Susan Ninan
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For Vidit Gujrathi, at long last, a moment to savour

No stranger to narrow misses, the 29-year-old finally got a tournament win and the place in the Candidates was the cherry on top

Chess Grand Master Vidit Gujrathi and Vaishali Rameshbabu pose for pictures at the 2023 FIDE Grand Swiss(PTI)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 10:50 PM IST

India’s Vaishali qualifies for women’s Candidates, emulates Humpy

Vaishali & Praggnanandhaa become the first brother-sister duo in history to make the Candidates

Indian Woman Grandmaster Rameshbabu Vaishali poses for a photo.(PTI)
Published on Nov 05, 2023 09:23 PM IST

'Psychologically, I feel like something has changed': Praggnanandhaa

Through last month’s history-crafting, Candidates’ tournament qualification, and breaking into the 2700 club, Praggnanandhaa has been tapping into a quiet joy

Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa's first Asian Games appearance, in the team competition starting September 29, will cap off what’s been a busy stretch of weeks.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 05:08 PM IST

Kingsmen: How Viswanathan Anand is shaping chess’s golden circle

His academy offers training and vital emotional, logistical support. He wants to give young GMs things he wishes he’d had when he first set out, Anand says.

 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 07:31 PM IST

Chess’s #Metoo moment is making a noise

In a sport where participation figures of women are significantly lower than men, predatory behavior has long been an open secret.

Generic image of a chessboard.(Getty Images)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 07:44 PM IST

Indian helping hand in Ju Wenjun's women's world chess triumph

GM Harikrishna is looking to straddle a playing career with more coaching jobs, and some beach volleyball

Harikrishna’s association with Ju, perhaps not widely known, goes back a long way(FIDE Image)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 02:53 PM IST

Chasing Anand: Gukesh’s quest for Chess history

Gukesh is the youngest player in the game’s history to cross an Elo rating of 2750 — a distinction previously held by world No 1 Magnus Carlsen

HT Image
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Two women pushing to end India’s wait for the next female chess GM

India has not had a new female grandmasters since 2011, and only two out of the country’s existing 82 Grandmasters are women

Representational image. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 02:55 PM IST

Ding Liren crowned first Chinese male chess world champion

Seals title with a 68-move win over Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi with black in the fourth and last rapid game of the tie-break phase in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Chinese chess grandmaster Ding Liren (AFP)
Published on May 01, 2023 12:22 AM IST

Crafty Nepo, candid Ding: Mind games at world chess

The Russian and his Chinese rival are chasing their first world chess title and the intensity and mind games in Astana has been fascinating.

Chess - FIDE World Championship Match 2023 - Game 8 - Astana, Kazakhstan - April 20, 2023. Ding Liren of China competes against Ian Nepomniachtchi of International Chess Federation. REUTERS/Turar Kazangapov(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 22, 2023 09:27 PM IST

How Norway is coping with a Magnus Carlsen-less WC

Chess had become a way of life for the Scandinavian country but with Carlsen missing in action, something different is playing out

Magnus Carlsen(PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2023 08:23 PM IST

Ding lets out his emotions in battle for chess’ ultimate prize

The World Chess Championship match between the Chinese world No 3 and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi is evenly poised at 2-2

Grandmasters Ian Nepomniachtchi (L) from Russia and Ding Liren from China compete against each other.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 08:56 PM IST

Nepo, Ding battle for the crown but Carlsen still rules

The missing champion will cast a big shadow on Astana’s glass-domed, Kazakh yurt-inspired St Regis setting for chess’ ultimate title this weekend.

Magnus Carlsen(PTI)
Published on Apr 07, 2023 07:59 PM IST

Indian origin teen’s race to become UK’s youngest chess Grandmaster

Shreyas Royal, 14, has achieved one of the three required GM norms. David Howell is the holder of the youngest UK GM record, achieved at 16 years and one month

Fourteen-year-old Shreyas Royal is now in the running to become UK’s youngest Grandmaster.(Twitter (@shrez_royal09))
Published on Apr 01, 2023 05:40 PM IST

Calculate, move, return to sender: The slow genius of correspondence chess

Before computers arrived, PB Dhanish waited for the mailman to deliver his opponents’ moves.

PB Dhanish, who is no longer an active player, is India's only international correspondence chess Grandmaster(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Family is my solace: Chess’s Koneru Humpy on life, love and being one move ahead

She was the world’s youngest female grandmaster, at 15. Now 35, Humpy has won India’s first silver at the World Blitz.

 (David Llada / FIDE)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 05:34 PM IST

Aravindh Chithambaram is finally starting to play to win

As a junior, the youngster ticked off the boxes of a gifted player on course to a propitious future but then he stumbled for a bit.

Aravindh Chithambaram(Aravindh Chithambaram)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 09:30 PM IST

Cheating at chess? Upheaval after Magnus Carlsen questions Hans Niemann

Norwegian world champion suggesting the 19-year-old US player could have cheated while beating him has thrown up many questions

File photo of Magnus Carlsen(AFP)
Published on Sep 13, 2022 07:28 PM IST

Viswanathan Anand on his new opening move in FIDE

India’s five-time world chess champion explains why he has taken on the role as deputy to Russian FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich in politically testing times.

Viswanathan Anand. (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 22, 2022 08:04 PM IST
By, Chennai

The Magnus Carlsen effect: When a humble Macedonian GM felt the butterflies

The modestly rated Stanojovski, 58, has a brush with super stardom at the 44th Chess Olympiad after going 55 moves with the Norwegian world champion and No 1 player.

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in action during the 44th Chess Olympiad(PTI)
Published on Aug 06, 2022 12:44 PM IST
By, Mahabalipuram

Understanding Carlsen: Why has he given up his world champion status?

In choosing not to be limited and defined by what the world thinks should be his legacy, Carlsen has broken free.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 21, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Sri Lanka distress weighs on its chess stars as Olympiad looms

As the island hit by economic crisis teeters on the brink, its top players set for the event in India are staring at power cuts, zooming prices, scarcity and lawlessness.

Anti-Government protestors in Sri Lanka(AP)
Published on Jul 09, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Expectant mom Harika ready to chase Olympiad glory

The Grand Master, world's No 10 ranked woman player, is in her final trimester but is hopeful of withstanding discomforts to guide India at the chess Olympiad starting on July 28.

Harika Dronavalli(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:16 PM IST
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