21st seeded IM Muradli Mahammad of Azerbaijan scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the competition to win Paracin International Open 2021. Three players finished at 7.0/9. GM Arjun Erigaisi was placed second as he had better tie-breaks. IMs Pranav Venkatesh and Aditya Mittal, GM Abhimanyu Puranik, all three of them scored 6.5/9. They were placed 10th, 14th and 15th according to their tie-breaks. FM Vatsal Singhania scored his second IM-norm. Shantanu Bhambure is the sole untitled player to finish at 25th place with an impressive 6.0/9. Photo: Rupali Mullick
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Five Indians - Harikrishna, Adhiban, Praggnanandhaa, Nihal and Harika have secured their place in Round 3 of FIDE World Cup and FIDE Women's World Cup respectively. Only Praggnanandhaa won both of his second round games to advance to the next round. Gukesh, Vidit and Padmini drew their respective games. They will have to play tie-breaks today. Aravindh, Iniyan, Bhakti and Vaishali have lost their respective games, thus their journey at the World Cup 2021 comes to an end. Round 2 tie-break games start today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Watch the Live commentary and analysis on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova/FIDE
The second game of No Castling World Masters between the legends - Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik ended in a draw. Kramnik started with the English Opening, same as Anand in the previous game. However, this time the queens got exchanged early, and the 14th world champion had an option to go for a different move order while trading a minor piece and creating a passed pawn, but it was not anything substantial. World-famous author and trainer, Artur Jussupow made the inaugural move of Game 2. Check out the analysis of the game by two legends, Anand and Kramnik themselves. Watch Game 3 Live today on ChessBase India youtube channel from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende
Three out of twelve Indian players won their respective games in Round 2.1. Adhiban scored a fantastic win with a beautiful finish, Praggnanandhaa played the endgame correctly and Harika outplayed her opponent positionally. Both Iniyan and Vaishali who were facing stronger Tomashevsky and Khotenashvili respectively, lost their games, and now they are in a must-win situation. Gukesh who is facing the much stronger Dubov, held his own and managed to make a draw with a very impressive play against the former World Rapid champion. Harikrishna, Vidit, Nihal, Aravindh, Padmini and Bhakti drew their respective games. Round 2.2 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Watch the Live commentary and analysis on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova/FIDE
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Shri Ram College of Commerce won the inaugural edition of FIDE Binance Business Schools Super Cup 2021. A total of 32 teams from twelve countries spanning across five continents across the world took part in this event from 9th to 11th July. The entire event was played online at lichess with a time control of 10 mins + 2 seconds increment. The champions received the first ever NFT Trophy by FIDE. All the prize winners will get their medals and the right to participate in an online simultaneous chess game against one of the top Grandmasters in the world. In addition to that, all participants of the event will also get an official NFT tokens of the cup from Binance, one of the sponsor of the event.
The Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2021 - 48th International Dortmund Chess Days witnessed the start of No Castling World Masters between two former world champions, good friends and legends of the game - Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. Anand started with the white pieces in the first of the four-game match. He showcased a beautiful positional play combined with tactics to begin his event with a win, continuing his momentum from the Croatia Rapid and Blitz Grand Chess Tour. Will Kramnik bounce back or Anand continue his momentum in this unique variant of chess? Watch Game 2 Live today on ChessBase India youtube channel from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende
All twelve Indian players have advanced to the second round of FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2021. Gukesh won his first tie-break game against Teclaf and drew the next one to advance to the next stage. He will face former World Rapid champion Daniil Dubov in Round 2. Vidit and Adhiban's opponents for the next round was also revealed. They will face GM Alexandr Fier of Brazil and GM Neuris Delgado Ramirez of Paraguay respectively. Round 2 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Watch the Live commentary and analysis on ChessBase India youtube channel with IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE
Arjun Erigaisi is the only Indian who is closest to the sole leader IM Raven Sturt at the conclusion of Round 6 of Paracin Open 2021. Arjun is a half point behind the leader, along with three other players. Both IM Sankalp Gupta and IM Aditya Mittal are at an unbeaten 4.5/6, Pranav Venkatesh also has the same score. Sankalp is on his way to score a GM-norm if he can maintain his form in the last three rounds. Aditya and Pranav will also be eyeing to score their second GM-norm. Untitled Shantanu Bhambure had a good opportunity against GM Misratdin Iskandarov, but unfortunately for the former, it ended in a draw. The tournament can still be won by anybody. Round 7 starts today at 8 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Eight out of nine Indian players have advanced to the second round of FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2021. Gukesh drew his second consecutive game against Teclaf. He will have to play tie-breaks today, thus no rest day for him. Meanwhile, Adhiban, Aravindh, Nihal, Praggnanandhaa, Vaishali and Padmini have won their respective first round matches to advance to the next round. Only Vidit and Adhiban's opponents are still not yet confirmed, as they will have to play their respective tie-breaks. Round 1 tie-breaks will start today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE
The first edition of the FIDE Online Olympiad is a memorable event for all Indians as team India won their first ever Gold medal at an Olympiad. It was 30th August 2020 when the entire chess universe had their eyes on India-Russia Finals. The Cloudfare outage during the finals caused both team to share the first place and the Gold. This year, everyone is hoping for a definitive champion, while Indians all over the world want India to win the Gold for the second time. We have twelve Indians who are taking part in the biggest FIDE World Cup in history, also including the first ever FIDE Women's World Cup. We are in for two exciting events in two consecutive months. Photo: FIDE
Indian Men and Women made a fantastic start to their FIDE World Cup 2021 campaign. Only Gukesh was held to a draw by IM Pawel Teclaf (POL). Gukesh needs to win his next game to advance to Round 2, a draw means he will have to play tie-breaks tomorrow. Adhiban, Aravindh, Nihal, Praggnanandhaa, Iniyan, Vaishali and Padmini scored a victory each. Iniyan is the only Indian who defeated a higher rated opponent, Sebastian Bogner (SUI). Harikrishna, Vidit and Harika got a Bye in Round 1. They will directly play Round 2 on 15th July. Bhakti advanced to Round 2 where she will face Natalija Pogonina (RUS). Round 1.2 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE
Vishy Anand has once again proved his detractors wrong as he scored 21.0/36, secured clear second position at Croatia Rapid and Blitz Grand Chess Tour. Until this event, the legend had not played any over-the-board chess tournament for almost one and a half years. On the final day, he scored an unbeaten 6.5/9, same as the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave. Anand had also beaten Kasparov twice on consecutive days, the last time Anand won against Kasparov in a tournament was 1998. That's not all, Anand performed at 2871, gained a massive 40 rating points, taking his live rating to 2825 and climbing to World no.5 in the Blitz ranking in the live ratings list. Perhaps a World Blitz title is on the horizon for Anand. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Kasparov has sporadically played some blitz or chess960 event since his retirement, but yesterday's blitz at Croatia Rapid and Blitz GCT was the most horrifying start he has ever had in recent times. Not only because he is not in competitive shape, but also he is playing against the best of the best world who are at their prime. Playing blitz is certainly not an easy task against the players who are in regular touch. Thus, he managed to make only one draw and suffer eight losses. He came very close to winning against Giri and Vachier-Lagrave but he was not able to convert them. The entire chess universe is eagerly waiting for Kasparov to show a glimpse of what he used to do in his heydays on the final day of the event which starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Six players are in the lead with a 100% score 3.0/3 at the conclusion of Round 3 at Paracin Open 2021. They are - Ahmadzada, Gormaz, Budisavljevic, Muradli, Anna Sargsyan and Bryakin. Six Indians are in the chase just a half point behind - Sankalp, Rithvik, Aditya, Aanjaneya, Arjun and Raahil. FM Vatsal Singhania scored a beautiful victory over the top seed of the event, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan in Round 2. Sankalp Gupta held Manuel Petrosyan to a draw. Untitled Aanjaneya Phatak is performing at 2602 and unbeaten so far with a score of 2.5/3. Round 4 starts today at 8 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick