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Anand loses to Caruana, likely to miss out on top-3 finish in Norway chess

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New Delhi: Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand is most likely to miss out on a top-three finish after his loss to American Fabio Caruana. Grandmaster Anand lost to Caruana in the Armageddon game at the Altibox Norway chess tournament on Friday.

Anand slipped to joint seventh place in standings with two rounds to go in one of the strongest events of the year. Playing with black pieces, Anand managed to stave off anxious moments during the match by holding on to catastrophic positions in his pursuit to force a draw in the classical game. Despite being on top in several moves, a victory deserted Caruana.

However, in the tiebreaker, the American was spot on in the Italian opening with Anand suffering an entire collapse on the king side due to a systematic attack by Caruana. That left Anand with only six points with two more rounds to be played.

Thereafter, World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen scored another victory, his sixth in Armageddon besides a lone win in the classical game over Wesley So. Carlsen took his tally to 11 points, and enjoys a two point lead over Aronian, who played a fine tiebreaker to beat Yu Yangyi.

Key Results (Round 7)
Fabiano Caruana (Usa, 6.5) beat V Anand (Ind, 6); Wesley So (Usa, 7) lost o Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 11); Levon Aronian (Arm, 9) beat Yu Yangyi (Chn, 8.5); Ding Liren (Chn, 7.5) beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Aze (5); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 5) beat Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 3.5).

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Indian chess prodigies Dolas, Khandadia shine in Turkey

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Nivaan Khandadia (left) and Arush Dolas.

New Delhi: Pune kids Arush Dolas and Nivaan Khandadia clinched gold and bronze medals respectively at the recent Worlds School Chess Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Dolas won the U-7 open title category, scoring eight points in nine rounds. Khandadia settled for the third place with 6.5 points.

Dolas trains under the watchful eyes of WIM Mrulalini Kunte. Khandadia is from the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) and has already played in 500 competitive games.

With podium finishes in the competition, both Dolas and Khandadia have now earned the title of being known as Candidate Master (CM), which is given by the world chess body FIDE.

Renowned SMCA coach FM Balaji Guttula, while commenting on this outstanding achievement of these youngsters, said, “India will soon be known as the Grandmaster country, because of the pace at which the nation is producing grandmasters. From Pragnananda to Gukesh, we have been churning out the best GMs at a rapid pace.

“Both Arush and Nivaan are extremely talented, well-groomed and can become India’s next grandmasters.”

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Hriday wins bronze at school national chess

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Hriday Sheth with his National School Open Chess bronze medal.

Mumbai: Mumbai youngster Hriday Sheth produced a commendable effort and clinched a bronze medal in Under-13 Open category of the AICF 8th National School Open Chess Championship, orgainsed by the Raipur District Chess Association at Agrasen Dham, in Chhattisgarh recently.

Hriday, a seventh grade student of DY Patil International School, Worli started his campaign with a FIDE Rating of 1594, and did exceptionally well to finish with a tally of seven points out of a possible nine games. He played some great games, including a drawn encounter with the eventual silver medallist, Garv Gour of Haryana. Garv with a  better progressive score forced Hriday to settle for the bronze medal. The gold medal was won by Aditya Dhingra from Haryana who scored eight points. This victory also catapults Hriday into 1600 ELO Fide rating zone and he would now represent Maharashtra in the Schools Chess Championship.

Mumbai’s upcoming chess player Hriday, had previously won a bronze medal at the World Schools Chess Championships at Lasi, Romania in 2017. The Maharashtra state champion, Hriday is a trainee at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA) and has been making rapid strides in establishing himself on the chess circuit.

Hriday’s chief coach FIDE Master Balaji Guttula was very satisfied with the youngsters’ performance and bronze-medal winning effort. “It is very rare to win a bronze medal at this competitive championship like the National Schools Chess Championship. At this age the children need to balance their academics very well along with pursuing their passion for chess,” opined Guttula.

“However, I have full faith and confidence in Hriday as he a very hardworking child and a versatile chess player. Undoubtedly he has a great future in chess,” Guttula further stated.

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