(Twitter Photo)CHENNAI: The second Grand Prix leg of the women’s online speed chess championships, organized by FIDE, will commence from July 1. World no. 9 D Harika, who qualified for this stage after being part of the Swiss tournament earlier this month, is among those vying for top honours in this leg. The 29-year-old is clearly not taking much pressure ahead of the event. “All I want to do is work hard and give 100 percent and play, rest (I will take) whatever comes,” Harika told TOI on the eve of the event. More than mulling a lot about the results, Harika is happy just to be able to play the game in these uncertain times. “Right now, we don’t
CHENNAI: Former women’s world champion Anna Ushenina underlined her credentials as one of the top players with a 7-4 win over Russian GM Valentina Gunina in the final of the first Grand Prix leg of the women’s online speed chess championships, organized by FIDE, on Sunday evening. Right from the time the match started, it was Anna who was calling the shots. She soon raced to a 3-1 lead after the first four games. Anna swelled the lead to 4-1 to put further pressure on Valentina. The 6th game saw Valentina pull one back as Anna’s lead now stood at 4-2. Valentina once again upped the ante in the 7th game to reign supreme and the scoreline read 4-3. Here
Representational photo. (Getty Images) CHENNAI: Magnus Carlsen will have a chance to defend his World title only in 2021. The FIDE World chess championship clash that was earlier slated to be held in Dubai from December 20 this year stands postponed. The keenly-awaited contest was planned to take place alongside the Dubai Expo. A few months ago, the Dubai Expo was postponed and it will now kick off only from October 1, 2021. “We have a couple of options in front of us which are: March-April in 2021 or autumn 2021,” said Emil Sutovsky, Director General of FIDE. While a few countries have begun to slowly have over-the-board tournaments, a majority of nations across the world are still reeling from
Valentina Gunina. (Photo credit: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)CHENNAI: Russian Grandmaster Valentina Gunina was the last player to have qualified for the Grand Prix stage of the ongoing women’s online speed chess organized by the FIDE. However, the 31-year-old showed her mettle on Wednesday to beat WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 8.5-3.5 to move into the quarterfinals of the first leg of the Grand Prix stage on Wednesday. “Yesterday (Tuesday) I was very tired because I participated in all six qualifier rounds. And today I had to wake up early for the match (7am). When you wake up so early for a match, your brain doesn’t work irrespective of who is there in the opposition,” Gunina revealed to the tournament website after her victory.
NEW DELHI: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will assemble on Sunday for a special hearing on noted journalist Vinod Dua’s plea for quashing of multiple FIRs lodged in different states against him for alleged misreporting during the communal violence in the capital in February and spreading fake news through his YouTube show. Although the Delhi high court, in an interim order, stayed probe in a case lodged against Dua by BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar and the trial court directed that no coercive steps be taken against him, he was subsequently summoned by Himachal Pradesh police on a complaint lodged in Shimla. Dua, thereafter, rushed to SC seeking quashing of FIRs filed against him in different states and
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged concerns over the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the capital. At a high-level review meeting called to discuss the national coronavirus situation and attended by senior ministers and top officials, Modi noted it was important to get the capital back on track and devise a plan to contain the spike. His remarks set the stage for “an emergency meeting” — a detailed review of the situation in Delhi — to be attended by Union home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi LG Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal and senior government officials on Sunday. Sources said Modi felt there was a need to draw up a plan to slow