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AICF Honours Anand:  AICF felicitated Vishy Anand (see pic left) and awarded him Rs.10 lakhs for winning the World Championship for the second time at Mexico City. In a function organised by the AICF at the Ball Room in Taj Connemara, Rahul Dravid showered words of praise on Anand and asked both chess players and non-chess players to take Anand as a role model. Anand thanked AICF,  N.Srinivasan, Dravid and Asian Chess President for their felicitations. Pictures 1 2 3  4

Sasikiran Wins Three Gold Medals At Macau:  Overall, India took the huge slice of five gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medals from possible nine in the Asian Indoor Games that concluded at Macau on Nov 3. Sasikiran took 3 gold, while Humpy, Harika won two gold each. India did not win any medal in the men's classical individual section. India won Team Rapid gold, Rapid individual (Sasi), Rapid Individual women (Harika), Blitz individual (Sasi), Blitz individual women (Humpy). Details Official Site 

Sasikiran, Humpy Wins Blitz Gold Each:  Second seed Krishnan Sasikiran and top seed Koneru Humpy won Blitz Gold Medals each in men and women in the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on Nov 2. Sasikiran came back winning the last two rounds. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kaz) took silver and Bu (Chn) took the bronze medals. Humpy and Zhu Chen (Qat) scored 7.5/9 and the Indian won the tie-break. Vietnam took the bronze. China missed the blitz for women podium. A total of 23 men and 15 women played. In the team blitz event, India beat China but lost to Kazakhstan and Malaysia to get silver.

INDIA WINS SILVER AT MACAU: Second seed India won the silver medal in the Team Classical Chess at the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on October 30. India won four matches, lost one to top seed China and drew Vietnam 2-2. Gold went to China, silver to India and bronze to Vietnam. 21 teams took part. Sasikiran 3.5/6, Ganguly 3.5/6, Humpy 4.5/6, Harika 5/6. There are more golds in blitz chess to be decided and the event concludes on Nov 3. Sasikiran, Ganguly and Humpy are losing Elo while Harika is gaining.

INDIA SHOOTS GOLD AT MACAU: Second seed India won the gold medal in the Team Rapid Chess at the Asian Indoor Games at Macau on October 27. India won all six matches. Beat top seed China, Vietnam, Kazakhstan 2.5-1.5 each, Pak 4-0, Phi 3-1 and Indonesia 3.5-0.5. Sasikiran 5/6, Ganguly 3.5/6, Humpy 4.5/6, Harika 5/6. There are in all 9 gold medals to be won in this event. 40 GMs from Asia and 14 WGMs are present there. Rapid, classical and blitz chess in men, women and mixed are the nine sections.

Anand Receives Rs.25 Lakhs: Anand who won the World Chess Title for the second time received Rs.25 lakhs from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at the Fort St George in Chennai on Oct 24. During the 45-minute chat, Anand was accompanied by his wife Aruna Anand and the Chief Minister by other Ministers Arcot N.Veeraswamy, M.K.Stalin and Sports Minister Mohideen Khan. During the previous tenure, Karunanidhi had presented Anand a house in 2000 for winning the World Title at Tehran. See TN Govt Photo Release 

Chess King Returns To India:  With so many people at the airport at this late hour, I cant complain about the reception, said Anand at Delhi on Oct 15. The TN Government giving a cash award of Rs.25 lakhs I can't complain there as well. "Nice to win the strongest world chess championship by remaining undefeated. All came in one year, Linares, World No.1, World Title And Breaking Into the 2800 Once Again, said Anand. 

Anand Gives A Mexican Treat: Anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship after making a draw in the final round game against Leko of Hungary on Sep 29. Anand had been World Champion in 2000 and is also No.1 ranked in the World since April 2007. Anand was the only undefeated player at Mexico City. He won 4 games, Aronian, Svidler, Grischuk, Morozevich. Anand speaks to  Vijay Kumar  round 131211, 10, Games: SEE

Tania Sachdev Wins Asian Women at Tehran: The 12th Asian Women Championship was won by Tania Sachdev of Delhi. She scored 6.5/9 and had the superior tie-break to win the title over top seeded Ruan Lufei (Chn).  Nisha Mohota finished fourth and missed out a world championship ticket. Top three qualify for the World Championship. 12 Eesha Karavade, 19 Aarthie, 21 Swati Ghate, 28 Amruta Mokal.  Games Download PGN

Ganguly, Harika Win Zone 3.2 Titles: Ganguly beat G.N.Gopal 2-0 in the rapid play off to win the Zone 3.2 title at Dhaka and qualify for the World Cup at Siberia. D.Harika won the women's event with 7/8, Swati Ghate took second and Tania Sachdev third. In men, Ganguly and Gopal scored 9/11. G.Rohit took third with 8, Deepan Chakkaravarthy fourth with seven points. GM Ziaur Rahman (Ban) is FIDE President's Nominee entry for Siberia. 

India Wins Five Titles At Asian Youth: India won the Boys Under-10 Shardul Gagare, Boys U-8 G V Revanth Reddy, Girls U-12 Priyanka Kumari, Girls U-10 B.Pratyusha, Girls U-8 Ivana Furtado at Al-Ain in the UAE on Aug 30. Overall we received 10 medals out of 24 and five titles. Though a slight slip from the previous two years, one has to take into account that Vietnam, Mongolia and Iran put up a good resistance for us.  See details 

India Wins World Youth Olympiad, Singapore:  India started as second seed and defeated the top seed Hungary by 3.5-0.5 in round 5 and later went on to win this event which concluded on August 11 Our team consisted of B.Adhiban, R. Ashwath (both Chennai), S.Nitin (Salem), Shyam Nikhil (Nagercoil), Swayams Mishra (Cuttack). Manager: Raizada (Lucknow, coach). Indian Team Pic  SEE 

G.N.Gopal Becomes GM:  IM G.N.Gopal of Aluva, Kerala became our latest GM when he made his third and final GM Norm at Dhaka on Aug 29. He scored 7/9 in the Asian Zonal which is in progress. He made earlier GM Norms at the International Open, Kolkata and by winning Lake Sevan Cat 12 Event At Armenia. He is coached by IM Varugeese Koshy. Gopal is rated 2480 and is a 18-year old. He should be listed as GM in Oct 2007.

Anand Keeps Mainz Rapid Crown: : World No.1 Vishy Anand kept his rapid chess crown by winning the Grenkeleasing World Rapid Chess Championship at Mainz Germany on August 19. Anand won the fourth game with black after playing three draws to take the title for the tenth time. In the qualifier, Anand finished first with 4/6 and Aronian finished second with 3.5. Kasimdzhanov and Bacrot finished in the bottom.

Anand Voted DNA Sportsperson Of The Six Decades Of India:  Viswanathan Anand, the World No.1 ranked chess player on August 15, 2007 was voted as India's No.1 sportsperson in the first sixty years after India obtained independence. Anand polled more votes than Kapil Dev, cricketer, who helped India win the World Cup in 1983 and third was Prakash Padukone. India turned 60 on Aug 15, 2007. See details 

Montreal 2007: World No 46 P.Harikrishna sponsored by Sun Group finished third after playing well at the start. Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine won the event with 7/9 with a dashing 3/3 finish at the tape. Tiviakov took second place on 6 and Harikrishna of Hyderabad finished third on 5.5. It was a category 17 event and Harikrishna has made use of this exposure in this event. Harikrishna won four games and lost two and drew three.

Dortmund 2007: The 35th Chess Meeting is on at Dortmund from June 23 at the Civic Theatre. World No.1 Anand and  Kramnik start as favourites. Other six players are: S Mamedyarov (Aze), A Naiditch (Ger), P Leko (Hun), B Gelfand (Isr), E Alekseev (Rus) and M Carlsen (Nor). Kramnik drew Anand, Anand drew Leko, Gelfand drew Anand, Anand bt Naiditch. Mamedyarod drew Anand. See Anand games  Official site LIVE GAMES

Ivanchuk Wins:  Experienced Vassily Ivanchuk, 38,  of Ukraine won the Category 18 Aerosvit Tournament at Foros in Ukraine. He scored 7.5/11 and remained undefeated in the 12-player all-play-all that concluded on June 29. Sasikiran lost to Van Wely with white and tied for the 11-12th places with 4/11. His rating performance was 2593 and so he will be losing Elo. See games here.

Abhijeet Gupta of Bhilwara Becomes GM:  Young Indians achieved plenty at Balaguer in Spain on July 25. Abhijeet Gupta got his final GM Norm, Arun Karthik obtained his maiden GM Norm, IM Norm for Soumya Swaminathan, second IM Norm for Abhishek Das and WIM Norm For Padmini Rout of Orissa. However, Abhijeet Gupta has to wait for the 2500 rating mark to achieve the title.   See the official website.

Adyar Times 2007: C.J.Arvind of Birlasoft, Chennai won the 7th Adyar Times FIDE Rating Tournament at Chennai on Aug 5. He scored 8.5/10 and remained undefeated. The second and third place went to R.R.Laxman and C.Praveen Kumar also of Chennai. TNSCA organised the show and 227-players took part. In the last round, Arvind beat two-time winner R.Balasubramaniun. Arvind had previously won SPIC and Pentamedia Rating 2000.

IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal Wins:  The 45th PSNA National B Chess Championship concluded at  Dindigul in Tamil Nadu on June 20. Prathamesh Mokal of Pune who wrested lead early with 7/7 won the event with a better tie-break score. He tied for the first place with four others: 2-5 B.Adhiban (TN), Ratnakaran (Rly), M.R.Venkatesh (PSPB), S.Kidambi (PSPB) 9.5/13. WGM Nisha Mohota was among the 11 new qualifiers. The other 10 were: B.Adhiban, Akshat Khamparia, M.R.Lalith Babu, Preetham Sharma, Shashikant Kutwal, Vidit Gujrathi, S.P.Sethuraman, Arun Karthik, R.Ashwath, Mehar Chinna Reddy.  The youngest qualifier is Mehar (12) and oldest is Sudhakar Babu (42). The top 30 qualify for the National A at Chennai in November. The coverage for the event is at

S.P.Sethuraman Wins:  Chennai's 1993-born S.P.Sethuraman won the FIDE Rated 243-player Tamil Nadu State Championship with 9/11. He tied with Arun Karthik for the title on 9/11 and had the better tie-break score. He is the youngest player to win the Tamil Nadu Championship in the last 55 years. It was organised at Kodaikanal at the Kodaikanal Institute of Technology, in Machur, Kodaikanal from May 23-30.

Sasikiran Second In Sofia:  K.Sasikiran scored half a point from the last three games to let Topalov win the M-Tel Masters at Sofia for the third time. Sasikiran slipped from a one point lead to take second place with 5/10. Sasi would gain 10 Elo from the event. 3-5 Mamedyarov, Nisipeanu, Kamsky 5 each, 6 Adams 4.5. Overall, Sasi bt Adams, Mamedyarov 1.5-0.5, drew Kamsky, Nisipeanu 1-1 and lost 0-2 to Topalov.  See

Vijayalakshmi Earns Final GM Norm:  A brilliant 4/4 start and a 6.5/9 score gave S.Vijayalakshmi of Indian Airlines, Delhi her final GM norm and her open title at Curto, Italy some 50 kms east of Turin on May 1. She recorded a rating performance of 2602. Her earlier norms came at Paris 2005 and Kavala (Greece) 2006. She has to reach 2500 rating to get the GM title She is on 2424 now. 

Anand Honoured:  The 60th year celebration of the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association took place in Chennai on April 26. Cash prizes totalling Rs.4.50 lakhs were distributed to TN players for performances in 2005 and 2006. I wish Anand all the best to win the World Title later this year, said TNSCA President P.R.Venketrama Raja while felicitating the World No.1. IM M.Aaron read the list of achievements of TNSCA in these years. Pic

Anand Top's FIDE Rating List: After FIDE took the Morelia/Linares Tournament for ratings, it became clear that Anand moved to No 1 with 2786. Topalov slid down to 2772 and shares the second place with Kramnik. Harika jumped several places to take the 13th place in the world among women. Kore became IM and India has 47 IMs..SEE 

FIDE RATES LINARES: Anand is the No.1 ranked player in the chess world in the April 2007 rating list. Anand's achievement completes the dream of a young Chennai chess player who started playing chess in 1975. His resume has it all now. Congrats Anand. If you did not know, Anand won the World Chess title in 2000 at Tehran. Click for a 15-sec 351k video file of that memorable event in Iran shot by Arvind Aaron..

Anand In Monte Carlo: Having recently won the Linares Title for the second time, Anand is on a high and is expected to be No.1 in the World when the April 1, 2007 rating list is released. The 16th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament is on at Monaco from March 17-29 (Mar 21, 26 are free days). It is a 12-player double all-play-all with one blind and rapid game. See games live in their website at 

Anand Regains Linares Title With 8.5/14:  Needing a draw for the title, Anand played the Queen's Indian defence and drew Ivanchuk in a rook and bishop ending after 31 moves. Anand scored 8.5/14 and won the prestigious event held in Mexico and Spain on March 10. Anand had won this event in 1998. Anand beat Carlsen 2-0, Morozevich, Leko 1.5-0.5, drew Ivanchuk, Topalov and Svidler 1-1 and lost 0.5-1.5 to Aronian.  games 

Tigran Petrosian Wins Kolkata Open: Tigran Petrosian of Armenia won the International Open at Kolkata on March 6 with 8/10. Darmen Sadvakasov and Sergey Tiviakov took the second-third places with 7.5 points. Sriram Jha and G.N.Gopal made 9-game GM Norms and tied for the fourth place. Petrosian picked up USD 4,500 in prize money. This event took place at the Gorky Sadan in Kolkata.    SEE

The 5th Parsvnath International Open, Delhi:  India's biggest open tournament got underway at the changed venue, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi from Jan 15. Alexey Dreev of Russia won the event with 8.5/10 by remaining undefeated. Gogineni Rohit beat Ganguly, Barua and  Iuldachev for his maiden GM norm and second place.  It  was organised by the Delhi Chess Assn.  See 

The 44th National A, Valsad:  Surya S Ganguly of Indian Oil, Kolkata won the National A with 9/13 for the fourth straight time. 45 Players played in this Swiss. Deepan Chakkaravarthy was second. Four new players entered the top six. Arun Prasad of Salem, Gogineni Rohit, Suvrajit Saha and G.N.Gopal.  For the complete games in PGN and crosstable. See  Official placings  See 

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