Castling is one of the most important golden rules. We all have learned this in our childhood/formative stage. Just like everything else in life, the timing of castling is very important. A premature castle puts king in a more precarious situation than safety, while a delayed one can also have a similar effect. As our understanding of the game develops over time, we realize that the timing of castling is fluid. A lot of players in various position prefer not to castle. While it may seem like a modern concept, GM Sundararajan Kidambi shows examples of different decades and analyzes the concept of not castling by as early as the first official world champion, Wilhelm Steinitz. It is absolutely worth checking out if you wish to enrich your chess knowledge. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
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Vishy Anand made a return to a tournament for the first time since December 2021. He scored three wins effortlessly. Of course, it goes without saying that the great ones make it look simple and easy when in reality it is not. He scored a hat-trick of wins against Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL), Wesley So (USA) and Anton Korobov (UKR). USA's Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian along with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) are in the chase at 4.0/6 each. Wojtaszek, Shevchenko (UKR) and Gavrilescu (ROU) are in search of their first win of the event. Round 4 starts today at 2 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Harikrishna and Praggnanandhaa made an identical start of 5.0/12 in Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters 2022. Both of them scored a win each against Aryan Tari (NOR), drew two games and lost only one. Pragg drew with the current tournament leader Wei Yi in the first round. The youngster finished the day with a draw against Sweden no.1 Nils Grandelius. Vidit Gujrathi drew all four of his games. Wei Yi (CHN) is followed by three players at 8.0/12. They are - Ding Liren (CHN), Anish Giri (NED) and Magnus Carlsen (NOR). All four of them are undefeated so far. Round 5 starts tonight at 9:30 p.m. IST.
There are a lot of chess variants in the world. Fischer Random or Chess960 is undoubtedly the most popular one. Wesley So is the first official World Champion of that variant. Dynamo Chess is a chess variant which was first introduced to the public in 2015 after being in development from 2012 to 2015. Kolkata-based Realtor, Mr. Pradeep Sadani is the inventor of this chess variant. GM Dibyendu Barua made an important decision to give Dynamo's current movement, which is like a knight or a bishop at any given point of time. Our very own Editor and Senior Coordinator, Shahid Ahmed convinced the rules of the game such as castling, en passant etc. The first ever Dynamo Chess tournament takes place tomorrow, Friday 20th May 2022.
The second event of the 2022 season of Grand Chess Tour is Superbet Rapid and Blitz. Poland is the new addition to the Grand Chess Tour in this season. Vishy Anand will return to competitive tournament for the first time since December 2021. He will be joined by World Class players at the Rapid and Blitz event such as Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Richard Rapport, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Anton Korobov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Kirill Shevchenko and 18-year-old teenager IM David Gavrilescu. Anand will face five-time Poland champion, Wojtaszek in the first round. Round 1 starts today at 2 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Seven out of the eight Candidates were already determined in late March this year. Ding Liren was trying to fulfill the minimum number of rated games requirement to be eligible for Candidates 2022. He not only climbed to the World no.2 position in the process, much to nobody's surprise, he earned his way into the Candidates 2022 too. He will replace Sergey Karjakin who was banned earlier by the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission. Appeal Chamber of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) announced its decision to dismiss Karjakin's appeal on 6th May 2022. Candidates tournament starts on 17th June 2022 and the winner will play the FIDE World Championship Match in 2023. Photo: FIDE
The fourth leg of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2022 season is the third edition of Chessable Masters. Vidit Gujrathi, Pentala Harikrishna and Praggnanandhaa the Indian trio will make a return to the tour together after Charity Cup this past March. Ding Liren will be seen in action after becoming World no.2 and qualifying for the Candidates 2022. They will be joined by the tour leader, world champion and world no.1 Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Jorden van Foreest, Anish Giri, Aryan Tari, David Anton Guijarro, Sam Shankland, Gawain Jones, Nils Grandelius, Eric Hansen, Yi Wei and World's youngest GM Abhimanyu Mishra. Chessable Masters Round 1 starts tonight at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: chess24
In order that the right talent in chess gets the right financial backing, Sadhana App has teamed up with the HelpChess Foundation to sponsor three big talents of Indian chess to the tune of Rs.4,50,000 (Rs.1,50,000 each) so that they can plan tournaments outside India. The aim of Sadhana App Sponsorship is to create new Grandmasters in the country and that is the reason why this project is named as "Mission Grandmaster!" Read the article to know who the players are, what Sadhana app is, why is it supporting these young talents to fulfil their dreams and which top Indian GM is supporting this initiative.
The top two seeds of the tournament, Chess Grad and SSN College of Engineering scored an unbeaten 15.0/16. ChessGrad clinched the 1st CEG Trophy State level Team Chess Tournament 2022 due to better tie-break score. SSN had to settle for the second place. Five teams scored 12.0/16. Out of them, Velammal Engineering College secured the third place due to better tie-break score. The total prize fund for the tournament was ₹85000. CEG alumnus, India's 66th GM Akash G is the founder of Castle Red and Chess Grad. He played a keyrole in organizing this tournament. Photo: Akash G/Castle Red
25-year-old Manush Shah scored his final IM-norm at IM Third Saturday 257. He became the latest International Master of India on 14th May 2022. He also won the tournament in the process. The young man from Gujarat, scored his first IM-norm at GM Round Robin Third Saturday 83 in November 2018. The second IM-norm was scored at GM Third Saturday 105 in February 2019. Covid-19 pandemic delayed his title hopes. He took a tournament to get into the rhythm and won the next one to score his final IM-norm. Novi Sad is certainly a good place for Manush as he scored all three of his IM-norms there. He also crossed 2400 at the very same place in March 2019.
After finishing second at KL University Rapid Rating Open with an unbeaten 7.5/9, Mitrabha once again remained undefeated at Talent Chess Academy Rapid Rating Open. Only this time he improved his score 7.5/8 and finished a half point ahead of the field to win the tournament. Four players scored 7.0/8 - GM Karthik Venkataraman, FM J Ramakrishna, IM Raahul V S and IM Ravi Teja S. They were placed second to fifth according to the tie-breaks. IM C R G Krishna scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 to win the Blitz Rating Open. He also finished a half point ahead of the field. Five players scored 7.0/7 - GM Karthik, IM Viani Antonio Dcunha, GM Mitrabha, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad and Kunal M. They secured second to sixth place according to tie-breaks. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Avirat Chauhan (MAH) and Charvi A (KAR) won their respective final round games to win MPL 34th National Under-8 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2022. Charvi A once again scored an unbeaten 10.5/11 to claim her second National age group title. She finished a whopping 1.5 points ahead of the competition. Pooja Shree R (TN) and Samhita Pungavanam (TEL) scored 9.0/11 each. They secured second and third place respectively according to tie-breaks. Avirat won AICF Online National Under-7 Open last year. He successfully retained his crown. Rahul Ramakrishnan (PUD) also scored 9.5/11. He was placed second. Aarush Bathula (TEL) scored sole 9.0/11 to secure third place. Photo: Dhiren Makhija
Second seed of the tournament, IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam (TN) scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 to win 1st SSS All India Open Rating 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Umashankar A (PUD) and Sa Kannan (TN) scored 7.0/8 each. They were placed second and third according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund for the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes in were ₹50000, ₹30000 and ₹20000 cash along with a trophy for the winner. Total 94 prizes were up for grabs. The tournament was organized by Sri Sai Saravanaa Academy at Sudharshan College of Arts and Science, Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu from 5th to 8th May 2022. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
John Veny Akkarakaran and Mrittika Mallick become MPL 34th National U-14 Open and Girls Champions 202215/05/2022 -
John Veny Akkarakaran (KER) and Mrittika Mallick (WB) drew their respective games to win MPL 34th National Under-14 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2022. Both of them scored 9.0/11 each. Mrittika needed a draw in the final round to win the tournament, however, things were not clear whether a draw would be enough for John to become the champion. All results eventually turned out in his favor. Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) also scored 9.0/11. He was placed second on tie-breaks. A R Ilamparthi (TN) was placed third 8.5/11. Pragnya H G (TN) and Anupam Sreekumar (KER) scored 8.5/11 to secure second and third place respectively. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Himanshi Rathi (GUJ) scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 to win AICFB National Women Chess Championship for the Blind 2022. She finished a half point ahead of the field. This is her third National Women title. Previously, she won it in 2019 and 2020. Vaishali Savalker (MAH) scored an unbeaten 6.5/8 to finish at second place. She also finished second for the third consecutive time. Five players scored 6.0/8. Tijan Punaram Gawar (MAH) was placed third according to tie-breaks. A total of 50 players participated in this three-day eight round tournament from various states across the country. Top three totally blind and top three partially are selected for Asian para games. Photo: AICFB