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Over 25 Grandmasters to take part in Indian chess league from May 15 – Times of India

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CHENNAI: India's top chess players, including talented youngsters such as R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh, Nihal Sarin and national champion Aravindh Chithambaram will take part in the Indian League to be played online from May 15-17.

A total of 10 teams will take part in the tournament which will see the participation of over 25 Indian Grandmasters.

GM Priyadarshan Kanappan, the league commissioner said, "The Sports League was something that I had been very familiar with as I lived in the US where you had leagues for all sports; so I always used to wonder if we could replicate that format in India, and that's how this league idea happened."

"The lockdown helped us in a big way, as chess players have no avenue to play in over the board events, so we were able to convince the top players to play in an online league format," he added.

Praggnanandhaa and Chithambaram will turn out for Team Chess Gurukul to be captained by noted coach and Grandmaster R B Ramesh, while Gukesh, the world's second youngest Grandmaster, will play for Five Fighters, which would also include the experienced GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, promising young Leon Luke Mendonca, Vishnu Prasanna (Captain) and Soumya Swaminathan.

Karthikeyan Murali, Aditya Mittal and R Vaishali will be the other members of Team Chess Gurukul.

Sarin will be part of Superkids team to be captained by Narayanan Srinath and also includes GMs Arjun Erigaisi, Raunak Sadhwani, Srinath and Divya Deshmukh.

Indian No. 6 S P Sethuraman will also be seen in action for Chess Pathshala which includes Swapnil Deshpande (captain), Sankalp Gupta, Krishnater Kushager and Mrudul Dehankar.

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Chess: Vishy Anand ambushes Russia’s world No 4 to win in five minutes – The Guardian

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Humpy Koneru v Mariya Muzychuk, India v Rest of the World, Nations Cup 2020. Indias world No2 Koneru could have reached the puzzle diagram, but missed Whites winning move. Can you do better?

Indias former world champion Vishy Anand stole the show at this weeks online Nations Cup as the 50-year-old veteran caught the world No 4, Ian Nepomniachtchi, with home prep and won in 17 moves as checkmate was imminent. The unsuspecting Russian blitzed out his replies until it was too late, and the entire fifth-round game was over in just five minutes.

Meanwhile, China remain the squad to beat in international team chess. Beijings elite players won both the open and womens gold medals at the 190-nation Olympiad in 2018 and they have taken a clear lead in the online Nations Cup with grandmaster and computer move-by-move commentaries.

The competition format, four-player teams including a womens board plus two alternates, strongly favours China, whose male players are the world title candidates Ding Liren and Wang Hao, the rising star Wei Yi, and the World Cup semi-finalist Yu Yangyi. Their womens board is shared by the world No 1, Hou Yifan, back in action after her academic year at Oxford, and the reigning world champion, Ju Wenjun.

After eight of the 10 rounds, which qualify two teams for Sundays final, China led with 15/16 ahead of United States 11/16, Europe 10/16, India and Russia 5/16, Rest of the World 2/16.

Europes team is led by Frances world No 5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, with Magnus Carlsen conspicuously absent. The tournament is being played on, the major rival to which hosted last weeks Carlsen Invitational. Now chess24 is carrying the Nations Cup games, and providing an entertaining commentary by the world champion himself.

Why did he decline to play? I think for me it would have felt more important to play if I had been, lets say, American or Chinese or even Russian. Representing your country in such a tournament is huge, but representing Europe. I dont feel so strongly about Europe. has a different explanation, that Carlsen wanted a higher fee than other participants, but was turned down by Fides organisers.

Anands miniature, one of the fastest wins ever between elite players in major competition, will make the Nations Cup remembered. His trainer had found the idea recently, and a previous trainer had also done so many years earlier. It caught out the Stockfish computer on the chess24 website, which flashed an equal position right up to 15 f5!! when it suddenly changed to +6.

Blacks moves are natural, but after 13...Be6? (d4 or Nc6) Nepomniachtchi thought he was already lost. Near the end Black cannot escape by 16...Qb6 17 f6 Nd7 18 Qh6 Nxf6 19 Ng5 or by 16...Qd5 17 f6 Qe4 18 Rae1.

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 Bd2 Bg7 6 e4 Nxc3 7 Bxc3 c5 8 d5 Bxc3+ 9 bxc3 Qd6 10 Qd2 0-0 11 f4 e6 12 Nf3 exd5 13 Bc4 Be6? 14 0-0 d4? 15 f5!! Bxc4 16 e5! Qd7 17 f6 1-0

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Players at all levels from club matches upwards now spend serious time preparing for the favourite lines of their opponents and hoping that one day they will hit the jackpot and bring off a homeworked victory, but few ever get the chance to do so in such spectacular style as Anand.

There was a bizarre sequel. For most of the match it seemed that Anands win would secure the match against Russia, until right at the end Indias No 2, Pentala Harikrishna, made a mouse slip in a drawn position and lost a piece and the game to Vladislav Artemiev.

The closing rounds of the Nations Cup can be viewed online on Friday and Saturday (2pm start) with the final at 3pm on Sunday.

3670: 1 d6! Qxd6 2 Qh8+ Ke7 3 Re1+ Kd7 (if Kf6 3 Rxe8 with a bishop up) 4 Bb5+ and wins.

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Online Nations Chess: Anand wins but Russia hold India 2-2 – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Former world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday registered his first win in the ongoing Online Nations Cup, beating Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi in just 17 moves in a fifth round match that ended in a 2-2 draw.

In its second match of the day, India went down to USA 1.5-2.5 in the sixth round with B Adhiban's loss at the hands of Wesley So proving decisive.

Anand underlined his class by getting the better of Nepomniachtchi in just 17 moves to set the tone for India in the tie against Russia.

However, after Adhiban and D Harika drew their games against Sergey Karjakin and Olga Girya respectively, Vladislav Artemiev salvaged a draw for Russia with a superb win over P Harikrishna.

In other games in round five, China beat USA 2.5-1.5 while Europe defeated Rest of the World by a similar margin.

In the sixth round, China continued its domination by thrashing Rest of the World 3.5-0.5 to maintain its position at the top with 11 match points and 16.5 board points.

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Chess pie and Fischer’s cake – Chessbase News

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5/8/2020 Many people are staying home now, more than ever. Baking bread has become a very popular activity in these times. Did you know that there is a cake recipe called the "chess pie"? Did you also know, that Robert Fischer has once received a cake, which looked like one of his played chess games? Chess can be such a sweet experience.

Master Class Vol.1: Bobby Fischer

No other World Champion was more infamous both inside and outside the chess world than Bobby Fischer. On this DVD, a team of experts shows you the winning techniques and strategies employed by the 11th World Champion.

Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischers openings, and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischers particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Karsten Mller is not just a leading international endgame expert, but also a true Fischer connoisseur.


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The chess pie is a southern pie from the United States of America, and that might be the only thingwe can say for sure about this piece of cake. Most of thesources on this pie lead to Martha Washington'sBooke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats. The former first lady probably got this book out of England, where it was written in the 17th century, according to culinary historian Karen Loft Hess.

There are several funny and interesting theories of why the pie is called chess pie:

The most popular explanation is this one, taken fromSarah Belk [Simon and Schuster:New York] 1991 (p. 367-8) fromLynne Olver'sfoodtimeline.orgwebsite:

The cheese etymology seems the most likely one, because in old cookbooks, cheesecakes and pies that were sometimes made with cheese sometimes without (referring to cheese in the textural sense - lemon card, for example, is often referred to as lemon cheese), are often included in a single category. A selection of cheeseless "cheese" pastries inHousekeeping in Old Virginia(1879) are made with egg yolks, sugar, butter, milk, and lemon juice - very much like chess pie filling. Sometimes called "Cheesecake Pudding" (the filling is made of yolks, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, and brandy or rum) is baked in a crust in small tins..."

Whatever the mystery about the chess cake origin is, it is no secret that it tastes delicious! Probably because it is mostly made of sugar...

A friend of mine gave me this recipe:

From Thelma's Treasures by Susanna Thomas

1 9" pie crust

recipe in the book


Meringue Topping:

Furthermore, here is a YouTube video by Southern Living:

The amount of sugar at 0:40 makes me cry

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen

Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Mller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.

Bobby Fischer won the US Championship 1963/64 with 11/11 points! He was just 20 years old when this extraordinary result was accomplished. Never again could this 100% perfect score be reachedin the US Championship.

Game number ten against Pal Benko in particular is remarkable. So remarkable, that a chess cake with an actual position of the game was made for Fischer after the tournament.

Here is a tweet by Douglas Griffin with Bobby Fischer's chess cake.

Suren Aghabekyan tells us even more about the BobbyFischer chess cake story:

The US Championship table from the ChessBase Mega Database

All the games played in the US Championship 1963

And the special "cake" game

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The Best Chess Game Of All Time Tournament –

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We want to know your opinion! Which is the best game in history?

We are pleased to announce's "Best Chess Game" tournament. We've identified 16 of the greatest and most acclaimed games ever and seeded them into our tournament bracket.

Every other day, we'll post a new battle on our social media pages, and YOU have to vote for the game that you think is best. We'll tally the votes and update our bracket here. Stay tuned to see the entire tournament progress!

Easy!We're going to post, every two days, a battle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at 9 a.m. Pacific Time / 18:00 Central European Time. If you want to vote, just follow the instructions in the battle and cast a vote with a like, retweet, or share. Votes will be tallied when the next battle is posted, and the winning game will advance to the next round in the tournament.

Easy, right?

Round of 16:




Here is the games list with all the masterpieces (with a link to our analysis board) to decide the BEST game.

If you have any questions or doubts, please, post comments here.

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Trending now: Chess Market Estimated To Experience A Hike in Growth Global Industry Size, Growth, Segments, Revenue, Manufacturers – Cole of Duty

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Trending Chess Market 2020: Inclusive Insight

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Part 1 Market Overview 1.1 Market Definition 1.2 Market Development 1.3 By Type Table Type of Chess Figure Global Chess Market Share by Type in 2020 1.4 By Application Table Application of Chess Figure Global Chess Market Share by Application in 2020 1.5 Region Overview Table Region of Chess Figure Global Chess Market Share by Region in 2020 Part 2 Global Market Status and Future Forecast 2.1 Global Market by Region Table Global Chess Market by Region, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Global Chess Market Share by Region in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Region, 2015-2019 2.2 Global Market by Company Table Global Chess Market by Company, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Global Chess Market Share by Company in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Company, 2015-2019 2.3 Global Market by Type Table Global Chess Market by Type, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Global Chess Market Share by Type in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Type, 2015-2019 2.4 Global Market by Application Table Global Chess Market by Application, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Global Chess Market Share by Application in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Application, 2015-2019 2.5 Global Market by Forecast Figure Global Chess Market Forecast, 2020-2024 (Million USD) Part 3 Asia-Pacific Market Status and Future Forecast 3.1 Asia-Pacific Market by Company Table Asia-Pacific Chess Market by Company, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Asia-Pacific Chess Market Share by Company in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Company, 2015-2019 3.2 Asia-Pacific Market by Type Table Asia-Pacific Chess Market by Type, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Asia-Pacific Chess Market Share by Type in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Type, 2015-2019 3.3 Asia-Pacific Market by Application Table Asia-Pacific Chess Market by Application, 2015-2019 (Million USD) Figure Asia-Pacific Chess Market Share by Application in 2020 (Million USD) Table Price List by Application, 2015-2019 3.4 Asia-Pacific Market by Forecast Figure Asia-Pacific Chess Market Forecast, 2020-2025 (Million USD)

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Wife hopes for ‘stranded’ Anand’s early return from Germany – Times of India

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CHENNAI: The last couple of months have been most challenging for Viswanathan Anand and his family here. While the five-time former world champion has been stranded in Germany since the end of February, when he went to feature in the Bundesliga chess tournament, his wife and son have had to deal with his absence. With the government of India planning to facilitate the return of Indians stuck abroad in a phased manner, Aruna is hopeful that Anand will return soon. "Anand is in touch with the Indian embassy in Frankfurt, but at present they don't have any concrete instruction as to when flights from Germany will be arranged. The embassy is aware that Anand is stranded there. I guess the evacuation is happening in a phased manner. It is a very large operation and you just have to wait for your turn. We hope to see him back soon," she told TOI on Wednesday. The MHA had said earlier in a statement: "Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens. The travel would begin in a phased manner from May 7." Aruna believes Anand's absence has been felt most by their son Akhil. "It has been a tough time for the family. With Anand not there, Akhil has found it difficult to manage. They both spend quality time whenever Anand is home. They stay in touch via video calls but Akhil misses his father's physical presence. The lockdown restrictions mean he can't even go out and it makes it doubly hard for Akhil," revealed Aruna. The time away from family hasn't stopped Anand from doing his bit for the Covid-19 victims. He raised money for the PM Cares Fund and is currently leading the Indian team in the FIDE Online Nations Cup.

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The black-and-white board beckons and strategy-building await! But no fancy (or plain) chess set is needed. We've got everything you need right here. Choose the theme that most appeals to you. The computer will set up the board, keep track of all the pieces, and generally make the whole production portable. You can play anywhere totally for free! Try to beat the computer or go up against a live person, either in the room with you or somewhere across the internet. Against a human or machine, the game will force you to expand your mind and sharpen your strategy and critical-thinking skills. That's right, chess makes you smarter. Other benefits include: improved concentration, memory, abstract reasoning, and creative problem solving. Chess teaches you to prioritize and focus on the important things while tuning out distractions. It can also make you more sharper and more Zen. Attack and defend simultaneously while working toward a bigger and better strategy during each match. It's time to become a mastermind and boost your brain with the thinking man's (or woman's) favorite game!

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CHESS GAMES Online – Play Free Chess Games on Poki

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Our chess games are fun to play and easy to learn. You can challenge the computer in a game of traditional chess, or try your turn at one of our variations. Choose your ideal set of pieces, pick a color, and start your strategy! A true master spends hours honing their craft. Our levels play realistically and have smart AI, which will react to your gameplay and present you with a unique challenge. Our collection can also accommodate beginners, providing simpler gameplay and easier variations.

Many different graphic styles are included in our chess games. If you prefer basic 2D graphics, you can play with standard, overheard views. Or, move your knights, bishops, and rooks in stunning 3D. Our Flash-based chess adventures provide vivid colors and pristine graphics. You can enjoy smooth gameplay and quick AI, and even play multiple games at once! For an even more unique challenge, try the Totally Spies adventure. In this variation, you can control live characters and trap your enemies on a custom board.

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Here is a chance to play chess online against a basic chess computer. This computer chess program was written to run in flash, but it still gives a decent game. This is a free game, uses a 3d chess board and needs no download. Could it be the best free online chess program out there?

If you want a tougher game then try some of the other computer chess engine download links on this site. Almost any UCI chess engine from Jim Abletts page will give an incredibly strong game, or you could download the Crafty chess computer which is also available with its own graphical user interface.

To play chess you must both install flash and then enable it your browser.

For example, in Chrome, after flash installation click on settings -> advanced and scroll down to content settings click this and then enable flash there.

You must complete BOTH downloading flash and enabling it in your browser for the chess game to work and be visible!

If after performing both actions the game still does not appear, then hard refresh your browser cache (control-F5 on Chrome).

FlashChess can also be downloaded to play on the desktop of your computer.

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If this easy chess game is too easy for you, or you just fancy a change, why not try our new onlinecomputer chess program?

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