The Institute of Chess Excellence (ICE) has been set up in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. With the support of the newly elected Malaysian Chess President it has become the national chess academy of the country. World class facilities exist at the Institute and regular training sessions along with tournaments on a monthly basis have been planned. ICE in Malaysia is a pilot project of the Asian Chess Federation (ACF). If this turns out to be a successful experiment, the ACF would like to set up similar institutes all over Asia.
After seven rounds at the National Women's Challengers 2017 we have one expected leader and one completely unexpected! Top seeded Soumya Swaminathan is on 6.0/7 and she is joined by 30th seed of the event Laskhmi C. The girl from Tamil Nadu is already gaining 117 Elo points! Mind boggling indeed. The experienced players are back at the top. Kiran, Manisha Mohanty, Nisha Mohota, Mary Ann Gomes, Bhakti Kulkarni and Meenakshi.S are all on 5.5/7. Round eight will witness top board fight between the two leaders Soumya and Lakshmi. As of now here's the round seven report from Mysore.
Nobody. Because ChessMine extended it by one day. Tania will adjudge the winner on 26/07/2017. Meanwhile, if you played the Kasparov Returns! Blitz Tournament, you still stand a chance to win the coveted 3-night stay in the Taj. Grab the opportunity quickly.
After announcing the "Gary Kasparov Returns" U-2200 Online Blitz Tournament, 114 chess enthusiasts have given their entries to participate in the online tournament. The event started at 8 pm, without any delay. Fifteen-year-old Aakash Dalvi of Maharashtra scored 8.5 out of 9 points to secure the first place. The final standings will be published within a week after scanning all the games and ensuring that no cheating was done. Here is the provisional standings list.
There's a famous saying "No one has ever won a game by resigning!" 100% true, we would like to add, "No one has ever won a game by offering a draw!" While both statements absolutely obvious, a lot of chess have been guilty of committing this error. In the sixth round it was WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty who did that against Mahalakshmi by offering a draw in a completely winning pawn endgame. We have the analysis. Top seed Soumya Swaminathan is the sole leader with 5.5/6 with a pack of five players behind her on 5.0/6. Report from Mysore by C.K. Muralidharan.
Celebrities, musicians and cricketers have adorned TV shows far and wide on Indian television. But for a non-cinema person to be invited to a talk show is an extremely rare occurrence. On May 21, 2017, in the fourth episode of their first season, Tamil talk show, Weekend with Stars invited the Tiger from Madras, Vishy Anand and gave the audience a comprehensive peek into the life of India’s first Grandmaster. He not only spoke about his chess career but also his personal life. Childhood friends were invited to the show, and there's also a special segment with Aruna. Here's a look into what happened on the show.
Every round of the National Women Challengers witnesses a huge upset. In the fourth round it was the in-form, Commonwealth Champion Swati Ghate who had to bite the dust against the 18-year-old Divya Lakshmi. Soumya Swaminathan registered a clinical win and so did K. Priyanka. Divya Lakshmi, Soumya and Priyanka now lead with 4.0/4 with a horde of seven players right behind them on 3.5 points. Report from Mysore with pictures, analysis and more.
Few weeks ago, Gary Kasparov has announced his return to competitive chess. To honor the return of the legend, ChessMine and ChessBase India are conducting "Kasparov Returns!" Online Blitz Tournament (U2200) on 23rd July 2017. The total prize fund is Rs. 28.000/- Entries are closed. Watch the tournament in Vishy Anand Arena at 8pm IST.
Seven players including top seeded Soumya Swaminathan are in the lead with a perfect score after three rounds at the National Challengers 2017. Two rounds were played on Saturday and we witnessed huge number of upsets. Seasoned players like Nisha Mohota, Swathi Ghate, S. Meenakshi, Michelle Catherina and many others found the going tough against upcoming talents. We have round two plus three report, rich with pictures, analysis, results and also an interview with the top seed. "We must have more women tournaments in India and a grandmaster coach", says Soumya.
Four days after announcing the Kasparov Returns! Under 2200 Online Blitz Tournament that is to be held tomorrow (July 23), the tournament has received 50 entries. The tournament is being held in cooperation between ChessMine and ChessBase India and will take place in the Vishy Anand Arena on Playchess download client. While the tournament will be held as scheduled, we have extended the last date of registration until 4 PM tomorrow. Find out who is playing.
What a start to the 44th National Women Challengers 2017 in Mysore. Right in the first round we had the former Asian Champion and India's top player WGM Bhakti Kulkarni getting checkmated by V. Rindhiya! We have the complete analysis of the game. Our author C. K. Muralidharan not only brings you all the action from round one in Mysore, but he also interviewed former National Champion Mary Ann Gomes. Interview, pictures, analysis, results and much more in our round one report.
Soumya, Mary, Vaishali, Swati, Nisha, Bhakti - so many big names of Indian chess are taking part at the 44th National Women Challengers 2017. Eight spots are at stake for the National Premier 2017. In this article, our author from Mysore C.K. Muralidharan gives you all the information you need to get warmed up for this event. Who do you think will win this event? As always ChessBase India has a contest, with a chance for you to show your forecasting skills!
Tania Sachdev is one of the top female players in India for many years now. She is not only an International Master but also has two GM norms to her credit. On the International Chess Day on 20th of July 2017, she gives us five tips which has helped her become a strong chess player. Following them will ensure good results for you as well. Also we have a special offer on two of Tania's ChessBase DVDs. Eight hours of high class chess education.
Karnataka’s rising star IM Raghunandan K.S is the talk of the town. This young lad from Bangalore is making waves in chess circles due to his rapidly improving performances in every tournament. Recently, the government of Karnataka recognized Raghunandan’s talent and awarded him Rs. 35 lakhs. Read this exclusive interview.
Scoring three IM and GM norms is a mandate of FIDE for winning those titles. But the route that leads to such glory is not an easy one. Picking the right tournaments also plays a big part in this. To this end, the Young Masters tournament, held in Adelaide and the Australasian Masters held in Melbourne, Australia, attempts to help players by organizing Round Robin tournaments for both IM and GM norms. The organizers would like to invite Indian players at the event. We give you all the information, and if you are interested, just fill in the forms and get ready for a trip down under in December 2017!