There's a video of Vidit Gujrathi on his Facebook page which has become quite popular. In it he gives an important advice towards the end - Analyze live games without an engine. Our author Sagar Shah did that after the fifth round of the World Junior 2017 and found that Praggnanandhaa's win over S.L. Narayanan was filled some amazing bit of variations and analysis. Not everything can be covered in a ten minute video, but we have made an attempt. Due credit to S.L. Narayanan's imaginative play, and all words of praise fall short in the way Pragg defended that position after being outprepared in the opening.
Nearing halfway stage, the World Junior Championship finally has found a sole leader in GM Kirill Alekseenko with a perfect 5.0/5 score. However, the little Indian star, R Praggnanandhaa is right under his nose with 4.5/5. In the fifth round, Praggna survived a hurricane of an attack by SL Narayanan to emerge victorious. Another Chennai lad in the fray, Aravindh Chithambaram also scored an impressive win over IM Pier Luigi Basso. Round 5 report.
21 years! That's how long SMCA has been spreading chess in the city of Mumbai, state of Maharashtra and India! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, the fourth prize money online blitz tournament - SMCA online blitz will be held on the 3rd of December 2017. This time we have a record breaking prize fund of Rs.62,500 with first prize of Rs.15,000 and special age category prizes, as well as best female player prize! One of India's finest players B. Adhiban has already confirmed his entry. In this article we tell you all about the tournament and also about SMCA and its contribution to the world of chess.
Tournament leaders were halved from four to two after the fourth round of the World Junior Championship. The only Indian among the tournament leaders, IM Harsha Bharathakoti, slipped down after his loss to the Russian FM Aleksey Sorokin. On the bright side, however, R Praggnanandhaa, the 12-year-old IM from Chennai crushed the top seed of the tournament, Jorden van Foreest with surgeon-like precision. Another important win was scored by GM Murali Karthikeyan against the local GM Luca Moroni Jr. Round 4 report.
The final leg of the Grand Prix series, Mallorca Grand Prix, began with a bang. Three out of the nine games finished decisively. Pentala Harikrishna, the only Indian in the field, was held to a 45 move long draw by the Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, one of the contenders for the top two spots in the GP series, slayed Boris Gelfand's Accelerated Dragon and got off to a flying start. Richard Rapport turned out to be a bit too creative for himself and lost a complicated game after sacrificing a piece against Anish Giri. We have a report with games, pictures and analysis.
World Juniors is a tournament held for players below the age of 20 years. Little Praggu, although just 12, wanted to test himself against the best juniors in the world. That is the reason he flew down to Italy to fight it out against players much elder to him. With a rating of 2509 no one can underestimate Pragg, but when facing a seasoned campaigner like Jorden van Foreest, you begin to wonder whether the little boy has it in him to beat the former Dutch Champion. Well, Pragg gave us a resounding answer with a nearly flawless game and took home the full point without too many issues. We have the full game with critical moments and video analysis by IM Sagar Shah.
Many experts concur on the fact that India is in the process of becoming a super power in the world of chess. A lot of people and organizations including All India Chess Federation (AICF) have contributed to the growth of the sport in our country. While we all know the role played by R.B. Ramesh, India's national coach, in creating super talents, there is one person who is quietly uplifting the chess culture of the country. He is a grandmaster from Ukraine and he is responsible for creating six grandmasters from India! Know about this phenomenal coach who believes in strengthening the basics of each of his students.
At the end of three rounds at the World Junior Chess Championship in Tarvisio, IM Harsha Bharathakoti from Telangana is in the joint lead with a perfect score of 3.0/3. A whisker away from him are R Praggnanandhaa and two of the highest rated GMs from India at the event, GM Murali Karthikeyan and GM SL Narayanan, all of whom won their first two games and conceded a draw in the third. A report with games and pictures.
The Grand Prix series until now was not the most exciting string of tournaments held. Mainly because of the high number of draws in the past events. But the last leg held at Palma De Mallorca, Spain, which will begin from 16th of November, is extremely exciting, because two spots from the Candidates 2018 will be decided from here! Two players who have the best chance to make it are Teimour Radjabov and MVL. For Indians it will be interesting to see how Harikrishna fares at this event. He has proved by holding his own against the best, but can he beat them and emerge as the winner? We will have to see.
To get a taste of the young talent in India, you should have been at the recently concluded National Under 9 Chess Championship in Gurugram. The tiebreak here was decided by the head to head encounter between the tied players. In the final round, two players who were leading the tournament by a one-point margin had to suffer a bitter defeat and their opponents got ahead of them. This clearly indicates that a new generation of chess players is in the making, which isn't only aggressive but knows very well how to perform under pressure. In the Open group, it was Om Kadam from Maharashtra who clinched the title while among the girls, Anupam M Sreekumar wore the champion's crown. A report.
Four Indian players have emerged with an unblemished score after two rounds of play at the World Junior Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. While the highest rated Indian in the field, SL Narayanan took things slow and won after 69 moves of play, Murali Karthikeyan played a neat miniature and finished Liam Vrolijk in merely 24 moves. Little Praggna is also among the perfect scorers after his win against IM Nubairshah Shaikh from Mumbai. We have a report with pictures and games.
It will be for the first time in the history of any sporting event held in Saudi Arabia that the women will not be required to wear a hijab or an Abaya. This will be witnessed at the King Salman FIDE World Rapid and Blitz 2017 to be held in Riyadh from the 25th to 30th of December 2017. Apart from no hijab, the organizers have enforced a compulsory dress code for the event. The prize money is 350% more than that of the previous editions. Until now citizens of no country have been denied participation for the event. This is all looking quite positive and upbeat for the last major event of 2017.
Indians already had a strong representation at the Dutch town of Wijk Aan Zee, where the Tata Steel Festival will be held from 12th to 28th of January, in the form of Anand and Adhiban in the Masters section. Things just got better as we now have Vidit and Harika playing in the Challengers section. Vidit is the top seed and Harika is one out of the two female participants! With four Indians in Wijk Aan Zee we can look forward to a very exciting event! This is the highest number of Indians ever in the history of Tata Steel Festival.
Over the last few years, Indian chess has experienced a boom in terms of young talent. Today, with the advent of young players like R Praggnanandha and Nihal Sarin in boys and Vantika Agrawal, Priyanka Nutakki and Divya Deshmukh in girls, India is sure to become a chess superpower in the not so distant future. In this children's day special article, ChessBase India salutes the bright young talents who have made the country proud with their achievements in chess.
The first round of the World Junior Championship in Italy saw some major upsets. While Kumar Gaurav scored a fine win against the much higher rated GM Gergely Kantor, GM Aravindh Chithambaram suffered a shocking loss to the Serbian FM Pavle Dimic. On board two, Sidhant Mohapatra held the 2606 rated GM Grigory Oparin to a draw. We have a pictorial report.