Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chess Set (Shatranj in Iranian), glazed fritwa...Image via Wikipedia

Currently wats going on

Times of India - ‎6 hours ago‎
CHENNAI: It has been two years and eight months since Vijayalakshmi Subburaman left competitive chess. But the 30-year-old city-based Woman Grandmaster will bck
Times of India - ‎Jan 13, 2010‎
NEW DELHI: India shocked Israel and continued to make waves at the World Team Chess Championship being played at Bursa in Turkey. ...

Anand leads five Indians at Corus Chess

Times of India - ‎Jan 10, 2010‎
WIJK AAN ZEE: India's growing might in chess will once again be in full view as a record five Indian players will feature at the 2010 Corus Grandmasters ...

Chess Association of India announces cash-rich series of tourneys

Times of India - ‎Dec 28, 2009‎
PTI 28 December 2009, 10:37pm IST NEW DELHI: Chess Association of India, the rival body formed by the disgruntled members of the official All India Chess ...

18 GMs for Chennai Open chess - ‎Jan 22, 2010‎
The games can be viewed on and," All India Chess Federation secretary DV Sundar told reporters on Friday.
Chess in India
India's chess scenario is indeed glowing, with a bevy of youngsters making it big at the international stage. The country is fast emerging as a chess powerhouse, thanks to the growing number of International Grandmasters. With an increase in the number of young kids taking to the game, the domestic tournaments have witnessed a healthy competition and a considerable improvement in the overall standard of the game. Today, parents are encouraging their wards to consider chess a career option as the young talents are giving their older counterparts a good run for money. Though the present (and the future) of chess looks bright and radiant, the game had a modest start to boast of.

Chess is a descendant of the game known as 'Chaturanga' and its roots are well-laid in India. The name 'Chaturanga' essentially came from a battle formation mentioned, in the Indian epic - Mahabharata and reflects the Indian military strategy of the past era.
Since then the game underwent a number of changes and was subsequently created a more recognizable version, called Shatranj by the Persians. The popularity of the game increased further in the British Raj, when chess received patronage of the princes of the erstwhile princely states. However, it was only post independence that chess achieved a national status. In 1951, with the establishment of the All India Chess Federation (AICF), the game finally seemed to get onto a good start.

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