On 3rd April 2021, Sportstar premiered the Sportstar Aces Awards 2021 Day 3 on their youtube channel. Vishy Anand was nominated for Sportsman of the Decade Non-Olympic Sport along with Pankaj Advani of Billiards and Rajat Chauhan of Compound Archery. Koneru Humpy was nominated for Sportswoman of the Decade Non-Olympic Sport along with Harika Dronavalli and Jyothi Surekha of Compond Archery. Arjuna Awardees Dibyendu Barua and Tania Sachdev presented the award to Anand and Humpy respectively. Anand also won Moment of the Decade for winning World Rapid in 2017. Photo: Sportstar
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Chandar Raju wins 58th Kerala State Senior Open championship on his 22nd birthday, ten days after becoming Ernakulam District champion. He remained undefeated in both of his triumphs. He scored 5.5/6 in the district event and 7.0/8 in state. This is his second state title since 2013 and also second district title since 2016. Sooraj M R secured second position with 6.5/7, while third seeded Sharsha Backer was placed third 6.0/8 as his tie-breaks was better than four other players who finished with the same score. We also get to know Chandar's thoughts on his triumphs and see his favorite game from the event. Photo: Kunju Moideen
India has a huge depth in talent and that is proved once again as India 'A' and India 'B' won Gold and Bronze medal respectively at Asian Nations Cup Online Under-14 in the Open section. India 'A' comprising of IM Bharath Subramaniyam H, CM Shahil Dey, IM Raahil Mullick, Souhardo Basak and CM Dev Shah scored 15.0/18 to win the Gold. India 'B' team scored 13.0/18 to secure the Bronze. The team consisted of CM Prraneeth Vuppala, Rohit S, Sreyas Payyappat, CM Tanmay Jain and Om Manish Kadam defeated India 'A' in the penultimate round. Photo: Various sources
This Saturday Capablanca Chess School presents 5th Anniversary Celebration Online Blitz Open will take place on Playchess from 8 p.m. IST. 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 their participation so far. Registration is CLOSED. Last date has been extended to 3rd April 10 a.m. IST. Photo: Capablanca Chess School
Although chess has become an integral part of Samay Raina's life, he is still very prominently known as a stand-up comedian! Chess was just for the pandemic - that's what all of us thought! Once things open up, Samay would quit chess and get back to his life of stand-up comedy. However, we couldn't have been more wrong. After winning the COB All Stars, Samay Raina has made one of the biggest decisions of his life till date. He is quitting stand-up comedy and plans to become a full-time chess professional. His aim? To become the first GM from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Read on to know what spurred this decision and what the world of comedy has to say about this.
Novy Bor has seen much better days in various events. European Online Club Cup was nothing short of a disaster for them. Only Vidit remained undefeated throughout the event and in the Finals he scored 5.0/8. All his rest of the teammates had a difficult time finding harmony in the Finals. Wojtaszek scored 4.0/8, Harikrishna 2.5/4, Navara 4.0/9, Sasikiran 2.0/4 and Ragger 1.0/2. The team would definitely want to forget this event and move on to better glorious days ahead. SF Deizisau e.V. won the event with 14.0/18, Clichy Echecs 92 secured the runner-up position with 13.0/18 and Mednyi Vsadnik was placed third 11.0/18 due to better tie-break score. Photo: FIDE
Anxiety disorder has become very common in the present day. With high level of stress around us and the constant pressure to excel and outpace others, you are involved in a rat race which has no end. Vishal Chowhan, a regular follower of ChessBase India, also suffered from the same issues. Medication didn't ease his problems, meditation is something he didn't want to indulge in. But Vishal found a unique solution to his anxiety disorder. He used the game of chess in a wonderful way to calm himself down before important meetings and events. In this article Vishal tells you more about his situation and how he solved his predicament.
Top seed of 68th Tamil Nadu State Open 2021, Pranav made a double hat-trick of wins to take sole lead with 6.0/6 at the conclusion of the sixth round. This is the first official FIDE rated tournament taking place in India in more than a year since Covid-19 pandemic disrupted all normalcy of the entire world. Pranav already delivered an impressive performance in a Playchess event - Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open, a week before this tournament started. Pranav is chased by five players who are 5.5/6. They are - Barath Kalyan M, Vignesh B, Subramanian R M, Nandha Kumar K and Shadhursshaan R. Photo: Niklesh Jain
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
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