Tata Steel 2024 R4: Praggnanandhaa beats Ding Liren second year in-a-row, becomes the new India no.1

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa scored an emphatic victory against the reigning world champion Ding Liren in the fourth round of 86th Tata Steel Masters 2024. Praggnanandhaa managed to win against Ding Liren for the second consecutive year at the same event, round and also color. He is now India no.1 in live ratings. After Vishy Anand, he becomes the second Indian to beat a reigning world champion in a Classical rated game. Gukesh lost to Anish Giri in a long endgame grind. This win propelled Giri to sole lead. Vidit Gujrathi drew against Jorden van Foreest comfortably. Leon Luke Mendonca lost against Erwin L'Ami from a promising position. Today,17th January, is the first of three rest days. Round 5 pairings: Vidit v Max Warmerdam, Gukesh v Ian Nepomniachtchi, Praggnanandhaa v Giri, IM Divya Deshmukh v GM Mustafa Yilmaz and Harika Dronavalli v Leon. The fifth round starts tomorrow Thursday 18th January at 2 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST.

Tata Steel Masters Round 4



Between 2004 and 2007, 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov recorded a large 3-volume Najdorf video course. ChessBase is publishing this great classic in a complete edition in the current ChessBase Media format. Learn from this classic of chess! The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.

In this video course Garry Kasparov introduces the various sub-systems of the Najdorf, including the central “Poisoned Pawn” variation. Furthermore, he devoted a chapter to the main lines against 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4. This includes the legendary Polugaevsky Variation. Last but not least In Kasparov examines the move 6.Be3, which is today considered the main line in the Najdorf System. This is more than 9 hours of first-class private tuition from one of the greatest players in the world of chess - don't miss out on this!


Praggnanandhaa enters into a long term sponsorship agreement with Adani Group

It's a massive development for Indian chess. One of the biggest conglomerates, not just in the country, but across the world - the Adani Group, has decided to support to R. Praggnanandhaa in his journey to becoming the World Champion. The India no.2 and one of the biggest talents in the world of chess Pragg has entered into a long term sponsorship agreement with the Adani Group. On 5th of January we saw a tweet by Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Group, announce this association. In this article we bring forth the thoughts of Pragg and his long time trainer GM R.B. Ramesh. We also tell you more about the Adani Group and the work they do.

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Breakfast at Anands! - The start of a new tradition?

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Vidit Gujrathi's simul at Ambit House in Mumbai

January 2024 is going to be an important month for Vidit Gujrathi as he gets ready for Tata Steel Masters in Wijk Aan Zee. However, just before he took his flight to Amsterdam, Vidit decided to spend a day at Ambit House in Mumbai. Along with meeting the top management team of Ambit, Vidit played a simultaneous exhibition with 17 opponents. This proved to be an exciting one as some of the players gave quite a tough fight to the India no.3. We bring you some moments from this beautiful evening.

Vidit gives a simul!

Vedant Panesar becomes the latest International Master from Mumbai

20-year-old Vedant Panesar became India's latest International Master in December 2023. The Mumbai lad earned his maiden IM-norm at Maia Open 2022 in Maia, Portugal. A year, a month and half later, he earned his second IM-norm at Qatar Masters 2023. Ten days later, he started playing at Vezerkepzo Fall GM 2023, where he scored his final IM-norm. Vedant crossed 2400 rating barrier in December 2023 FIDE Rating list as his Elo rating showed 2445. He also scored his fourth and fifth IM-norms consecutively after earning his final IM-norm. However, they were not required as he had already fulfilled the IM title requirements. Vedant's current rating is 2452 and his journey towards the GM title continues. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Vedant becomes India's latest IM!