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World Teams R04: Indian explosion in Khanty Mansiysk

21/06/2017 -

The Indian men's team showed what they are really capable of. They ruthlessly demolished USA 3.5-0.5. Adhiban, Sasikiran, Negi scored wins over Akobian, Robson and Xiong. Vidit drew his game against Onischuk. This was the second consecutive win for the men's team. The women's team also delivered. After the scores tied at 1.5-1.5, Padmini Rout rose to the occasion and scored a fine win to give India a 2.5-1.5 victory over Poland. We have all the four games annotated in depth with key positions and explanations.

World Teams R03: The tale of two Hedgehogs!

20/06/2017 -

The Indian men's team had their first victory of the event in the third round as they overcame stiff resistance from the Belarus team. It was the man out of form Adhiban Baskaran, who played a messy yet brilliant game to beat Kovalev and give India 2.5-1.5 win. In the women's section India lost to Ukraine 1.5-2.5. Three games ended in draws and all hinged on Tania's game. She lost to Gaponenko. The two decisive games of the round happened in the Hedgehog opening and we take a detailed look at that structure in this article.

Legends uncovered: R.B. Ramesh (3/3)

19/06/2017 -

The third and final part of Ramesh's interview with ChessBase India by Niklesh Jain. In this section coach R.B. Ramesh talks about how ChessBase India has made a positive impace in Indian chess, the most memorable and hilarious moments of his life, how fitness is important for chess players and the correct approach of how the children should be taught chess. Ramesh also talks about his hobbies, family and in the end he signs off by singing a wonderful Hindi song! 23 minutes of video and entire transcript. An interview that you mustn't miss.

World Teams R02: Tania powers team India to a win over USA

19/06/2017 -

The Indian team had something to cheer in the second round of the World Team Championship. The eves were able to get the better of USA with a score of 2.5-1.5. Tania Sachdev provided the crucial win, in a match that could have gone either way. The men's team lost their second match in a row, this time to China. Adhiban lost to Yu Yangyi, while the other three boards ended in a draw. It was a good fight, but the Chinese team played better. Game analysis and critical positions of round two.

5th Edition Open Blitz at Bangalore

18/06/2017 -

Bangalore witnessed one of the strong Blitz Chess tournament in recent days when two Ekalavya Awardee (Yashas D and Sriram Sarja both from Shimoga), Strong Players from Karnataka, Millionaire Edition in Las Vegas 2015 U2200 Winner (Prachura P P) and 11 times State Champion took part in 5th Edition of OPEN BLITZ Chess tournament organized by Universal Chess Academy (R) along with Rainbow Club Kidz Library, Malleswaram, Bangalore. The tournament was held at Shri. R. Gundu Rao Sports Complex, Sirur Park Playground, Sheshadripuram, Bangalore on 28th May 2017.

World Teams R01: Viji's unbelievable miss

18/06/2017 -

Team tournaments are well known for their unusual outcomes. The Indian team tasted that on the first day of the World Team Championship 2017. While the men lost to Poland with a margin of 2.5-1.5, the women drew their round against Georgia. On paper Georgia was the higher seed, but India was completely winning with Viji being a piece up. She blundered and lost. We have the critical moments of all decisive games, and also a very interesting new idea used by Vidit to beat Wojtaszek.

Norway R09: Levon Aronian wins the tournament; Anand finishes with 4.0/9

17/06/2017 -

The strongest tournament of the year 2017, Norway Chess came to an end. Levon Aronian displayed some fantastic chess to not only win the tournament, but also gain 16 Elo points and propel himself to world number four. Anand had to be content with the eighth spot with 4.0/9. Perhaps, this was one of the worst tournament for World Champion Magnus Carlsen who finished ninth. Aditya Pai, who has been covering this tournament intensively right from day one, brings you the final round report along with analysis by GM Alexander Yermolinsky.

Opening Ceremony of the World Teams 2017

17/06/2017 -

16th of June was the opening ceremony of the World Team Championship 2017 in Khanty Mansiysk. The games begin on 17th of June at 15.00 hours local time (15.30 hours IST). India faces Poland in the open section and Georgia in the women's section. ChessBase India will be closely covering the event round by round. For now we have some very exciting pictures from the opening ceremony.

Norway R08: Vishy holds Aronian; Magnus retains World number one

16/06/2017 -

The penultimate round of the Altibox Norway saw some exciting action. Vishy Anand managed to hold the leader Levon Aronian to a draw. It was a very interesting three fold repetition. Carlsen got the better of Sergey Karjakin and cemented his World number one spot. Kramnik lost his game to Maxime Vachier Lagrave. We have detailed summaries of each game as well as world class analysis by Alexander Yermolinsky. And don't forget to watch the last round! It's Anand vs Carlsen!

The struggle of a village boy who became a World Champion!

16/06/2017 -

Shashikant Kutwal became the World Disabled Champion 2017 just a few days ago. It was a monumental day in his life as he not only got the World Champion's title, but also became an International Master. In this article we take you through the story of this great fighter. Shashikant was born in a small village, he was attacked by Polio, he faced financial difficulties and never got the right guidance in chess. But he never gave up. He kept fighting hard and today he has achieved his dreams. A motivational true story.

From Moscow with Love!

15/06/2017 -

The Indian Team is in Russia for the World Teams 2017. It includes big names like Vidit, Adhiban, Harika, Viji, Padmini, Tania, Sasi, Eesha, Negi, Karthikeyan and super coach Ramesh. The team has already reached Russia. They went live on Facebook at 9.30 p.m. IST through Tania Sachdev's official page. It was an ideal opportunity for people all around the world to ask questions to the Indian team. We provide you with the video which has a lot of fun and some serious questions in it!

Norway R07: Magnus Carlsen: 2818, Vladimir Kramnik: 2812

15/06/2017 -

Magnus Carlsen is just one game away from losing his world number one spot. Just six Elo points separate him and Vladimir Kramnik after the latter defeated the World Champion in the seventh round of the Norway Chess 2017. Vishy Anand drew his game against Nakamura. Levon Aronian continues his fairy tale run and is now the sole leader with 5.0/7. Two rounds to go and there is everything to play for. In this report we have annotated all the decisive games, along with brilliant pictures by Lennart Ootes and video analysis by Daniel King.

Welcome to a tournament with no spot entries!

15/06/2017 -

An International rating tournament with the first prize of Rs.61,000 will be held in Nashik from the 18th to the 23rd of July 2017. Apart from the playing venue being world class, and excellent lodging facilities, the event is famous for one more reason - No spot entries and punctuality. The first round at the 3rd Resha International will begin right on time at 3.30 p.m. on 18th July. So, it would be in your interest to register as soon as possible for this tournament that is taking place in the hometown of India number three Vidit Gujrathi!  

India has excellent chances at the World Teams 2017

14/06/2017 -

The World Teams 2017 takes place from the 16th to the 27th of June 2017 in Khanty Mansisyk, Russia. Top ten chess nations will fight it out for the title of the World Teams Champion. India has teams participating in both Open and Women's section. Vidit Gujrathi, Sasikiran, Adhiban, Parimarjan Negi and Karthikeyan Murali are the Indian players in Open section. Women's team is represented by Harika, Eesha Karavade, S. Vijayalakshmi, Padmini Rout and Tania Sachdev. Analysis of India's chances for a medal.

Gens Una Sumus!

14/06/2017 -

17-year-old WCM from Kolkata Chandreyee Hajra was playing at the KIIT International in Bhubaneshwar. On the last day of the event she decided that she would like to play in the Mumbai Mayor's Cup. A lot of troubles and problems awaited her in the city of dreams, but the people of Maharashtra not only helped her, but also made her stay memorable! In this article she shares her experience and also tells us why FIDE's motto Gens Una Sumus (We are one people) is absolutely correct. There is a trivia in there as well and your chance to be sketched by Chandreyee!