Chess

Second Youngest Chess Grandmaster

R Praggnanandhaa made history by becoming the 2nd youngest chess grandmaster in the world by earning his 3rd GM norm during Gredine Open. Praggnanandhaa who is just 12 years, 10 months and 14 days old is also the youngest Indian Grandmaster. Ukraine’s Serget Karjakin remains the youngest ever Grandmaster. Viswanathan Anand, India’s first ever GM, was 18 years old when he earned his 3rd norm

Chess player withdraws from competition

Indian Grandmaster Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian Team Chess Championship to be held in Hamadan, Iran due to its hijab policy. According to country’s hijab policy, women are required to cover their head in public places, including at a sporting event. Previously, Indian pistol shooter Heena Sidhu had boycotted sporting championships due to the hijab law.

Viswanathan Anand won Rapid event

Viswanathan Anand won the rapid event at the 11th Tal Memorial chess in Moscow. Anand finished with six points out of a possible nine, scoring four wins and four draws. Anand defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk and Daniil Dubov of Russia and Hikaru Nakamura of United States en route to his final score.

Gangolli won Chess Championship for the blind

Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai.The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).At the end of the 13th round, Asian Championship winner, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points.

Anand finishes joint-second

5 time world champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Chinese grandmaster Hou Yifan in the 9th and final round to sign off joint 2nd at the Isle Of Man Chess Championship. He shared the second spot with America’s Hikaru Nakamura. Anand took 53 moves to overpower Yifan to finish with 7 points. World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the title with 7.5 points after a short draw against Nakamura.

Kutwal wins gold medal

Shashikant Kutwal has won the gold Gold medal at the 17th World Individual Chess Championship for differently-abled held in Slovakia. He is a railway employee and has been representing Central Railway, Indian Railways and India at various chess competitions. In the World Championship, held by Physically Disabled Chess Association, Kutwal won gold medal after scoring 7.5 points from a possible 9.

Nguyen Hoa bags Mumbai Mayor Chess title

Vietnam Grand Master Nguyen Duc Hoa clinched a decisive win against Indian GM Neelotpal Das to emerge as the champion of 10th Mumbai Mayor’s Cup International Open Chess Tournament. He went home richer with the top prize of Rs 3 lakhs . Indian Grand Masters Diptayan Ghosh and Neelotpal Das finished with identical 7.5 points and were placed third and fourth respectively.

Vaishali wins gold in Blitz Championship

India’s R Vaishali won the women’s title with eight points from nine rounds in the Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship. PM Modi congratulatesd R. Vaishali for winning Gold at Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship via Twitter. Her compatriot Padmini Rout finished third with seven points. The Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship is being hosted by China.

Laxman wins Rapid FIDE Rating chess meet

R.R. Laxman of Integral Coach Factory won the All India Open Rapid World Chess Federation Rating Chess Tournament at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra. Laxman defeated Mitrabha Guha to finish on top with 9.5 points. Mitrabha Guha finished second with 8.5 points while Srijit Paul with 8 points finished third.

Kush Creates History in UAE Tourney

Mumbai prodigy Kush Bhagat has won all three gold medals on offer in the 1st Western Asia Youth Chess Championships. The event was held at Al Ain Chess Club in UAE. The second standard student reigned supreme in all the three categories – rapid, blitz and standard. He overcame the challenges from 158 participants from 20 countries across the world.