By Winning the London Chess Classic Wesley So Ends 2016 with Two Titles in Two Days

 December 25, 2016   R K Gupta


USA’s Wesley So couldn’t have asked for more. On the penultimate day of 2016 London Chess Classic, Wesley So drew his game with compatriot Fabiano Caruana and clinched the top spot among 14 contestants of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour that comprised of tournaments at Paris, Leuven, Sinquefield and London. Next day, So also won […]

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Carlsen Beats Karjakin in the First of Their Two Matches at Bilbao Chess Masters

 July 17, 2016   R K Gupta

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After losing in the first round, world champion Magnus Carlsen has won the next three matches in a row. His third-round match against the World Championship challenger Russia’s Sergey Karjakin was a big game for the organizers, chess fans and the players themselves but the Norwegian triumphed with a devastatingly ruthless kingside attack. Next day, […]

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Bilbao Masters Offers Testing Ground for Carlsen & Karjakin before World Championships

 July 14, 2016   R K Gupta

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The 2016 Bilbao Chess Masters Tournament has just gotten underway. Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his new challenger Sergey Karjakin are among the six participants in the tournament being played on a double Round-Robin basis. That means Carlsen and Karjakin will play at least two games against each other before they meet again for […]

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World Chess Championship: Titanic 122-Move Game 7 Lasts Nearly 7 Hours Before an Epic Draw

 November 18, 2014   R K Gupta

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The 7th game of World Chess Championship at Sochi was a make-or-break affair for the Indian challenger. Vishy Anand had to avoid a loss in any case after blowing up a straightforward winning chance in Game 6 on Saturday. But Anand waded into troubled waters in the Berlin Defense and needed to sacrifice his bishop […]

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Anand Misses a Chance on a Blunder by Carlsen and Loses Game 6 in World Chess Championship

 November 16, 2014   R K Gupta

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The World Chess Championship in Sochi is through the halfway mark. With 6 games played and another 6 remaining, the Champion leads the Challenger by one full point. But that is not all. When the match resumes on Monday, Carlsen will play with whites again and that makes him a huge favorite at Sochi. But […]

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World Chess Championship Enters a Fascinating New Phase at Sochi after Draws in Games 4 & 5

 November 15, 2014   R K Gupta

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On Wednesday and Friday at the World Chess Championship in Sochi, Games 4 and 5 ended in draws. But these were not the boring and goalless draws of a football match. After the decisive outcomes of games 2 and 3, the next two games played on either side of Thursday’s rest day were truly exciting. On […]

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The Chennai Tiger Bites Back: In Game 3 at Sochi, Carlsen Gets Crushed by Anand

 November 13, 2014   R K Gupta

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In a sudden turnaround, Indian challenger Vishy Anand roared back into reckoning in Game 3 at Sochi’s World Chess Championship with an emphatic victory over titleholder Magnus Carlsen. The match is now tied at 1½-1½ and 9 games remain in the championship. Playing with white, it was a must-win situation for Anand or else, his […]

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Anand is the Master Performer at Bilbao Despite Loss to Aronian on Final Day

 September 21, 2014   R K Gupta

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On Friday, Vishwanathan Anand played his round 5 match against Ukraine’s Ruslan Ponomariov and even as the game ended in a draw; Anand led the competition with 11 points. On the nearby table Levon Aronian desparately needed a win against Spain’s Vallejo Pons to remain in contention at the Bilbao Masters. But Vallejo was a […]

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Vishwanathan Anand Beats Vallejo, Holds Top Spot in Bilbao Masters Final

 September 19, 2014   R K Gupta

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Vishy Anand is the oldest player in the Bilbao Masters Final but he continues to demonstrate excellent poise, which tells us about his top physical and mental alertness, when dealing with his opponents.. On Thursday, playing his foutth round match against Spanish champion Francisco Vallejo Pons, Anand displayed great patience, spotted small errors from Vallejo and claimed […]

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Vishy Anand Begins With a Bang, Leads the Pack in Bilbao Chess Masters Final

 September 18, 2014   R K Gupta

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After basketball, it is the turn of chess at the Spanish city of Bilbao. Situated on the bank of Nervion River, the historical city has already become a major tourist center in southern Europe. Until the other day, Bilbao attracted worldwide attention for hosting Group C round-robin matches of the FIBA sponsored basketball World Cup, […]

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