Meenakshi Subbaraman was one of India's top women players. She became a WGM in 2004. The WGM from Chennai had not played active chess for quite some time but decided to make a comeback by preparing hard for the National Premier. With a 15-month-old-son, a family to take care of and a job in Air India, things were not going to be easy. But Meenakshi proved that she was capable of achieving was she dreamt by very nearly winning the title. By losing the last two rounds she was relegated to the fifth spot. In the post-tournament interview, Meenakshi had great pearls of wisdom to share with the chess community, especially young girls. Nongsha Angom sends us the transcript.
The fifth round of the Eka by IIFLIM Mumbai tournament 2017-18 has been postponed to 6.30 p.m. IST after the Dalit community declared a bandh (a general strike declared by a political party or community) on Wednesday. Even though the round for the U-13 category -- which was scheduled in the morning -- went smoothly, problems have started to surface with regard to conducting the afternoon round for the open category. We have an official statement from the Tournament Director, FI Praful Zaveri and will be updating this page as and when more information is available.
Another intense day came to a close yesterday after the fourth round of the EKA by IIFLIM Mumbai International 2017-18. The day began with some players stuck in Mumbai's traffic due to the Dalit protests in the city. As many as six players from the open section had to forfeit their games due to this. But once the games went underway, some brilliancies, some daring but dubious tactics and some lucky escapes were witnessed. An illustrated report with games and analysis.
Suvrajit Saha of Railways wins CSIR CMERI Diamond Jubilee All India Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament convincingly with a score of 7.5 points out of 8 rounds. This was his first tournament win in over a year and first open rating tournament win in a long while. He made a fantastic start by winning all his first seven games and needed just a draw in the last round to become champion. The tournament also witnessed the participation of IM Neeraj Kumar Mishra who scored 7 points and finished at 3rd position. This report contains a game analyzed by the champion and a few photographs from the event by Dr. Himadri Roy.
The accelerated pairings ended in the open section. The games were supposed to be one-sided, but it didn't turn out that way. The higher seeds had to work really hard against players rated 500 to 600 points below them to win their games. In the under-13 section, the ratings don't really matter. On every other board, you can see the lower rated player holding or beating the higher rated opponents. We bring you some of the upsets that took place at the third round of the tournament. Apart from this ChessBase India founders Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal are at the venue, and this is your chance to analyze your game with them.
The setting of the EKA by IIFLIM 3rd Mumbai International Open 2017-18 is bit unusual. You have this big stage on one side of the playing hall and there is only the top board placed on it. Rest of the players are playing in the normal playing arena. However, we have found out that it is not easy to be the fancied player and play on the top board. In the first round, Abhijeet Gupta very nearly lost to Kiran Manisha Mohanty and in round two Timur Gareyev had to bite the dust against Adham Kandil. Ivan Rozum will be seen in action on the top board today and it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his pole position.
When someone asks which is highest prize money junior tournament in the world, people tend to think it must be held somewhere in USA, Europe or the middle-east. Turns out it's held in India, in the financial capital of the country - Mumbai. This year the IIFLW under-13 International is being held from the 29th of December to 7th of January 2018. The top seed is D. Gukesh (2362) who seems to be playing one tournament after another absolutely non stop. He will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Pranav, Leon, Anuj, Divya and the others. In this report we bring to you the entire action from rounds one and two along with some excellent pictures by Amruta Mokal.
Vishy Anand ended the year with a bang at the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Riyadh, yesterday. After winning the title of the world rapid champion, Anand did not sit back and celebrate. He went on with just as much energy to clinch another bronze medal at the blitz championship. Magnus Carlsen was another player who really shined in the blitz event. After a slightly off day on day 1, the classical world champion came back with 9.0/10 on day 2 to bag the title prize. An illustrated report with games and analysis
For a man who is 48 years old playing at the World Rapid and Blitz is a huge challenge. You have to play 36 games (plus tiebreaks if you are fighting for the first spot) against some of the best players in the world, who are half your age, have loads of stamina and in general are better suited towards the short format of the game. The odds were against Vishy Anand, but he delivered! And he delivered huge! Two medals at the World Rapid and Blitz 2017 - gold in rapid and bronze in blitz! We spoke to Vishy Anand after his victory and, to put it mildly, he was ecstatic with his performance!
Vietnamese GM Hoa Nguyen now has one of the most enviable records on Indian soil. He has won a hat trick of grandmaster events in India. First one was the KIIT open in Bhubaneshwar, next one was the Mayors Cup in Mumbai and now the Bhopal International 2017. The last round began with a five way tie, but Hoa Nguyen made sure that he won the top prize by beating GM Ivan Rozum. The second place was captured by Malaysian Li Tian Yeoh, while the third place went to GM Tran Tuan Minh. Full final report with pictures, videos and more.
Magnus Carlsen was playing Ernesto Inarkiev in the first round of the World Blitz 2017. Magnus gave a check to Inarkiev's king. However, instead of moving the king or capturing the rook, Inarkiev gave a counter check to his opponent's king. Of course, this was an illegal move. But Carlsen did not claim it. He moved his king. Inarkiev now stopped the clock and called the arbiter to claim for a win. The Russian was awarded a full point and later the result was reversed with a win for Carlsen. What happened? What is this controversy all about and was the decision given by the arbiter correct. We asked IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran, who explains the intricacies.
The IV Sunway Sitges International Chess Tournament officially ended on the 23rd of December 2017. But the memories will still linger on. Aravindh Chithambaram's victory was the highest point of the tournament, while side events made it special. For Aravindh the year has ended on a high. He very nearly won the National Premier, secured a bronze at the World Junior and now clinched the gold at this super strong open event. What's more the boy will be 2600 on the published rating list on 1st of January! A pictorial report with loads of videos, games analysis and more by Avathanshu Bhat.
What a finale it was to the World Rapid Championship! After 15 gruelling games, the tiger from Madras, Viswanathan Anand, won the rapid championship for the 12th time in his career in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Scoring an undefeated 10.5/15, Vishy was tied for first with Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Fedoseev and had to win a playoff before he could lift the champion's trophy. In his trademark style, the lightning kid of the 80s showed his blitz prowess yet again scoring an emphatic victory over the Russian GM. A reports with pictures, games and analysis.
Anand becoming the World Rapid Champion is a big moment in Indian chess! After Vishy Anand lost his World Championship crown to Magnus in 2013, it seemed very difficult that he would ever regain it. Age was not on his side, but Vishy has always braved all odds in his career and he did it once again to win the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 27th of December 2017. ChessBase India has two DVDs of Anand on his career. Anand himself takes you on a journey from being a talented youngster to a World Champion! 8 hours of highly instructional content and we are offering it you at 50% off!
What is the best way to follow World Rapid and Blitz 2017? It's on this page. We have the live commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Keti Tsatsalashvili. Along with it, we also have all the live games, finished games of previous rounds, schedule and all the important links. As the rounds go by, we will keep posting important updates which will help you to follow this grand event in the best possible manner. Rounds begin at 2 p.m. local time (4.30 p.m. IST). 26,27,28 December is the rapid portion and on 29 and 30 December we have the blitz.