Chess – Forum Frei http://forumfrei.net/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://forumfrei.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Chess – Forum Frei http://forumfrei.net/ 32 32 Chess.com Gobbles Up Play Magnus as Kushal Jakhria Establishes New Global Brand | Chess https://forumfrei.net/chess-com-gobbles-up-play-magnus-as-kushal-jakhria-establishes-new-global-brand-chess/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/chess-com-gobbles-up-play-magnus-as-kushal-jakhria-establishes-new-global-brand-chess/ Chess.com is about to take over the Play Magnus Band in an $82 million merger between major chess organizations that will leave U.S. backing chess.com as the dominant force in online events. PMG, which went public on the Oslo market in 2020, initially flourished as a growth stock, but its earnings did not grow at […]]]>

Chess.com is about to take over the Play Magnus Band in an $82 million merger between major chess organizations that will leave U.S. backing chess.com as the dominant force in online events. PMG, which went public on the Oslo market in 2020, initially flourished as a growth stock, but its earnings did not grow at the expected rate and its share price halved from at its top.

It seems that PMG’s business model of providing top level commentary for the top tournaments on its chess24 website attracted too few subscribers, even though world champion Magnus Carlsen was and still is a regular participant. PMG chess the learning site is its most successful area, while the chess24 play area has attracted a much smaller number than chess.com or lichess.

By contrast, chess.com has always been primarily focused on providing a competitive gaming arena for the hundreds of thousands of people who flocked to online chess during lockdown. Its viewing events have a successful formula of a mix of 5/1 and 3/1 blitz and 1/1 bullet, using a knockout format rather than chess24’s all-game Meltwater Champions Tour.

Chess.com also provides a platform for chess streamers, the most famous of which is Hikaru Nakamura with over a million followers. Women are generally underrepresented in chess, but much less so in streaming, where around 25% are women. Among the most popular is Anna Camel, daughter of Pia Cramling who won her third Olympiad gold medal last month. Chess.com’s media coverage is good and its chief reporter, Peter Doggers, is widely regarded as the best chess journalist in the world.

Whether the merger will work in the long term is questionable. The world champion has made it his mission to try and make PMG successful, and admitting failure by selling out could prove to be another step on the road to retirement. Much will depend on whether Carlsen’s currently stalled goal of hitting a record 2900 rating can be revived by a strong performance in the Sinquefield Cup, which takes place in St Louis this week. So far this year, the 31-year-old Norwegian hasn’t been able to replicate his pre-pandemic performances of 2019.

The future looks uncertain for chess24. One of chess.com’s first acquisitions was the viewing site chess bomb which now operates in a reduced form covering only major events without live commentary, whereas chess24 gives live matches of fairly minor competitions.

However, chess.com won’t have a monopoly in the near future. Lichess remains a non-profit rival and is the site of choice for many due to its easy and quick access to a willing opponent. A handful of clicks and you’re in action at your preferred time limit.

Returning to the St Louis chess board, 19-year-old Alireza Firouzja returned to the top of his game in the Grand Tour rapid/blitz, where he lost just one of 27 matches and won the top prize of 40 $000 with four spins to spare. Nakamura was second. Carlsen joined on Thursday for the Sinquefield Cup and the prospect of a battle with Firouzja.

Last week’s article mentioned that seven-year-old England star Kushal Jakhria was within reach of a national rating of 2000. Jakhria was in contention to break the age record of Abhimanyu Mishra, who became the youngest U.S. pundit (defined as a 2000 rating) at seven years, six months, and 22 days, and became the youngest grandmaster ever.

Kushal Jakhria broke the record for the youngest player to reach a national rating of 2000. Photography: Brendan O’Gorman

It didn’t take Jakhria long. On the holiday weekend, with English Chess Federation odds 1989, he traveled to Lancashire for the Leyland U2200, beat both top seeds, then missed the final day due to health issues. trip to London.

Quick Guide

Kushal Jakhria-WFM Jane Richmond, Leyland U2200 2022

Spectacle

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 b5?! 5 dxe6 fxe6 6 cxb5 d5 7 e3 Bd6 8 Be2 OO 9 b3 Ne4 10 Bb2 Da5+ 11 Nbd2 Nc3 12 Bxc3 Qxc3 13 OO Nd7 14 e4 Black’s Blumenfeld gambit 4…b5?! does not give enough for a pawn. Here 14 Ng5! Qf6 15 f4 is even better. Bb7 15 Rc1?! 15 Nc4! Bc7 16 e5 is stronger. Qf6 16 Qc2 Rac8 17 exd5 exd5 18 Bd3 g6 19 Rce1 Kg7 20 h4 The familiar Harry the h-pawn pushes, fishing here for a g5 outpost. Bf4 21 Ke2 Rf7 22 Rfe1 Nf8 23 Nf1 Give options of Ng3/e3 or Nf1-h2-g4 c4 24 bxc4 dxc4 25 Be4 Rc5 26 Bxb7 Kxb7 27 a4 c3 28 Re4 Rd7 29 g3? White remained a solid pawn, but gives it up unnecessarily. Instead, Ne3-c4 would increase the pressure. Bxg3 30 Nxg3 Qxf3 31 K4e3 Kd2 ?? The losing miscalculation. Qf4! maintain the level. At this point, Jakhria was already visualizing the final position. 32 Rxf3 Rxc2 33 Te7+ Kh6 34 Rxf8 Rc1+ 35 Kg2 c2 36 Rff7 Rg1+ 37 Kh2 Rh1+ 38 Kxh1 c1=Q+ 39 Kg2 g5 40 Rf6 mat. Jane Richmond is a former British champion and Olympiad silver medalist.

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At seven years and five months, Jakhria broke Mishra’s record by almost two months. Mishra had broken the previous record set by Awonder Liang, who also became a grandmaster, by a full six months.

Some English events are not Fide rated so this figure is lower, but Jakhria still has got to #1 on the world chess body’s September list for seven-year-olds. The other English talent Bodhana Sivanandan ranks fourth overall and world number one among seven-year-old girls.

Among the former English prodigies, Luke McShane stands out. At eight and a half he won the U10 world championship at Duisburg 1992 ahead of several future grandmasters, probably making over 2300. It also seems likely that Nodirbek Abdusattorov, now at 17 the youngest world rapid champion, was playing around 2000 at age seven. , because at the age of nine he beat two GMs at a tournament in Tashkent.

In less than two weeks, Jakhria faces her biggest challenge yet. The 11-round Fide U8 World Championship opens in Batumi, Georgia on September 16 with a huge field of 144. Nine are from the United States, who have won two of the last three titles, and many other nations strong chess are also represented. This event proved a barometer of greatness in 2012, when Abdusattorov won, and in 2013, when Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won gold for India.

3831: 1 Qxc8+! Bxc8 2 exd3 Qxf3+ 3 Bg2 wins with the double threat of Re8 mate and Bxf3.

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Chess.com makes an offer to play the band Magnus https://forumfrei.net/chess-com-makes-an-offer-to-play-the-band-magnus/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/chess-com-makes-an-offer-to-play-the-band-magnus/ Chess.com is delighted to announce that we have submitted an offer for Play Magnus Group (PMG) to join Chess.com. Magnus Carlsen and Play Magnus management are enthusiastic and have accepted the offer. We anticipate that it will take approximately 6-8 weeks for this process to be finalized. Until then, Chess.com and Play Magnus will remain […]]]>

Chess.com is delighted to announce that we have submitted an offer for Play Magnus Group (PMG) to join Chess.com. Magnus Carlsen and Play Magnus management are enthusiastic and have accepted the offer. We anticipate that it will take approximately 6-8 weeks for this process to be finalized. Until then, Chess.com and Play Magnus will remain independent companies.

Chess.com and Play Magnus are excited to work together to grow the game of chess and provide even more amazing experiences for chess fans and players everywhere. Once everything is finalized, we look forward to sharing our plans with the community on how we will work together to create amazing experiences for fans and provide more opportunities for creators. There’s never been a better time to be a chess fan, and we think the future of chess will be even brighter.

“It’s a special time for chess. More people are playing and watching chess than ever before. Events like PogChamps, the Speed ​​Chess Championship and the Champions Chess Tour have changed the game forever. there is an opportunity here to take chess to new heights by joining our efforts, and we are seizing this opportunity.” – Daniel Rensch, chess director of Chess.com.

We believe there is an opportunity here to take chess to new heights by combining our efforts.
—Daniel Rensch

“We had a very positive experience talking about the possibilities for the future, and I’m very happy to be a part of it…I’m excited to play in the Speed ​​Chess Championship again. I have a score to settle.” – Magnus Carlsen, world chess champion.

We had a very positive experience talking about the possibilities for the future, and I’m very happy to be a part of it.
—Magnus Carlsen

Chess.com is a leading chess site with a community of over 90 million members worldwide playing over 10 million games every day. Launched in 2007, Chess.com has over 400 remote team members focused on developing the game of chess.

Play Magnus Group was founded in 2013 with the goal of making the world smarter through chess and has established the popular Champions Chess Tour and a suite of chess learning and entertainment products.

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Cambridge maths student, 21, wins British chess championship https://forumfrei.net/cambridge-maths-student-21-wins-british-chess-championship/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/cambridge-maths-student-21-wins-british-chess-championship/ Harry Grieve, a 21-year-old Cambridge maths student, is the surprise new British chess champion after a week-long battle at Torquay ended in a significant generational breakthrough. Grieve, who learned his chess skills at Guildford, scored 7.5/9 and was half a point clear of defending champion Nick Pert. Grieve’s last game with fellow Cambridge student Matthew […]]]>

Harry Grieve, a 21-year-old Cambridge maths student, is the surprise new British chess champion after a week-long battle at Torquay ended in a significant generational breakthrough. Grieve, who learned his chess skills at Guildford, scored 7.5/9 and was half a point clear of defending champion Nick Pert.

Grieve’s last game with fellow Cambridge student Matthew Wadsworth, 22, was an epic 75-shot and one of the best deciders in the Championship. It had it all – a clean open with material imbalance, a knight retreating from f3 to his g1 starting square, two exchange sacrifices, a winning king march, four queens on the board at once, and a queen sacrifice to force checkmate. It was a tumultuous and memorable meetingworthy of its occasion.

The five GMs who represented England at the 180-nation Olympiad in Chennai were all absent due to the near overlap of events, so it’s a challenge ahead.

The result highlights the importance to British chess of the annual Varsity match. First staged in 1873, it is the oldest match in the game and is now played at the Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall in ideal conditions.

Grieve also played one of the best games in the league. His sixth-round victory over the experienced Danny Gormally began with Richter’s attack on the Sicilian: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5 e6 7 Qd2 Be7 8 0-0-0 0-0.

Decades ago, when I played Richter with both suits, the usual moves were 9 f4 or 9 Nb3. Once I met 9h4, preparing a pawn storm against the black king.

Grieve, however, called 9 h4 a6 with 10 Nxc6 bxc6 11 Kh3! d5 12 Rg3! put the black king under immediate pressure, and it turns out to be the recommendation of the ubiquitous computer Stockfish. He then scored with a powerful style in 23 shotsending with a queen sacrifice.

Puzzle 2483

Judit Polgar v Vishy Anand, Wijk aan Zee 1998. White moves and wins. Polgar took his next round and Anand resigned. Who was the winner (easy) and why did Black give up (harder)?

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Uzbek chess coach reveals secrets of Olympic gold https://forumfrei.net/uzbek-chess-coach-reveals-secrets-of-olympic-gold/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/uzbek-chess-coach-reveals-secrets-of-olympic-gold/ Last week, the Uzbek Olympiad winning team returned to Tashkent from Chennai at 3am and were greeted by a crowd of cheering fans. The Uzbek government, which already invests $4 million a year in chess, announced that the five team members would each receive a car and a cash bonus of $55,000. One of the […]]]>

Last week, the Uzbek Olympiad winning team returned to Tashkent from Chennai at 3am and were greeted by a crowd of cheering fans. The Uzbek government, which already invests $4 million a year in chess, announced that the five team members would each receive a car and a cash bonus of $55,000.

One of the secrets of their success was the leading role of their coach Ivan Sokolov. The Dutch-Bosnian grandmaster, world number 12 in his prime, was already respected due to his previous work with Iranian talent and his prediction several years ago that Alireza Firouzja could become world champion.

Sokolov has now revealed details of his successful campaign in a long and informative interview for chess.com. It is full of fascinating material.

Back in India, disappointing team medals behind Uzbekistan and Armenia were offset by the individual top tips list, which showed new national hero Gukesh D with gold ahead of Uzbek Nodirbek Abdusattorov, with silver and, above all, the world champion Magnus Carlsen with only bronze.

Almost all of the world’s top 20 players on the ranking list dropped points in Chennai, with Americans Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian having the most shreds. This immediately puts pressure on the two major chess tours, the Meltwater Online Tour and the St Louis-based Grand Tour, to find places for new teenage stars.

This weekend, the British Championship reaches its final stages in Torquay. The matches (start 2:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.) are live and free to watch on chess24.com.

Puzzle 2482
Gawain Jones versus Lei Tingjie, Charity Cup 2022. White out. What was the English grandmaster’s winning move?

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Performances in CWG and Chess Olympiad Inspire a Great Future, CWG Performances, Chess Olympiad, sr suryanarayanan, sports, independence day https://forumfrei.net/performances-in-cwg-and-chess-olympiad-inspire-a-great-future-cwg-performances-chess-olympiad-sr-suryanarayanan-sports-independence-day/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 11:33:55 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/performances-in-cwg-and-chess-olympiad-inspire-a-great-future-cwg-performances-chess-olympiad-sr-suryanarayanan-sports-independence-day/ India shines. These two words best describe the touch of euphoria that swept the country after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, near Chennai. India has not swept the medals as such, but our sportsmen have done enough to instil joy, hope and belief that the future is brighter for […]]]>

India shines. These two words best describe the touch of euphoria that swept the country after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, near Chennai. India has not swept the medals as such, but our sportsmen have done enough to instil joy, hope and belief that the future is brighter for the sport in the country. And these thoughts could not have come at a more opportune time than when the country has just touched its 75th year of independence.

Time has passed and aspirations have reached inspiring levels. Take chess for example. A sport that is believed to have originated in India but has developed and flourished in other parts of the globe. But, since the rise of Viswanathan Anand, chess has taken a new upward turn in India. Then came the opportunity for India to host one of the greatest chess competitions, the Olympiad, again inspired by Anand and supported by the government of Tamil Nadu. With two bronze medals in the team events, including a historic first for the women, in addition to a host of medals including two golds in the individual section, the event overall gave a new insight into the strength of India in this mental sport.

Just as Anand’s greatness became a family story when the great Indian played his world championship match in India, the Chess Olympiad gave first-hand testimony of India’s rich talent to fans of the country. Like Anand, the five-time world champion himself said what pleased him most was how the young players responded to challenges. His attention was particularly focused on D. Gukesh, one of the youngest GMs in the sport. He was the greatest achievement of this Olympiad, even though he praised others for this commendable effort. What will be eagerly awaited from here is not whether Indian chess standards will go higher. It certainly will, as this is how young chess players grow in the country, and with more and more Indian players breaking the ELO 2700 barrier (India currently has seven in this club of elite), the signs are even more promising. More tournaments are needed to keep interest high and that will be key. With Anand now vice president of the global body, he will surely do his part to ensure that the good news actually multiplies in the times to come. Chess couldn’t have hoped for better times!

The state of other sporting disciplines is largely in the same mold. One of the biggest impacts of the Tokyo Olympics was Neeraj Chopra, the star javelin thrower. His gold medal triumph was literally a revelation that the Indians can perform at this high level. From just taking part which was the norm with an exception or two, to winning the medal is a huge step forward, but it has been a hindrance for most.

Certainly the shot provided the first signal with Abhinav Bindra winning Olympic gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and heralding a new era for the sport. Filming has since seen top-notch performances. In fact, it was feared that the lack of a shot at the Birmingham CWG would affect India’s overall medal tally, but what finally happened was a revelation thanks to a transformation that promises to become a new chapter in the history of Indian sporting achievements. In short, Birmingham has witnessed an assortment of successes ranging from athletics to bowls. Imagine an Indian winning a (silver) medal in a sporting event like the 3000m steeplechase, something that has long been considered the monopoly of Kenyans! Army man Avinash Sable has done the impossible with a new national record to reveal to the nation that the country has big hearts like him.

The Commonwealth Games may not be on par with the Olympics or even the Asian Games. It can’t be without big performers like the USA, Russia or China, for example, but a long-running event still provides a forum for athletes to test their wares on an international value scale. Someone like Neeraj would have loved to perform here. As well as being the defending champion, he added some precious jewels to his crown and Birmingham would have given him the perfect setting to display his class again. An injury stopped him or was it providence! The way his Pakistani friend and rival Arshad Nadeem won gold with a swell of over 90m, things couldn’t have been easy considering Neeraj’s best never cleared the 90m until now ! But that’s a different story.

Like Sable, what impressed was how most of the medals were won, thanks to that rare touch of fixity of purpose backed by hard work and hope. Take, for example, Sharath Kamal, the 40-year-old table tennis veteran, was still brimming with the kind of confidence and courage that must have been a great inspiration to his teammates. Three gold medals were his rewards for his outstanding show. Talking about aspirations and the story of weightlifter Sanket Sagar can be moving. Un, who sold paan and lived in humble circumstances, always dreamed big, and CWG showed him the way with a stellar performance (Silver Medal) that will surely change his world for good! Similar is the story of another gold medalist weightlifter Achinta Sheuli.

While new names exploded, there were established ones like badminton star and big winner PV Sindhu again proving his mettle and with Lakshya Sen and the pair of doubles of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty giving the sport a golden hue . It is such successes that give new hope and direction to Indian sports in general.

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Tata Steel Chess will hold a women’s event for the first time : The Tribune India https://forumfrei.net/tata-steel-chess-will-hold-a-womens-event-for-the-first-time-the-tribune-india/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/tata-steel-chess-will-hold-a-womens-event-for-the-first-time-the-tribune-india/ Chenai: India’s top female players – including Koneru Humpy and D Harika except for the speedy R Vaishali – will be the stars of the women’s event featured at the 4th edition of the Tata Steel Chess India tournament. It will be held in Kolkata from November 29 to December 4. monacoSreeshankar finishes 6th in […]]]>

Chenai: India’s top female players – including Koneru Humpy and D Harika except for the speedy R Vaishali – will be the stars of the women’s event featured at the 4th edition of the Tata Steel Chess India tournament. It will be held in Kolkata from November 29 to December 4.

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Sreeshankar finishes 6th in the Monaco Diamond League

Commonwealth Games silver medalist long jumper Murali Sreeshankar finished sixth in the Diamond League meeting with a below par effort of 7.94m here today. He landed his best jump on his fifth attempt.

Geneva
FIFA plans to launch the World Cup in Qatar a day earlier

The World Cup in Qatar could start a day earlier than expected, with FIFA considering letting the host country face Ecuador on November 20.

London
Fury announces return, plans third fight

Tyson Fury has announced a return to boxing and is targeting a third fight against fellow Briton Derek Chisora. Fury said after his win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in London in April that he was retiring from the sport, but appears to have already had a change of heart.

Washington
Kyrgios can’t help but win as Osaka knocked out in first round

Nick Kyrgios qualified for the National Bank Open, beating Argentina’s Sebastian Baez 6-4 6-4 in a first-round match and setting up a second-round showdown with top-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev. Naomi Osaka withdrew from her first round match due to a back injury. She was leading 7-6(4) 3-0 against Estonian Kaia Kanepi when she retired from competition.

BERLIN
Flick delighted with Werner’s return to Leipzig

Timo Werner’s return to former club RB Leipzig is good news both for the league and for the player, who will continue to compete at the highest level, German coach Hansi Flick has said as the match approaches. Year-end World Cup. Agencies

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Brand owners may be attracted to India’s young Chess Olympiad medal-winning players https://forumfrei.net/brand-owners-may-be-attracted-to-indias-young-chess-olympiad-medal-winning-players/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:45:42 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/brand-owners-may-be-attracted-to-indias-young-chess-olympiad-medal-winning-players/ By Venkatachari Jagannathan Chennai, Aug 10 (IANS): With the success of the 44th Chess Olympiad in India and the great performance of the India-2 team, made up of teenagers, as well as individual performances, brand owners can now prepare to have chess players as their brand ambassadors, senior officials said. of a sports management […]]]>

By Venkatachari Jagannathan

Chennai, Aug 10 (IANS): With the success of the 44th Chess Olympiad in India and the great performance of the India-2 team, made up of teenagers, as well as individual performances, brand owners can now prepare to have chess players as their brand ambassadors, senior officials said. of a sports management company.

Sports talent managers also said financial services, education, fintech, and health food/beverage companies can consider chess players as their brand ambassadors.

“Unlike many other sportsmen, Indian chess players travel the world throughout the year playing tournaments abroad and also win prizes. Thus, they are constantly in the headlines, unlike to an athlete who only checks the news pages during the Olympics/Commonwealth/Asian Games,” said a senior executive at a sports management company.

They also said that other major chess events like India Chess League and Global Chess League are in the works, providing additional visibility for brands.

“A chess player can be likened to a mutual fund manager. A chess player needs a lot of focus, skill and dedication. The same goes for mutual fund managers. A chess player’s style of play must also match the philosophy of the fund,” Jayant said. Pai, Marketing Director, PPFAS Mutual Fund had told IANS.

According to him, for an equity mutual fund, a chess player will be a good choice.

“In fact, the Mutual Fund Association of India (AMFI) could use a chess player to promote mutual fund culture,” Pai added.

Some mutual funds have shown a chessboard with a few pieces in their advertisements.

“Usually investments are related to strategies and computers to their computing power, which is what chess players mean,” said Susan Polgar, winner of four women’s world championships and five Olympic gold medals earlier. In chess.

In India, the sports brand ambassador segment is almost monopolized by a few cricketers.

“It really is a monopoly in cricket when it comes to brand endorsements. The reason for this is not really known. Only one player monopolizes brand endorsement deals. Perhaps regional brand owners who can’t afford the best player can fetch other cricketers,” an industry official told IANS not wanting to be quoted.

“Cricket is the lowest common denominator in the country. So brands used by everyone will be looking for cricketers. There are niche brands and niche sports like golf, chess and other sporting events Olympics. These games are played by a small percentage of the total population in each country but are globally known. So niche product companies will be looking into these sports people,” Harish Bijoor, brand and expert, told IANS. founder of Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.

He also said that there are mass brands that cater to non-cricketers due to lack of funds and brands that have a lot of money and go for different sports.

Even though there are several Indian chess players who are in the top 20 in the world in different categories, except former world champion Viswanathan Anand, the recall value of others is less outside of chess.

However, youngsters like D. Gukesh, R. Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigaisi and Nihal Sarin are the players who are already making waves in the global chess world.

For example, Gukesh kept the Olympiad venue on fire by winning eight straight matches and eventually won the individual gold medal as well as being the architect of the India-2 team bronze medal. in the event.

“Brand owners will be looking at young boys who have made their mark now and still have a long way to go. Older players who have higher ratings may not be in favor of brand owners,” said a responsible.

So what are chess players doing to attract brand owners?

“Besides being at the top in the field, there are other important aspects – personality and social media presence – for a chess player to appeal to brand owners,” Bijoor said.

Additional aspects like glamor quotient, involvement in social causes, married to another celebrity in the same field or in a different field, Bijoor listed.

According to him, the “couple quotient” has a distinct advantage and the appeal of the combination surpasses their individual appeal.

But it will be a long job for a chess player to position themselves to attract brand endorsement deals.

“Chess is a global game. World Chess Champions are global properties. But it’s a niche segment in many countries. So, like their pieces on the board, player positioning is important” , Bijoor had said.

Several chess grandmasters have told IANS that their main objective is to fight for survival on meager funds and that they have no other thoughts or means regarding their positioning in the market.

Also, senior chess players and parents of young chess players need to be media friendly, which some are not.

This correspondent experienced the haughty attitude of the father of an Indian chess grandmaster (who was part of the bronze medal-winning open team at the Olympiad a few years ago) who never gave access to the player when contacted nor had the courtesy to call back.

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Chess: Olympic gold for Uzbekistan – and also for England’s David Howell https://forumfrei.net/chess-olympic-gold-for-uzbekistan-and-also-for-englands-david-howell/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/chess-olympic-gold-for-uzbekistan-and-also-for-englands-david-howell/ The premier team chess competition, the 180-nation Chennai Olympiad, ended on Tuesday with Uzbekistan, aged 20 on average and ranked just 14th, edging gold after a battle with Armenia , a three-time winner, and the Indian teenagers, while the top-seeded United States finished outside the medals. India’s Gukesh D, 16, and Uzbek’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov, 17, […]]]>

The premier team chess competition, the 180-nation Chennai Olympiad, ended on Tuesday with Uzbekistan, aged 20 on average and ranked just 14th, edging gold after a battle with Armenia , a three-time winner, and the Indian teenagers, while the top-seeded United States finished outside the medals.

India’s Gukesh D, 16, and Uzbek’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov, 17, stood out as rising talents on their way to the world top. Gukesh won his first eight matches and won a gold medal in the individual draw.

Abdusattorov is already world champion in one-hour rapid chess, where he beat Magnus Carlsen.

David Howell, a former prodigy turned online commentator, won individual gold in table three with 7.5/8, a feat reminiscent of the glory days of the 1980s when England were No. former Soviet Union. England also had a great chance of securing a high position in the team table, but squandered it in the final round and finished 14th.

The big losers in Chennai were the United States, which in the absence of Russia (banned) and China (Covid and visa issues) were big favourites. The world’s top 10 players Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian were defeated by the energy of Asian teenagers. Round 8, when the United States lost 1-3 to India 2, felt like a retelling of the infamous 1945 radio game against the Soviet Union.

American chess strategy in recent years, orchestrated by FT player Rex Sinquefield and the world renowned St Louis Chess Club, has been to encourage established star players to transfer to the United States and thus build a team highly rated national. What happened in Chennai shows the limits of this approach. Ambitious and fearless Uzbek and Indian teenagers are the future of chess.

This dramatic play was significant for the gold medals. Indian Gukesh held on better but let slip then failed to bail out for the required draw. Abdusattorov fueled the tactical scrum and was rewarded with a fatal error of a knight.

Puzzle 2481

Fabiano Caruana vs Gukesh D, USA vs India, Chennai 2022. Black to move and win. How did the 16-year-old defeat the former world No. 2?

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Chess-playing robot breaks seven-year-old boy’s finger in Russian tournament | Magnetic Files https://forumfrei.net/chess-playing-robot-breaks-seven-year-old-boys-finger-in-russian-tournament-magnetic-files/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/chess-playing-robot-breaks-seven-year-old-boys-finger-in-russian-tournament-magnetic-files/ A chess-playing robot snagged and then fractured the finger of a seven-year-old boy during the Moscow Chess Open competition. Moscow Chess Federation President Sergey Lazarev confirmed the incident. “The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad,” Lazarev allegedly said. The incident – captured in the video – happened […]]]>



A chess-playing robot snagged and then fractured the finger of a seven-year-old boy during the Moscow Chess Open competition. Moscow Chess Federation President Sergey Lazarev confirmed the incident. “The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad,” Lazarev allegedly said. The incident – captured in the video – happened after the boy made a quick move on the board. “The child made a move, and after that you have to give the robot time to react, but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him,” Lazarev said. Video of the incident shows the robot’s mechanical claw grabbing the boy’s index finger and holding it for more than 15 seconds before people were able to save the boy’s hand from the machine’s grasp. “There are certain safety rules,” said Sergei Smagin, vice-president of the Moscow Chess Federation. “The kid probably broke them in time and didn’t notice when he made his move.” Smagin suggested it was a rare accident, noting it was the first physical incident in 15 years that the robot had played chess against humans. The boy was identified as one of the top 30 Moscow chess players under the age of nine.

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Ukrainian grandmaster takes steps to check Russia’s dominance over world chess federation https://forumfrei.net/ukrainian-grandmaster-takes-steps-to-check-russias-dominance-over-world-chess-federation/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://forumfrei.net/ukrainian-grandmaster-takes-steps-to-check-russias-dominance-over-world-chess-federation/ Russia and Ukraine have clashed on the battlefield in the six months since forces from Moscow crossed the border and invaded their neighbour. Now a Ukrainian grandmaster is shifting the fight to chess as he seeks to exploit international sympathy for Kyiv and unseat his Russian opponent from the leadership of the governing federation. Andrii […]]]>

Russia and Ukraine have clashed on the battlefield in the six months since forces from Moscow crossed the border and invaded their neighbour.

Now a Ukrainian grandmaster is shifting the fight to chess as he seeks to exploit international sympathy for Kyiv and unseat his Russian opponent from the leadership of the governing federation.

Andrii Baryshpolets, 31, a grandmaster for nearly a decade, said the war prompted him to run for president of the International Chess Federation, Fide, a “Kremlin-linked” organization that is under the continuous leadership of Russia for almost 30 years.

“There hasn’t even been a decent public debate about whether we as a chess world can afford a president who is a Russian politician, given the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” he said in an interview. “I immediately realized that we were in big trouble as a chess world.”

Fide President Arkady Dvorkovich, who has led the federation since 2018, is a former Russian deputy prime minister.

The vote on the new president takes place on Sunday during the general assembly of Fide in Chennai, India. Representatives from nearly 200 member countries will vote by secret ballot to elect a leader for a four-year term.

Baryshpolets, born in Kyiv but based in the United States, campaigns alongside Peter Heine Nielsen, a Danish grandmaster who coaches world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

Chess grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets says the war pushed him to run for Fide president © Wilhelm Rosenthal

They believe that Fide’s ties to the Kremlin pose moral, practical and reputational issues for the federation and the game. “For decades, the Russian Federation has used Fide as soft power to whitewash its reputation,” reads- on in a petition they are circulating to support their grassroots campaign.

“It’s an archaic structure that’s corrupted inside,” Baryshpolets said. “It’s corrupt because that’s how the Kremlin keeps control.”

He expressed concern about how this affected the game’s ability to attract sponsors. “Anyone who wants to associate with Fide immediately sees that the organization has strong ties to the Kremlin and to Russian politics,” he said.

Chess has crossed paths with geopolitics before, most notably when American Bobby Fischer took on the Soviet chess machine to win the 1972 world championship in Reykjavik at the height of the Cold War.

Just as Russian players dominated the elite competitive echelons in the 20th century, Russian politicians have controlled its administration for decades.

From 1995 to 2018, Fide was led by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a former president of the Republic of Kalmykia who claimed he was abducted by aliens and that chess was a “gift from extraterrestrial civilisations”. In 2015, he was sanctioned by the United States for his financial support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Dvorkovich defended the successes of his Fide tenure, which included the rise in popularity of online chess, the record number of teams taking part in the ongoing Chess Olympiad – although the suspended Russian team did not not be part of it – and the increase in Fide’s finances.

“The fact that I am Russian should not be a reason to stop supporting chess and Fide,” he said.

He has already questioned the invasion, one of the few high-level Russian officials to do so, and lost his post as chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, a science and technology center outside Moscow, after expressed sympathy to Ukrainian civilians caught up in the conflict. .

He recognized the difficult position in which the war had placed him. “It’s really tragic, and for me too, personally,” he said. “But the chess family should continue to be a family and hopefully a happy family. There is a lot of conflict in the world now.

The Baryshpolets-Nielsen campaign is a budget effort, consisting mostly of Zoom calls and internet pleas. “I don’t think we’re favourites, let’s put it that way,” Nielsen said. “It will be considered quite a sensational thing if we manage to do it.”

Baryshpolets took a rosier view: “I’m super optimistic,” he said. “It is clear that we have a choice between the future and the past.”

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