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Next stop India on Magnus Carlsen’s Champions Chess Tour

In the digital wave that has swept chess in recent months, India's sharply growing equity is a microcosm of the sport's turning fortunes. Magnus Carlsen too wishes to tap into this rich potential. The reigning world champion, ESPN understands,...

Leon Mendonca one norm away from becoming GM

Leon Mendonca is now one norm away from turning into only Goa's second Grandmaster. The 14 year-old Indian International Master has earned two GM norms in the space of 21 days, the latest one coming in Budapest on Monday.The...

How India’s women chess pioneers fought a patriarchal system and won

IN THE NETFLIX MINI-SERIES 'The Queen's Gambit', teenaged chess prodigy Beth Harmon identifies the casual sexism when she's paired against the only other woman player in the 'open' section of the 1963 Kentucky State Championship, teeming with male players....

Nihal Sarin: India’s speed chess genius

In the DC Universe, Nihal Sarin would perhaps make for a young Barry Allen, aka the Flash. The 16 year-old Indian Grandmaster is motored by a zealous appetite for unending hours of online blitz and bullet chess and has...

India’s Leon Mendonca earns maiden GM norm with title in Hungary

Young Indian International Master (IM) Leon Luke Mendonca, 14, earned his maiden Grandmaster (GM) norm after winning the title at the Rigochess International Chess Festival Open in Hungary.Mendonca won six games, drew two and lost one to secure seven...

India’s Nihal Sarin wins Junior Speed Chess Championship

India's Nihal Sarin emerged winner in the Chess.com's 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship after beating Russia's world junior No. 6 Alexey Sarana 18-7 in the final.The title win earned the 16-year old Sarin USD 8,766 and enabled him...

How SP Balasubrahmanyam helped teenage Viswanathan Anand with a break

The year was 1983 and 13-year-old Viswanathan Anand was part of a junior chess team, the Madras Colts. They were in trouble, on the verge of dropping out of the National Team Championship -- to be hosted at the...

FIDE mulls tweaking rules after Olympiad’s joint-winner compromise

In the stipulated 15-minute window between their concluded games and submitting a written appeal for a review, India's non-playing captain Srinath Narayanan was certain it was over for his team. The Online Chess Olympiad this year has had several...

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