From the Writer's desk

I'm writing just a few minutes after drawing my 4th round game in a 9-round classical tournament. The event isn't going well so far - I am yet to score a win with 2 draws and 2 losses. "A common tale among amateur/irregular tournament players" I half-heartedly chose to believe this to provide some solace. I play tournaments infrequently, and it's not like I put in time to train my chess or prepare for tournaments. But I'm hugely interested in all things surrounding chess - following top events, learning about historical chess figures, watching chess videos on YouTube, reading chess books, and so on. Feel like you're on the same boat? Well, today I want to tell you about someone whose work I found out about 1 year ago - Tim Krabbé.

Photo: Jack de Nijs for Anefo

Tim Krabbé is a strong chess player from Netherlands - one of their top 20 players at some point, with a peak rating of 2290. But this hardly describes what Krabbe does: he is a journalist, novelist, chess author, dabbled in acting for quite some time - chess player is like the bottom of the list! His novels have been translated to 16 languages, and five of his novels have been turned into movies. Discussing all the facets of Tim's career will easily require a whole book. But today I want to talk about the fantastic chess website he created - Tim Krabbe's Chess Oddities.

The website design may look old, but it's a goldmine!

Want to know about the 110 greatest moves ever played? The Ultimate blunder? The discovery of the famous Saveedra position in 1895? Or maybe you would like to know about the famous Babson Task - you have to compose a mating problem where:

1. White makes the key move
2. Black defends by promoting a pawn to queen, rook, bishop or knight.
3. In each case, White is forced to promote to a queen, rook, bishop or knight respectively to force mate.

If any of this strikes your fancy, Tim Krabbe's chess website will leave you fanatically surfing for days to come.

The first ever Babson Task by Leonid Yarosh explained in detail!

I feel these are the kind of topics which may not be of interest to all chess players/enthusiasts. But for those who like it, this is a goldmine of rare chess content! Krabbe is around 80 years old now, and since June 1998 he started this website. His Open chess diary is also a joy to read! I should mention that Krabbe is also an excellent composer of chess studies and mating problems - you will find lots of discussions regarding chess compositions in the website. His work is a good reminder that chess is so much more than just playing - it's a vast world.

Tim Krabbe (left) meeting Leonid Yarosh (right) - the man who created the first successful Babson Task! Photo: RIck Goetzee

Ending on a different vein, the tournament I mentioned at the start of today's newsletter is the Chess for Everyone Rating tournament being held at Tamluk, West Bengal, India. We started Bangla ChessBase India, a regional language page of ChessBase India around 2 weeks ago. I'm playing the tournament, and covering it with photos, videos, and writeups on our new page! If you want to follow Chess news on Bangla, check out the link to our Facebook page below. - Himank Ghosh

Bangla ChessBase India

GRENKE Classic R3-4: Richard Rapport increases his sole lead, Magnus and Keymer miss wins

Richard Rapport (ROU) increased his sole lead at GRENKE Chess Classic 2024. He drew against Vincent Keymer (GER) in an interesting battle in the third round. Then he defeated Daniel Fridman (GER) in round 4 to stay a full point ahead of the rest 3/4. The world no.1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR) drew against the reigning world champion, Ding Liren (CHN) in a highly anticipated match up. Carlsen missed a win against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) in the following round. Speaking of misses, Keymer had the biggest miss of the day when he could not manage to beat the world champion despite having a decisive advantage for the better part of the endgame. Classic Round 5 and 6, Open Round 1 will start today from 6:30 p.m. local time, 11 p.m. IST. Photos: Angelika Valkova/GRENKE Chess Classic

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Mary Ann Gomes ends Velammal AICF WGM 2024 on a high note, Sarayu Velpula third

WGM Mary Ann Gomes defeated WIM Mounika Akshaya in the final round of Velammal AICF WGM Round-Robin 2024. Mary Ann had already won the tournament in the previous round. The last round win in an exciting battle was just to reassert her dominance over the competition. She finished a staggering 1.5 points ahead of the field scoring 9/11. WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii (MGL) and WIM Sarayu Velpula scored 7.5/11 each. They secured second and third place respectively. Sarayu had already earned her final WIM-norm last month. She scored her fourth WIM-norm at this event. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. The top three prizes were ₹250000, ₹150000 and ₹130000 each. Photos: FI Niklesh Jain and TNSCA

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Srinath Narayanan dominates ChessBase India Club 2nd Anniversary Tournament 2024

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10-year-old Messi of chess Faustino Oro from Argentina beats Magnus Carlsen in bullet

Faustino Oro is a 2013-born talent from Argentina. At the age of just 10 years, he managed to defeat the World no.1 Magnus Carlsen in bullet chess. In this video we check this game. We also get to know more about this young talent Faustino. 

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These kids see computer for the first time in their life! | Chess in Children's Home

The Children's Home at Chembur where we began teaching chess at year ago reached a new milestone. The place now has computers installed where kids can play and learn chess online. Not just chess, they can also learn many other things on the computers. Many of them saw a computer for the first time in their life.

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