The influx of the sports based movies in the Indian movie industry is definitely a reason to rejoice for all sports lovers. However there is a serious dearth in movies based on chess. Sure chess has often been used in a metaphor or some sub-plot but so far it hasn't been the major focal point of live action movie where an actual chess player portrayed a character. Award winning Telugu director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti took a leap of faith and made a movie titled 'Check' where chess is the focal point. Have you watched it yet? Photo: Official Trailer/Bhavya Creations
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A total of 1002 players from 73 nations will be taking part in 1st FIDE World University Online Championships in Individual Blitz event on 13th and 14th March 2021. The sole Indian GM taking part in this event will be Iniyan P representing Bharathiar University. He is also the lone participant representing his university. Four IMs and two WIMs from India will be taking part in this event. Ten rounds will be played each day with a time control of 3 mins + 2 seconds increment. 272 players are in reserve for this event. Top four universities will advance to the FIDE World University Team Online Blitz Cup. Photo: Niklesh Jain
What happens when parents see that their 4-year-old daughter has an excellent memory and want to initiate her journey into the sport of chess? The problem - parents know nothing about chess! Navigating their way through the chess ocean, Prakash has been able to achieve something special. He has got his daughter hooked onto chess in the last couple of years. Veyashini is now 6 years old and doesn't let a single day pass by without practicing her favourite sport. This is a story of how the journey of a chess youngster begins! A few years from now Veyashini will definitely make it big in the world of chess. The reason is simple, she loves the game a lot and enjoys playing it!
Covid-19 pandemic has put a whole lot of our plans in disarray. Many of us are still finding our way to get back to over-the-board chess while very few are slowly getting back to otb chess. Former National Rapid champion, doctor and IM Anwesh Upadhyaya returned to otb action at Mykolaiv 2021 after almost a two-year hiatus. Find out how was it for him to play a tournament after such a long time and much more. Also check out two in-depth analysis of his games by none other than Dr. Upadhyaya himself.
Covid-19 pandemic has affected all spheres of life. It has necessitated the new form of 'Hybrid' chess. Over-the-board chess tournaments are slowly making their way back in India and some parts of the world with all necessary precautions and safety measures taken. FIDE approves proposals of the four Continental Federations related to their qualification structures for the next FIDE World Cup to be held in July 2021. Photo: FIDE
Long before players started flocking to European countries like Spain, Hungary and Serbia, Indian players were travelling to Bangladesh for the very same reason. Majority of the players travelled from Kolkata, West Bengal because it's nearer and travel time is about 30-35 mins from Kolkata to Dhaka airport. Eight Indian players went to play Walton 1st Division Chess League and all of them had a great event. Rupali Bank Krira Parisad won the event where IM Neelash Saha played a key role in the team's success. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
We all know by now that chess is much more than just a sport. It can be used as a tool to help the society in numerous ways and the mankind too. For the first time on 29th March 2021, FIDE together with its Commission for People with Disabilities and the Social Commission, will be holding an Introductor Seminar - "Chess for children with an autism spectrum disorder. How chess can help children with autism". Check out the article to find out more details on how to register for it. Photo: FIDE
On 8th February 2021, BBC revealed the nominees for BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award. Koneru Humpy was one of them along with Manu Bhaker, Dutee Chand, Vinesh Phogat and Rani. It was announced that the winner will be decided by public vote and results will declared on 8th March. Yesterday on International Women's Day, BBC revealed the poll results and turns out our very own Women's World Rapid champion Koneru Humpy has won the award. It is a matter of great joy for the entire chess universe when chess gets the deserved recognition. Photo: BBC News Press Team
The first national championship in women's chess in India took place in 1974. It was won by Vasanti Khadilkar. Over the last 46 years there have been 19 different national champions in the country. From the Khadilkar sisters brining in the culture of women playing chess, to Vijayalakshmi becoming the first WGM of the country, to Koneru Humpy dominating the sport on a world stage, chess has come a long way in the country. On this women's day we bring you the story of the evolution of the women's chess in India, at the same time IM Sagar analyzes one best game of all the 19 national champions of the country! Enjoy this massive article.
GM D Gukesh added another feather to his cap by winning the Finals of Vidit Chess Tour. He ended IM Aronyak Ghosh's dream run by beating him in Armageddon as all four rapid games ended up in draws. Both players had their fair share of chances in the rapid, yet neither of them got the better of the other. It all came down to Armageddon where Gukesh utilized his experience to register another triumph. GM Narayanan S L beat GM Arjun Erigaisi by 2-1 to secure the third position. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Everyone is well versed with the over-the-board events organized by Dr. N Mahalingam Chess Academy. They have organized 20 chess tournaments in four years since it was inaugurated by the seven-time world champion Vishy Anand. Their first online tournament, part of South India's largest Techno-Cultural fest Yugam 2021, will take place on Sunday 21st of March at 7 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. Registration is CLOSED. Photo: Yugam 2021
Only five IMs qualified to the top 16 of Vidit Chess Tour. Out of them IM Aronyak Ghosh managed to beat three strong GMs in the knockout stage - Abhijeet Gupta, Harsha Bharathakoti and Arjun Erigaisi to advance to the Finals. He only needed two games in each stage to advance. Thus he is unbeaten in the Knockouts so far. GM D Gukesh played two Armageddons in the Knockouts and he won both of them. The Finals between Aronyak and Gukesh will be a rematch from ChessBase India Super Juniors Cup and definitely an interesting battle, today from 6 p.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
The story goes that a low-rated player once bravely asked Viktor Korchnoi his advice about what opening to play against a stronger opponent. “Play Grünfeld” was the grumpy reply. “Play Grünfeld against everything apart from 1 e4.” Andrew Martin has no way of verifying this story, but it certainly inspired him to think about whether this was possible, and the end result is this new ChessBase course. One of our most famous and beloved Fritztrainers finally strikes back, and presents great ideas to go for the Grünfeld. Photo: ChessBase
During the Covid Lockdown, one Indian Grandmaster was quite busy preparing a lot of material for the general chess audience. He is none other than SP Sethuraman, one of the best players India has produced in the last decade. Sethu, known for his opening preparation, has investigated two of the most critical Sicilian systems in his book for Thinkers Publishing, while also authoring a course on 1.e4 e5 for Chessable. With a top player like Sethu doing such great work, it was no surprise that a deep tete-a-tete was long overdue. In the following interview Sethuraman talks about various topics, ranging from why online chess should not be taken too seriously to secrets of opening preparation and why yoga is beneficial for chess players.
IM Aronyak Ghosh continued his impressive run in Vidit Chess Tour as once again he caused another big upset by beating GM Harsha Bharathakoti 1.5-0.5 to advance to the Semi-Finals. Speaking of upsets, GM Arjun Erigaisi eliminated GM Praggnanandhaa after the latter missed a simple draw in the endgame in their first encounter of the Quarter-Finals. GM Narayanan managed to beat GM Visakh in Armageddon and GM Gukesh beat IM Mitrabha to advance to the next stage. Semi-Finals will take place today on chess24 from 7 p.m. IST. Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran