Praggnanandhaa begins strongly; gets the better of chess legend Vasyl Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk was dominating his teenage opponent and looked set to strike the first blow for the older generation but first dropped a rook and then left a bishop hanging in time trouble. However, the Ukrainian quickly shook off the loss in the next round with a win over Serb Ivan Saric to pick up his first three.
Champions Chess Tour: Pragg v Carlsen lined up again in Julius Baer Generation Cup
Julius Baer Generation Cup is a new ground-breaking tournament this month focused on the clash of ages as it pits against each other players from age groups -- from 15 to 50-plus. The Julius Baer Generation Cup marks a fitting return to Julius Baer events for Pragg, the 17-year-old from Chennai.
Chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa leading a "chess ascetic's" life
On Monday, Praggnanandhaa took the chess world by storm, defeating Carlsen in the FTX Crypto Cup, the second major on the Champions Chess Tour to finish runner-up in the strong tournament. It is a sort of an ascetic's life that the young Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa and his elder sister Woman GM (WGM) R. Vaishali lead, "talking and breathing chess while avoiding other diversions", their mother R. Nagalakshmi told IANS.
Champions Chess Tour: Praggnanandhaa stuns Carlsen in tiebreaks to finish runners-up in FTX Crypto Cup
Starting the round two points behind the Norwegian Carlsen, the 17-year-old Pragg was looking down and out after losing the third of the four rapid games. But Carlsen, who was steering the fourth game to a draw, blundered in the endgame and the Indian capitalised on it to take the match into blitz tiebreaks.
Praggnanandhaa, Carlsen share FTX Crypto Cup lead
On Tuesday night, Praggnanandhaa narrowly beat Anish Giri in the four-game match to avenge a costly defeat the Dutch number 1 inflicted on him earlier this year in the Oslo Esports Cup. Pragg and Giri played out three draws before the India struck in the final game. The youngster sits alongside Carlsen at the top of the leaderboard on 6/6 points.
Chess Olympiad: Uzbekistan wins Open section gold, Ukraine in Women's section
The 14th-seeded Uzbekistan team won the gold medal while Armenia and India-2 team won the silver and bronze in the Open section of the 44th Chess Olympiad held here, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) said. According to FIDE, Ukraine is the winner of the gold in the women's section. The India-2 team, composed of young players, won against Germany in the 11th and final round 3-1.
Sasikiran, Erigaisi help India bounce back to beat Brazil at 44th Chess Olympiad
Coming into the match after a loss to Armenia on Saturday, India A started off the game on a winning note when Sasikiran raked in the first point against Andre Diamant in a Nimzo Indian game. Things appeared to move sedately when a couple of consecutive wrong moves by the bishops on the 42nd and 43rd turn allowed Saikiran to gain advantage and convert it to victory on the 49th turn.
Indian women's team extends unbeaten run at 44th Chess Olympiad
India A, though, suffered a few hiccups after Humpy ended on the losing side in the first game. However, Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali once again rose to the occasion magnificently by scoring hard fought victories while Harika Dronavalli also battled hard to split the point. Vaishali played splendidly in a drawn position, pressurising her opponent with precise positive play and finally scoring a delightful victory. A hall mark of the women's A team has been the ability of every player to score a win when the team needed it most.
Gukesh, the 'Rajinikanth' of Indian chess, wins 7th game in a row!
And yes! There is certainly a Rajinikanth, the Tamil movie hero known for many stupendous feats on the silver screen, in him. Gukesh's father is D. Rajinikanth is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Moreover, Gukesh's favourite chess players are America's first World Chess Champion late Bobby Fischer and India's first World Chess Champion V. Anand.
44th Chess Olympiad: Gukesh stuns former World Championship challenger Shirov as India B clinch fifth win in row
It was Gukesh's fifth victory on the trot in this event. Incidentally, after this victory, he overtakes Vidit Gujrathi in live ratings to be the third highest rated player in India after Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna. "I got a fine position after an error from him and slowly outplayed him. It's a pleasure to play a player of Shirov's calibre and to beat him is special," Gukesh said after the match.