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Pune: Reimagining the game of chess, with a modern twist and a President

India is believed to be the home of chess, which later became popular across the globe. Played with 32 black and white pieces on a board with 64 squares, chess, for its avid followers, is more than a game. It is also believed to help improve concentration and focus.

Play By Hand

Darpan Inani, India’s strongest visually impaired chess player, on staying focused and never giving up.


Meet Tripura’s chess prodigy Arshiya Das who clinched gold at Asian School Chess Championship

Arshiya is the first member of her family to take up Chess, her father Purnendu Das is an employee with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and her mother Arnisha Nath Das is a homemaker.

These kids just had a game of chess on the metro train to show one can play it anywhere, anytime

"The idea was you can play chess anywhere anytime. You don't have to be intelligent to play the game. You become intelligent by playing chess because it rewires your brain. That's why European and American schools have a full fledged scholastic chess programme as part of school curriculum."

World team chess: Indian men to meet Kazakhstan

Buoyed by a fine performance from B Adhiban, the Indian men will take on local hopefuls Kazakhstan in the sixth round of the World Teams Chess Championship underway in Astana. In second place past the half-way stage, the team as a whole has done remarkably well despite the absence of top stars – V Anand, […]

Teenager P. Iniyan becomes India’s 61st Grandmaster

P. Iniyan defeated GM Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine in the sixth round to become the 61st Grandmaster for India as he crossed the 2500-point in ELO ratings.


Abhijeet Gupta wins Cannes International Open

Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta won the Cannes International Open after taking an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round that concluded in Cannes on Monday.

Restrictive undertaking removed by Indian chess body

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) has removed the restrictive undertaking that players had to give while registering themselves with the body, which sought to comply with the Competition Commission of India's order.

Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik announces retirement

Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, regarded as one of the strongest players in the world, announced on Tuesday he was retiring from professional competition. 

D Gukesh, latest pre-teen Grandmaster, wants to continue having fun

For Gukesh, next up was state-mate R Praggnanandhaa, who became India's youngest GM last June at 12 years, 10 months and 14 days.