Actor Aamir Khan to play a chess match with former world champion Vishwanathan Anand for a charitable cause on June 13. Played as a part of a celebrity edition, featuring bollywood celebrities and corporate leaders, the virtual match will be streamed at 5PM via Chesscom India’s YouTube channel. Held in association with Akshaya Patra Foundation, the event’s earning will serve the vulnerable community people affected by the pandemic.
Among numerous charities meant for welfare of the underprivileged children, one such effort originating from Tamil Nadu's Chennai has stood out. R Raghavan, a self-taught chess master, has taken upon himself to produce India's next world chess champion. Raghavan, an engineering graduate, currently has nearly 60 students, learning chess free of cost, at the basic and intermediate tier. Son of a retired Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC)… read-more
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In an inspiring initiative, international chess player R Raghavan is teaching the game to underprivileged children in Chennai. Raghavan travels to Thiruvanmiyur and Korrukupet to take chess classes in orphanages and has taught over 200 children. Born in a middle-class family, Raghavan is inspired by Vishwanathan Anand and wants to be a Grandmaster. He also bagged a UNICO World Record for holding an event where 200 players played 2000 rounds… read-more
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Indian chess prodigy in rapid format, Koneru Humpy won the second edition of the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award on March 8. The nominees included wrestler Vinesh Phogat, sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker and Indian hockey team skipper Rani Rampal. Winning the award, Humpy said, "I hope, the game will draw people's attention." Athlete Anju Bobby George and Manu Bhaker won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Player of… read-more
A 14-year-old boy from Goa utilised the lockdown in such an effective manner that he has emerged as India's 67th chess Grandmaster. Due to COVID-induced lockdown, Leon Mendonca and his father were stuck in Europe since March. Taking it as an opportunity, Mendonca competed in many competitions aiming GM title. He won his 1st GM norm at the Rigo Chess GM Round Robin; the second in Budapest; and the last at the Vergani Cup, Italy.
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand announced the launch the WestBridge Anand Chess Academy (WACA) to encourage 'The Next Anand'. Partnering with the investment firm WestBridge Capital, Anand will mentor the candidates selected annually by the panel. The WACA mentorship will include offline training plus interactions and mentorship sessions by the experts, post Covid-19 restrictions. However, currently there are five candidates… read-more
Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju has assured chess player Srinath Narayanan a refund of the tax that he paid to receive the gold medal, which he had won at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. Expressing his concern, Kiran said, "It was a case of misunderstanding between Customs and Courier company. The issue has been resolved." Reportedly, Srinath paid Rs 6300 as a tax to get his medal.
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India's Young Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca won the title at Hungary's 'Rigochess International Festival' tournament. The 14-year-old emerged victorious in six games and drew two, while losing just one game. Securing seven points in nine rounds of the tournament, the Goa-based player won his first round against IM William Paschall and later won 5 games, in which he defeated 2 GMs - Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy and David Bercez.
Indian women's and men's chess team won gold and silver, respectively, in the finals of the Asian Nations (Regions) Online championship on October 25. Mary Ann Gomez-led women's team scored 6-2 and won against Indonesia, with Woman Grandmaster PV Nandhidhaa bagging the first point. Meanwhile, the men's team lost to Australia 3.5-4.5 after suffering a defeat in the first round and draw in the second.
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After stellar performances from Grandmasters Adhiban and Vaishali, the Indian men's and women's chess teams entered the finals of Asian Nations (Regions) Online championship. Reportedly, the men's team defeated Kazakhastan 2.5-1.5 and 3-1 whereas women's team comfortably defeated Mongolia by 3.5-0.5 and 4-0. The men's team will face Australia, followed by Indonesia with the women's team in the final match which is scheduled on October 25.