinar this month on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th January respectively. It will be an interactive session, so you will get to ask your questions and queries answered. That's not all, you can choose the topics you want to learn or improve on. The webinar is open for all but only 20 seats are left. So hurry up and register fast!
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Seven-time British champion, former World no.4 and current England no.1 Michael Adams was on the brink of winning Caplin British Online Championship 2020, but the 17-year-old Tanmay Chopra delayed his triumph by putting up a staunch defence and held him to a draw after a 122-move long game. It was a tournament played in almost a classical time control of 1 hour + 15 seconds increment for all games. Adams had to play Playoffs against IM Ameet Ghasi because of this draw, although Adams won it comfortably 1.5-0.5. Check out the annotations from Tanmay Chopra himself.
Do you want to play against a GM? But you are not sure how to approach them? This is your chance to play against India's latest GM Leon Luke Mendonca. Leon will be playing against the Premium members of ChessBase Account in a 3 minute + 2 second increment encounter. The games will be commented by IM Sagar Shah and after it ends he will be discussing with Leon with regards to why he made certain decisions and together they will analyze the game in depth. You not only get to play against a future world class opponent, but also get your games analyzed in the process! Join in on the 10th of January 2021 at 8 p.m. IST for the Blitz Challenge with Leon. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced the number of over-the-board tournaments all over the world. However FIDE continues to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. In one of the firsts, FIDE announced about the first edition of Intercontinental Chesskid FIDE Challenge which will take place online on 23rd January 2021. There will be two sections - ages 9 to 12 and under-8. There will be two tournaments on the same day, each kid can play in either one or both as per their convenience. Photo: FIDE
Sasikiran became the first Indian to win a major chess tournament in 2021 as he defeated Aleksandr Shimanov in the Finals by 2-0 to win Rilton Winners' Cup. The tournament was a 16-player Knockout invitational event between the winners of past editions of Rilton Cup. It was played online in Rapid time control of 15 mins + 10 seconds with tie-breaks having the time control of 5 mins + 3 seconds increment. Sasikiran remained undefeated in the entire Semi-Final and Final. He took only two games each to win the last two important stages. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Our new database program, ChessBase 16 has, as you know, a blindingly fast search. If you ask the program whether, and how often, a particular position has occurred in a collection of eight million games, and which were the moves played in that position, with what success, then you get an answer in less than one second! How is this possible? The author of this search booster function is Jeroen van den Belt, and he explains how he implemented the new search booster.
Radjabov defeated Aronian 2-1 in the second set of the Finals of Champions Chess Tour Airthings Masters. Aronian got his chance in the first game of the day but he could not capitalize on his opportunity and it ended up in a draw. Radjabov won the second game with a fantastic play in the endgame and drew the third to win the event and qualify to the Finals of the Tour which the world champion Carlsen earlier via tweet that it will take place in San Francisco in September this year. Vachier-Lagrave beat Dubov to finish third in the tournament. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Radjabov-Aronian Finals witnessed some solid games. There were no simple tactical errors or blunders made on the first day of the Finals of Champions Chess Tour Airthings Masters. These two played against each other in the Prelims for the first time since 2017 in any kind of serious tournament. Aronian must win the second set today to force tie-breaks. Airthings Masters winner will be decided tonight as the Finals continue on Sunday 3rd January from 7:30 p.m. IST. Watch the live stream on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan. Photo: ChessBase India Live stream
The Christmas-New Year Solving contest, where we posed our readers with six unconventional and engine-defying problems to solve, came to a close on the 31st of December. The event became a grand success bringing in some very high-class competition. We received around 65 emails in all, a surprising majority of which were accompanied by extremely well-written and well-explained solutions. Of course, too many perfect 50-out-of-50 scorers left us in a quandary. The solvers posed us a seventh problem, as it were: whom to choose? whom to leave? But after some discussion and pondering, we think we too have found the best solution!
Radjabov once again completely dominated Dubov as he beat him twice consecutively to advance to the Finals of Champions Chess Tour. Aronian beat Vachier-Lagrave in the third game after making two draws to secure his place in the Finals. Radjabov vs Aronian will definitely be an interesting final as both of them secured convincing victories in the knockout stage. Finals will begin tonight Saturday 2nd January from 7:30 p.m. IST. Watch the live stream on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan. Photo: ChessBase India Live stream
What was the work done by the entire ChessBase India team in 2020? 750 articles were published on the website, 924 videos created on the YouTube channel, over 150 million views, 25 online tournaments with close to Rs.16,00,000 disbursed as prize money, over 32 lakh rupees raised for charity and hosting several events with an aim to empower chess professionals and enthusiasts. Over the board tournaments hardly happened during the year, however, each and every member of the ChessBase India team worked throughout 2020 to power chess in the country and the world! Here's a rewind of the entire year that gives you an overview of the work done by ChessBase India from the 1st of January to 31st of December 2020.
Radjabov halted Dubov's fantastic momentum of the previous day as he beat him 3-1 in the first set of Champions Chess Tour Airthings Masters Semi-Finals. In all four games Dubov did not get any good opportunity against the 2019 FIDE World Cup winner. Aronian struck first against Vachier-Lagrave and then he made two draws after missing a winning chance in the second game. The French man could not salvage a draw in the fourth game after the Armenian blundered in the endgame. Second set of Semi-Finals will continue tonight Friday 1st January from 7:30 p.m. IST. Watch the live stream on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan. Photo: ChessBase India Live stream
Pro Chess Training which has some of the most star studded trainers in Indian chess and the world is all set to begin with its sessions from the 1st of January 2021. There are five groups - Below 1400, 1400 to 1800, 1800-2200, 2200-2400 and above 2400! In this article you get to know the schedule of all the classes. You can check out the trainers as well as the topics of training. If you are serious about chess improvement, it can help you to take your game to the next level.
Dubov and Aronian secured their Semi-Final spots with emphatic victories over the world champion Carlsen and Speed King Nakamura respectively in the Quarter-Finals of Champions Chess Tour Airthings Masters. Dubov caused the biggest upset of the event as he beat Carlsen twice on the same day in three games. Aronian also played fantastic and eliminated Nakamura by beating him in consecutive games. Skilling Open winner So and newly crowned Russian champion Nepomniachtchi had unfortunate exits from the event as both of them drew their respective Armageddon games but got eliminated due to technicality. Semi-Finals start tonight Thursday 31st December from 7:30 p.m. IST. Watch the live stream on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and IM Soumya Swaminathan. Photo: ChessBase India Live stream
In a year where chess tournaments have been almost non-existent, India managed to get two GMs! G. Akash was India's 66th grandmaster and now it's Leon Mendonca who has achieved the coveted title on 30th December 2020 to become India's 67th GM. Leon's story is one of grit, determination and persistence. Being locked out in Europe and away from his family for 9 months, Leon made the best possible use of the situation, playing 16 tournaments, pumping up his Elo by 140 points and achieving all three GM norms in under three months. In this article we speak about Leon's journey and tell you more about this future world class player!