It is halfway at the Qatar Masters Open 2015 Chess tournament and with no surprises World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads on the top with 4.5 points out of a possible 5. The Indian players at the tournament have done an impressive job so far, maintaining a close distance with the leader. Indians impress at Qatar
Ever since the year 2015 came, Indian chess fans have been taken by a drought of lacklustre performances from the man who was once recognised as the “King of 64 Squares” from India. The former world champion Viswanathan Anand seemingly failed to overcome the rut and ends the year on a rather poor note. His
Former world Champion Viswanathan Anand showed signs of recovery from his poor stint against his fifth round opponent Veselin Topalov. But his decent run came to an end again the World Blitz champion Alexander Grischuk got the better of him in the sixth round and handed Anand his second defeat at the London Chess Classic.
Former world Champion Viswanathan Anand came back strongly after a disappointing fourth round defeat at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura. The Indian overcame Veselin Topalov in the fifth round to maintain his position in the tournament. Viswanathan Anand’s Knight Manoeuvres steal the point Anand and Topalov seemed to reach their endgame in the 28th move.
After sticking to draw results in the opening three rounds, former world champion Viswanathan Anand now lost his first game at the London Chess Classic. His opponent in the fourth round Hikaru Nakamura joins Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Anish Giri among the grandmasters who registered a victory at the tournament so far. Anand unable to
Karthikeyan Murali opened his game with perhaps a disaster at Tiruvarur with consecutive losses in the first two rounds. He lost to SP Sethuraman in the opener and Karthikeyan P added to his woes in the second round. But the young schoolboy proved that losses are a part of the greater journey towards success as
Karthikeyan Murali, who hails from Tamil Nadu, was crowned the National Chess Champion at the ONGC 53rd National Premier Chess Championship. The sixteen-year-old had a final round loss against Arghyadip Das in the tournament, but it was not enough to keep him away from the title. Karthikeyan was level on points with GM Vidit Gujrathi
In the National Women’s Chess tournament, defending Champion Padmini Rout enjoyed a comfortable defense of her title scoring 8.5 points. Her closest competitor in the tournament was Soumya Swaminathan, who managed to defeat Swati Ghate on tie-breaker to earn the second place in the competition. Padmini Rout defeats Tania Sachdev to clinch title Padmini Rout
The top rated player at the national chess championship, SP Sethuraman suffered back to back defeats in the tournament that puts him down on the standings. While the other top rated player Vidit Gujrathi emerges half a point clear of his compatriots after completing six rounds. Women’s National Championship In the women’s championship Padmini Rout
For most part of the 21st century Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has kept India on top in the world of chess. He is credited to bringing back glory to the country that created the game. However, in this edition of Sports Stats Weekly we are not looking at Anand’s games. Instead we look at other