Candidates Tournament Contenders: Veselin Topalov

Qualification: Top two highest average rating in 2015 FIDE Rating: 2780 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till London Chess Classic) Career Stats: Wins- 684, Draws- 876, Loses- 424 Veselin Topalov is the least active among the players in this competition. However, he still managed to gain qualification as one of the top two players

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Viswanathan Anand Runner-up at Zurich Chess Challenge

After a below par performance at the Gibraltar Open, his first open tournament in 23 years. Viswanathan Anand made a speedy recovery to his 2016 campaign with a fine finish in the competition. He tied for the top spot with Hikaru Nakamura at 10.5 points, but ended up missing out on the title in the

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Viswanathan Anand’s Fresh Start In World Championship Preparation

Musicians don’t retire. They stop when there’s no more music in them. There seems to be a similar kind of relationship between the game of Chess and Viswanathan Anand. He is surely certain he still has a lot of chess in him despite not having a great campaign last year, raising numerous questions in the

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Gibraltar Chess Congress: Hikaru Nakamura Wins After Tie-Break

After 10 rounds of exorbitant chess, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura were tied for the top spot with eight points each. This resulted in a tie-breaker and four rounds of tie-break failed to provide any result. However, the fifth game was taken by the American to win the Gibraltar Chess Congress 2016. Nakamura beats Vachier-Lagrave

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Gibraltar Chess Congress: Sethuraman, Harikrishna In Title Contention

In a tournament that involves Viswanathan Anand, it is common to expect him to be the bearer of the good news for India’s chess enthusiasts. But in the Gibraltar Chess Congress it is the young brains that are making the mark for India. SP Sethuraman and P Harikrishna are tied on points 7 points each

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Gibraltar Chess Congress: P Harikrishna Challenging For Lead

Indian youngsters have made quite a name for themselves at the Gibraltar Chess Congress 2016 and P Harikrishna has been a consistent member of the top 5 in the leader-board. After seven rounds of severe chess battles, P Harikrishna is fifth just half a point behind young Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro. SP Sethuraman and

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Gibraltar Chess: Two Indians In Top 10

Indian Chess players have been doing extraordinarily well at the Gibraltar Chess Congress with two players finding a place in the top 10 after three rounds. This might come as a shock for most Indian Chess fans, India’s best Viswanathan Anand playing his first open tournament in 23 years has performed fairly well after a

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Surya Shekhar Ganguly Finishes 10th At Qatar Masters Open

Indian GMs Surya Shekhar Ganguly and P Harikrishna finished 10th and 11th respectively at the recently concluded Qatar Masters Open. Players like Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, Vignesh NR displayed occasional sparks of brilliance during the early stages of the tournament but could not keep the momentum going towards the crucial stages. On the other hand SP

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Mamedyarov Emerges Joint Leader At Qatar Masters Open

In an interesting turn of events at the Qatar Masters Open current World Champion Magus Carlsen shares the lead with Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sjugirov Sanan of Russia. India’s P Harikrishna holds steady at 5 points, still half a point below the top spot. India’s opening round stars GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Vignesh NR

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P Harikrishna Win Puts Him Among Best At Qatar Masters Open

Indian GM P Harikrishna made the most out of his sixth round fixture against Vladimir Fedoseev to move half point close to the leader Magnus Carlsen at 4.5 points. The world champion on the other hand scored a draw against Wesley So to maintain his sole lead over other challengers. Harikrishna win puts him on

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