Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chess Tournament Winner Declared in Kolkata

It brought a great deal of excitement and anticipation and now the Kolkata Open 2014 has finally drawn to a close, with winner Oliver Barbosa taking the title.

The down to earth winner from the Philippines fought his way against many talented players to scoop the title, with a great deal of determination and spirit.

Held in Sadan between the 14th and 24th March 2014 in Kolkata, the chess tournament was a global event, with 77 players participating from 14 countries around the world. The average rating of the players was 2394, with Oliver claiming a highly respectful score of 2688 for his performance.

With a total prize fund of 1,400,000 Indian Rupees, this was a tournament everyone was eager to win, but luckily for Oliver, he managed to secure the much anticipated victory for his own.

Oliver is no stranger to winning major competitions; this is his third tournament victory in India with the Bhubaneshwar Open and Delhi Open also under his belt.

He spoke about the tournament, saying that his favourite game was against Konstantin Landa, who is also a widely recognised figure in the chess world.

With exciting tournaments like this and the presence of so many talented players from all over the world, it is clear to understand why chess is such a popular sport these days and one which is continuing to grow in popularity.

It is thought that there are around 600 million chess players in the world and with the continued development of electronic chess apps and devices; it is a figure which is only set to grow in the future.

At Chessmaze International you will find a wide range of chess sets to either kick start your enjoyment of the game if you are a beginner or to learn more and develop your abilities with the more advanced sets. If you are on a budget, there is a range of cheaper sets or designer/luxury for those who want to treat themselves.

If you want to step away from the traditional game but still want to enjoy all the benefits, you will also find a variety of chess computers and software, where you can develop your skills and advance to higher levels at your own speed.

Chess is a fun, interesting game which can help develop a number of skills, including concentration and memory. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the game out with the confines of your home, including local chess clubs and you never know, you might find yourself entering the next worldwide competition.

Whatever your chess needs are, you will find high quality chess sets at Chessmaze International and with a professional service and quick delivery, you could be enjoying the delights of the game earlier than you think.

Discounts are also available if you are looking to sell the chess boards or sets for wholesale purposes but there are also good prices for personal purposes. Take a look at the bargain basement or special offers to make some exciting savings on your next chess purchase.

Magnus Carlsen announces the launch of exciting new chess app!

Chess is becoming an increasingly popular sport and with many exquisite types and styles of sets to choose from, it is easy to understand why.

If you are not a fan of the traditional chess playing and prefer to use technology to play the intriguing game; you’ll be delighted to hear the news that World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen has announced a brand new app.

In an effort to promote the sport to players of all ages and levels, Magnus has developed an app which is based on his past games and takes you through his different playing styles as he has developed throughout his career.

The 23 year old Norwegian is the second youngest world champion in the game and as such, is in the perfect position to be able to help chess enthusiasts through the launch of this exciting app.
You can discover more about the star’s playing style and how he has managed to get where he is today. It is aimed at people at all ages and offers a great way to develop your skills and experience as you progress throughout the levels.
Chess is not just a fun game to play with friends, family or as part of a club; it also offers a range of benefits which are particularly important for children developing through to adulthood. Chess can help improve memory, reactions and the ability to develop strategies and forward planning.
With the wide range of chess clubs available and the World Chess Championship, which is currently under way, there are plenty of opportunities for avid lovers of the sport to get involved and progress through the ranks.

At Chessmaze International, there is a wide range of quality chess board, chess sets and chess pieces for those who enjoy the traditional method of chess playing. There is also a variety of chess computers and software, for those who fancy trying out Magnus Carlsen’s new app.

You can find the modern android platform which offers an easy and convenient way to play chess on the go. You can also update the apps as you develop your skills through the ranks.
Team this up with some DVD’s from the collection to enhance your development and you’ll soon have Magnus wondering why he ever developed the app as you give him a run for his money!

Black and White of Chess

Viswanathan Anand drew comfortably in straight 54 moves against fellow ex-World champion Veselin Topalov in the second round of the World Candidates Chess Tournament at Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. Anand had produced a scintillating display to topple favourite Levon Aronian in the opening round at the same event earlier.

Anand, at 44, is the oldest among the eight Candidates battling to earn the right to challenge World champion Magnus Carlsen later this year. This was Anand’s third career-victory over Aronian and first with white pieces. Anand’s last victory over the World number two came in the elite Tata Steel tournament at Wijk aan Zee, near Amsterdam, in January last year. Since the players were separated by 60 rating points, the victory for Anand was worth 5.8 points and took his live rating to 2775.8. As a result, Anand temporarily moved up a rung, to the seventh spot in the world rankings.

At another part of the world, the World Chess Olympiad Qualifers’s second phase for the World Chess Olympiad will get underway this weekend on 15th -16th March at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala. There is a stiff fight for the available slots to make the team. The event features male players with international ratings and the top 20 unrated who qualified from the previous phase. A total of 8 rounds will be played in the male category of the following weekend on 22-23 March 2014. The top 12 will be picked to proceed to the next and last phase due in May. Over this weekend, the ladies will be battling in their final phase featuring the top 12 in a round robin to determine the top 5 to feature on the National team. The event will be graced with the attendance of FIDE Vice President, Ali Nihat Yazici and Africa Chess Union President, Lakhdar Mazoouz.

Pure Grit for the Game

Armenia hosted a spectacular opening of the European Individual Chess Championship (EICC). This is the 15th EICC, an event which attracts over 100 grandmasters as it is a stepping stone to the World Championship. The top 23 finishers in the EICC will qualify for the 2015 Chess World Cup, with the top two in that event gaining entry to an 8-man Candidate’s Tournament in 2016 that will determine the challenger in a World Championship match at the end of that year.

Charudatta Jadhav may be thousand miles away from the Armenian grand event but he too is a champion in the game. A visually impaired chess champion, Jadhav has lent a helping hand to many others like him to master the game and checkmate the many challenges in life. Charudatta Jadhav lost his vision at the age of 13. The only reason that gave him courage to fight his disability at that tender age was his passion for the game. He soon became the blind superhero of Indian chess.

But becoming a champion and winning numerous medals was not the end. The realization that there is no visually impaired Indian player present to compete at the international level troubled him. And as a result he invented special software for the blind called Talk 64. Today, 18 countries have been benefitting from the invention. Not only in India, the world of chess has been witnessing a sea change.

Former world chess champion turned human rights activist Garry Kasparov has been granted Croatian citizenship after finding it increasingly difficult to live in Russia as a pro-democracy campaigner.

From Armenia to India to Croatia, the chess world saw a new trend and a new beginning. A new citizenship, a new challenge to help others and a new location for a chess championship.

 

Armenia hosted a spectacular opening of the European Individual Chess Championship (EICC). This is the 15th EICC, an event which attracts over 100 grandmasters as it is a stepping stone to the World Championship. The top 23 finishers in the EICC will qualify for the 2015 Chess World Cup, with the top two in that event gaining entry to an 8-man Candidate’s Tournament in 2016 that will determine the challenger in a World Championship match at the end of that year.

Charudatta Jadhav may be thousand miles away from the Armenian grand event but he too is a champion in the game. A visually impaired chess champion, Jadhav has lent a helping hand to many others like him to master the game and checkmate the many challenges in life. Charudatta Jadhav lost his vision at the age of 13. The only reason that gave him courage to fight his disability at that tender age was his passion for the game. He soon became the blind superhero of Indian chess.

But becoming a champion and winning numerous medals was not the end. The realization that there is no visually impaired Indian player present to compete at the international level troubled him. And as a result he invented special software for the blind called Talk 64. Today, 18 countries have been benefitting from the invention. Not only in India, the world of chess has been witnessing a sea change.

Former world chess champion turned human rights activist Garry Kasparov has been granted Croatian citizenship after finding it increasingly difficult to live in Russia as a pro-democracy campaigner.

From Armenia to India to Croatia, the chess world saw a new trend and a new beginning. A new citizenship, a new challenge to help others and a new location for a chess championship…