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Viswanathan Anand: 'Internet issue at Chess Olympiad final was not India's fault, we were ready to re-play games'
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Viswanathan Anand: 'Internet issue at Chess Olympiad final was not India's fault, we were ready to re-play games'

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand, India captain Vidit Gujarati said that internet issue was not India's fault. The team had taken all precautions and were ready to honour any decision that FIDE deemed right.

Women's Speed Chess Championships: Koneru Humpy, D Harika bow out in quarter-finals as Indian challenge ends
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Women's Speed Chess Championships: Koneru Humpy, D Harika bow out in quarter-finals as Indian challenge ends

Humpy was no match for Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia, going down 2-9 while Harika was ousted by World No 1 Hou Yifan of China 3-7 in her last-eight clash.

Women Speed Chess Championships: Koneru Humpy beats R Vaishali to enter quarter-finals
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Women Speed Chess Championships: Koneru Humpy beats R Vaishali to enter quarter-finals

Humpy, the world number two, jumped to an early lead against her compatriot and sealed an easy win in the FIDE Chess.com event.

Women Speed Chess Championships: India's R Vaishali beats World No 7 Anna Muzychuk in first round
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Women Speed Chess Championships: India's R Vaishali beats World No 7 Anna Muzychuk in first round

Vaishali, who had finished fourth in the first leg, came back from 2-4 down to oust the experienced Ukrainian by winning the last two bullet games

Women Speed Chess Championships: India's R Vaishali eliminated in semi-final defeat to Anna Ushenina
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Women Speed Chess Championships: India's R Vaishali eliminated in semi-final defeat to Anna Ushenina

Vaishali, elder sister of young prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, had reached the semi-finals with wins over WIM Munkhzul Turmunkh in the quarter-final and former world champion Antaoneta Stefanova in the opening round.

Despite thriving during COVID-19 pandemic, chess will not remain online for long, says FIDE official Emil Sutovsky
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Despite thriving during COVID-19 pandemic, chess will not remain online for long, says FIDE official Emil Sutovsky

Sutovsky also said India was a key partner in the growth of chess and added that there was a need to popularise the sport at the school level

Coronavirus Outbreak: Chess plays on while other sports struggle to cope with COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Chess plays on while other sports struggle to cope with COVID-19 pandemic

There has been a spurt in the number of online chess events during this coronavirus-forced lockdown.

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen unveils online series of tournaments with $1 million prize purse
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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen unveils online series of tournaments with $1 million prize purse

The Norwegian was absent when the World Chess Federation (FIDE) held an online Nations Cup between Russia, United States, Europe, China, India and a Rest of the World team

Online Nations Cup: China crowned champions after final match against USA ends in draw; India finish a disappointing fifth
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Online Nations Cup: China crowned champions after final match against USA ends in draw; India finish a disappointing fifth

Top-seed and favourite China were crowned champions at the FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup on Sunday by virtue of superior points tally despite their final match against the USA ending in 2-2 draw.

Online Nations Cup: India finish fith after suffering consecutive defeats at hands of China, Russia
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Online Nations Cup: India finish fith after suffering consecutive defeats at hands of China, Russia

In the final round encounter against Russia, India's Vidit Gujrathi was beaten by Vladislav Artemiev, while B Adhiban was tamed by Dmitry Andreikin.

R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh among grandmasters scheduled to compete in Indian Chess League
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R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh among grandmasters scheduled to compete in Indian Chess League

A total of 10 teams will take part in the tournament which will see the participation of over 25 Indian Grandmasters.

All India Chess Federation committee slams secretary Vijay Deshpande to spreading 'false information'
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All India Chess Federation committee slams secretary Vijay Deshpande to spreading 'false information'

The All India Chess Federation's (AICF) five-member committee, which is currently running its day-to-day affairs, on Wednesday criticised secretary Vijay Deshpande for spreading "false information" and accused him of using the national body's letterhead despite a restraining order against him.

Chess Players Forum appeals to world federation FIDE to step in and resolve ongoing AICF power struggle
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Chess Players Forum appeals to world federation FIDE to step in and resolve ongoing AICF power struggle

Referring to the state-of-affairs in the All India Chess Federation (AICF), which has been riddled with infighting and legal battles, the forum president Varugeese Koshy wrote to the FIDE chief, requesting his intervention in solving the impasse.

Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujrathi and Konery Humpy in strong Indian team for Online Nations Cup
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Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujrathi and Konery Humpy in strong Indian team for Online Nations Cup

The field for the event includes six former world champions, plus 12 others who have been candidates to the throne at some point

Garry Kasparov to take part in six-team online Nations Cup chess tournament
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Garry Kasparov to take part in six-team online Nations Cup chess tournament

Some big chess names from recent decades will take part as Russia, United States, Europe, China, India and a Rest of the World team compete amid the coronavirus crisis with a prize fund of $180,000, FIDE said.

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand to lead India in Online Nations Cup
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Former world champion Viswanathan Anand to lead India in Online Nations Cup

The preliminary entry list includes three generations of the best players: from 50-year-old Anand (multiple-time world champion and still in the world's top-20) to the newest chess phenomenon, the 16-year-old Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja

Coronavirus Outbreak: Candidates Chess tournament stopped midway after Russia bans all international flights
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Candidates Chess tournament stopped midway after Russia bans all international flights

FIDE stopped the Candidates tournament in Yekatrinburg, Russia at halfway stage after the hosts decided to ban all flights into and out of the country owing to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: International Chess Federation postpones Olympiad, Congress to summer of 2021
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Coronavirus Outbreak: International Chess Federation postpones Olympiad, Congress to summer of 2021

The global chess body issued a statement saying that the Olympiad and the FIDE Congress, slated to be held in August in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk respectively, are rescheduled to the summer of 2021 at the same locations

Coronavirus pandemic: Candidates Chess Tournament underway in Russia despite COVID-19 threat, handshakes made optional
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Coronavirus pandemic: Candidates Chess Tournament underway in Russia despite COVID-19 threat, handshakes made optional

Eight of the world’s best chess players began competing in an international tournament in Russia on Tuesday, but were told by organisers that handshakes would be optional because of the coronavirus that has halted most sports around the world.

FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika loses to Alexandra Kosteniuk, slips to third spot
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FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika loses to Alexandra Kosteniuk, slips to third spot

Indian Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika went down to former world champion Kosteniuk in the sixth round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament to slip to third spot.