Like every year, we are back with the Mega ChessBase India Diwali Sale! The sale lasts for 65 hours (can you guess why we kept it for that duration?!) and it starts from the 22nd of October at 8 p.m. to 25th of October until 1 p.m. With the number of products in the ChessBase India shop expanding, this is a golden opportunity for you to get your favourite chess software, books and accessories at a great discounted price! What's more, we are also sending free goodies like pens, magnets, notebooks, and toran. In this article we talk about our best selling products and at the same time give you the links of all the products in the ChessBase India shop. You can click on the link and add them in your bag!
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Indonesian National Team consisting of their top ten players is coming to India for a friendly match from 28th to 31st of October 2019 in Chennai. The average rating of the Indonesian team is 2373.6, which means that its a very strong contingent. Six out of the ten Indian players have already confirmed their participation. However, there are still four spots left to be filled. If you are keen then you can write to us at email@example.com and we will revert. This is a training match in rapid and blitz and is not FIDE rated. But it is an excellent opportunity to face strong opponents and also have the unique opportunity to be a part of this exciting match. Check this article for more details about venue, schedule, prize money and more.
Polina Shuvalova is on fire at the World Juniors 2019. After her pretty queen sacrifice at the World Youth 2019 that went pretty viral, the Russian youngster yet again sacrificed her queen, this time at the World Juniors. It has to be admitted the queen sacrifice wasn't as deep or beautiful as what we saw in Mumbai in her game against Afonasieva. Yet, to beat a player like Assaubayeva with a queen sacrifice is never easy! In the open section we have two leaders - Shtembuliak drew his game against Shant Sargsyan. This let Miguel Santos Ruiz to catch up. The Spaniard beat Praggnanandhaa in pretty fashion to join Shtembuliak at the top. A detailed report from New Delhi with pictures, analysis, videos and more.
The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man came to conclusion on the 21st of October and ended in a tie between Wang Hao of China and Fabiano Caruana of the USA. Both of them finished with 8.0/11 points, however it was the chinese no.3 who came out on the top in tie-breaks. Therefore, with his final round victory against David Howell, Wang Hao not only clinched the coveted spot in Candidates 2020 for himself but also became the champion of the event. It was heartbreaking to see Vishy Anand's Candidates hopes come to an abrupt end but among the other Indians, several finished on a high note. In this round-up article we bring you the highlights of the last day's happenings and an overview of all notable Indian performances.
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of Integral Coach Factory scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win First Kashvi Chess School Open. He finished a half point ahead of the runner-up. Senthil Maran and Lokesh of Tamil Nadu, both scored 7.5/9. They were placed second and third according to their tie-break score. The Below 1600 tournament was won by Saikanth Nagasri of Andhra Pradesh. He scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to become champion. Both winners of the tournament received ₹100000 and a huge new trophy each. Total 551 players participated from all over the country combining both tournaments and total ₹2032000 prize fund was distributed among the prize winners. Photo: Kashvi Chess School
In 2018 we had Parham Maghsoodloo who made a dash towards the finish line at the World Junior Championships. He won the event with one round to spare. In 2019 it seems like Evgeny Shtembuliak is going to take the honours. Although there are still four rounds left to be played, the Ukrainian GM has beaten some of the strongest opposition in the tournament. In round seven he got the better of GM Aram Hakobyan in the tense encounter. Shtembuliak leads with 6.0/7. He is followed on 5.5/7 by Miguel Santos Ruiz alone. In the girls section Mobina Alinasab remained in the lead after her draw against Stavroula Tsolakidou, but she was joined at the top by Polina Shuvalova as well. Detailed round seven report from New Delhi.
After almost a three-year-long hiatus, Roto Lawyer's Cup is back with its fourth edition and this time it is called SDM Roto Lawyer's Cup. Total ₹400000 prize fund is up for grabs. GM Vishnu Prasanna and Karnataka's latest GM Girish A Koushik along with three IMs and two WIMs have confirmed their participation. Defending champion Girish will be back to defend his title which he won in the last edition in 2016. With less than two days left for the tournament, you can still register for this strong open rating tournament in Belthangady, Karnataka. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Fourth seeded FM Sebastian Massanet of Spain scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 and finished a half point ahead of the runner-up to win XVI Calvia Amateur Open. Top seed of the tournament Hendrik Reichmann and Henk-Jan Visser, both scored 7.0/9. They were placed second and third respectively. Total 137 players participated from 20 different countries including Spain. The only participant from India was Krithigga K, she gained a massive 143 Elo rating points. The festival included Blitz tournament, Master Class and Simultaneous Exhibition by GM Juan Bellon Lopez along with the main tournament. Photo: Sergio Estremera
The winner of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man will be decided in the eleventh and final round of the event which starts at 6 pm IST today. It is Fabiano Caruana who is in the sole lead with 7.5/10 points at the moment and he has been paired up against Hikaru Nakamura in the last round. There are seven players led by Wang Hao of China who follow the leader just half a point behind with 7.0/10 each. The question is not only who will be the champion of the tournament and take back home the first prize of 70,000 US Dollars but also who will secure that coveted spot in the Candidates 2020 which is scheduled to take place in the first half of next year. In this illustrated report we bring you the happenings from the previous round and also give you the pairings for the final day of the event.
The World Junior Championships 2019 are in progress in Delhi from the 15th to the 25th of October 2019. Some of the best junior players in the world have gathered at Hotel Leela Ambience to fight for the highest age group title. The top seed in the open section is GM Amin Tabatabaei from Iran, while in the girls section we have Zhu Jiner from China. On this page you can find the live games along with live updates by IM Sagar Shah. You will also find videos, and also links to the previous reports. This is your one stop destination to follow all the updates related to World Junior Championships 2019.
India is booming in chess in almost all aspects except one, corporate chess. The number of corporate chess tournament is extremely less and mostly unheard of. However, e-Zest Solutions and Victorious Chess Academy took the responsibility to organize 'War of Wits', a chess tournament only for corporate employees only. On Sunday 13th October 2019, 88 different employees from various corporate houses flocked to Hinjewadi, Pune to participate in a one-day rapid tournament. Jenil Shah of Citi Bank won the individual tournament by scoring 6.5/7, while e-Zest Solutions won the bragging rights to be called the best corporate chess team in Pune with a score of 15.5/21. Photo: Victorious Chess Academy
The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man is inching closer towards the finishing line but the excitement at the top is only swelling up as after the ninth round yesterday, the event has found a fourth leader in Hikaru Nakamura. The American star defeated Vladislav Kovalev with black pieces to climb up the leaderboard and join Fabiano Caruana, David Anton Guijarro, and Levon Aronian in the lead. Vishy Anand held Kirill Alekseenko to a solid draw to remain in the chasing group, while Vidit Gujrathi and Raunak Sadhwani made emphatic comebacks. Several Indians have so far performed admirably well in this extremely strong tournament. In this report we bring you the glimpses of some of their achievements from the ninth round.
Going into the rest day we are now past the half way mark at the World Junior Championships 2019. In the open section we have two leader - Evgeny Shtembuliak of Ukraine and Aram Hakobyan of Armenia. They are on 5.0/6 and are followed by a pack of seven players on 4.5/6. In the girls section we have Mobina Alinasab who has taken the sole lead with 5.5/6 beating Altantuya on top board. Polina Shuvalova is in the sole second spot with 5.0/6. As many as ten girls are on 4.5/6. In this report we bring you the most interesting games of round six and interviews. We also tell you about the Iran-Israel controversy which has been going on at the event. A powerpacked report from New Delhi.
Top seed of the tournament, IM Rajdeep Sarkar scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win 57th West Bengal State Open. Second seeded Kaustuv Kundu also scored 8.0/9, however due to a lower tie-break score, Kaustuv had to settle for the runner-up position. Four players finished at 7.5/9, out of them Anustoop Biswas secured the second runner-up position due to his highest tie-break among them. Total 251 players participated from various districts of West Bengal in this five-day nine-round tournament held between 9th and 13th October at Kolkata, organized by 64 squares. A pictorial report of this tournament by Shahid Ahmed.
In the eighth round of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man Vishy Anand registered a crushing victory against Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia to inch closer to the top of the leaderboard. The Madras Tiger is now just half a point behind Fabiano Caruana, David Anton Guijarro, and Levon Aronian who share the lead with 6.0/8 points each. The other notable Indian victory came on the sixtieth board where Soumya Swaminathan beat Zahar Efimenko of Ukraine rated more than 200 Elo points above her. Gukesh D too displayed some very steady chess to outplay Vadim Zvjaginsev who attempted to surprise the youngster with some rather irregular stuff in the opening. In this report we bring you photos, games, analyses, and much more.