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Praggnanandhaa in Reyk - the boy is turning into a man!

26/04/2017 -

With 2.5/4, Praggnanandhaa decided to take things more seriously. He scored two wins against players rated 2200 and then was up against four times USSR champion GM Alexander Beliavsky. Pragga dominated throughout the game but had to settle for a draw towards the end. The big breakthrough occurred in the eighth round when the 11-year-old put up a brilliant defensive effort to down Gawain Jones. Abhijeet Gupta and Vidit Gujrathi were up against each other and drew their game. They are still the leaders with 6.5/8. We have a caption contest for you to win Vidit's latest released Caro Kann DVD!

A lecture that changed my chess understanding!

25/04/2017 -

The ChessBase India online blitz event is going to be held on 30th of April. In order to celebrate the occasion of 10 years of Kunte's Chess Academy's existence we have a Facebook contest. You have to submit your best chess story, and the winner will get one of his games analyzed by GM Abhijit Kunte in the form of a chess video. In this article we explain to you the procedure of how to take part in the contest. Also, IM Sagar Shah shares with you the experience of how a lecture by GM Jesse Kraai changed his understanding in chess.

Kramnik's mysterious rook sacrifice stuns Harikrishna

25/04/2017 -

Kramnik's back was against the wall against Harikrishna after 24 moves in the 6.d3 Ruy Lopez. Call it desperation or a creative solution, the ex-World Champion sacrificed his rook for three pawns. Clearly the compensation didn't seem enough. However, what transpired next was a master class on how to maintain tension and slowly outplay the opponent. The computers might shout that Black was winning all along, but Harikrishna sitting opposite the Big Vlad knows that practical chess is an all together different ball game. Detailed analysis and breakdown of the game.

Vivacious Vaishali crushes GMs in Reykjavik

24/04/2017 -

After four rounds we had two Indian players on 4.0/4. They were Vidit Gujrathi and Abhijeet Gupta. In the next two rounds, both of them slowed down with two draws. On the other hand there were two Indians who raced upto 5.0/6 with two consecutive wins. One of them is Magesh Chandran who is playing a tournament after quite some time and the other is R. Vaishali, who is crushing experienced grandmasters with some really tenacious chess! Analysis of Vaishali's victories of Torre and Perelshteyn.

Harikrishna draws with Karjakin, loses to Eljanov at Shamkir 2017

23/04/2017 -

Harikrishna has made a slow start at the Shamkir Masters 2017. He drew his first game against Sergey Karjakin and lost in the second against Pavel Eljanov. This is a wonderful opportunity for Harikrishna as he fights with the best players in the world including Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and many others. Wesley So lost his first game against Mamedyarov after a 67 game unbeaten streak. Pavel Eljanov leads with 2.0/2.

Rs.1,00,000 to be won at the SYNA Open 2017!

23/04/2017 -

Rs.1,00,000 is excellent amount of money even if you earn it over a month! But what if you have the chance to earn that in six days! Usually when such a tournament is organized in India, you have a horde of GMs and IMs participating to fight for this amount. The Syna Open is going to be held in six days from now and only 2 IMs and 1 FM have confirmed their participation. This is your chance to dip your feet in the prize pool of Rs. 5,50,000. Apart from that you get good conditions related with accommodation and food. Welcome to Katni, Madhya Pradesh!

Vidit and Abhijeet lead with 4.0/4 in Reykjavik

22/04/2017 -

16 Indians are playing at the Reykjavik Open 2017. Currently Vidit Gujrathi and Abhijeet Gupta are leading the Indian show with 4.0/4. In this article we have brief analysis of Vidit's game and also some amazing pictures taken by ace photographer Lennart Ootes. Vidit now faces Anish Giri in the fifth round and Abhijeet Gupta takes on Dmitry Andreikin. Six rounds of exciting chess ahead!

Your chance to blitz out Adhiban!

21/04/2017 -

Adhiban Baskaran loves challenges! When he qualified for the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk Aan Zee he aimed big, even though he was the last seed. He managed to finish third just behind So and Carlsen. Now he has taken up another challenge - the second ChessBase India prize money blitz tournament celebrating the tenth anniversary of Kunte Chess Academy. Adhiban has confirmed his entry! This will be your chance to blitz out one of the best players in the world of chess right now!

Harikrishna at Shamkir 2017: Live Games

21/04/2017 -

The Shamkir Masters 2017 begins on the 21st of April 2017. It is a 10-player Round Robin event with a star studded field. It includes Wesley So, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov and many other top players. Indian fans will be cheering for their favourite Pentala Harikrishna who is the sixth seed at the event. The live games begin at 4.30 p.m. IST and you can watch them here.

Why Chennai is the chess capital of India!

21/04/2017 -

The final leg of Jacob Aagaard's series of lectures in India was Chennai. While the response was great at other places, it was simply unbelievable what was witnessed in Chennai. The morning trainings had eleven grandmasters attending it including India's latest sensation B. Adhiban. In the open evening session nearly 250 people attended Jacob's lecture on "What is Calculation?" At the end of the day Aagaard understood why Chennai is called the chess capital of India!

Vishy Anand in Kenya

21/04/2017 -

Do you recognize the boy in the thumbnail? Well, he is none other than Akhil, son of Vishy and Aruna Anand. Vishy has been travelling to tournaments alone recently. Akhil's summer vacations have begun and the trio are now in Kenya for promoting chess! We have some very nice pictures of Anand in the Maasai Shuka - the traditional wear of the Maasai tribe in East Africa.

10 things we can learn from R.B. Ramesh

20/04/2017 -

On 20th of April 2017, GM R.B. Ramesh turned 41 years old. He is well known as one of the best trainers in the country. IM Sagar Shah recently visited the great trainer at his home in Chennai. Spending nearly two days with him Sagar realized that there is more to his man than just being a great chess coach. In this article he shares ten of the best qualities of Ramesh and what we can learn from them. Surely, even imbibing one or two of these is sure to make you a better person!

Anand finishes third at Zurich Chess Challenge 2017

20/04/2017 -

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 was held in the memory of the great Viktor Korchnoi. The players indulged in semi classical (45 mins+30sec per side) and blitz chess to arrive at the final winner. Hikaru Nakamura took the pole position, while Ian Nepomniachtchi continued his string of consistent performances by finishing second. India's Vishy Anand after a dismal start managed to steady his boat and finished a respectable third. We have a detailed report with emphasis on a new opening idea found by Boris Gelfand that was quite well met by Vishy.

GM Abdulla Al Rakib qualifies for the World Cup 2017

20/04/2017 -

Asian Zonal 3.2 championship was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The countries eligible to take part in this event are Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives. The best players from Bangladesh showed a clear domination in both open and women's category. GM Abdulla Al Rakib pipped Ziaur Rahman at the finish line to take the lone World Cup spot, while in the women's section it was the indomitable 73-year-old Rani Hamid who emerged victorious. We have a beautiful report sent to us by IA Dharmendra Kumar.