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Three rating tournaments in a span of 20 days!

27/06/2017 -

Sivakasithe crackers city of India witnessed a chess festival of sorts when the 3rd Hatsun Idhayam FIDE open, Sivakasi Chess Sparkles and TN State U-25, all three FIDE rated tournaments were held in a span of 20 days! Tamil players were in for a treat as they got an opportunity to play against stronger players in back to back tournaments. IA Anantharam sends us a detailed report.

World Teams Express: India fourth in both sections

26/06/2017 -

Team India had a great final day at the World Team Championship 2017. The men's team beat Norway 3-1, the women's team beat Azerbaijan with the same score. However, this performance was only good for fourth place in both the sections. While in the men's we missed out by one "match point", in the women's section it was just "1.5 game points". China won the gold in Open and Russia are the women's champion. For now we have the express report with Surya Shekhar Ganguly's take on Indian performance. Full report to follow soon.

Because chess players must just play chess!

26/06/2017 -

Indian chess is on the rise. It is because of the tremendous number of hours that our players devote towards getting better at the game. ChessBase India recognizes and understands the efforts taken by every chess player in order to improve. While you work hard on getting better as a chess player, we would like to take care of your off-the-board requirements. This includes travel, hotel bookings, visa and insurance. "Because chess players must just play chess!"

FIDE World Teams 2017 Round 8: Eesha's supercharged king beats Vietnam!

26/06/2017 -

Eesha Karavade was facing the woman in form, the reigning Asian Champion Vo Thi Kim Phung. The girl from Pune used her king masterfully to carve out a 2.5-1.5 win over Vietnam. This means that the Indian women team still has a chance for a podium finish provided some of the results work out in their favour. Indian men put up a great fight against the Russian team, but lost the match 2.5-1.5. This ends our medal hopes. In this article we have pictures, results, analysis of India's medal chances and last but not the least detailed and meticulous analysis of the game Vidit against Svidler by Aradhya Garg.

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan's 15 point plan for Indian chess

25/06/2017 -

On 25th of June Bharat Singh Chauhan assumed the office of the Secretary of All India Chess Federation (AICF). Few hours into his job, the man has come up with a 15 point plan to help improve the chess scene in India. Some of the new ideas include AICF App, improving the Chess In Schools program, forming the Indian Chess League, arbiters seminars, coaching camps in states, better AICF website and social media presence and much more. We wish him all the best for his role as the AICF Secretary and also a very happy 59th birthday!

ICF wins 30th All India Railway Team Championships 2017

25/06/2017 -

One of the most prestigious chess events on Indian soil - the Inter Railway meet was held in Vadodara, Gujarat from the 17th to the 22nd of June. Some of the strongest grandmasters and International Masters employed with Indian Railways participated in the event. The winner was the team from Integral Coach Factory (ICF). Silver went to South Western Railways and bronze to Western Railways. The indvidual event was won by GM Swapnil Dhopade who has sent us his nice win against IM Arghyadip Das.

FIDE World Teams Round 7: Adhiban! Adhiban!

25/06/2017 -

The thing about champions is that they never ever fail to make a comeback. After a tough loss against Yilmaz, Adhiban found himself facing a stronger opponent in the seventh round in the form of Anton Korobov. He played a fine game to beat his Ukrainian opponent and give India the much needed 2.5-1.5 victory. In the women's section we were trailing 2-1 in the match against China, but Padmini showed her class, and beat Guo Qi in an equal endgame to level the scores. Analysis of both these games, and a small flashback to Baku 2016.

At halfway India is placed fourth in IBCA Olympiad 2017

24/06/2017 -

The Indian team at the IBCA Olympiad for the blind and visually impaired began as the 19th seed. But the team has performed admirably and is currently in the fourth position after five rounds. Soundarya Kumar Pradhan and Kishan Gangolli have been the backbone of the team scoring crucial wins to help India win against Montenegro and Azerbaijan in rounds four and five. Report containing pictures from Macedonia, and game analysis.

World Teams R06: Deadlock with Turkey

24/06/2017 -

It was a thrilling round against Turkey. The Indian team was so close to winning. However, in the end it was just a draw with one win exchanged and two draws. Sasikiran was our man of the match as he defeated Emre Can. Adhiban lost to Yilmaz. Negi was close to winning, but blundered and very nearly lost. In the end he and Vidit drew. In the women's section Indians were beaten comprehensively by the Russians with a score of 3-1. In this report we have game analysis of all the eight encounters and an important lesson on the rule of Photographic draw.

An intimate portrait of an incredible chess prodigy!

23/06/2017 -

How does a child prodigy develop? And not just a normal one! He is the youngest IM in the world and perhaps the most talented chess player on the planet as on today. In order to know how Praggnanandhaa developed and works on chess, IM Sagar Shah went to his house in Chennai and spent a few hours with the boy and his parents. He shares his findings in this article. To sum it up in one line - Praggnanandhaa's chess imagination knows no bounds but his feet are firmly placed on the ground!

Live Games from the World Teams 2017

23/06/2017 -

The World Team Championship 2017 is being held from the 16th to the 27th of June 2017. Ten best teams in Open and Women section are fighting it out against each other for the title of the top chess playing nation in the world. Russia is the top seed in women's section and China in the open. India is the fourth seed in Open and fifth in women. On this page you can follow the live games of the round in progress and also replay the games of all the previous rounds. Also you get games lightly annotated by the tactical analysis feature.

Essential classical chess books that you must read (I)

22/06/2017 -

Chess literature is humongous and rich. There are hundreds of classical books written by the great masters of the past which have so much to teach us. The problem is we are so involved with engines and opening theory that we devote absolutely no time to developing our classical knowledge about the game. In this series, experienced Chennai chess mentor Srikanth Govindaseshan brings in front of you his all time favourite classical books and tells you why you should be reading them.

World Teams R05: Egypt gives India a scare!

22/06/2017 -

After a thumping win against USA in round four, it was expected that India would breeze through their match against Egypt. However, it was far from easy. Adhiban was the only winner giving us a 2.5-1.5 victory. In quite a few of the games we were in grave trouble. In the women's section Tania, Eesha and Vijayalakshmi scored wins to give us a three point lead. The surprise of the day was Harika's loss to a 2141 opponent Wafa Shrouk. Although the matches were tough, no damage was done! We have the game analysis as well as Team India wishing a happy International Yoga Day from Khanty Mansiysk.

India on 100% at the 15th IBCA Olympiad

21/06/2017 -

15th Chess Olympiad for Blind and visually impaired chess players is being organised by International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) in Macedonia from 18 to 29 June 2017. 27 countries have participated in this event. India is the 19th seed but have started with a bang. In the first round we beat sixth seeds Germany with a score of 2.5-1.5 and in the second round we were able to blank Kosovo 4-0. With 4.0/4 we are right on the top board facing the top seeds Russia in the third round.