Chess

  • India win bronze in Chess Olympiad August 14, 2014

    On a day when China annexed the Chess Olympiad's gold medal, India captured the bronze crushing Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5. Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Padmini Rout won the gold medal on the fifth board while Grandmaster (GM) K. Sasikiran took home the silver medal. China defeated Poland 3-1 to claim the gold medal in...
  • Sasikiran keeps India in hunt for historic podium finish at Chess Olympiad August 13, 2014

    Tromso: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a creditable 2.5-1.5 victory over Germany in the 10th and penultimate round to stay in contention for a podium finish at the 41st Chess Olympiad. Sasikiran's 48-moves win against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu not only raised visions of a best-ever Indian finish but also set...
  • Indian men held by Argentina, women lose to Ukraine at Chess Olympiad August 12, 2014

    Tromso: Indian men were held to a draw by Argentina on all four boards while the eves suffered a 1.5-2.5 defeat against Ukraine in the ninth round of the ongoing 41st Chess Olympiad. It was a day of missed opportunity for in-form S P Sethuraman, who let go of a winning...
  • India draws against stronger Armenia in chess Olympiad August 11, 2014

    Chennai: The Indian open team on Sunday drew 2-2 their match against much stronger opponent Armenia at the World Chess Olympiad underway in Norway. The Indian open team had the crucial advantage of playing with white pieces on the first and third boards against the Armenians. On the top board, Indian GM...
  • India wins against Moldova in Chess Olympiad August 9, 2014

    Chennai: In a day of mixed results, the Indian open team on Friday defeated Moldova 3.5-0.5 while the women's team split the points equally against Spain 2-2 at the World Chess Olympiad being held in Norway. The Indian open team rested Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman who has been playing well till now....
  • India bounce back in Chess Olympiad August 7, 2014

    Tromso: Brushing aside the fourth round debacle, Indian men and women's teams bounced back with resounding victories over Montenegro and Austria respectively in the fifth round of the 41st Chess Olympiad. On what turned out to be a good day for the men, Parimarjan Negi, S P Sethuraman and Krishnan Sasikiran...
  • Indian teams suffer defeat at chess Olympiad August 6, 2014

    Chennai: India suffered serious reverse on Tuesday in the 41st World Chess Olympiad now underway in Norway with both the teams - open and women - losing to Cuba and Serbia respectively. The Indian team in the open section lost to Cuba 1.5 - 2.5 points by drawing three games and...
  • India's winning run hits brakes at Chess Olympiad's third round August 5, 2014

    Chennai: India's victorious run in the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Norway came to a halt on Monday with both their teams - men and women - splitting the points with their lower seeded opponents. The Indian men team tasted their first victory on Monday on the second board. Playing with...
  • Indian men crush Canada in the second round of Chess Olympiad August 4, 2014

    Tromso: Led by Parimarjan Negi's fine victory on the top board, the Indian men cruised to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Canada in the second round of the 41st Chess Olympiad here on Monday. Negi defeated Anton Kovalyov from the white side of a Sicilian Taimanov. After enjoying an opening advantage, the...
  • Parimarjan Negi held, but Indians off to a good start in Olympiad August 3, 2014

    Tromso: Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi was held to a draw by little known Basher Iyti but the Indian team coasted off to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Syria in the 41st Chess Olympiad on Sunday. On what turned out to be an indifferent start from Negi, the Indian was staring at a shocking...
  • Chess boxing catching on in India July 19, 2014

    To any common sports lover, chess and boxing would sound poles apart, if he is to draw any comparison between the two unlike sporting  disciplines. However very few would believe that a sport called chess-boxing has been evolved in the country and now is venturing into Madhya Pradesh through boxing coach...
  • Viswanathan Anand falls behind in World Blitz after three losses on day 1 June 20, 2014

    Dubai (UAE): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand could only manage 7.5 points out of a possible 11 on the opening day of the two-day World Blitz Chess Championship as he won seven games, lost three and drew one. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who just annexed the world rapid crown as well,...
  • Viswanathan Anand wins bronze in world rapid chess June 19, 2014

    Dubai: Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand came up with a thumping victory over reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen but had to settle for the bronze medal in the World Rapid Chess Champions. The game with Carlsen, who won Gold despite the defeat, was the talking point for thousands of chess buffs...
  • Viswanathan Anand joint third in World Rapid Chess Championship June 18, 2014

    Dubai: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand kept himself in contention by notching up 3.5 points on the penultimate day of the World Rapid Chess Championship here. With seven points from 10 games, Anand stands joint third in the strongest ever rapid chess tournament and the Indian ace will have to make...
  • Viswanathan Anand joint ninth after sedate start in World Rapid June 17, 2014

    Dubai: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a sedate start with two draws and ended up joint ninth after the end of the fifth round of World Rapid Chess Championship. A couple of draws at the beginning against Ivan Salgado Lopez of Spain and Maxim Matlakov of Russia in...
  • Viswanathan Anand-Magnus Carlsen world title rematch to be held in Sochi June 11, 2014

    The much-anticipated World Championship rematch between Indian veteran Viswanathan Anand and title-holder Magnus Carlsen will be staged from November 7 to 28 in Sochi, Russia. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced the schedule at a press conference, saying that the budget for the event has been set at USD three million. The match...
  • Candidates title morale-booster for Carlsen rematch: Anand May 31, 2014

    Mumbai: Viswanathan Anand feels winning the Candidates title has given him fresh motivation needed to avenge last year's loss to world number one Magnus Carlsen, when the two meet in the World Chess Championship title clash later this year. Five-time world champion Anand registered three victories in 14 games without a...
  • I'm aiming to qualify for World Olympiad next: Adhiban May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A silver at the Asian Continental Championship earned him a shot at next year's World Cup but Grandmaster B Adhiban is not looking too far ahead and is focussed on becoming a "better player" to qualify for the Chess Olympiad in August this year. "I think it's still too...
  • Adhiban wins silver, qualifies for Chess World Cup April 26, 2014

    Sharjah: Grandmaster B Adhiban clinched a silver medal and also a berth at the next year's World Chess Cup after a hard-fought draw with Yu Yangyi of China in the final round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship on Saturday. Adhiban, who ended up with 6.5 points, out of a possible...
  • Viswanathan Anand looks forward to re-match against Magnus Carlsen April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The World Championship loss in Chennai had "knocked the stuffing out" of Viswanathan Anand but the five-time winner on Wednesday said that clinching the Candidates title has boosted his confidence and he would try to avenge his loss to Magnus Carlsen later this year. Three losses over 10 games...
  • Abhijeet Gupta highest ranked Indian in Dubai open April 7, 2014

    Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will start as the highest rated Indian in the strong Dubai International open chess tournament that gets underway on Tuesday. A winner of this tournament in 2011, Gupta recently won the Al-Ain Classic in the UAE and the country remains one of his...
  • How dinner with Kramnik inspired Anand to chase the world title again April 3, 2014

    Viswanathan Anand may not have even played the Candidates Tournament, let alone win it and now stand at Magnus Carlsen's doorstep to challenge him for the world title the Indian wizard lost to the Norwegian around six months back. Anand has admitted that he was in two minds over his participation...
  • I needed this result as people need oxygen: Anand on Candidates win April 2, 2014

    He has rediscovered his form in the game of 64 squares by winning the FIDE Candidates tournament and Viswanathan Anand is more than happy with the win, looking forward to beat numero uno player Magnus Carlsen in his quest to regain the World Championship later this year. Talking to CNN-IBN, Anand...
  • Viswanathan Anand should add strategist to core team: Susan Polgar April 1, 2014

    Chennai: Four-time women's World chess champion Susan Polgar of Hungary feels that India's Viswanathan Anand can perhaps add another strategist rather than making wholesome changes to his A-team - his seconds - for his World Chess Championship match against defending champion Magnus Carlsen later this year. Susan, also a winner of...
  • Anand roars back to threaten Carlsen's crown March 31, 2014

    CNN-IBN talks to Pravin Thipsay on Anand winning the Candidates event, earning a right to challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen. ...
  • Viswanathan Anand seals Candidates title with effortless draw March 30, 2014

    Khanty Mansiysk: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand sealed the Candidates tournament title with an effortless draw with Peter Svidler of Russia in the 14th and final round on Sunday. Having won one of the strongest tournaments of recent times with one round to spare, Anand just didn't want anything to go...
  • Viswanathan Anand wins Candidates, can challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen now March 29, 2014

    Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand won the 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the 13th and penultimate round on Saturday. Anand has an unassailable 1.5 point lead with one more round to play in the tournament. It was a marathon against...
  • Anand to meet Karjakin in the penultimate round March 28, 2014

    Khanty Mansiysk: As he approaches the big game against Russia's Sergey Karjakin, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand would aim to carry forward his good from into the crucial 13th and penultimate round of the Candidates Chess tournament on Saturday. The oldest competitor in the fray, Anand has thus far outlasted everyone...
  • Anand let's Andreikin off the hook; maintains full point lead March 27, 2014

    Khanty Mansiysk: Taking a practical decision, Indian ace Viswanathan Anand let Russia's Dmitry Andreikin off the hook as he settled for a draw to maintain his full-point lead in the Candidates Chess tournament on Thursday. It turned out to be an exciting day for Anand who had things running for him...
  • Viswanathan Anand inches closer to title after draw with Kramnik March 26, 2014

    Khanty Mansiysk: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand inched closer to clinching the Candidates Chess tournament title after settling for an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 11th round here. With just three rounds to go, Anand maintained his full point lead over nearest rival Levon...