Praggnanandhaa had unbeaten streak of quite some games having won the under-18 gold at World Youth and playing some inspired chess in first four rounds of the World Juniors. However, this came to an end at the hands of Ukrainian GM Evgeny Shtembuliak. Pragg sacrificed yet another exchange in the game, but it was not enough. Shtembuliak is now the sole leader with 4.5/5, with three players following him on 4.0/5. In the girls section Mobina Alinasab joined the leader Boldbaatar Altantuya at the top. Something from Iran to cheer amidst their player Aryan Gholami withdrawing from the event and Amin Tabatabaei facing Or Bronstein. In this report we bring you detailed analysis, photos and videos from New Delhi.
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India is currently booming with talents and it is thanks to many of the hardworking trainers of the country. One of them who has made the country proud on many occasions is GM Ramesh RB. He won the The Mark Dvoretsky Award for achievements by a trainer of juniors or a team in a juniors event. The award was announced by FIDE Trainers' Commission at the Trainer Awards, results for best achievements in 2018. All the awardees will receive the trophy "The Tree of Chess", designed by the famous Ukrainian sculptor Volodymyr Odrekhivskyi.
Top seed Chilean GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder scored an unbeaten 9.0/10 to win 3rd RGS Guwahati Open. He finished a half point ahead of the runner-up IM Koustav Chatterjee. Six players finished with a score of 8.0/10, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad claimed the second runner-up position due to a better tie-break score. This is Rodrigo's second tournament win in India in consecutive months after winning Lakecity Open in September. Total 345 players from seven different countries including Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and India. The tournament is the biggest in the Northeast history both in terms of the total number of participants and total prize fund. Photo: IA Biswajit Bharadwaj
Levon Aronian joined Fabiano Caruana in the lead after defeating Wang Hao in round seven of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man. In what was a draws galore in the top twelve boards of the round, the Armenian became the only one to clinch a victory. However, for the Indian contingent it was a mixed day as four players registered wins, three lost, and the rest out of the fifteen split points. Arguably the best performance was pulled off by Harika Dronavalli who demolished Mircea Pârligras, a 2629 rated Romanian Grandmaster, in just 34 moves. The ever steady S.L.Narayanan, who has drawn all his games from rounds one to six, registered a much needed win against Anton Domchenko. Gukesh D and Soumya Swaminathan were the other two Indians who won their encounters against Axel Bachmann and Pia Cramling respectively.
On 17th of October 2019, the World Juniors 2019 had two rounds. After the final game ended we already had clarity on who has the early lead in the event. In the open section we have three players who are sharing the lead with 3.5/4 - Miguel Ruiz from Spain, Evgeny Shtembuliak from Ukraine and the local favourite R. Praggnanandhaa. In this article we analyze one game of Praggnanandhaa and one game of Shtembuliak in great depth. While Pragg teaches you the art of exchange sacrifices, Shtembuliak shows you how to play positions in which you are winning. In the girls section we have Boldbaatar Altantuya from Mongolia who is on 4.0/4 and is the sole leader. A detailed report from New Delhi.
13-year-old Raunak Sadhwani has made the world sit up and take notice of his talent by playing phenomenal chess at the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss 2019. He has a score 4.0/7 and has not lost a single game against some of the best players in the world. He has six draws and one win against seven opponents above the Elo of 2650 and also held Sergey Karjakin to an easy draw with black. With this performance Raunak has crossed the live rating of 2500 and become India's 65th GM! But doesn't a player get a GM norm after nine rounds? With two more rounds to go to reach the nine round mark, how are we so confident that Raunak has become a GM? Well, ChessBase India has done the math, and in this article we tell you why all that Raunak needs to do to become India's 65th GM is to just show up for his next two games!
Top seed of the tournament Kaustuv Kundu scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 and finished a half point ahead of the pack of five players to win the tournament. Ram Prakash of Punjab scored 7.5/9 and he was placed second due to his better tie-break score and local lad Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri of Telangana secured the third position. Total 274 players from all over the country participated in this tournament from 1st - 5th October 2019, organized by Prufer Logic and Sphoorthi Chess Academy. The total prize fund ₹310500 was distributed among the prize winners. This was the third consecutive open rating tournament in Hyderabad which makes the City of Pearls a chess destination for all chess players and enthusiasts. Photo: Kaustuv Kundu
ChessBase India organized a blitz tournament in the memory of India's first Olympiad medal winner Rafiq Khan. The prize money of Rs.51,000 was instituted by Rafiq Khan's friends and admirers from Madhya Pradesh. The total amount that was collected by way of entry fee and donations was Rs.1,03,603. This entire amount will be given to Rafiq Khan's wife Zahida Khan. India's 54th GM Arjun Erigaisi (Indian-Lion) won the event and also Rs.12,400! Karthikeyan Murali and Abhimanyu Puranik were placed second and third according to their tie-break scores. Kaustuv Kundu and R Ashwath were the only two untitled players to have made it in the top 10 by securing seventh and ninth place respectively with a score of 6.0/9 each. Photo: Amruta Mokal
The World Junior Championships 2019 is such high on chess content that it is becoming extremely difficult to write a report that would cover everything! In spite of having just 94 boards (47 in open and 47 in girls) there is high quality chess taking place on almost 70% of these games. After two rounds we have nine boys in the lead with 2.0/2 in the open section and eleven girls in the lead with 2.0/2 in the girls section. In this article we bring some of the most interesting and instructive moments of the second round. We not only have the pictures, analysis, and interviews but also a special section called highlights of the day which gives you the glimpse of what happened in just 12 minutes!
It is a well known fact that Tamil Nadu is the chess hub of the country. This time Tamil Nadu brings up an innovative series of rapid tournaments named All India Chess Grand Prix. There will be five one-day rapid rating tournaments, spanning a total of five months. To be eligible for a Grand Prix prize, a player must play a minimum of three tournaments of the series. Entry fee is as low as only ₹600. If you play more and submit your entry fee early, you can save more too. That's not all, each tournament has its own prize fund of ₹125000 each and the Grand Prix final will also have a total prize fund of ₹125000. There is no dearth of tournaments in Tamil Nadu. All India Chess Grand Prix is surely going to spice things up more.
The World Junior Championships 2019 began with great excitement on the 15th of October 2019 in New Delhi, India. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich visited the event and boosted the spirit of the participants. This is the second big event happening in India in the month of October after the successful completion of the World Youth Championships 2019. It is perhaps for the first time in the history that the number of male participants in the open section is exactly equal to the number of female participants in the girls section - 94 each! In the first round both the top seeds - Amin Tabatabaei (2642) and Zhu Jiner (2507) were held to a draw. We bring you detailed coverage from the venue in New Delhi.
When it comes to the mastery of traditional systems, Vishy Anand is truly second to none. In the sixth round of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019 the Indian legend proved this once again by outplaying his young talented opponent Nodirbek Abdusattorov in the classical Ruy Lopez. The other major victory of the day was pulled off by Surya Sekhar Ganguly who made an emphatic comeback after previous round's defeat to beat the Georgian genius Baadur Jobava. Sethuraman S.P. and Gukesh D also registered important wins, while Harikrishna Pentala suffered an unfortunate loss in the hands of Vladislav Kovalev. Two players, Fabiano Caruana and Wang Hao, lead the event with 5.0/6 points each but there are seven players, including Magnus Carlsen, who are closely following them just half a point behind. We bring a detailed, illustrated report from Douglas, Isle of Man.
Lately Serbia has been frequented by Indians for various round robin tournaments to increase rating and gain norms. Saptarshi Roy became India's 51st GM and Leon Mendonca Luke scored three IM-norms in 17 days early this year at Serbia. This has inspired players from all over the world to flock to Serbia. One of the the many reasons why these tournaments are successful is because it is organized by a chess player GM Sinisa Drazic himself. Drazic sends us a pictorial report of three amateur tournaments held in Serbia where two of them were Scheveningen tournaments and a mini open tournament where you can catch a glimpse of the playing hall and the players. Photo: GM Sinisa Drazic
Magnus Carlsen registered a convincing win against India's Surya Sekhar Ganguly in round five of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019. It has been a shaky first few rounds for Magnus here in Isle of Man. But thanks to the eleven-round swiss format, there still is ample scope for the World Champion to recover from his initial hiccups in the event. The Norwegian surely understands that and with this fifth round victory it seems he is on his way to make his presence felt. Overall, day five of the tournament went fairly well for the Indian contingent. Apart from Ganguly only Gukesh D and Soumya Swaminathan had to suffer defeats. Vishy Anand won a dominating game with the black pieces against Axel Bachmann and Adhiban Baskaran made a refreshing come back beating David Howell. Elsewhere, Abhimanyu Puranik, Nihal Sarin, and Prithu Gupta too registered impressive wins.
IM Al Muthaiah of Tamil Nadu and IM M Chakravarthi Reddy of Telangana both scored 7.0/8 and had all their tie-break scores same. So how to decide the winner? Armageddon was the answer. Al Muthaiah won the Armageddon match, thus he was declared the winner of the tournament. Four other players also finished at 7.0/8. Among them, AGM Sa Kannan had the better tie-break score to secure the third position. Total 308 players participated in this four-day eight round tournament, organized by Virudhunagar Chess Club at VSVN Polytechnic College from 5th-8th October 2019. Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Prof. R Anantharam sends us a detailed report of the tournament.