Superbet Blitz 2024 R1-9: Praggnanandhaa outplays Carlsen as the latter struggles to catch Wei Yi

R Praggnanandhaa started his Blitz day with a win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL). In the second round, he defeated Magnus Carlsen (NOR) for the first time in a rated game at Grand Chess Tour Superbet Blitz 2024. The teenager outplayed the world no.1 in the endgame, which is the Norwegian's forte. However, the euphoria probably got the better of him as Praggnanandhaa went on to lose the next two games. He is now at 14.5/27. Wei Yi (CHN) started his day with a loss against D Gukesh. He won the next two games before saving a lost endgame against Carlsen. Then the Chinese had another five-game winning streak to extend his lead by 2.5 points. He is now at 20.5/27, followed by Carlsen 18/27, Praggnanandhaa 14.5/27 and Arjun Erigaisi 14/27. Blitz Round 10 starts today from 1 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

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In this video course "Endgame essentials you need to know - Volume I and II), GM Surya Ganguly joins IM Sagar Shah and drawing from his colossal experience, shares some uncommon endgame wisdom. The material mostly features positions with rook against rook and a pawn, and starts by covering the fundamentals: Lucena, Philidor, and Vancura. But it quickly enters non-trivial territory, likely to challenge even masters: the slippery theoretical nuances of dealing with doubled pawns and pawns on the f- and h-files.

Through this course, he promises something no instructor would ordinarily promise – uncertainty! His aim is not knowing everything — which is a chimera that can only stem from naivety—but realising one can never know enough and, thus, being watchfully comfortable in the uncertainty this realisation affords. The heartful camaraderie between Surya and Sagar keeps the lecture engaging throughout. As the ever-so-keen host, Sagar does an excellent job of asking pertinent questions every step of the way, questions that a chess improver would have in mind when studying such endings. On the other hand, Surya often switches roles with him, genially urging him to take the lead and spell out the concepts!

Today, we have a big 10% discount on Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly's video course "Endgame essentials you need to know - Volume I and II"! Just use the coupon code "GANGULY10" to avail the discount. The offer expires on 19th May 2024 - hurry up and get it NOW!


The Surya Ganguly Dabaru Scholarship: Supporting ten young Chess talents from West Bengal

Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly is one of the strongest chess players and trainers from India, and the strongest till date in West Bengal. Today, a movie inspired on his life is coming out, titled "Dabaru" (The Chess player)! This is the first time in the history of Indian Cinema that a movie is being inspired by the life of a chess player. Celebrating the occasion with a magnanimous gesture, Surya Ganguly has decided to support 10 young talented Chess players from West Bengal via HelpChess - they will all receive Rs. 50,000 each! If you are a talented Chess player studying in the 10th standard or younger, please fill out the google form in the article below. Read the full article for more information on the movie and the scholarship!


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Daniel Dardha wins Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024

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Come and Learn Chess for free at the Big Chess Summer Camp 2024 - 13th to 19th May 2024

The Phoenix ChessBase India Chess Club in Mumbai is hosting another exciting event! Last year, in 2023, we had two camps: the Big Chess Summer Camp in May, which had over 700 people, and the Big Chess Winter Camp in November, with over 500 participants. Now, in 2024, we're bringing back the joy of learning! With 45 training sheets, 3 levels, trainers, volunteers to help you learn - this promises to be an exciting camp for just about everyone out there. Join us from May 13th to 19th, 4-8 p.m. each day, at Phoenix Marketcity Mall, Mumbai. There's no entry fee or registration needed – just come and enjoy and learn chess with us! This initiative is taken to popularize chess!

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Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir dominates 16th Chessmate Inter School Team Rapid Rating 2024

Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir scored an unbeaten 15/16 to win 16th Chessmate - Inter School Rapid Rating Team Tournament 2024. They defeated the defending champion, South Point High School A by 2.5-1.5 in the third round. They finished a staggering three points ahead of the field. Sudhir Memorial Institute (Girls) overall secured second place scoring 12/16. However, they became champion in the Girls category. DPS Ruby Park and South Point High School B also scored 12/16 each. They were placed second and third in the Open section. Among the girls, Bhavan's Gangabux and Gokhale Memorial Girls School scored 7/16 each to secure second and third position. South Point alumni and 43rd GM of India - Diptayan Ghosh was the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony. Photos: Rajendra Singh/South Point High School

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