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Hi everyone, I'm in Prague right now! I'm at the Prague International Chess Festival, commentating with Amruta on the Prague Masters 2024. There are so many things that I could write about in this newsletter, but after spending a few days here I definitely feel that India needs it's own Chess Festival - like the Prague International Chess Festival.

Photo: Petr Vrabec

What is so unique about this festival? Firstly, the Masters tournament. It has some of the best players in the world, and it didn't start out of the blue. It all began years ago when the Novy Bor Chess Club started this event! Team Novy Bor is the reason these matches between elite players took place at Prague a few years ago, and they are the reason the Prague International Chess Festival is taking place - it's funded by the chess club. But year after year, they have kept on building it. Now they have reached a level where the Don Giovanni Hotel is bumbling with energy!

Photo: Petr Vrabec

There is the Masters, Challengers, futures section, and an Open event. But every morning, you will see there are Rapid events, Blitz events, Basque Chess, Children's Festival, Fischer Random chess, and much more! All of this creates such a beautiful atmosphere. I've been to many chess festivals, many top tournaments, but somehow here I feel that everything runs so smoothly. Everything is done with so much care! There is a lot of attention to detail, but there's also a kind of feeling that it's not overwhelming on anyone. 

Photo: Anezka Kruzikova

All the people in the organizing committee are pleasant, kind, and it's fantastic to be here. The reason why I feel that a festival of this nature is required in India, is because it brings together the chess community. The Open event brings together all the people, the Masters show the best in action, the children's event show how chess can be promoted to young kids on a big scale. I think it's a golden opportunity for someone out there, including ourselves at ChessBase India, to create this beautiful Indian Chess Festival and do it in the best possible way! - Sagar Shah

Prague Masters 2024 R4: Five draws

All five games ended in draws at the fourth round of Prague International Chess Festival 2024 Masters. They were all well-contested draws. The most important result was for Praggnanandhaa as he lost the last two rounds. So any result apart from a loss, was a good result for him against the Czech Republic no.2 - Thai Dai Van Nguyen. Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) and Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) are still the coleaders 3/4, followed by D Gukesh and Richard Rapport (ROU) at 2.5/4 each. GM Vaishali R scored her second win in-a-row in the Challengers section. Aansh Nandan Nerurkar drew to maintain his sole lead 3.5/4 in the Futures section. Round 5 for Masters, Challengers and Futures start today at 3 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Petr Vrabec/Prague International Chess Festival

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Dama Negra Chess Club invites you to VIII Semana Santa Open 2024

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