Novy Bor made a good start with a score of 5.0/8 in the Finals of European Online Club Cup 2021. They are now at tied at the third spot with Mednyi Vsadnik and Poland Hussars. Clichy Echecs 92 and SF Deizisau e.V. are in the lead with 6.0/8. Since the gap is of only one point, Novy Bor can easily finish at the top. The team scored two wins, one draw and one loss in the first rounds. The only loss was suffered against Hamburger Schachklub 1830 in Round 3. With five more rounds to go, the tournament can be won by anyone. Finals resume today from 6 p.m. IST. Photo: Biel Chess Festival
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Bangladesh Police spoiled SAIF Sporting Club's second place finish as they beat him 2.5-1.5 in the final round of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League to retain their championship with 20.0/20. Shahin Chess Club beat Leonin Chess Club 2.5-1.5 to secure the second position with 14.0/20. SAIF Sporting Club also scored 14.0/20 and they were placed third according to tie-breaks. Best player on each board no. 1 - 5: IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman (2758, 6.0/6), GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2573, 8.0/10), IM Mitrabha Guha (2609, 8.5/10), GM Abdullah Al Rakib (2429, 6.0/8) and GM Ziaur Rahman (2593, 6.5/7) respectively. Photo: Mahmuda Moly
Novy Bor advanced to the Final stage of European Online Club Cup 2021 as they finished second in Group B of Playoff stage. The team made three draws and scored two wins to finish second in their group with 7.0/10. Vidit scored the highest for his team with an unbeaten 3.5/5. Navara and Wojtaszek scored 3.0/4 and 3.0/5 respectively. Sasikiran made 1.5/2, Harikrishna and Markus Ragger had a hard time with 0.5/2. Novy Bor will be one of the ten teams to play the Round-Robin Finals starting tonight from 6 p.m. IST.
Novy Bor topped Group B with a 100% score of 18.0/18 to advance to the next stage in European Online Club Cup 2021. All six players of the team remained undefeated. Harikrishna played only two games, Vidit made 3.5/4 and Sasikiran scored 2.5/3 on the second day of group stage. Gukesh, Nandhidhaa, Soham and Yashas' journey at the tournament came to an end as none of their respective teams managed to finish in top two of their respective groups to advance to the next stage. Play-offs start tonight from 6 p.m. IST onwards.
Bangladesh Police successfully retains their title with a round to spare in Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society lost to the eventual champions by 0.5-3.5. Sanket Chakravarty avoided a whitewash for his team by making a draw with Bangladesh no.1 GM Abdullah Al Rakib. Among other upsets, IM Minhaz held GM Kovalev, Kaustuv Kundu held GM Narayanan and IM Aronyak held GM Neelotpal to a draw. Final round commences today from 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
Novy Bor made their presence felt on the opening day of European Online Club Cup 2021. They won all four games and took a sole lead in Group B with 8.0/8. Both Vidit and Sasikiran made a 100% score with 3.0/3 to anchor the team for a good start. Gukesh D scored 3.0/4 for his team Gijon 64 in Group C. Nandhidhaa P V made 2.0/4 for Tremblay Girls in Group D. Soham Das also 2.0/4 for Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa A in Group E. The remaining five rounds of the group stage will be played today from 6 p.m. IST. Top two teams from each group will advance to the Play-Offs. Photo: Novy Bor Chess Club
GM Abhimanyu Puranik of Shahin Chess Club once again scored an emphatic victory, this time showcasing his positional prowess against GM Vladislav Kovalev of SAIF Sporting Club in Round 9 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. SAIF Sporting Club is still at the second position with 12.0/16. Shahin Chess Club moved to the third place on the table with 10.0/16. Bangladesh Police maintained their sole lead with a 100% score of 16.0/16. They are just a draw away from winning the tournament. Veteran IM Sekhar Chandra Sahu of Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club held GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly to a draw. Photo: Amruta Mokal
The months of February and March are quite busy with excitement in Japan's chess calendar. Qualifying tournaments are held by various regional chess clubs to select candidates for the strongest event of the year, held in May – the Japan Chess Championship, a FIDE rated event. Mayur Gondhalekar brings you all the news and updates from Japan in this two-part report. Part 1 covers events from Osaka, Chiba and Aichi (Nagoya). Check out this report containing few games and beautiful photos from the events along with annotations of his own and few other games by Mayur himself. Photo: Mr. Horie/Nagoya Chess Club
GM Abhimanyu Puranik of Shahin Chess Club scored a fantastic victory with a brilliant display of attack against Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society in Round 8 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. SAIF Sporting Club somehow managed to score a victory as FM Mehdi Hasan Parag swindled his opponent in the final moments of the game. They are at the second position with 12.0/14. Uttara Central drew with Leonin Chess Club 2-2 and they are now at third place with 9.0/16. Round 9 is a rest day for Uttara Central Chess Club. Photo: Amruta Mokal
GM Praggnanandhaa won Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open with a score of 8.5/9. He started with eight consecutive victories and then drew the final round game to finish a half point ahead of the competition. Both untitled Pranav V and GM Diptayan Ghosh made 8.0/9, suffering only one loss and zero draws. They were placed second and third respectively according to their tie-break scores. Total 281 players including 16 GMs, 20 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs registered for this event from 13 different countries across the world. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Bangladesh Police shows no sign of slowing down as they scored their second whitewash in Round 7 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. Bangladesh Navy suffered their third consecutive loss and fourth overall loss of the event. SAIF Sporting Club maintained their second position 10.0/12 as they beat Titas Club. Uttara Central regained their third position 8.0/14 with a victory over Sheikh Russel Chess Club. Round 8 is a rest day for Bangladesh Police. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
GM Leon Luke Mendonca won his second tournament in consecutive months as he scored an unbeaten 6.5/9 to win 2nd Kumánia GM tournament. Last month Leon won Vezerkepzo IM Round-Robin. The 14-year-old had also won the first edition of Kumania Championship back in November 2020. Leon started the tournament with a draw then he registered four consecutive victories and four consecutive draws to finish with the same score as GM Milan Pacher. Leon won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Photo: FA Zsolt Szabo
SAIF Sporting Club was once again held to 2-2 draw in Round 6 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. This time it was Uttara Central Chess Club who caused the upset. While Adhiban and Kovalev scored victories for SAIF Sporting, Mitrabha and Koustav scored important wins for Uttara Central to split the match point. Bangladesh Police continued their lead 12.0/12 at the top as they beat Shahin Chess Club 2.5-1.5. Titas Club moved up to the third position with a victory over Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society. They will face SAIF Sporting in Round 7. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
Capablanca Chess School presents 5th Anniversary Celebration Online Blitz Open for players all across the world. They have organized 25 chess tournaments since they were founded in 2016. The tournament will take place on Saturday 3rd of April at 8 p.m. IST in ChessBase India webroom on Playchess. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else Entry fee is ₹200 for Indians and €3 for foreigners. The tournament can be played via windows software and desktop or laptop browser only. 5 GMs, 16 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs have confirmed so far. Registration is CLOSED. Photo: Capablanca Chess School
Leonin Chess Club surprised SAIF Sporting Club to a 2-2 draw in Round 5 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. IM Aronyak held GM Adhiban to a draw and CM Shawket defeated GM Reefat. Subhayan missed a draw against GM Kovalev which would have then allowed Leonin Chess Club to score an upset victory. Meanwhile Bangladesh Police scored a victory by minimum margin over Bangladesh Biman as GM Gukesh beat GM Ganguly. Bangladesh Police is still in the lead with 10.0/10 followed by SAIF Sporting Club at 7.0/8 and Uttara Central Chess Club at 5.0/10. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation