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All India Chess Federation launches initiative to help chess community fight COVID-19
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All India Chess Federation launches initiative to help chess community fight COVID-19

AICF will be providing medical, home quarantine support and financial assistance for members who require hospitalisation due to COVID-19.

'Swiss system': More teams, more games, what a reformed UEFA Champions League will look like
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'Swiss system': More teams, more games, what a reformed UEFA Champions League will look like

The changes are essentially all about creating a new format for the group stage, replacing the existing structure in place since 2003.

Young Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca emerges victorious in second Kumania GM chess tournament
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Young Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca emerges victorious in second Kumania GM chess tournament

The 15-year-old Goa player, who became India's 67th Grandmaster in December last, remained unbeaten and finished with four wins and five draws in the tournament which concluded on Thursday.

Following Netflix success, The Queen's Gambit to be turned into a stage musical
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Following Netflix success, The Queen's Gambit to be turned into a stage musical

The story revolves around the orphan Beth Harmon, who discovers early on her preternatural talent for chess and chronicles her adventures from a small town in Kentucky to Moscow whilst battling an addiction to pills.

All India Chess Federation bids to host next Olympiad, announces upcoming Indian Chess League
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All India Chess Federation bids to host next Olympiad, announces upcoming Indian Chess League

The newly elected AICF president Sanjay Kapoor unveiled a blueprint to turn the country into a chess superpower at a press conference after the federation conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Sanjay Kapoor elected All India Chess Federation president, Bharat Singh Chauhan retains secretary's post
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Sanjay Kapoor elected All India Chess Federation president, Bharat Singh Chauhan retains secretary's post

The AICF has been split into two factions, one led by Raja and the other by Chauhan. The two have been at loggerheads for some time over various issues, including the conduct of the elections.

Goa's 14-year-old Leon Mendonca becomes India's 67th Grandmaster
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Goa's 14-year-old Leon Mendonca becomes India's 67th Grandmaster

The Goa youngster had taken part in a camp organised by Microsense in Chennai late in 2019 when former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand trained a number of Indian players.

Airthings Masters Chess Championship: P Harikrishna bows out after finishing ninth in preliminary phase
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Airthings Masters Chess Championship: P Harikrishna bows out after finishing ninth in preliminary phase

P Harikrishna, who registered 10 draws and one loss, ended the tournament with five points. The top eight advanced to the knock-out stage.

Airthings Masters Chess Championship: P Harikrishna slips to 10th spot after one loss, three draws on day 2
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Airthings Masters Chess Championship: P Harikrishna slips to 10th spot after one loss, three draws on day 2

The India number two now has 3.5 points and has three more games to attempt to finish in the top eight and qualify for the knockout phase.

Year in Review 2020, Biggest Sports Stories: After technology issues, India declared joint-winners of Chess Olympiad
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Year in Review 2020, Biggest Sports Stories: After technology issues, India declared joint-winners of Chess Olympiad

At the end of all the drama that took place, India's gold medal will be remembered for it came during a difficult time and provided a little relief to fans.

Nihal Sarin, Rakshitta Ravi and D Gukesh win gold medals at Online World Youth and Cadet Rapid Chess Championships
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Nihal Sarin, Rakshitta Ravi and D Gukesh win gold medals at Online World Youth and Cadet Rapid Chess Championships

The games were played in best of two Rapid 15 mins + 10 seconds increment in the tournament where a 1-1 tie will result in Armageddon (sudden death tie-break games).

In life as in The Queen's Gambit, why chess becomes a metaphor for duty, love and conflict
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In life as in The Queen's Gambit, why chess becomes a metaphor for duty, love and conflict

But this is not the only modern work that deploys chess in this fashion. Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Blade Runner, to name just a few, use versions of the game at key moments to show a character’s growth or to stand in as a metaphor for conflict.

Vishwanathan Anand says mass lockdowns, Netflix show The Queen's Gambit have added to popularity of chess
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Vishwanathan Anand says mass lockdowns, Netflix show The Queen's Gambit have added to popularity of chess

Anand, who spent three months stranded in Germany waiting for a flight back to India, said chess has enjoyed a surprise boom during the pandemic, with millions more people playing and following games online.

Indian chess player Srinath Narayanan asked to pay custom duty on gold medal; Kiren Rijiju says 'issue has been resolved'
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Indian chess player Srinath Narayanan asked to pay custom duty on gold medal; Kiren Rijiju says 'issue has been resolved'

Taking up the issue of Indian chess player Srinath Narayanan, who was asked to pay a custom duty on a gold medal he had won in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the issue has been resolved and the athlete will be given a refund of the amount.

Tata Steel Chess 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis, organisers hopeful of event returning next year
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Tata Steel Chess 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis, organisers hopeful of event returning next year

Magnus Carlsen won the tournament last year which was a part of the Grand Chess Tour and had featured 10 Grandmasters, including Viswanathan Anand.

The Queen's Gambit: Female chess masters weigh in on Netflix series and its representation of gender gap in the game
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The Queen's Gambit: Female chess masters weigh in on Netflix series and its representation of gender gap in the game

The popularity of Netflix's The Queen’s Gambit has inspired a debate about inequality and sexism in chess, a game where it seems that men and women would be able to compete on equal footing. However historically, few women have been able to do so.

India's women win gold, men settle for silver at Asian online team chess event
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India's women win gold, men settle for silver at Asian online team chess event

India had won the gold in the FIDE Online Olympiad in August and the victory by the women's team sans top players such as Koneru Humpy and D Harika is another boost to the game in the country.

Asian Nations Online Cup: B Adhiban, R Vaishali shine as Indian men's, women's teams enter finals
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Asian Nations Online Cup: B Adhiban, R Vaishali shine as Indian men's, women's teams enter finals

In the first match, India rode on Adhiban's win while Nihal Sarin, SP Sethuraman and K Sasikiran drew their games.

Asian Online Nations Chess Cup 2020: India women’s team beats Kyrgyzstan to reach semis, men's team also progress
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Asian Online Nations Chess Cup 2020: India women’s team beats Kyrgyzstan to reach semis, men's team also progress

The top-seeded Indian women’s team on Friday stormed into the semi-finals of the Asian Nations (Regions) Online Cup 2020 Championship, while their male counterparts eked out a fighting win over Mongolia to secure the last four berth.

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen suffers first defeat in more than two years, loses to Jan-Krzysztof Duda
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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen suffers first defeat in more than two years, loses to Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda brought an end to Magnus Carlsen's 125 games unbeaten streak.