Last Update: Sep  4: AICF Felicitates Bronze Medal Winning Team, Padmini Rout At Russian Cultural Centre, Chenai; Chief Guest N Srinivasan, MD, India Cements Called This An Outstanding Achievement; "I Am A Delighted Man," Said AICF President P.R. Venketrama Raja; Team Members Presented INR 300,000 Each; R.B. Ramesh Gets INR 150,000, Padmini Rout Gets INR 60,000

Hou Yifan beats Koneru Humpy 5.5-2.5 To Retain Title:  Koneru Humpy  lost two key games (3 and 6) with the white pieces and now the seventh match game with black to bow to a 2.5-5.5 defeat to Hou Yifan of China in the best of ten World Women's Championship title match at Tirana, Albania.  Hou Yifan won games 3,6,7 and drew the remaining to pocket the match with two games to spare. The eighth match game ended in a 29-move draw. Humpy was never supplied advantageous positions from her white games and her pre-match preparation should be blamed. Her younger opponent was more talented. The winner will take home Rs.84 lakhs and loser receives Rs.56 lakhs. Humpy was accompanied by her father Koneru Ashok, a former chess player. View games


Karthieyan Murali Wins World Under-12 Section at Brazil: Sixth seed Karthikeyan Murali (see pic left) of Chennai won the Under-12 section of the World Youth Championships which concluded at Brazil on Nov 26. He drew his ninth round with black to win on 7.5/9. On course, Karthikeyan Murali had defeated top seed Vr Aravindh Chithambaram of Madurai. He had won the silver medal in Under-10 two years before. Karthikeyan is a student of Velammal School, Chennai. Our players won five medals in all. L.N. Ram Aravind of Trichy won the silver medal in the Under-8 section. Indians won bronze medals in Under-18 through Debashis Das (Ori), Under-10 through V.S. Rathanvel (TN) and Girls Under-8 through Saina Salonika (Ori).  

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Anand Draws All Nine At Tal Memorial In Moscow: The Tal Memorial concluded at Moscow with Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen tying for first on 5.5/9. World champion Viswanathan Anand drew all his nine games and finished sixth on 4.5/9. While Ian Nepomniachtchi gained the most Elo from this event, his countryman from Russia, Vladimir Kramnik lost the most Elo. Both Anand and his 2012 challenger Boris Gelfand will be losing Elo. Anand loses the least. Anand plays next in the London Chess Classic in December 2011.   Results

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"Unlike Karpov and Kasparov, I worked on my own analysis," said world champion Vassily Smyslov in this interview to Arvind Aaron at Kolkata, first published in Chess Mate. There is no age bar in chess. Full Chat
Soumya Swaminathan is the World Junior Girls Champion. She won the title on tie-break to become the third Indian girl to win the title after Koneru Humpy (2002) and Dronavalli Harika (2008).
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Vidit Gujrathi of Nasik, Rucha Pujari of Kolhapur Win National Sub-Junior On Nov 9 at Mumbai: World U-14 champion Vidit Gujrathi won the U-15 with 9.5/11 clearly and Rucha Pujari of Kolhapur, also Maharashtra won it on tie-break to push Shalmali Gagare (Mah) to second place on 9/11. Games Results

Third Title For J. Saranya, Maiden Title For Anwesh Upadhyaya: J. Saranya of Chennai won the National U-17 Girls Chess Championship with a round to spare at Chakradharpur on Oct 14. In the more closely fought boys group, Anwesh Upadhyaya of Bhubaneswar won the title on tie-break. In both seconds, the top seeds did not win. Boys: 1-2. Anwesh Upadhyaya (Ori), Swayams Mishra (Ori) 9/11; 3 S. Nitin (TN) 8.5; 4 G.A. Stany (Kar) 8; 5-9. N. Lokesh (TN), Mehar Chinna Reddy (AP), Debashish Dutta (Asm), Shyam P Nikhil (TN), Bitan Banerjee (WB) 7 each.58 players. Girls: 1 J. Saranya (TN) 10/11; 2 Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) 9; 3 Priyanka Kumari (Jha) 8; 4 R. Bharathi (TN) 7.5; 5 Siddhali Shetye (Mah) 7; 6-14. Devangi Patankar (Mah), Sonakshi Rathore (Raj), Shristi Shetty (Kar), C.H. Savetha (TN), Supriya Joshi (Mah), J. Mohana Priya (TN), Aparajita Gochchikar (Mah), Soukhin Pramanik (Jha), Sunyasakta Satpathy (Ori) 6.5 each.44 players. Games 

Anand Honoured:  The 60th year celebration of the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association took place in Chennai on April 26. Cash prizes totalling Rs.4.50 lakhs were distributed to TN players for performances in 2005 and 2006. I wish Anand all the best to win the World Title later this year, said TNSCA President P.R.Venketrama Raja while felicitating the World No.1. IM M.Aaron read the list of achievements of TNSCA in these years. Pic

Anand Top's FIDE Rating List: After FIDE took the Morelia/Linares Tournament for ratings, it became clear that Anand moved to No 1 with 2786. Topalov slid down to 2772 and shares the second place with Kramnik. Harika jumped several places to take the 13th place in the world among women. Kore became IM and India has 47 IMs..SEE 

FIDE RATES LINARES: Anand is the No.1 ranked player in the chess world in the April 2007 rating list. Anand's achievement completes the dream of a young Chennai chess player who started playing chess in 1975. His resume has it all now. Congrats Anand. If you did not know, Anand won the World Chess title in 2000 at Tehran. Click for a 15-sec 351k video file of that memorable event in Iran shot by Arvind Aaron.

Kolkata Open: A Vietnamese Economics student, Le Quang Liem, 18, won the title. Laxman became a Grand Master making his third and final GM Norm. Satyapragyan and Sahaj Grover also made GM norms. Ten IM norms were made. Top standings: 1 Le Quang Liem 8; 2-3. S.Mamedyarov, A.Fillipov 7.5; 4-9. Sandipan Chanda, Nigel Short, V.Laznicka, S.Satyapragyan, S.S.Ganguly, A.Aleksandrov 7; 10-17. Eltaj Safarli, Ziaur Rahman, Rauf Mamedov, E.Postny, P.Negi, A.Gupta, G.N.Gopal, Hillarp Persson 6.5 each: 18-25. P.Magesh chandran, R.Khusnutdinov, M.Gagunashvili, M.Mchedlishvili, R.R.Laxman, Himanshu Sharma, V.Malakhatko, Ni Hua 6 ...116 players  Games 

Mysore Chess Club, Mysore organised the U-15 Kannada Rajyotsava Day Open Tourney. A total of  93 players took part. K.J. Deshik, receives the trophy. See PICTURE From left: K.G. Jayaprakash, Secretary of Mysore Chess Club, Dr Shashirekha, Bangalore, Namratha H Shenoy, MHLC-109, Mysore, P. Puttaswamy, Asst Secretary, Zilla Panchayat, Mysore, C.V. Mahesh, MHTC-109, Mysore, Anu Vice Chairperson, Mysore.  Mysore Chess Club functions at LIG-17, Kuvempunagar, Mysore 570 023. 

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Titles For Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Bhakti Kulkarni, Srija Seshadri At Beijing: : Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (Ori), Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa), Srija Seshadri of Neyveli (TN) won the Asian Youth Chess Championship in their respective sections. India won 3/12 titles and 14/36 medals in this contest held at formidable China. India had fielded 56 players, the largest, ahead of hosts China.   Results

Carlsen@2826!: J.Carlsen@2826! Magnus Carlsen, the No.1 ranked player from Norway soared to a new unheralded peak in the FIDE Elo rating scale when he touched 2826 in the July 1, 2010 rating list. World champion Viswanathan Anand won plenty of Elo to touch the 2800 rating mark yet again and occupy the third 
place. Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria is ranked second with 2803. Eight Indian players are 2600 or above. Krishnan Sasikiran is on 2679, Surya Shekhar Ganguly is third best Indian on 2655. Pentala Harikrishna is rated 2646 and would be expected to play the next National 'A' unless he crosses the 
2650 mark. Sandipan Chanda 2637, Parimarjan Negi 2615, G.N. Gopal 2611 and Koneru Humpy is on 2600. 

S.P. Sethuraman Achieves Second GM Norm at Paris: World Under-16 champion S.P. Sethuraman of Chennai achieved his second GM Norm at Paris on July 11 with 6.5/9. He made his first GM Norm at Parsvnath Open in Delhi 2009. Sethuraman plays in Czech Republic and then the World Junior at Poland next.

Shyamsundar, Vo Thi Kim Phung Win Asian Junior At Chennai: Shyam- sundar of Chennai and Vo Thi Kim Phung of Hue City in Vietnam won the Stree Seva Mandir Asian Junior Chess Championships that concluded at Chennai on June 23. Shyamsundar who tied for the first place but was placed second  in this event in 2006 at Delhi won his maiden title on tie-break after he figured in a three-way tie for the first place. "It was my career best result," said Shyam, 18 who won the gold medal and also a Grand Master norm from this contest. Sponsored by Indian Oil Corporation, Shyam is a student of Grand Master R.B. Ramesh and K. Visweswaran. He underwent training under GM Alon Greenfeld of Israel at Chennai.  Final placings: Boys: 1-3. M. Shyam Sundar (gold), Vidit Gujrathi (silver), S. Nittin (bronze) 7/9 each; 4-7. M.R. Lalith Babu, S.P. Sethuraman, Anwesh Upadhyaya, Debashis Das 6.5 each; 8-13. Mehar Chinna Reddy, K. Narayanan, P. Lokesh, Ashwin Jayaram. Darini Pouria (Iri), Swayams Mishra 6 each. Girls: 1-2. Vo Thi Kim Phung (Vie, gold), Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kaz, silver) 7.5/9 each; 3 Padmini Rout (bronze) 6.5; 4-12. R. Bharathi, B. Pratyusha, R. Preethi, Bhakti Kulkarni, Jeslin Tay (Sin), Pv Nandhidhaa, Pon N. Krithikha, Hejazipour Mitra (Iri), Lakshmi Praneetha 6 each. 

National Junior Boys and Girls: IM S.P. Sethuraman of Chennai and Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa win titles on Sep 28, 2009. Swapnil Dhopade finishes second and Anwesh Upadhyaya takes third place. In girls, Padmini Rout finishes second and B. Pratyusha third. Top three to represent India in World Junior 2010 at Poland. Lion Leo Muthu distributed the prizes. Opening ceremony  Pic 114k   All games in PGN  Results

Madras University Wins All India Inter-University For The 18th Time at Bodhgaya, in Bihar on Dec 19. In the picture, Madras is receiving the trophy from B.N. Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, Magadh University who organised it. Standing (L-R) S. Paul Arokiaraj (Coach),  P.Maheswaran, R.K.Ranjith, B.N.Pandey (Vice-Chancellor Magadh University), G.Rajasekar (Manager), Ashok Kumar Ramadoss. Sitting: V.Vishnu Prasanna, S.Venkat Sundaram, TR.Shanmuganathan. Madras scored 17/24 and finished ahead of 2 Calcutta 15 and 3 Osmania 15, 4 SRM 13.5, 5 Delhi 12, 6 Ranchi 6.5, 7 Punjab 5. 

National Challenger, Nagpur (Women): P. Lakshmi Sahithi (click for pic) (AP) won the event on Sep 15 with a big 10/11 score. Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa finished second with 9.5. Others were left behind in the race. Final standings: 1. P. Lakshmi Sahithi (AP) 10; 2. Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) 9.5; 3-4. R. Bharathi (TN), Pallabi Roy (Mah), J. Saranya (TN) 7.5 each; 6-21. Swati Mohota (Ben), Sai Meera (TN), P. Priya (TN), 
P.V. Nandhidhaa (TN), Supriya Maji (Ben), Kiran Mohanty (Ori), A. Sithalatchumi (TN), Bhagyashree Thipsay (Mah), A. Akshaya (TN), Amruta Mokal (Mah), Ch. Sahajasri (AP), Nimmy George (Ker), Bindu Saritha (Ker), Devangi Patankar (Mah), Priyanka Kumari (Jha), Ch Savetha (TN) 7 each. Top 20 qualify for National Women.
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Anand 6.5 Kramnik 4.5 , Bonn:  India's world champion Vishy Anand retained his World Chess title at Bonn by 6.5-4.5 with a game to spare. Anand won games three and five with black and sixth with white. Kramnik won game 10. Game eleven was drawn in 24 moves. It is Anand's third world chess title. He had won in Tehran 2000 and in Mexico 2007. Anand's chief trainer is Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzb), Surya S Ganguly (Ind), Peter Heine Nielsen (Den) and Radoslav Wojtaszek (Pol), one each from four nations. Here are the completed games for you and you can play them back: . Games

Ganguly Wins National A For Record Sixth Time!   S.S. Ganguly of Indian Oil Kolkata won the National A for the sixth time in a row at Mangalore to better Manuel Aaron's five in a row record. Now, Ganguly is one title away from P.M. Thipsay's seven titles and Manuel Aaron's overall nine titles.

NATIONAL U-13: G.V. Sai Krishna of Vijayawada and J. Saranya (click for pic) of Chennai won the VIT University  National Under-13 Championship that concluded at Vellore on Nov 22. G.V. Sai Krishna trained by Muralikrishna and Thipsay scored 9.5/11 and J. Saranya trained by Velayudham of Bloom Chess Academy, Chennai scored 9.5/11. They won the trophy and Rs.10,000 cash prize each. There is coverage on and  for live and recorded games please visit this LINK BELOW

Kruttika Nadig Becomes National Women's Champion And WGM: WIM Kruttika Nadig of Pune won the National Women A at Delhi and she became a  WGM on December 25, 2008. She is on the cover page of the February 2009 issue of Chess Mate.

National Under-25, Chennai: IM R.R. Laxman of Chennai regained the National U-25 Championship at the St Joseph College of Engineering on Dec 22 with 8/9. P. Karthikeyan finished second with 7/9. 71 players competed including 4 IMs. The 1983-born Laxman had won the National U-12 in 1994 and National U-25 in 2005.

Madras Wins 18th Time!   Madras won the All India Inter University Inter Zone Tournament at Bodhgaya, in Bihar with 17/24 in a 7-team all play all. Calcutta took second and Osmania third both on 15 points. SRM was fourth with 13.5 points. Vishnu Prasanna and Venkat Sundaram won board prizes for Madras. PIC

National U-7, Nagpur: Prameya Garge of Akola, Maharashtra and Khushi Dharewa of Kolkata won the National U-7 Championship that concluded at Nagpur on Jan 7. A record 240 players took part. K. Muralimohan was the chief arbiter. In the closing six Acer Laptops, 2 silk sarees, 12 wrist watches from Sonata were showered by organisers the Vidarbha Chess Association. See The Hindu newspaper.

Asian Junior at Chennai: Ashwin Jayaram of Chennai and Mary Ann Gomes of Kolkata won the  Asian Junior Chess Championship that concluded at Chennai on Dec 14. Viswanathan Anand distributed the prizes in a colourful ceremony (see picture of Anand with Mary Ann Gomes and Ashwin Jayaram below) at Hotel Vijay Park on Dec 14. It was sponsored by Sri Sai Ram Engineering College's Leo Muthu and organised by Sports Promotion Foundation and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association. Ashwin obtained his second GM norm. Mary Ann Gomes obtained a berth for the World Junior Girls Championship by winning this girls event. National Junior champion M.R. Lalith Babu of Vijayawada, became an IM by tying for the first place on 8.5/11. The recent terrorist attack in Mumbai had had an effect on the number of overseas entries. Prof Anantharam is the Chief Arbiter. 

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Chennai Greets Anand On Nov 20: Vishy Anand was given a huge reception when he returned to India on Nov 20. As soon as the plane landed there was band and noise and people danced to celebrate. Many people did not get a chance to garland the champion as police personnel felt they could not handle the gathering and asked the champion to leave the airport.

Armenia Men, Georgian Women Win Chess Olympiad Titles: Armenia defeated China in the final round to retain the Hamilton Russell Trophy for winning the Chess Olympiad at Dresden. It was no luck that they won in Turin 2006 in the Swiss points format. This time winning in Match Points system did not make any difference to them. Georgia also regained the Vera Menchik Cup for the winner of the Women's Chess Olympiad when they defeated Serbia in the final round. Indian women lost 1.5-2.5 to sixth seed Armenia to finish 15th and our men defeated Slovakia 3-1 to finish 16th. Mary Ann Gomes (6/8)  won the silver medal on the Women's reserve board. India had won four medals in four different Olympiads from 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2002. India Cements sponsored our team to the tune of Rs.10 lakhs. Watch.

Four Titles For India: India won four titles in the World Youth Chess Championship that concluded at Vung Tau in Vietnam on Oct 29. Our champions were Padmini Rout (Girls U-14), B. Adhiban (Boys U-16), Vidit Gujrathi (Boys U-14) and Sayatan Das (Boys U-12). Placings.

Historic August 15 2008 For Indian Chess: Abhijeet Gupta of Bhilwara, Rajasthan and Dronavalli Harika of Guntur win World Junior and World Junior Girls at Turkey. Also, Negi wins silver medal behind Gupta. Abhijeet is the third Indian after Anand (1987), Harikrishna (2004) while Harika becomes second Indian after Humpy (2001) to win. No country had won both boys and girls events in the same year like India has done. AICF President N. Srinivasan announced cash award of Rs.1 lakh to Harika and Abhijeet and Rs.50,000 for Negi. Abhijeet is 1989 born and is trained by Vishal Sareen and 1991-born Harika of Guntur is trained by Raju.

Sasikiran Wins: Chennai born Krishnan Sasikiran of ONGC  won the Najdorf Memorial Category 15 (Elo 2608 Average) event with a 6.5/9 score at Warsaw on Aug 10. He won it with a one point difference over others. He won four games and drew five..

National B, Zambaulim, Goa:  India's premier Nationals, the 46th Monginis National B is happening from Sep 15 with several records. Entry record. GM and titled player record, prize money record, etc. A simultaneous by GM Deepan Chakkaravarthy happened on Sep 14. He managed only +29, =1 to Pranav Zantye and two defeats to Umang Kaisary and Niraj Saripalli. Deepan was engaged for over six and a half hours and was also felicitated. The event is organised by the Goa State Chess Association under Sameer Salgaocar.  Looks here for quick headline news from Goa. Pic 1 2

India Wins World Youth Chess Olympiad At Mersin, Turkey: India successfully defended their World Youth Olympic title when they beat England 3.5-0.5 in the final round to tie with Russia on points and clinch the title on tie-break. India was given a grand welcome when they returned home to Chennai on Aug 26 from Turkey. India won 8 and lost two matches. Scores: IM B. Adhiban 3/8, IM S.P. Sethuraman 8.5/10, IM Shyam Sundar 6.5/8, FM Prasanna Rao 7/10, FM K. Priyadarshan 3.5/4.  Coach R.B. Ramesh called it a collective effort. Click for pic. Click for GM R.B. Ramesh interview by Arvind Aaron. Official site.

Anand Wins At Mainz: World champion Viswanathan Anand retained his supremacy at Mainz again. He beat Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the finals by 3-1 after taking a 2-0 lead. Anand won the earlier round robin with 4/6 after he scored 2-0 over Morozevich and drew both games against Judit Polgar and Magnus Carlsen. The rapid match which concluded on August 3 was part of the Mainz Chess Classic organised by Hans Walter Schmitt of the Chess Tigers, Frankfurt. Anand, Chennai born NIIT Brand Ambassador will be defending his World Title against Kramnik in Bonn, Germany on Oct 14.

FIDE Master Senthilvel Nitin Wins: Top seed S. Nitin of Salem won the 8th Adyar Times FIDE Rated Open at the Bapalal Bhavan in Valmiki Nagar, South Chennai on Aug 3. Nitin won in style with a round to spare with 8.5/9 and then made a final round draw to finish on 9/10. He had previously won SPIC and Palani Rating events in 2006. The second to fifth places went to R. Arun Karthik, C. Praveen Kumar, Ramnath Bhuvanesh, FM K.V. Shantharam on 8. Total of 186 players took part. The prize fund was Rs.100,000. It was sponsored by a neighbourhood newspaper run by S.P. Ambrose and A.D. Ranjan. 

Thejkumar Completes Final GM Norm At Mumbai:  GM Michal Krasenkow of Poland won the Mayor's Cup International Open at Mumbai held from May 10-20. He had the higher tie-break score after figuring in the six-way tie for the first place on 9/11. M.S.Thejkumar of Mysore completed his final GM norm. B.T.Muralikrishnan of Madurai completed his final IM norm.  Final placings: 1-6 GM Michal Krasenkow (Pol), GM Koneru Humpy, GM Ziaur Rahman (Ban), GM Abhijit Kunte, GM Anton Filipov (Uzb), GM Saidali Iuldachev (Uzb) 9/11 each...432 players. The event was organised by the Venus Chess Academy with a prize fund of Rs.11 lakhs. 

B.T. Muralikrishnan Wins: This 34-year old Madurai Railway player from Madurai won the Tamil Nadu State Championship at Chennai on June 23. He scored 9/11, the same as top seed IM G.B. Prakash but pipped him on tie-break. Muralikrishnan comes from a Chess Playing family.    Details

Parimarjan Negi Does Well: Delhi's 15-year old Parimarjan Negi tied for first place in the Philadelphia Open in June after winning the Kaupthing Open at Luxembourg. In July he tied for first place at the World Open. Details 1 / 2. Peter Leko Wins Dortmund: Peter Leko of Hungary regained the Sparkassen Chess Meeting title when he scored 4.5/7. Several time champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia had the poorest show when he crashed to the last round defeat to Vassily Ivanchuk. Kramnik played Petroff Defence twice and lost twice. Is he going to have trouble against Anand at Bonn in his black games? Details

Oscar For Fifth Time For Anand: World champion and World No.1 Viswanathan Anand won the Chess Oscar award for 2007 by a wide margin. Chess Oscar award is based on vote by international chess journalists who generally look at the top 10-15 players closely. Vladimir Kramnik received the second highest vote followed by Gata Kamsky. Anand won this award in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2007. The 1969-born Anand is NIIT's Brand Ambassador and is currently in India training.

Harshal Sahai (Del), C.H.Meghana (Ker) Win National U-9: The National U-9 Chp concluded at Delhi on May 6 with Delhi's Harshal Sahai and Kerala's C.H.Meghana winning the title.  Details

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India Gets Four FIDE Trainers:  India's first FIDE Trainer Course got us four new FIDE trainers and seven FIDE instructors, three National Instructor and five Developmental Instructor on May 6.  The trainers are IM Jovan Petronic of Serbia and FM Peter Long of Malaysia. About 19 students include IM G.B. Joshi, IM Neeraj Mishra, V.Hariharan, K.Visweswaran who got the FIDE Trainer titles.  D.V. Sundar, AICF, said this will happen each year.  Ebenezer Joseph of Chennai became India's first FIDE Trainer two years before. Here are three pictures from the opening ceremony.  Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3 

IM R.R. Laxman Wins Rs.20,000:  International Master Rajaram Laxman of ICF, Chennai won the 260-player 2nd FIDE Rated Tournament at Thrissur on April 30, 2008 when he scored 8.5/10. The 105-kg 25-year old from Chennai took home Rs.20,000. Laxman has won the most FIDE Rated Tournaments in India in 2007 a pride which was taken by the controversial IM D.P. Singh in 2005 and 2006.  Laxman made a GM Norm this month at Dubai and is on course to becoming India's next GM.

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Goa Academy Receives Laptop, Digital Clocks: A chess academy in Goa received a laptop computer and digital chess clocks. See detailed report in the most happening place of Indian chess.  Details

TNSCA Celebrates 61 Years On 26-4-2008:  As part of the 61st Anniversary, the TNSCA arranged 4 simultaneous displays. In the important one, Krishnan Sasikiran played 30 games with black and lost two of them. One of the games he lost was to V.A.V. Rajesh, Chennai schoolboy who has an IM Norm to his credit. GM R.B. Ramesh gave a lecture and the day also saw three other simultaneous displays. Two of the founder members are still around. TNSCA is one of the oldest associations. Sasikiran with his wife Radhika.

Laznicka Pips Sasikiran In Kolkata Open 2008: Fourth seed Viktor Laznicka of Czech Republic won the Kolkata Open ahead of top seed Krishnan Sasikian of ONGC, Chennai after the younger visitor had the better tie-break score, both finishing on 8.5/10. S.Safin Uzb) finished third on 7.5. S.Chanda, Humpy, S.Arun Prasad, Ashwin Jayaram tied for the fourth place along with others on 7/10. S. Arun Prasad made a GM Norm, IM Norms for Swapnil Dhopade of Amravati, M.S. Thejkumar of Mysore and Arghyadip Das of Kolkata. WIM Norm for Nimmy George.  

Surya Shekhar Ganguly Triumphs Down Under At Sydney: Five time Indian champion GM Ganguly won the Sydney International Open with 7/9. He shared the Australian Dollar 10,000 cash prize with Zhang Zhong (Singapore), Gawain Jones (Eng) and Zhao Zong Yuan (Australia). Ganguly started as the fourth seed and won the 100-player event. It was Australia's strongest Open Tournament ever. Ganguly works for Indian Oil, Kolkata. 

World Cup, Russia:  Gata Kamsky of USA is back and beat Alexei Shirov 2.5-1.5 in the best of four finals of the World Cup at Khanty-Mansiysk. Krishnan Sasikiran bowed to Ponomariov in round four Indian games. 

Reykjavik: Robert James Fischer, of USA passed away on Jan 17 at Reykjavik following Kidney failure. He was 64. He revolutionised the chess world and obtained worldwide recognition for this mind sport. See obituary in February 2008 issue of Chess Mate by Manuel Aaron. 

45th Velammal  National 'A' Chennai  at M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk: The National 'A' concluded with GM S.S.Ganguly of Indian Oil, Kolkata winning the title for the fifth time in a row to equal one of the many records held by Manuel Aaron. He scored 7.5/9 and was playing at 2730 when he collapsed and failed to win any of his last four games. Yet, Ganguly managed 9/13 and won the event on tie-break. K.Ratnakaran of Kozhikode finished joint first on 9/13 after he won the last four games.  Download All games. Live coverage at

Anand Wins Morelia/Linares 2008: Vishy Anand, defended his title at Morelia/Linares from Feb 15-Mar 8 with a 8.5/14 score. Anand (8.5/14)  thrashed Shirov 2-0, Carlsen, Leko 1.5-0.5 each, drew Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Topalov 1-1 and lost 0.5-1.5 to Aronian. His high point was winning three black games at Morelia.  Carlsen was second with 8 and was the impressive runner-up.  It is a category 21, the strongest in 2008. Anand lost one game, the least in the event. "My first win against Shirov was my best game," said Anand on the phone immediately after title was sure.    Official

Four Indians In Wijk: Vishy Anand, tied for third-fourth on 7.5/13 with Radjabov. Aronian and Carlsen tied for first place with 8/13. Anand missed a win against Kramnik in the final round which could have given him a sixth title. S.Movsesian won Grand Master Group B and Harikrishna finished fourth on 7.5. Humpy finished eleventh with 5.5. In the Grand Master Group C, Negi lost to Caruana in the final round to share second-third place with 8/13. Caruana won with 10/13. Harikrishna made his GM norm in 2001 at this same event. Official site

IVANA MARIA FURTADO WINS WORLD Under-8 Girls Title With 9/11 At Antalya, Turkey: The World Youth Championship concluded at Antalya in Turkey on Nov 28. Fifty-nine Indians competed. Expectations were high in India as we had won 5 of the 12 titles at Batumi in Georgia last year. This time Ivana Furtado (see pic greeting Anand) of Goa retained her title she won last year. Delhi's Prince Bajaj won the bronze medal in the Boys U-10 section and Shalmali Gagare of Shirdi (Mah) won the bronze in Girls U-14.   Link

Anand Finishes Second:  The World Blitz Chp is on in Moscow on Nov 21-22. Vassily Ivanchuk won the event with a final round win over Vishy Anand to finish on 25.5/38. Anand moved from fifth place overnight to stay in joint lead with 24.5/37 but lost to Ivanchuk in the final round with white to lose game and title. Defending champion Grischuk was third. The event is also called the Tal Memorial. Anand beat Adams, Morozevich, Carlsen, Gelfand and Korotylev 2-0. Official site.

National Women A, Pune: Tania Sachdev retained her National Women's Title after her tie-break score helped. Tania, Kiran Mohanty, Soumya Swaminathan scored 8/11 and took the top three places for the Olympic team. Harika, Swati Ghate and Mary Ann were pushed out of the Olympic team. Humpy is seeded. Prize fund was Rs.2.50 lakhs. You could see all 154 games here View or download in PGN. Official site Click

AICF Honours Anand:  AICF felicitated Vishy Anand (see pic left) and awarded him Rs.10 lakhs for winning the World Championship for the second time at Mexico City. In a function organised by the AICF at the Ball Room in Taj Connemara, Rahul Dravid showered words of praise on Anand and asked both chess players and non-chess players to take Anand as a role model. Anand thanked AICF,  N.Srinivasan, Dravid and Asian Chess President for their felicitations. Pictures 1 2 3  4

Asia On Top Of The World
Asian chess is on the top of the world at the moment, but the future 
looks even brighter, according to the president of the Asian Chess 
Federation (ACF) Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakhboot Al Nahyan. 
"The ACF is proud with seven world titles and the highest men's 
ranking now," Shaikh Sultan said. "We have the men's World 
Championship and the highest men's ranking - Indian GM Viswanathan 
Anand - and the women's World Championship winner Xu Yuhua of China. 
"It is only a few years ago when Europe, especially the former USSR, 
dominated the game on all levels. Now India has become the capital 
of chess as they can boast of no less than six world titles.-The 
original story was made by Yasir Abbasher and published on Nov 9, 

Sasikiran Wins Three Gold Medals At Macau:  Overall, India took the huge slice of five gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medals from possible nine in the Asian Indoor Games that concluded at Macau on Nov 3. Sasikiran took 3 gold, while Humpy, Harika won two gold each. India did not win any medal in the men's classical individual section. India won Team Rapid gold, Rapid individual (Sasi), Rapid Individual women (Harika), Blitz individual (Sasi), Blitz individual women (Humpy). Details Official Site 

Sasikiran, Humpy Wins Blitz Gold Each:  Second seed Krishnan Sasikiran and top seed Koneru Humpy won Blitz Gold Medals each in men and women in the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on Nov 2. Sasikiran came back winning the last two rounds. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kaz) took silver and Bu (Chn) took the bronze medals. Humpy and Zhu Chen (Qat) scored 7.5/9 and the Indian won the tie-break. Vietnam took the bronze. China missed the blitz for women podium. A total of 23 men and 15 women played. In the team blitz event, India beat China but lost to Kazakhstan and Malaysia to get silver.

INDIA WINS SILVER AT MACAU: Second seed India won the silver medal in the Team Classical Chess at the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on October 30. India won four matches, lost one to top seed China and drew Vietnam 2-2. Gold went to China, silver to India and bronze to Vietnam. 21 teams took part. Sasikiran 3.5/6, Ganguly 3.5/6, Humpy 4.5/6, Harika 5/6. There are more golds in blitz chess to be decided and the event concludes on Nov 3. Sasikiran, Ganguly and Humpy are losing Elo while Harika is gaining.

INDIA SHOOTS GOLD AT MACAU: Second seed India won the gold medal in the Team Rapid Chess at the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on October 27. India won all six matches. Beat top seed China, Vietnam, Kazakhstan 2.5-1.5 each, Pak 4-0, Phi 3-1 and Indonesia 3.5-0.5. Sasikiran 5/6, Ganguly 3.5/6, Humpy 4.5/6, Harika 5/6. There are in all 9 gold medals to be won in this event. 40 GMs from Asia and 14 WGMs are present there. Rapid, classical and blitz chess in men, women and mixed are the nine sections.

Anand Receives Rs.25 Lakhs: Anand who won the World Chess Title for the second time received Rs.25 lakhs from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at the Fort St George in Chennai on Oct 24. During the 45-minute chat, Anand was accompanied by his wife Aruna Anand and the Chief Minister by other Ministers Arcot N.Veeraswamy, M.K.Stalin and Sports Minister Mohideen Khan. During the previous tenure, Karunanidhi had presented Anand a house in 2000 for winning the World Title at Tehran. See TN Govt Photo Release 

Chess King Returns To India:  With so many people at the airport at this late hour, I cant complain about the reception, said Anand at Delhi on Oct 15. The TN Government giving a cash award of Rs.25 lakhs I can't complain there as well. "Nice to win the strongest world chess championship by remaining undefeated. All came in one year, Linares, World No.1, World Title And Breaking Into the 2800 Once Again, said Anand. 

Anand Gives A Mexican Treat: Anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship after making a draw in the final round game against Leko of Hungary on Sep 29. Anand had been World Champion in 2000 and is also No.1 ranked in the World since April 2007. Anand was the only undefeated player at Mexico City. He won 4 games, Aronian, Svidler, Grischuk, Morozevich. Anand speaks to  Vijay Kumar  round 131211, 10, Games: SEE

India Wins Five Titles At Asian Youth: India won the Boys Under-10 Shardul Gagare, Boys U-8 G V Revanth Reddy, Girls U-12 Priyanka Kumari, Girls U-10 B.Pratyusha, Girls U-8 Ivana Furtado at Al-Ain in the UAE on Aug 30. Overall we received 10 medals out of 24 and five titles. Though a slight slip from the previous two years, one has to take into account that Vietnam, Mongolia and Iran put up a good resistance for us.  See details 

India Wins World Youth Olympiad, Singapore:  India started as second seed and defeated the top seed Hungary by 3.5-0.5 in round 5 and later went on to win this event which concluded on August 11 Our team consisted of B.Adhiban, R. Ashwath (both Chennai), S.Nitin (Salem), Shyam Nikhil (Nagercoil), Swayams Mishra (Cuttack). Manager: Raizada (Lucknow, coach). Indian Team Pic  SEE 

G.N.Gopal Becomes GM:  IM G.N.Gopal of Aluva, Kerala became our latest GM when he made his third and final GM Norm at Dhaka on Aug 29. He scored 7/9 in the Asian Zonal which is in progress. He made earlier GM Norms at the International Open, Kolkata and by winning Lake Sevan Cat 12 Event At Armenia. He is coached by IM Varugeese Koshy. Gopal is rated 2480 and is a 18-year old. He should be listed as GM in Oct 2007.


Elista: Viswanathan Anand retains World No.1 ranking as on October 1 Mexico City: Viswanathan Anand Wins World Chess Championship For The Second Time Scoring 9/14 Delhi: Indian President, PM, Spanish President greet Anand Chennai: Vishy Anand returns To Chennai for a mega reception. 3 varieties of bands, over ten thousand greet him at airport. Anand taken on a chariot for 5-km to his house. Chennaiites greet Anand and celebrate. Aurangabad: Abhijeet Gupta of Bhilwara wins National Junior for third time on Sep 29 Nagpur: Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa won the National Junior Girls Title with a round to spare.  Chennai:: Ram S.Krishnan 8.5 won the FIDE Rating event at Chennai on Oct 18 which was organised by the Chanakya Chess Academy. 104 players took part.  Chennai: AICF Felicitates Anand at Ball Room in Taj Connemara on Oct 22. Rahul Dravid presents Anand Rs.10 lakh on behalf of N.Srinivasan, President, AICF.  Chennai: IM S.P.Sethuraman regains National Sub-Junior Title with a round to spare. Shalmali Gagare of Rahauri, near Shirdi in Maharashtra wins Girls title on tie-break. Canada: Feroze Ali Shroff, former Secretary, Chennai District Chess Assn passed away on October 7 while on tour at Canada with his wife Bharati

IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal Wins:  The 45th PSNA National B Chess Championship concluded at  Dindigul in Tamil Nadu on June 20. Prathamesh Mokal of Pune who wrested lead early with 7/7 won the event with a better tie-break score. He tied for the first place with four others: 2-5 B.Adhiban (TN), Ratnakaran (Rly), M.R.Venkatesh (PSPB), S.Kidambi (PSPB) 9.5/13. WGM Nisha Mohota was among the 11 new qualifiers. The other 10 were: B.Adhiban, Akshat Khamparia, M.R.Lalith Babu, Preetham Sharma, Shashikant Kutwal, Vidit Gujrathi, S.P.Sethuraman, Arun Karthik, R.Ashwath, Mehar Chinna Reddy.  The youngest qualifier is Mehar (12) and oldest is Sudhakar Babu (42). The top 30 qualify for the National A at Chennai in November. The coverage for the event is at


Anand In Monte Carlo: Having recently won the Linares Title for the second time, Anand is on a high and is expected to be No.1 in the World when the April 1, 2007 rating list is released. The 16th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament is on at Monaco from March 17-29 (Mar 21, 26 are free days). It is a 12-player double all-play-all with one blind and rapid game. See games live in their website at 

Anand Regains Linares Title With 8.5/14:  Needing a draw for the title, Anand played the Queen's Indian defence and drew Ivanchuk in a rook and bishop ending after 31 moves. Anand scored 8.5/14 and won the prestigious event held in Mexico and Spain on March 10. Anand had won this event in 1998. Anand beat Carlsen 2-0, Morozevich, Leko 1.5-0.5, drew Ivanchuk, Topalov and Svidler 1-1 and lost 0.5-1.5 to Aronian.  games 



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