The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is one company whose support for Indian chess has been unparalleled over the years. From sponsoring top Grandmasters of the country like Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Adhiban Baskaran to hunting down young talents and aiding them, their impact on the sport has been significant. Well, they are also taking excellent initiative during these lockdown times to ensure that public interest in the game doesn't wane. Recently on 24th of May they conducted a unique online exhibition event through ChessBase India featuring two of the most highly regarded figures of Indian chess - GM Abhijit Kunte and IM D V Prasad. We bring you the details in this brief report.
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WIM Arpita Mukherjee won a Bronze medal in Asian Junior Girls Online Championship 2020. She was the sole medal winner for India in this online edition of Asian Junior 2020. She is a former Asian Youth Under-18 and Commonwealth Under-20 Girls Gold medalist, scored 6.5/9 to make a podium finish. Reigning National Junior Girls Champion WFM Srishti Pandey and Asian Junior 2019 Silver and Bronze medalist WIM Aakanksha Hagawane both scored 5.5/9, they were placed fourth and sixth respectively according to tie-breaks. In the Open section, IM Mitrabha Guha was the only Indian to finish in top 10 by securing the ninth position with a score of 5.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain
LetsUp presents MCA Grand Prix Blitz 3 will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2020. The second event was won by World no.1 in Under-16 and newly crowned Asian Junior Open Online Champion GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan. The entire event will have a total prize fund of ₹155000. Each event in the GP will have a total prize fund of ₹25000 and additional top five finishers of the GP will receive a total of ₹30000. The tournament is Open to everyone all across the world. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For others, entry fee for each tournament is ₹250. Registration for Blitz 3 is now Open. So far 28 GMs, 30 IMs and 10 WIMs have confirmed their participation for the third event. Photo: Various sources
Picture a 10-year-old girl, happily working on chess and academics, bagging trophy after trophy, living a carefree life with no real worry in the world. Now picture what her life would be like if her loved one was taken away from her, and reality collides with her ambitions. Stricken, the girl struggles to cope and keep up with her old hobbies, and is wracked by sadness. One day, with much encouragement from those who believe in her, this girl picks up her passion and strives through financial hardships, unfortunate incidents to a prospering chess career. Inspiring story right? This is the life of WIM Priyanka K, now aged 18, who composed two poems that dictate the two contrasting sides of her life so far. You'd be surprised as to the maturity she possesses! Read on for more.
The Fischer-Petrosian Candidates match of 1971 in Buenos Aires was the third and final round in the eliminations to determine the challenger for the World Championship 1972. After defeating two top grandmasters 6-0 each, the charismatic American faced former World Champion Tigran Petrosian who was considered to be almost undefeatable. Their match started 2½-2½, and then in game six Fischer scored a superb win that turned the match in his favor. Did Petrosian seal the wrong move, could he have defended to a draw? Find out how you can do analysis on the live board, play against an engine in a particular position, how it gets saved in the cloud and much more.
To find out how the champions are dealing with the global pandemic Covid-19, we decided to start a new series titled Champions Combat Corona where the current National Champions talk about how they are coping with the unprecedented adversity. In this article, the current National Sub-Junior (Under-15) Open champion IM Raja Rithvik R of Hyderabad, talks about how he is spending his lockdown days. He is also a former National champion in Under-13 and 17 open, Asian Youth Under-14 Gold medalist in Standard and Bllitz. Let us take a look at how the multi-time National champion is spending his downtime and how he beat Boris Gelfand in an online match. Photo: Rupali Mullick
GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan won Letsup presents MCA GP Blitz 1 on 3rd June with an unbeaten score of 8.5/10. This was also his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut. The tournament was the first of five events in the Grand Prix. Rasulov won ₹6500 cash prize for his efforts. Four players finished at 8.0/10. GM Vaibhav Suri, GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara, GM D Gukesh and GM R Praggnanandhaa. They were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to their tie-break scores. In case you missed you the first event, don't worry about catching up, because only four best performance out of five will be considered for the final GP standings. Registration is on for the MCA GP Blitz. Photo: Azer news
Chess can be many things to many people. For most it is a hunt for perfection in over-the-board play, for some a scientific quest for abstract truths, but for even fewer it is an artform. Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen of Denmark is one of those rare personalities who in recent times has carved out a name for himself as a chess artist par excellence. He is among the brightest and most creative composers active in the world today. The Endgame Study is his field of expertise and in it he has already established himself, in a matter of only a few years, as one of the very best. In this exclusive feature article ChessBase India's author Satanick Mukhuty picks his mind, critiques his works, and tries to bring out a glimpse of his singular creative genius.
Pentala Harikrishna will be seen in action along with five other elite GMs in World Stars Sharjah Online International Championship on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2020, organized by Sharjah Sports Council and Internet Chess Club. It will be the strongest tournament ever in Arab world having the total prize fund of US$ 10000 with the champion's prize being $3000. That's not all Sharjah Masters is hosting a contest on instagram starting from today where you can two invitations to the next Sharjah Masters tournament including entry fee and full board hotel accommodation and there are also two $250 prizes. Harikrishna will be LIVE on the same instagram page today at 8:30 p.m. IST where you can ask him a question or send your best wishes. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour
Who is the Indian Fischer you might ask? Well, in Part 1 of this interview, we introduced you to one of Indian Chess' gems B S Shivananda. In Part 2 of this interview, we cover Shivananda's life after the year 2005, which marked a dark age in Indian chess because of people who used engine assistance. Having lost confidence and interest in chess, Shivananda faded away from the chess circuit for a long time, but returned triumphantly, making all his IM norms and his GM Norm after 2009, and along with playing chess he transitioned into chess coaching, bringing up talents like Raghunandan, Stany, Yashas, Gahan and many others. Tanmay Srinath brings all this to light in a fascinating and detailed part II of the interview.
Astrid Barbier is a chess player from Belgium and currently pursuing her masters in ‘Gender and Diversity.' For her thesis, she is doing research about chess and gender. Therefore she has set up a survey, which takes about 20 minutes to fill in. The survey is available in English, Spanish, French and Dutch. The survey asks questions on the density of men and women that play chess, and further questions intended to go in depth of the difference in numbers of players. It also asks further questions on who is more likely to influence someone to teach the game. Your contribution can help Astrid do better research, so do fill in the survey.
When you move upwards from the surface of the earth and travel for 408 kilometres you reach the International Space Station. Cosmonauts at the International Space Station are busy working to make the human civilization on the earth understand more about the space. However, on 9th of June 2020, they will take a break from their work for a few hours to indulge in a Space to Earth Match! Two cosmonauts on the International Space Station will play against 2016 World Championship Challenger Sergey Karjakin. Sergey will represent the earth and it will be interesting to see how these games progress. A big congratulations to CFR, Museum of Cosmonautics and Roscosmos for coming together to put up this grand show.
LetsUp presents MCA Grand Prix Blitz 2 will take place on Wednesday 10th June 2020. The first event was won by GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan. The entire event will have a total prize fund of ₹155000. Each event in the GP will have a total prize fund of ₹25000 and additional top five finishers of the GP will receive a total of ₹30000. The tournament is Open to everyone all across the world. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Entry fee for each tournament is ₹250. Registration for Blitz 2 is now Open. So far 29 GMs, 26 IMs and 10 WIMs have confirmed their participation for the second event. Even if you missed the first one, you can still win the GP. Find out how in the article. Photo: Various sources
Kings' Chess Academy - Hyderabad presents 6th Seshamma Memorial Online Blitz Open took place on 30th May. What was so unique about the event? The tournament had no entry fee. GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara scored 9.0/10 to win the tournament. He won ₹10000 cash prize for his efforts. Three players finished at 8.5/10. GM Jakhongir Vakhidov, IM Terry Renato and GM D Gukesh finished with 8.5/10. They were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to their tie-break scores. Total 253 players participated including 11 GMs, 12 IMs and 4 WIMs from 13 countries across the world including India. Photo: Niklesh Jain
IM and WGM Nisha Mohota is an accomplished chess player. She has won multitude of accolades and represented the country in numerous occasion at Olympiad, Women's World Championship, Asian and World Team events. She has also won the National Women's Premier title in 2005. She was the youngest WIM in the country back in 1995 and held the record till 1999 when Humpy broke it. She is also the first WGM from Kolkata, West Bengal. On 24th of April Nisha conceived the idea to make the video on Chess Basics and released it on her mom's 64th birthday on 29th April, to make sure people utilize this downtime due to Covid-19 in a good way. Learn how Chess Basics with Mom came into fruition in this article. Photo: Nisha Mohota