GM Dibyendu Barua comes out of retirement in DBCA Online Blitz Chess Tournament, scheduled to take place on 10th of September 2017 at 6 p.m. on Playchess server. The total count of GMs is 15. 11 IMs and 1 WGM are taking part at this event which has a total prize fund of Rs.50,000 and first prize of Rs.12,500. It's your final chance to play blitz against some of the best players of our country. Don't miss it!
Sethuraman played two excellent rapid games against Harikrishna Pentala to advance to round three of the World Cup 2017. This is the second strong opponent that Sethu has beaten in this event, the first one being Ponomariov. Adhiban gave Nepo a huge scare and was winning the first game comfortably. However, he made an error and finally lost the match. This means that we have only two Indians left at the World Cup 2017. Vidit will face Ding Liren while Sethu will be up against Anish Giri. Report on round two tiebreaks with analysis by 13-year-old Prithu Gupta.
On 6th of September 2017, India got its 50th and Karnataka its first grandmaster in M.S. Thejkumar. A fantastic positional player who has a deep understanding of chess. But did you know when was it that Thejkumar achieved his final GM norm? 2008! The man had to wait nine years to achieve the magical 2500 Elo mark. He was down and out many times, but there was one person who made Thej believe in himself and never let him give up. It's a story of grit, determination, persistence and true love. He is the golden jubilee GM of India and his story is simply awe-inspiring.
The first game of round two of the World Cup 2017 was a mixed bag for Indians. Vidit performed phenomenally to beat Le Quang Liem with the black pieces. Adhiban did give Nepomniachtchi a scare, but in the end they agreed to a draw. Harikrishna against Sethuraman was a short draw with nothing much happening in the Berlin Endgame. The big news of the day was Vishy Anand losing to Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov after a speculative knight sacrifice didn't work so well. We have the full report with pictures, videos, game analysis and much more.
Three Indians sat at the chess board for round one tiebreaks and two made it out alive, advancing to the second round. Harikrishna and Adhiban showed great bit of concentration and patience to beat their opponents Yuri Gonzalez and Nguyen Ngoc Truongson. Karthikeyan Murali fought hard, but was unable to beat his opponent in round two. Seven Indians went to Tbilisi and after the first round we still have five standing. Detailed report of the tiebreaks from the venue by Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal.
One person becoming a grandmaster is great for India's chess. But that same person using his expertise to create many more grandmasters is an unparalleled contribution. On 5th September 2005, there was a dawn of a new era in Kolkata. The birth of Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) took place on this very day twelve years ago. And in these twelve years GM Dibyendu Barua, his wife Saheli Dhar-Barua and the entire team of DBCA have done so much for the chess in our country. In this article we highlight some of their achievements. Also be a part of the celebration by participating in the DBCA online blitz tournament to be held on 10th of September. More details in the article.
The biggest event of 2017 has begun! Vishy Anand showed good form on the first day and scored a full point against his young Malaysian opponent. The upset of the day was surely Harikrishna's loss against Gonzalez Vidal. Karthikeyan also slumped to a defeat against Vallejo Pons. Four other Indians - Vidit, Adhiban, Sethuraman and Deep drew their games. We bring you all the action with pictures, video interviews of five players and analysis.
The World Cup 2017 is a brutal contest. No matter what your rating is, if you make a mistake you will not be sparred. In such a situation six out of the seven Indians managed to survive and are still fighting in the city of Tbilisi after two days of competition. Anand drew his game and progressed to the next round. Vidit and Sethuraman scored wins and made it through. The real heroes were surely Pentala Harikrishna and Karthikeyan Murali who came back from a one point deficit. Adhiban, Hari and Karthikeyan will play in the tiebreaks tomorrow. Deep Sengupta was eliminated. A detailed report, with pictures, analysis, videos and much more.
Round one of the World Cup 2017 is now just a few hours away. The Indian players look pretty relaxed and in great spirits for the start of the event. Adhiban Baskaran who spoke to ChessBase India, said, "It's now time to unleash the beast mode!" What we are looking at is all of our seven Indian players qualifying to the next round. While Anand and Hari have relatively easier opponents, Vidit and Adhiban have much more work to do. Sethuraman, Deep and Karthikeyan have higher rated opponents and we are looking forward to see them pulling off some upsets!
The top seeded Iranian team Rasht, registered a convincing 4–0 victory over Dubai in the final round to win Asian Cities Team Chess Championship 2017 and clinch the Dubai Cup with 16 match points. Team Bhubaneshwar finished second and Dhaka had to settle for the third spot. It was yet another feature in the cap of Kalinga Institute of Information Technology (KIIT), the premises where this world class tournament was held. We have pictures, final standings and board prize winners.
Vishy Anand became the World Champion by winning the knock-out tournament in 2000. However, it was not an undisputed title as Kramnik, the newly crowned classical world champion did not participate. Also Kasparov and Karpov gave the event a miss. The Indian champion won his first undisputed world title in 2007 when he triumphed at the eight-player double Round Robin tournament in Mexico. We are celebrating ten years of this memorable event when India got its first undisputed World Champion. And Peter Heine Nielsen who was Anand's second at the event tell us all about it.
Seven Indians have reached Tbilisi, Georgia to fight for the two spots at the World Cup 2017. After a long time we will see Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna participating in the same event. The new entrant in 2700+ group Vidit Gujrathi will be looking to prove himself here and so would the FIDE President's wild card nomination Adhiban Baskaran. Sethuraman would like to keep up his form of 2015 World Cup, while Karthikeyan Murali and Deep Sengupta will try and send as many higher rated opponents back home packing as possible. Here's an article that familiarizes you with the chances that Indian players have.
The First Saturday tournaments in Budapest, Hungary have been highly successful. A lot of top players have made their IM and GM norms over there, most famous being Fabiano Caruana. But there was nothing of that sort in Asia where players from India and the surrounding countries could play in a Round Robin event and fight for their norms. Now, Peter Long's Institute of Chess Excellence along with Malaysian Chess Federation has organized the First Friday Round Robin IM norm tournament from 6th to 11th of October in Kuala Lumpur. Here are all the details.
"When I first entered the chess arena in Bangalore in 1992, we used to have 50 entries in a tournament," writes Sushrutha Reddy. "The winner always used to be an adult and state tournaments had very less participants." All of this began to change as like minded people like Reddy and other coaches implemented the chess in schools project in the city of Bangalore. Chess started to flourish in the city and a glorious example of this is the Akshayakalpa Children's Chess League held on 13th of August 2017 with 408 participants. A report on this mammoth event.
The capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi, hosted a spectacular chess festival from 13th to 23rd August 2017. The fest featured six events which cumulatively attracted more than 350 participants. And guess what? More than 150 of them were from India! With so many Indians in the fray, it was natural to expect some big results for our country. And our players didn't disappoint. Four out of the seven norms achieved at the Master's section of the tournament were earned by Indians. Besides, GM Shardul Gagare finished third at the ultra strong blitz event of the festival while Amardeep Bartakke and his son Aditya clinched the title prize in the Family Tournament! Here's a report with pictures.