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World Record Created at Curtain Raiser of Olympiad

Chennai, July 24: The Curtain Raiser Rapid Rating Chess tournament was conducted in the same hall today that will host the 44th Chess Olympiad at Mamallapuram, attracted 1414 entries and created a World record by becoming the largest Open ever where all the games were played on electronic boards. GM Vishnu Prasanna of Tamil Nadu […]

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Chennai is just “Crazy for Chess”

During dinner last night with some colleagues from the organization, I was curious about the reason why Chennai, until 1996 known as Madras and deemed by many as India’s chess capital, had been chosen as the venue for the Olympiad, instead of any of the other huge Indian cities. Perhaps because of the hotel infrastructure […]

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Chess Olympiad: Budapest 1926 (Unofficial)

Budapest 1926 Team Tournament Date: July 1926 City: Budapest, Hungary Teams participating: 4 (6 teams applied, Austria and Czechoslovakia withdrew before the start) Players participating: 19 Game system: Round robin Downloadable game file: – Team Tournament – 1st FIDE Masters   Tournament review Several competitions were organised in conjunction with the FIDE Congress held in […]

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Chess Olympiad: Paris 1924 (Unofficial)

Chess Olympiad held in conjunction with 8th Summer Olympic Games Date: 12th – 20th July 1924 City: Paris, France Venue: Majestic Hotel Head of Organizing Committee: Mr. Pierre Vincent (FRA) Tournament Director: Dr. Alexander Alekhine (FRA) Teams participating: 18 (each team incl. max. 4 players) Players participating: 54 (2 players withdrew before the end) Games […]

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1st Chess Olympiad: London 1927

2nd Tournament of Nations (Chess Olympiad) (see all-time tournament summary) Date: 21st July – 6th August 1928 City: The Hague, The Netherlands Venue: perhaps Binnenhof (Dutch parliament) Tournament Director: N/A Chief Arbiter: Mr. Hartogensis (NL) Teams participating: 17 Players participating: 86 Games played: 544 Competition format: Four board round robin. Final order decided by: 1. […]

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Gopakumar Sudhakarn – International Chess Arbiter

“The only thing I can say is that Air Force made me what I am today” acknowledges International Arbiter Gopakumar Sudhakaran who has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Arbiter for the Chess Olympiad at Chennai from 28th July to 10th August. 41-year-old Gopakumar, an Air force officer by profession, becomes the first Indian to […]

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R Vaishali

If Praggnanandhaa is garnering international headlines, his sister IM RameshBabu  Vaishali has been quietly performing above expectations in the European Chess circuitin the last couple of months. Just early morning today Vaishali tied for top place in the Bodensee open tournament in Austria but had to settle for second place after tie-break. Last month Vaishali […]

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Praggnanandhaa – a Part of Rising Indian Chess

At first, the Chess World just struggled to perfectly pronounce Praggnanandhaa but now it is striving to grapple with the terrific tactical intricacies he conjures up on the chequered board with relentless regularity. Add to that, his uncompromising attitude towards shunning short draws, scant regard for ratings and reputations, his willingness to explore and experiment […]