Xtra Time Rapid has set a record for the highest prize fund for a Rapid in India. With a whopping total of Rs. 6,00,00 cash prizes, the tournament has attracted many players from across India. Tournament director Shahid Ahmed sends us an illustrated report which also includes interesting videos. Do not miss!
How exciting can first round of an open tournament really be? Players with a rating gap of nearly 400 points were pitted against each other at the 10th KIIT International Open 2017. Yet, we had four GMs who were held to a draw and many more IMs joining the casualty list. The biggest upset of the day was definitely the victory of 17-year-old from Kolkata Chandreyee Hajra over three-time national champion Padmini Rout. We have the game with complete analysis and pictorial illustrations.
Many people complain that solving studies doesn't help the practical player because the positions that are composed are not close to a real game situation. Well, in the third edition of our "Study the studies" section we have a position that is akin to a real game. It could easily be the opposite coloured bishop endgame that you would be playing in a tournament encounter. The challenge is to calculate accurately and finish off your opponent. Wanna try it out?!
It is one of the most prestigious events in India. The 10th edition of KIIT International chess festival begins from the 26th of May 2017. 17 grandmasters and 21 International Masters will fight it out in field of 246 players from 12 countries for the first prize of Rs.2,00,000. ChessBase India's Sagar Shah is in Bhubaneshwar along with his wife Amruta Mokal. He sends us a report of all the happenings just before the tournament is about to begin.
The Zalakaros Open 2017 has witnessed a hilarious incident in the eighth round. World's youngest IM Praggnanandhaa R. was playing China's Li Bo, when the latter made an illegal move. Unfortunately, Pragg did not notice this and went on to lose. Can he appeal against the game?
Playing his first tournament in India after marriage IM Ravi Teja travelled to Sangli with his wife. Both of them took part in the 50th edition of the Babukaka Shirgaonkar tournament. Ravi claimed the top prize of Rs.1 lakh, while Anusha was the best woman player! Our 12-year-old reporter Avathanshu Bhat was in Sangli and has sent us a report loaded with chess content. In it you can find an interesting idea against the London played by Ravi Teja and some excellent annotations by the young upcoming talent of Mumbai Aryan Polakhare.
The 36th Zalakaros Open is taking place from 18th May to 26th May in the Hotel Karos Spa in Zalakaros, a beautiful little spa town in the Balaton lake region of Hungary. Top seed Richard Rapport has already suffered a shock defeat at the hands of IM Abhimanyu Puranik. Meanwhile, Indian IM Praggnanandhaa R. is playing some sparkling chess. Report.
While India and China are definite super powers of Asian chess, a country of around 250 million people is slowly galvanizing itself to carve out some of the best players in the world of chess. In this article we take you along with Jacob Aagaard to the Utut Adianto chess school in Bekasi, where you get to know what the current status of Indonesia chess is. Our guess is that in a few years they will have real world beaters. Final article on the Jacob Aagaard trip of Asia.
Alina l'Ami is one of the most famous personalities in the chess world. She is not only an International Master, but a world class photographer and also a globe trotter. Also she is married to super grandmaster Erwin l'Ami. Naturally a person with so many achievements and talents is an interesting personality to know about. IM Sagar Shah caught up with her in Jakarta and did the 8th ChessBase India show where they discuss chess, photography and much more in the one hour fourteen minute video. Free download!
Asian Continental Championship has concluded yesterday. India had a fruitful outing as GM Vidit Gujrathi and WIM Vaishali R clinched bronze medals in the classical championship. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Vaishali for her gold medal winning performance in the Blitz championship. A golden day for Indian chess!
On the occasion of Kunte's Chess Academy's 10-year-anniversary, ChessBase India announced the '10 tales contest' where participants could share with us their memorable chess tales. The contest had a large number of entries and the following participants have secured special prizes from us. Read more.
Last round of an important event like Asian Continental 2017 is extremely nerve-wracking. A lot of things are at stake and it is important to keep things under control. Two V's of Indian chess Vaishali and Vidit did that perfectly to secure bronze medals in women and open section respectively. With this performance Vidit makes it to the World Cup 2017 to be held in Georgia in September. Report from Chengdu, China.
The very first "First Saturday tournament" in Budapest was played in 1987. The idea behind this successful series is simple: make it easier for young players to get round robin norms you need for the title. Since 1987 countless ambitious talents, among them several future chess superstars, have made their norms in Budapest. This time, two Indians won the GM and IM groups.
It's a complete bloodbath out there in Chengdu and only the hungriest of the players have a right for the top five spots. These five players qualify for the World Cup 2017. For Indians it's Vidit who has the best chance as he leads the tournament with 6.0/8. In the last round he is up against Yu Yangyi. Will he deliver? In the women's section Vaishali and Mary Ann Gomes are the two Indians with a chance of a podium finish. Illustrated report.
Many players all over India and the world have gained a lot from chess. However, when it comes to giving back to the game not many you do not see many enthusiastic people. However, a group of "Chess Mavericks" from Hyderabad, are here to change that. They not only organized a chess-in-streets without any entry fee, but also distributed prizes. This a beautiful development for the promotion of the game and with this article we give you a feel of what this initiative looks like. Pictures, videos and much more.