The ‘new’ youngest chess International Master (IM)

Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM so far at 10 years and 10 months old.

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Praggnanandhaa is just 10 years and 10 months old, and he is about to receive his IM title soon, as he recently earned his third and final IM norm in Bhubaneswar in India.

Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM in history.
Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM in history.

The New Indian Express writes:

A couple of years on, the kid who slept during a game is one of the biggest stories in world chess. The 10-year-old from Chennai achieved his third and final International Master (IM) norm after beating a Grandmaster and holding two others at the KIIT International Festival of Chess in Bhubaneswar.

When I was 10 years old, I have yet to learn how to play the game of chess.

Thus, R Praggnanandhaa has at most 21 months to finish his GM norms in order to beat the current youngest GM ever, the challenger in this year’s world championship, Sergey Karjakin. We’re eager to watch out for that if he could indeed make it.

For your reference, the following is the list of the youngest GM’s, their age when they achieved them, their birthyears, and the year they achieved their GM title. Check out the list after the jump »

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Levon Aronian on Chess Training

Levon Aronian:

As a rule, a strong chess player never trains with a strong chess player. You discover new steps and develop new strategies during the game, and it’s not desirable that another strong chess player knows about them. That’s why there are special assistants, who, although being good players, are not the strongest.

A great insight into the work put by a grandmaster into his chess. Read more about how he dealt with his defeat in the recent Candidates’ tournament and other issues in this Aronian interview.

Photo courtesy of Champord.

Final Result: The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit

Ding Liren indeed drew blood in the 3rd game. He wins the match at 2.5-1.5. Replay all the 4 games below.

It can be recalled that the first two games ended in draws.

In the third match, someone indeed drew blood.

Playing as white, GM Ding Liren of China defeated GM Wesley So of USA in a Queen’s Gambit Declined in Game 3 of the 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit.

The match continued with the final game — Game 4 — which ended in the third draw.

Thus, the match stood at 2.5-1.5 in favor of the Chinese Ding Liren.

Replay all the four games of the match.

Wesley So vs. Ding Liren; Round 2, China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit 2016

After 61 moves, both parties agreed to a draw. Replay the game below:

This match up is scheduled for four games only. Are we gonna see all four games come down to all draws? We hope to see some action in the last two round.

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Ding Liren vs. Wesley So in The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit

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The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit Match sees Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren take on US Top 10 player Wesley So in a four-game match in Shanghai, China. The event takes place from 4-8 May in Shanghai Haiwan National Forest Park and is sponsored by Bright Food, with the winner taking $20,000 and the loser $10,000. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the scores are tied after four games, two 25+10 rapid games are held, then, if necessary, two 5+3 blitz games, then 6 vs 5-minute Armageddon. Official website: www.cmsa.cn/category/612

Replay Round 1: Ding Liren vs. Wesley So; China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit 2016 R.1 Continue reading “Ding Liren vs. Wesley So in The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit”

May 2016 FIDE Ratings List

The updated ratings for May 2016 are out. Here’s the the top 20:

FIDE-May-2016-Top-20

See how 80% of the Top 10 are 90’s babies, i.e., they were born in the 1990’s. It speaks volumes about the quality of computer support these kids got especially when they were starting out.

Anyway, Wesley So retains his hold onto the 10th place, ahead of two former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.

The World Championship we are about to witness in November is between the No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen and No. 8 Sergey Karjakin. Looks like a heavily lopsided match to me, I dare say.

Check out the top 100 players here.

Carlsen wins Norway Chess 2016

Chessbase:

After seven rounds Magnus Carlsen looked almost certain to win the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. But then he lost against Levon Aronian in round eight, endangering his tournament win. But things went his way in round nine. Aronian drew against Pentala Harikrishna while Carlsen defeated Pavel Eljanov to win Norway Chess for the first time.

A true champion knows how to pick himself up after a fall–even from the penultimate round.

Final Standings: US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016

The last day of the challenge has finished, and Hikaru Nakamura came out to be the overall winner, followed by Wesley So with a full point behind. Garry Kasparov retained his 3rd rank from Day 1, and so did Fabiano Caruana, the champion of the US Chess Championship 2016, his tailender.

US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 Final Standings
US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 Final Standings

Wesley So’s round 10 win over Garry Kasparov was hailed by commentators as “one of the finest attacking game since Morphy!”. Here’s the game:

Thus, at the end of this challenge, the Wesley So vs. Garry Kasparov matchup stands at 4.0-2.0 in favor of Wesley So. Continue reading “Final Standings: US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016”

Aronian Beats Carlsen and Catches Up with the Lead in Norway Chess 2016

Levon Aronian beats Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round of Altibox Norway Chess 2016 to catch up with the latter and actually take the lead after tie break.

Standings after Round 8 follows:

Standings after Round 8 Altibox Norway Chess 2016
Standings after Round 8 Altibox Norway Chess 2016

Replay the game: Levon Aronian vs. Magnus Carlsen Round 8 Norway Chess 2016.

Read the detailed report: Norway Chess, Rd. 8: Aronian beats Carlsen.

Wesley So leads Day 1 of the US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016

9 Rounds down, and 9 rounds to go.

Wesley So lost his very first game in this tournament/challenge against the legendary Garry Kasparov, but he managed to get back at the latter in their next two matchups (thus, their score so far is 2-1 in favor of So). He even come out ahead of the pack at the end of the day. He who scored 5.0 out of 9 games — tied with Hikaru Nakamura in points but leads after the tie-break was applied.

Day 1 Results: US Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge 2016
Day 1 Results: US Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge 2016

Replay the games here »