The Candid Eye

May 25, 2010

Beauty and Brains

Filed under: Fun,Sports — Abhay @ 5:56 PM
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Meet Alexandra Kosteniuk, The Women World Chess Champion.

A devout of chess, Alexandra became Women Grand Master (WGM) at the age of 14.

She became International (Men’s) Grand Master of chess in 2004 and Women World Chess Champion in 2008.


Latest Chess has a nice interview of Alexandra Konstenuik, who also does fashion modeling to promote chess!

She gives simultaneous chess games, teaches online in a blog, has released books and DVDs for children to learn chess.

Here she analyzes the games between Anand and Topolov for the world championship challenge. The beauty of the game of chess is that a game can be enjoyed even after being played already. See how chess is promoted abroad:- !





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May 23, 2010

Vishwanathan Anand retains World Championship

Filed under: India,Sports — Abhay @ 6:00 AM
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As you know, our Vishwanathan Anand has retained the World Chess Champion ship with him for 4th time!! Congradulations, Vishy!! You are the King!!

Here is an article from NDTV:

World champion Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday retained his crown winning the World Chess Championship title by wrapping up the final game against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game here. (Congratulate Viswanathan Anand)

Speaking to NDTV after the win, an elated Anand said: “Nice to know I can wake up as World Champion.” (Watch)

Experts over the world had predicted that Topalov, at his worst, will draw the last game under normal time control and then the match will be headed in to the rapid tiebreaker. (Video: Anand’s jubilant parents)

However, it was not to be as Topalov, trying to look for complications, went haywire in a slightly difficult position and could not recover as Anand kept dealing one lethal blow after another to notch up his fourth world title in 11 years to remain the undisputed king of the game once again. (Profile: Viswanathan Anand)

But Anand refused to play down his opponent’s strength. “Topalov is one of the grittiest opponents,” Anand said. (Pics: Anand’s glorious journey)

The four-time World Champion, who hopes to return to India in a week’s time, gave away his secret to relaxation. “Watching Lord of the Rings helped me relax,” he said.

Earlier, in 2008 Anand had won the world title in a match against Russian Vladimir Kramnik, in 2006 he had won the world championship match tournament ahead of almost all top players in the world and in the year 2000 he had won the championship when it was held on a knockout basis.

Anand, thus became the first official world champion in recent history to win two back-to-back matches in world championships against different opponents.

Vladimir Kramnik can also lay his claims for that but for the fact that the match he won against Garry Kasparov in 2000 was not played under the official FIDE flag.

If the last game was any indication, Anand had indeed reserved his best as he knew Topalov will go all out for a win.

The reason for Topalov’s unwarranted aggression was probably based on the fact that Anand is by far regarded as the best rapid chess player in history and Topalov does not have any great reputation in the faster version of the game.

Naturally, the Bulgarian wanted to avoid the tiebreaker.

Anand came up with another opening surprise as he went back to the basics. The Queen’s Gambit declined as black has a solid reputation and it stood up for Anand’s quest as the Indian ace went for the rock-solid Lasker variation.

Topalov, tried to create complications earlier but when the game headed towards a perfect balance, the Bulgarian lost his cool. The decisive moment of the game came on the 32nd move when Topalov simply lost his cool and blundered.

What followed was a feast for the Indian as he could attack the white king at will. All Anand’s pieces, joined the party and threats of checkmate loomed large on Topalov. For once the support of the home crowd did not matter too.

Anand, apparently, made a mistake on the infamous 40th move but his position was so commanding that it did not spoil his game. Topalov fought on for sometime before giving up as the Indian won in 56 moves.

(With PTI inputs)

Anand’s Achievements

  • 4 World titles: 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • 5 time winner of Chess Oscar
  • World Junior Champion, 1987
  • 1st recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
  • 1st to have won a title at each of the Chess Supertournaments
  • Oldest to become World No 1 for the 1st time!

May 22, 2010

King-size chess event in Ahmedabad!!

Filed under: Sports — Abhay @ 6:00 AM
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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat is planning to give a unique birthday gift to world chess champion Viswanathan Anand. Although his birthday is on December 11, some 20,000 players will gather at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on December 24 to play chess, and in the process, checkmate Mexico’s Guinness world record of the largest number of chess players playing the game together at the same time.

The chess wizard, who defended his world title against Vaselin Topalov earlier this week, will hopefully be there at the stadium to encourage the players.

El Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, holds the record with 13,446 players assembling to play chess on October 21, 2006. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov was the guest of honour then. Now, efforts are on to get Anand for the event in Ahmedabad as part of Swarnim Gujarat celebrations.

Gujarat State Chess Association (GSCA) secretary Mayur Patel said, “Today, chess is compulsory in almost all schools of the state. Soon, schools will also have their own chess clubs. Anand’s presence here when Gujarat gets together to create a new world record will do wonders not only for the game, but for Gujarat’s image as well.”

The Gujarat government, NIIT and GSCA also plan to distribute chess CDs to 20 lakh players as part of the event. Gujarat’s only grandmaster Tejas Bakre said, “After Anand’s fourth world crown, there is a debate on whether he is India’s greatest sports icon ever. For Gujarat’s chess players, it can’t get any bigger than Anand coming here.”

In fact, thanks to chess being made compulsory in schools and other initiatives, it has become the fastest growing game in Gujarat after cricket. Players like Ankit Rajpara, Fenil Shah, Hetul Shah, Dhyani Dave are all International Master-norm holders and among top-ranking players in the national circuit. At 9, Hetul was the youngest player to beat a GM when he outplayed Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan in January 2009 at the 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament.

May 21, 2010

Gujarat the first and only state government in India to start chess programs in Schools

Filed under: Education,India,Sports — Abhay @ 11:28 AM
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An article from Latest Chess:-

Chess has been part of the curriculum for most Russian schools for over 40 years. Adolescents were encouraged to play chess at a very early age to increase their problem solving and reasoning skills. The game of chess is a terrific way for young people to learn skills of strategy, logic, planning and other important intellectual disciplines in a fun, friendly and mildly competitive environment.
Gujarat government has decided to promote chess in schools. Students in Gujarat would be offered chess coaching to boost their thinking skills under an idea being pushed from within State Government. This has been announced in the last week by Gujarat State Chess Association president and Home Minister Amit Shah. Gujarat is the the first and only state government in India to start chess programs in schools.

In an attempt to promote chess in schools, the Gujarat government will conduct training programs for teachers who would help spread the game in their schools. Announcing the programs, Gujarat State Chess Association president and Home Minister Amit Shah said: “The program of today may be a small affair but our initiative to bring home chess to school children is a giant step.”

As part of the program, a week-long training of 1,500 school teachers began Monday at the Rifle Club here. The first batch comprising 200 school teachers will be trained for a week for five hours followed by the second batch. The training will proceed until the end of July, said Shah, also the president of Gujarat State Chess Association.

“We have undertaken to provide a platform for children to showcase their talents at the national and international level in the future,” Shah said. The Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank is sponsoring the training programme. “What is notable today is that for the first the state government is directly involved in encouraging the game of chess,” said the bank chairman Ajaybhai Patel.

Photo : Gujarat State Chess Association president and Home Minister Amit Shah.

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I think this is a great Move!! Chess originated in India, its world champion is Indian, and India needs to promote Chess from grass root level. Congradulations to the wise people in Gujarat government who implemented this!!

For several decades, World champions came from Russia, because it was promoted at an early age to the children in Russia.

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