articles by Aditya Pai

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Magnus Carlsen interview: Fearless young players will make India the strongest chess country in the world

The Grenke Chess Classic came to a close on Monday evening with Magnus Carlsen dominating the field once again. Carlsen scored 7½ points out of his nine games and remained a point and a half ahead of his nearest rival

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Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja forfeits game due to opponent Or Bronstein’s Israeli nationality at GRENKE Chess Open

Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja forfeits game due to opponent Or Bronstein’s Israeli nationality at GRENKE Chess Open

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Grenke Chess Classic 2019: Magnus Carlsen-Fabiano Caruana clash after World Championship among encounters in offing

While Carlsen is, indeed, a favourite to win the tournament, the field is fierce. So will Caruana successfully defend his title, will Anand score his first big win of the year, or will it be another ‘Magnus Opus’? Only time will tell.

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AlphaZero's stunning victory over chess engine Stockfish raises hopes of Artificial Intelligence's positive impact on royal game

AlphaZero, a chess-playing AI designed by DeepMind, became a worldwide sensation when it defeated Stockfish, the world's strongest chess engine,

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Anish Giri interview: 'Viswanathan Anand's depth of preparation for world championship matches inspired me'

In an interview with Firstpost, Giri talked about his connection to India, his work with Gujrathi and Anand, the current boom in Indian chess and his prospects of playing in the country.

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It’s a bit like coming home: Viswanathan Anand opens up on completing 30 years since his maiden Wijk aan Zee victory

Back in 1989, Viswanathan Anand had bagged his first title prize in Wijk. Thirty years down the line he has played it eighteen more times and is still going strong

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Tata Steel Chess: Magnus Carlsen bags seventh title after holding Anish Giri; Viswanathan Anand finishes joint third

The thirteenth and final round of the Masters’ segment of Tata Steel Chess saw Magnus Carlsen hold Anish Giri to a draw in a 30-move long game to clinch the title

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Tata Steel Chess: Magnus Carlsen cements top spot after beating Viswanathan Anand; Vidit Gujrathi impresses with win

Carlsen, as he is known to do, kept probing in an attempt to trick his opponent. On his 70th turn, Anand made a critical error that threw away the game. He had to resign just six moves later.

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Undeterred Vidit Gujrathi keeps nervousness at bay against top guns halfway into Tata Steel Masters

Regardless of the accomplishments of his opponents, Vidit Gujrathi remains undeterred and is looking forward to playing each game as it comes.

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Tata Steel Chess 2019 poised for a spectacular start with likes of Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in fray

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen will be eyeing his seventh title. Meanwhile, Anand will try to level scores with the reigning World Champion by clinching the sixth Tata Steel trophy of his career.

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World Blitz Championship: Magnus Carlsen, Kateryna Lagno clinch blitz titles; Nihal Sarin impresses with 11th place finish

After the dust of the battles had settled Magnus Carlsen and Kateryna Lagno had emerged as the world champions, remaining unbeaten through the course of the tournament.

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World Blitz Championship: Vladislav Artemiev, Magnus Carlsen take lead; Viswanathan Anand experiences mixed Day 1

Viswanathan Anand, who was within a point’s distance from the leaders until the sixth round, began to slip lower down the leaderboard due to back to back draws in Rounds 6 and 7. In the eighth round, he suffered a shocking loss to Anton Korobov.

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World Rapid Chess Championship: Russia's Daniil Dubov clinches maiden title; Ju Wenjun wins in the women’s group

Russian Grandmaster Daniil Dubov finished clear first, half a point ahead of his nearest rival, and was crowned as the World Rapid Champion of 2018.

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World Rapid Chess Championship: Viswanathan Anand in joint second spot as seven players lead the event after Day 2

Defending champion, Viswanathan Anand, scored a half point lesser than Carlsen as both players finished in a ten way tie for second place at the conclusion of day two at 7/9.

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World Rapid Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen suffers early upsets; Viswanathan Anand undefeated after day one

In the inaugural round, before Carlsen had faced any real 'usurpers' like Nakamura, Mamedyarov or the reigning champion Anand, he suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Ukrainian GM Adam Tukhaev.

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GA Stany interview: 'My only regret is that I could not become a Grandmaster when my father was alive'

Besides the crowning of a new national champion, the National Chess Championship also witnessed India get its 58th Grandmaster in GA Stany.

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World Youth Olympiad: India win their second straight silver with inspiring show from GM Arjun Erigaisi and Sankalp Gupta

India claimed their second successive silver in the event. An important difference this time, however, was that the team was missing two of its biggest stars, R Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin

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World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen dominates Fabiano Caruana in tiebreakers to defend title for third time

After the record-breaking 12 draws in the classical games, the Magnus Carlsen dominated the tiebreaks by blanking Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in the four-game rapid mini-match.

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World Chess Championship: Tiebreakers to determine the winner after Magnus Carlsen’s shocking draw offer

World Chess Championship: Tiebreakers to determine the winner after Magnus Carlsen’s shocking draw offer

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World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana agree to a tepid draw in shortest game of the match in Game 11

With black, Fabiano Caruana neutralized the position comfortably against Magnus Carlsen to steer the game to a draw in just a little over 2 hours, leaving the match score tied at 5½-all. In terms of time, this was the shortest game of the match.