18-year-old Kumaresh A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Gold at Asian Amateur Championship in Under-2000 Men category. He finished a full point ahead of the field. 19-year-old Sham R scored 7.5/9 to secure Silver. Anshu Kr. Pathak scored 6/9 to secure Bronze in the Under-1700 Men category. The total prize fund of the tournament was US$ 7500. The top three prizes in U2000 Men were $1200, $800 and $500 each. For U1700 Men, they were $800, $500 and $300. All prizes were accompanied by a trophy and medal each. Photos: UAE Chess Federation
ChessBase 17 and Mega 2023 are here
ChessBase 17 is the all-new program that helps you to manage all your databases as an ambitious player. Mega Database 2023 comes with 9.75 million games with over 110,000 games annotated by masters. The cost of ChessBase 17 is Rs.4199/- and the cost of Mega Database 2023 is Rs.5999/- However, if you go for the combo the total amount comes to Rs.8999/- helping you save Rs. 1198.
Sanket Chakravarty scored three IM-norms and crossed 2400 in a little over 4.5 months to become India's latest International Master. The 18-year-old from Kolkata earned his maiden IM-norm at Fagernes GM Open 2023 in April. Exactly two months later, he earned his second IM-norm at 2nd Maharashtra GM Open 2023. The teenager got a published rating of 2411 in July 2023 FIDE Rating list. At 29th Abu Dhabi Masters 2023, he earned his final IM-norm to become an IM. From January this year, Sanket started training with one of the most successful chess coaches of the world, GM Aleksander Goloshchapov (UKR). That has certainly made a huge impact in his game, as he mentioned it in an interview. Sanket's quest towards the coveted GM title continues. Photo: Anniken Vestby
GM Vitaly Sivuk (SWE), GM Mitrabha Guha, IM Aditya Bagus Arfan (INA) and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy scored 7/9 each. Sivuk won 18th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2023 due to better tie-breaks. The remaining three were placed second to fourth respectively. Mitrabha was the sole leader heading into the last round. Deepan defeated him and Sivuk drew against GM Darwin Laylo (PHI). The top three prizes were US$ 3500, 2000 and 1000 along with a medal each respectively. The tournament was organized by DAT Chess Centre from 28th August to 3rd September 2023 at Cititel Midvalley in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Immediately after this event, Mitrabha won Tata Steel Chess Festival 2023 All India Blitz Open. Photo: Gilachess
The World Junior Chess Championships are set to take place at Mexico City, Mexico from 20th September - 2nd October 2023. As expected, a large number of Indian players were qualified to take part in the event. But the Indian players have encountered an unexpected problem in their travels to this prestigious event. 5 of the Indian players - namely Vrashank Chauhan, Arun Kataria, Bhagyashree Patil, GM Prraneeth Vuppala and Femil Chelladurai were not granted with VISA to take part in this event. In this article, we share their statements and try to shed light on the issues faced by the players.
15-year-old Hari Ganesh T and FM Vinoth Kumar M scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 at 21st Adyar Times Rating Open 2023. The teenager won the tournament due to better tie-breaks and Vinoth secured second place. Six players - Kavishvaran P, Malla Nooka Raju, Selvamurugan B, Sridhar C S, Raghav V and IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam scored 7/8 each. Kavishvaran was adjudged third among them. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹250000. The top three prizes were ₹35000 + trophy, ₹25000 and ₹15000 each respectively. This is Hari's first Rating and overall second tournament triumph of his career. His first tournament victory happened earlier this year when he won Changalpattu District Under-17 Boys Tournament 2023. Check out Hari's two of the best games selected and annotated by the boy himself. Photos: IA and FI S Paul Arokia Raj
India no.3 GM R Praggnanandhaa defeated GM Ivan Cheparinov (Magic Extremadura) and GM Nikita Vitiugov (C A Jaime Casas de Monzon) to become World no.16 in the live ratings. Praggnanandhaa is playing for the defending champion team, C A Solvay which won the Spanish Team Championship Honor Division last year. India no.1 GM D Gukesh is the only other Indian in his team. Currently, Gukesh is playing in Armageddon Championship Series 2023 Grand Finale. So he is yet to join the team. GM Raunak Sadhwani and GM S L Narayanan are playing for the same team MyInvestor Casablanca. Raunak made a perfect 2/2 start like Praggnanandhaa. Can C A Solvay win it again for the second consecutive year? We will know in the next few days. Praggnanandhaa will face GM Etienne Bacrot (Gros Xake Taldea) in Round 3 today from 4 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. IST. Photos: FEDA
WIM Arpita Mukherjee and Sinthia Sarkar scored 7/8 each at Tata Steel Chess Festival 2023 All India Women Rapid. The top seed of the event, Arpita won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Sinthia secured second place. The defending champion, WCM Bristy Mukherjee scored sole 6.5/8 to finish third. Top three prizes were ₹20000 + trophy, ₹15000 and ₹10000 each respectively. This was Arpita's second tournament triumph of the year. Earlier this year, she won 20th National Team Women 2023. She also secured second runner-up place at the 49th National Women Championship almost two months ago. Photos: Shahid Ahmed
India is a land of amazing talents in chess. And the talents are sprouting from different corners of the country. Meet 2016-born 7-year-old Advitiya AG, who lives in Shillong, Meghalaya. The boy became the under-12 state champion when he was just 5 years old. Currently, he has a rating of 1182. IM Sagar Shah speaks with Advitiya and asks him some questions based on the different positions he has selected, while Advitiya has his own list of questions he wants to ask IM Sagar Shah. Advitiya is soon to play in the under-7 nationals happening in Kolkata. If groomed well, this boy could very well become a future GM of India and perhaps the first from Meghalaya!
Frederic Friedel, the co-founder of ChessBase and the man who has written thousands of chess articles, says, "My readers, and all my friends in the chess world, know that I am fond of puzzles. I keep giving the most talented chess players non-chess problems to solve, and they keep coming back for more." In this article Frederic torments one of his 2600+ friends with a particularly tough puzzle. Warning: you have to think outside the box. The reactions, like that of 2750-Gukesh, are priceless.
Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca is a rising star in the chess world and one of India's most promising young talents. This year, at age of 17 years, he crossed the 2600 Elo rating barrier (current Elo is 2622) for the first time and is probably one of the most active chess players in 2023 (almost 100 rated games). Leon has recorded a very interesting Fritztrainer on the venomous variation 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3, which most club-level players do not know how to effectively counter. Check out this DVD to enrich your knowledge and increase the arsenal of your opening repertoire. The variation is named after the Germany no.1 GM Vincent Keymer. Photo: ChessBase
Shubham Kumar, Yashvi Jain, Sathwik D S S U, Vangala Prashanth and Gagan Sahu scored 8/9 each at SLAN 1st Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2023. Shubham won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. The remaining four were placed second to fifth. Except Prashanth, the remaining four were undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. The top three prizes were ₹100000, ₹60000 and ₹40000 along with a trophy each respectively. The tournament was organized by SLAN Sports from 25th to 27th August 2023 at Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana. This was Shubham's first tournament triumph of his career. Photos: Naveen Naik Jarupla/SLAN Sports
Tata Steel Asian Junior Blitz 2023: Grebnev & Mounika win Gold, Kushagra & Bhagyashree Silver, Manish & Bristy Bronze16/09/2023 -
WIM Mounika Akshaya defeated WCM Bristy Mukherjee to clinch the Gold at Tata Steel Asian Junior Blitz 2023 Girls. She scored 7.5/9 and finished a half point ahead of the field. Four girls scored 7/9 each. Out of them, WFM Bhagyashree Patil and WCM Bristy Mukherjee secured Silver and Bronze according to tie-breaks. IM Manish Anto Cristiano F lost to IM Aleksey Grebnev in the final round. Thus, Grebnev earned his second Gold of the event 7.5/9. IM Kushagra Mohan won against IM Srihari L R in the final round. He also scored 7.5/9. However, he secured Silver as per tie-breaks. They both finished a full point ahead of the rest. Manish edged past CM Mayank Chakraborty to win the Bronze scoring 6.5/9. Photos: Himank Ghosh
GM Koneru Humpy started her day with a loss against IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ). The India no.1 struck back in the must-win second game. Despite being lost for the better part of the game, Humpy persevered, waited for her opportunity and she seized it eventually. This win put her in the right mood. In Armageddon, Humpy did not give chance to her opponent and eventually managed to checkmate to win the game and match. Humpy won both of her games by delivering a checkmate. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) defeatd GM Richard Rapport (ROU) 2-1 in the other match of the day. Humpy will face Abdusattorov tomorrow, Sunday 17th September from 7 p.m. local time, 10:30 p.m. IST. Who do you think will win that match? Photos: Saji Mathew
Tata Steel Asian Junior 2023: Grebnev & Tejaswini clinch Gold, Aswath & Bristy Silver, Rohith & Mounika Bronze16/09/2023 -
Tejaswini G drew against WIM Mounika Akshaya to clinch the Gold at Tata Steel Asian Junior 2023 Girls. She scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the field, became India's latest Woman International Master and also secured her maiden WGM-norm. WCM Bristy Mukherjee defeated the top seed WIM Nazerke Nurgali (KAZ) to win the Silver medal 7/9. She also finished a half point ahead of the field and earned her maiden WIM-norm. Mounika got the Bronze medal 6.5/9. In the Open section, top seed IM Aleksey Grebnev defeated Alekhya Mukhopadhyay to clinch the Gold 7/9. FM Aswath S won against IM Sambit Panda to secure Silver 7/9 and also became India's latest International Master. FM Ayush Sharma drew against IM S Rohith Krishna. Rohith won a Bronze medal scoring 6.5/9. Photos: Himank Ghosh
D Gukesh defeated Wesley So on the first day of Armageddon Championship Series 2023 Grand Finale. The India no.1 convincingly defeated So in both games. Gukesh had never won a rated Blitz game against the former World Fischer Random champion. Last evening, he was determined to change that statistic. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) defeated Sam Shankland (USA) 2-0. Gukesh will face Duda on Sunday 17th September. Since it is a double elimination event, So will face Shankland on Saturday 16th September. Today, GM Koneru Humpy will play against IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) from 7 p.m. local time, 10:30 p.m. IST. Who do you think will win that match? Photo: World Chess