Saturday, July 14, 2007

Chess.FM India Weekly Saturday show - Interview with WGM Dronavalli Harika

Chess.FM India

Chess.FM India's weekly Saturday Show at 7.00 PM IST, 14th July 2007, presents an Interview with World Under-18 Champion WGM Dronavalli Harika. Sixteen year old Harika who hails from Andhra Pradesh has also moved to the 15th spot in the World Women rankings.

World Under-18 Champion WGM Dronavalli Harika

The weekly Saturday show is hosted by the Indian Chess critic Arvind Aaron features also includes "India this Week", "Hot Events" and Up coming tournaments across India. Under Hot events we have GM Viswanathan Anand's commanding victory in the "Magistral City of Leon" tournament where he beat Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria 3-1, on the same day of Federer's wimbledon win. India this week looks at the National Under-25 championship, FIDE rated opens at Mangalore and Kochi, the Indian Sub junior talent in action at the Asian Under-16 in Tashkent, the Dubai Juniors and much more.

You can listen to Chess.FM India directly heard through the web browsers at or make a visit to for much more shows and game videos too. Chess.FM India was inaugurated during the previous Saturday show. Guests include former World Junior champion GM Harikrishna, World's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi, Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda, Indian Women champion WGM Tania Sachdev, GM Dibyendu Barua.

ChessFM India, the exclusive India channel of ICC's was inaugurated during the Anand Charity Simul for Vidyasagar charity organisation. ChessFM India is a free service and apart from the Saturday weekly show, has broadcasts Grandmaster commentary of popular Chess tournaments such M Tel Super category tournament, Bulgaria and the Sparkassen Chess Festival, Dortmund.

For futher information on ChessFM India:

K Visweswaran, India Representative,
The Internet Chess Club
Ph: +91-9444934036.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Vishwanathan Anand's Online Chess Academy?

The reports that there may soon be an online chess academy, and they will be able to get lessons from world champion Vishwanathan Anand. Great news for Chess enthusiasts in India.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chess Middle Game - Pawn Play

I have started reading again, Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov's chess book - The Art of the Middle Game. As you all know, 'Pawn Play' ie. your handling of the Pawns, is one of the keys to success in the middle game. To supplement my study, I studied this excellent game between Peter Potemkin (white) and Alexander Alekhine (black) played in St. Petersburg 1912.

[Event "St Petersburg"]
[Site "St Petersburg"]
[Date "1912.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Potemkin, Peter"]
[Black "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B20"]

1. e4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Ne2 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Na3 d5
7. exd5 Nxd5 8. Nc2 O-O 9. d4 cxd4 10. cxd4 Bg4 11. f3 Bf5
12. Ne3 Qa5+ 13. Kf2 Ndb4 14. Nxf5 Qxf5 15. g4 Nd3+
16. Kg3 Nxd4 17. gxf5 Nxf5+ 18. Kg4 h5+ 19. Kh3 Nf2# 0-1

  • After Potemkin's 8th move, his Queen Pawn is backward. Alekhine decides to take advantage of this.
  • After Potemkin's 10th move, his Queen Pawn is isolated and Alekhine starts putting pressure on the weak pawn.
  • After Alekhine's 16th move, the weak pawn falls.
"For want of protection, a Pawn was lost; for want of a Pawn, the center was lost; for want of the center, the position was lost; for want of position, the game was lost." - Richard Roberts.

Do you have any old games that highlights the importance of 'Pawn Play'?
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Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Immortal Game

David Shenk, whose great-great-grandfather was a celebrated player in 19th-century Paris, has spent the past few years penning The Immortal Game, an investigation of chess's enduring influence. He talks with Nextbook's Sara Ivry about its evolution and its often overlooked role in Jewish life.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The MONSTER VS. HUNTER Chess Set is a limited numbered edition of 750 sets. The 32 pieces are constructed from cold cast marble, ranging in height from approximately 4 1/2 inches down to 2 5/8 inches. The marble coloring of each set is unique, as each is sculpted, cast, and sanded by hand. Do have a look.
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