IM Aditya Mittal held the top seed of the tournament, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) to a draw in the fifth round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. 15 players including five Indians are at a half point behind 4.0/5. They are - Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Visakh N R and Sankalp Gupta. Aditya will face Sethuraman at the top board. Visakh, Sethuraman and Sankalp drew with Arjun Erigaisi, Nikita Meshkovs (LAT) and former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) respectively. Aditya Mittal moves closer to his second GM-norm and the tournament triumph both. Round 6 starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar
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Untitled Kaustuv Kundu scored 8.5/9, remained undefeated to win All India Rapid Rating Open at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. He beat the seemingly invincible IM Ratnakaran K in the penultimate round to take sole lead. A win in the final round would have ensured his triumph and that is exact what Kaustuv did as he beat Balkishan A in the final round to win the tournament and finish ahead of all IMs. A total of 272 players including six IMs from various states across the country, took part in this nine-round Rapid Rating tournament with a time control of 25 mins + 5 seconds each. The total prize fund was ₹200000. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
It was the longest game ever at a World Championship Match, lasting 136 moves. It was 7 hours and 45 minutes of hard fought struggle. Magnus Carlsen eventually was able to subdue Ian Nepomniachtchi with some brilliant play. The game had so many things in it right from tactical opportunities, positional finesses, time pressure, endgame brilliance and a lot of psychology. In this article IM Sagar Shah breaks down the entire game and gives you an idea of what happened. There are 29 board diagrams, all carefully explained to take you through the entire game! You will get the feel of the entire day after reading our illustrated report from Dubai. For now Magnus leads the match with a score of 3.5-2.5.
IM Aditya Mittal beat GM Helgi Ass Gretarsson (ISL) to take sole lead 4.0/4 at the conclusion of the fourth round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. Six players including four Indians are at a half point behind 3.5/4. They are - Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Visakh N R, Sankalp Gupta, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and Nikita Meshkovs (LAT). Aditya will face top seed Abdusattorov, Visakh vs Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman vs Nikita Meshkovs and Sankalp will go against the former world champion, Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) in Round 5 which starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed a lot of events and a lot of plans went ashtray. However, the year 2022 hopefully will bring a new ray of hope in everyone's lives. AICF has announced all National events and their increased total prize fund. January and February 2022 will witness three National championships each. National Junior (Under-20) is slated to take place at Delhi from 9th to 15th January, followed by National School from 17th to 21st at Bhubaneswar, Odisha and National Sub-Junior (Under-16) between 23rd and 31st at Visakhapatnam. The increased prize fund in all National events owing to AICF's agreement with MPL is also revealed. Find out all information about 2022 tournaments announced by AICF.
Seven out of top eight games ended in a draw in Round 3 of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. GMs Visakh N R, Sankalp Gupta, Helgi Ass Gretarsson (ISL) and IM Aditya Mittal are the only four players at 3.0/3. IM Aditya Mittal scored an impressive win over GM Aydin Suleymanli. One of the latest GM of India, Sankalp Gupta defeated GM Jiri Stocek (CZE). Arjun Erigaisi survived a massive scare against GM Hipolito Asis Gargatagli (ESP). FM Aditya Samant continues his impressive run as he won against IM Bharath Subramaniyam H. Sankalp will go against Visakh and Helgi will face Aditya in Round 4 which starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
He is the FIDE World Chess Champion of 2004, and has been the main second of World Champion Viswanathan Anand, during Anand's successful title defences in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He has coached the German national team, became the trainer of World Champion challengers Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana. Now you can win a private session with Rustam. Just submit a brilliant game you've recently played against the computer. Check out the details, rules, eligibility and the procedure in this article. Last date is 31st December 2021 midnight.
Five games have been completed at the World Championship 2021 and it's all even at 2.5-2.5. Ian Nepomniactchi had quite a big chance in the game. On move 20, he had push his c-pawn down the board. It was the move that Carlsen was most worried about, it was the move that would have put the World Champion under maximum pressure. But it was not to be. In this report we bring you why the move 20.c4 was so strong, how did Magnus slid into a worse position out of a solution Anti-Marshall and we also bring you a lot of stories, videos and pictures surrounding the event! 2nd of December 2021 is a rest day thanks to the 50th National Day of UAE.
IMs Arghyadip and Sayantan Das played solid to draw with GMs Karthikeyan Murali and Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (ESP) in the second round of 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. Arghyadip prevented a strong attack, rendering both of them get into a difficult situation to make progress, Sayantan played the queen, knight and many pawns endgame well to force his opponent to go for the perpetual. 24 players are at 100% score of 2.0/2 including five Indians - GMs Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman S P, Visakh N R, Sankalp Gupta and IM Aditya Mittal. Round 3 starts today at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
It's clear that Nepo has come to the World Championship match with the intention to be super solid, at least with the black pieces. So when Magnus would go 1.e4, it was very likely that he would either go for the Petroff or the Berlin. Yet, why did Magnus Carlsen go for 1.e4? Why did he let his opponent play an opening that's almost unbreakable? We try to figure that out in this article. Currently four games of the World Championship match have been completed and the score stands even on 2-2. There is nothing much to choose between the Champion and the Challenger, but with every passing game, the excitement and the suspense is building.
IM Rahul Srivasthav P won the Telangana State Senior early this year. He joined the undergraduate program as part of the chess program of University of Texas, Dallas in USA. He took a couple of tournaments to get himself adjusted. After a small gain of Elo rating points at Houston Fall Championship 2021, Rahul got to his true form as he scored an unbeaten 7.0/9 to finish shared first along with GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara (PER) in US Masters 2021. He was placed second according to tie-breaks, scored his fourth GM-norm, gained 17.2 Elo rating points and earned US$ 3750 (approx. ₹2.8 lacs). His present rating is 2466 which means he is just 34 points away from becoming India's next Grandmaster. Photo: Niklesh Jain
FM Aditya Samant scored the biggest upset of the first round as he beat one of the tournament favorite, GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (UKR) at 2nd elllobregat Open 2021. The 15-year-old boy holds an IM-norm, and he has won two rating tournaments this year, Rapid and Classical in September and November respectively at his home city, Pune. A total of 157 players including 37 GMs, 34 IMs, 3 WGMs and 2 WIMs are taking part from 41 countries across the world. The total prize fund of the event is €25400, the first prize is €10000. Karthikeyan Murali, Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Visakh N R and Sankalp Gupta made a winning start among Indian GMs.
Just like India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha, India's 71st Grandmaster Sankalp Gupta has also won the first tournament he played after becoming a GM, 2nd Barbera del Valles Masters 2021 with a score of 6.0/9. Four players finished with the same score, the Nagpur lad won clinched the first place due to better tie-breaks. He won a trophy and €1000 cash prize. Dhananjay S and Ojas Kulkarni secured second and third place scoring 7.0/9 and 6.5/9, earned €700 and €500 each respectively. Arvind Ramnath Iyer won the Group B 7.5/9, remained undefeated and finished a full point ahead of the competition. He received €300 for his efforts. It was a wonderful event for the Indian players as four podium places were secured by Indians combining three groups. Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà
Velammal Nexus defeated Saco Oliveros (PER) 3-2 in the Finals to win Dubai 2020 World School Tournament. They beat School #1 (MGL) in the Semifinals 3.5-1.5. The tournament favorite won both Knockout stage matches convincingly. All five members of the team - Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, Leon, Pranav V and Rindhiya, contributed valuable points to the team which made them invincible as a team throughout the event. Moreover, the seven-time world champion, Vishy Anand inspired them before the matches. The valuable words not only helped them in this event, but also for the rest of their life. Saco Oliveros (PER) and 33rd Secondary School secured second and third place respectively. Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
A dull boring draw! We are going to witness all classical games ending in a draw! Classical chess is no fun! That's how people reacted at the end of game three of the World Championship 2021. While a part of it is true, that the game was rather tame, it doesn't paint the entire picture. There was quite some pressure on the board, with Carlsen playing an interesting opening idea with black, Nepo pressing as hard as he could and then there is the off the board tension that is rising! We bring you the game three report with analysis, photos, videos and a cricketing analogy to help understand the situation better.