Author: ChessMine

Anand Shuts His Critics Like A Boss

Garry Kasparov on several occasions criticized Anand on his age, performance or results. The former World Champion had many snobbish things to say.

Time and again, Anand dished out explosive performance to shut his critics. But when the news came out that he has failed to qualify for World Candidates Championship next year; it led to growing criticism of Anand’s ability to become World Champion again.

Anand shrugged off the criticism and instead focused on what he does best—play chess!

When the World Rapid Championship was announced in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The clear favourite to win the title was reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen.  To everyone’s surprise, Anand defeated Carlsen in a crucial game and went on to become the World Rapid Champion.

Like the old Russian saying goes. “I speak with the pieces.” Anand has given a befitting reply to all his detractors.

…and oh yes! not to forget this sarcastic tweet 🙂 

Viswanathan Anand is a true legend!

Two days to go for the Vardhaman Cup

The talented chess players of India will get to fight for big cash prizes and trophies when the 1st Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rated Open Tournament at the Vardhaman College of Engineering in Hyderabad. The player will be competing for a prize pool of Rs. 6,00,000/- at Hyderabad—the city of pearls.

The tournament will be played over nine rounds spread over five days from 05 December 2017 to 09 December 2017 at one of the best Engineering Colleges of Telangana. The event is open to all and players of all age categories are welcome to compete for cash prizes.

Vardhaman College of Engineering has been a long-standing giant in the field of engineering education. This tournament is their first foray into the world of chess. The cerebral sport of chess, which was invented in India, is Vardhaman College’s way of building the community in Telangana where the future citizens of India will be intelligent and leaders of tomorrow.

The prime objective of Vardhaman College is to update and modernize the quality of professional education. Its aim is to employ innovative teaching methods which carry an emphasis on fast-changing technological trends. This is to integrate classroom learning with actual work experience in the industry concerned or in a related professional field. The college aims to encourage students from the first year B.Tech itself, to identify suitable work areas and to execute projects of their own choice and interest.

The teaching-learning process is carried out through the use of overhead and LCD projectors. Vardhaman boosts facilities such as an extensive computer center, library, advanced lab for communication skills, internet center and spacious seminar halls and Electronic Classrooms.

The college recognizes chess has a tool to improve and exercise mind’s capacity. Thus, the first edition of Vardhaman Cup is a step towards development of chess as a sport as well as an educational tool for one’s improvement.

Tentative Starting List

No. Name FideID FED Rtg sex Typ Gr Club/City
1 GM Narayanan Srinath 5018420 IND 2532 TN
2 Sekar B 5043743 IND 2274 TN
3 Singh S. Vikramjit 5006090 IND 2256 SC Rly
4 Masango Spencer 14300753 ZIM 2253 NA ZIM
5 Lokesh N. 5025044 IND 2228 TN
6 Senthil Maran K 25035681 IND 2208 U20 TN
7 IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam 5001277 IND 2155 TN
8 FM Ramakrishna J. 5008174 IND 2149 AD Bnk
9 Badrinath S. 5029961 IND 2025 U20 PON
10 Sibi Visal R 46685588 IND 1984 U16 TN
11 WCM Jyothsna L 35013220 IND 1983 w U14 TN
12 AGM Sa Kannan 5018340 IND 1935 TN
13 Nikhil M 35015966 IND 1883 U20 AP
14 Srinivasa Rao G.V. 5000602 IND 1837 S50 Tel
15 Sannidhanam Anurag (aicf due?) 5068380 AUS 1811 U20 due
16 AIM Pati Spandan 46667768 IND 1804 U12 Tel
17 Mushini Ajay 35066188 IND 1770 U20
18 Sibi Srinivas Eistein Reddy 45073643 IND 1763 U14 AP
19 Duvvala Suresh 5071658 IND 1713 Tel
20 Ruban Sanjay M 35070592 IND 1713 U14 TN
21 Samal Aditya Ranjan 46694447 IND 1697 U14 Orissa
22 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 5005752 IND 1690 TN
23 Chilukuri Sai Varshith 25617125 IND 1672 U12 Tel
24 Krishna Karthik N 25009605 IND 1649 U20 AP
25 Sameer Kumar Y 35017535 IND 1638 AP
26 Akira Sowmyanatha Reddy 45073295 IND 1617 U12 AP
27 Sreekar J S S 45015155 IND 1608 U12
28 Nanditha V 46626697 IND 1599 w U14 Tel
29 Mohammad Ismail Khadar 5065240 IND 1579 AP
30 Unnikrishnan M A 25027980 IND 1508 Joy Alukas

Click here to view the full  starting list. 

This tournament is a golden opportunity for unrated players who are looking to achieve their first rating.

prospectus Vardhaman Cup 2017

For registration: Call 8861758907/ Whatsapp 7338090690

5 reasons having a chess coach can make you a better player

In this information age, you can acquire knowledge at your fingertips. There are thousands of YouTube videos which tell you how to improve your game. Truckloads of chess books in the market offer you methods and techniques. Where do you start learning? Where do you find an order in this chaos? How do you get concrete results?

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius

The Chinese philosopher Confucius understood the value of learning more than 1000 years ago! What happens when you passively browse though chess videos, books and aimlessly play chess online? You happen to be in danger of not learning effectively. 

Here are five reasons why having a chess coach can make you a better player:

  1. Guide

A coach’s responsibility is to guide you through the vast available information. Of course, there are thousands of chess books in the market. A reputed coach with his experience will make your life easier by suggesting the right book based on your current level and understanding. The mistake what most players do is they pick up a random book which they find interesting and dive into it, only to abandon it midway or failing to apply the methods taught in the book. In reality, the book is either too advanced for their current understanding, or may not be the right choice for their current level.

Anders Ericsson is a Swedish psychologist who is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. Here’s what he has to say about having a coach:

“The best way to get past any barrier is to come at it from a different direction, which is one reason it is useful to work with a teacher or coach.”
― Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

2. Feedback

Decades-long of research on skill development stresses upon one important factor. What separates ordinary players from extraordinary players is — constant Feedback. 

“Even the most motivated and intelligent student will advance more quickly under the tutelage of someone who knows the best order in which to learn things, who understands and can demonstrate the proper way to perform various skills, who can provide useful feedback, and who can devise practice activities designed to overcome particular weaknesses.”
― Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

3. support

It’s a well-known fact that Open Tournaments have a cut-throat competition. A player has to play three rounds per day, in longer time controls. This leaves no time to prepare effectively against an opponent.  Most players end up not playing up to their standard or may lose winning games. They also constantly worry about what to play against their next opponent.

An experienced coach offers support during these grueling times. The coach will give specific tips and devise a strategy. Thus, a player confidently plays the game and gives his/her best on the board without worrying about anything.

I prepare myself well. I know what I can do before I go in. I’m always confident.

Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself and this confidence should be based on fact. – Bobby Fischer


4. Structure

There is a reason why strong players play well. It’s because they get concrete results for every hour they put in for studying chess. There is a structure in place. But where to begin? Only a well experienced can tell you that.

You need a personalized structure to move forward on the road of improvment. You should know what to do, how to do it to gain specific results.

Most players solve hundred of tactics and lose their game within 20 moves of play in tournaments! There’s nothing wrong in solving tactics but it’s pointless to invest your energy in wrong things. Once you have a structure in place, the desired results will automatically come.

5. Commitment

When you hire a chess coach for improving your game. It’s a sign of commitment because it means you are really serious about your improvement. Most people ‘wish’ they could improve, very few ‘will’ and make improvement happen.

A strong will is required to become a great Chess Player. – Bobby Fischer

FIDE Senior Trainer& International Master Vishal Sareen is one of the well-reputed coaches in the world. In his two decades long coaching career, he produced three Arjuna Awardees and overlooked chess progress of over hundreds of strong players.  If you want to start your success journey, mail us at with your name, 5 recent games, and the problems which you are currently facing in bullet points. We will get back to you with a personalized training plan for improvement.

ChessMine Academy—Champions are made, not born.

IM Tania Sachdev, GM Abhijeet Gupta and GM Pairmarjan Negi receiving the prestigious Arjuna.

Play in the City of Nizams!

Did you know that Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam who ruled Hyderabad between 1886-1967, was the richest man in the world?

He had an estimated net worth of $230 billion. Which made him the Richest Man on the planet!

Hyderabad has a rich cultural heritage. The land of Nizams is alive and ever changing with the modern times. It has emerged into two dynamic divisions—the old and new. The old city consists of ever charming Charminar, Golconda Fort (a former diamond-trading center and once home to the world famous Koh-i-Noor diamond) Hussain Sagar lake. The “new city’ represents the Tech establishments.  Software giants such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and hundreds of MNCs are nestled on the new side of Hyderabad.

The City also has a bright chess scene. It’s the home of India’s number 2  Grandmaster Harikrishna Pentala and Golden girl of Indian Chess GM Dronavalli Harika.

Vardhaman Cup

(Total Cash fund Rs. 6,00,000/-)

Sponsored by Vardhaman College of Engineering 

Venue: Vardhaman College of Engineering.

From 05 December to 09th December, play the All India Open FIDE Classical Rating Chess Tournament at the finest college situated in the finest city in India.

Exciting cash prizes guaranteed for everyone! Register today:  CLICK HERE !!!

Must Visit Places

  1. Falakunama Palace

2. Charminar

3. Birla Mandir

4. Golconda Fort

Must Try!

Hyderabad is a food lover’s paradise. You can try Mughalai, Andhra and rich variety of cuisines.

And, of course, you cannot miss…

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani

It doesn’t matter if you are a vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Biryani still loves you.

Osmania Biscuits

Osmania Biscuits, named after the last Nizam (yes, after Mr Osman Ali Khan ) is a must try. If you are a tea lover then you’ve found the right companion for your beloved cup of tea!

Play Chess, Visit Historical places & eat mouth-watering food! FIVE DAYS OF PURE FUN:

Click Here to know more about the tournament. 

Thank You..

The ChessMine Rapid+Blitz FIDE Rated Tournament kicked off on 5th of August, 2017. The event was a grand success with chess enthusiasts flocking from six countries.

We thank the whole Karnataka chess fraternity, players, parents, and coaches for choosing the ChessMine event. Special thanks to UKCA for extending their unparalleled support.

We thank our sponsors S.G Conventional Hall, Vardhaman College of Engineering, Akshaykalpa farms & foods, and Hope & Happiness. Without your support, this event wouldn’t have taken place.