AkshatChandra.com ~ Fabiano Caruana, Candidates 2018
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Highs and lows from the Candidates (Part 2)

  Continuing where we left off in the previous posting: A very sound, strategical win by Wesley over Aronian: [pgn height=800 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "FIDE Candidates 2018"] [Site "Berlin GER"] [Date "2018.03.16"] [Round "6.1"] [White "So, W."] [Black "Aronian,
AkshatChandra.com ~ Candidates 2018
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Recap of the Candidates

  The recently concluded Candidates Chess tournament was easily the most exciting and dramatic since the 2013 edition. Several players were in contention to win the tournament till the very end,
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Locked Out from Chess.com
– a set of games from 3 years ago in 2015 were unfair claims Chess.com

  [images style="3" image="https%3A%2F%2Fakshatchandra.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F05%2FTweet-2018-04-27.jpg" width="497" link_url="https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FAkshChandra%2Fstatus%2F989940455440822273" new_window="Y" align="center" top_margin="0" alt_text="AkshatChandra.com%20~%20Chess.com%20claims%20GM%20Akshat%20Chandra%20used%20unfair%20means%20but%20doesn't%20provide%20evidence" full_width="Y"] Exactly one day after the "Titled Tuesday" concluded on April 17, I found myself unable to log into my Chess.com account.
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Summer Roundup – Ups and Downs

Summer is when the chess tournament circuit comes alive in the US, and players congregate all over the country to take advantage of the increased tournament opportunities. My summer travels
Akshat Chandra
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Playing Chess in Batman City!

The Clark Street Capital Grandmaster Invitational was a 20-player tournament held from April 12-16 and sponsored by chess aficionado Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital. The tournament was organized by
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Awesome Thank You Note from RISE!

  A couple of days ago, I received a wonderfully crafted Thank-You Note from the students at Rise Program.  Thank you so much, and I really appreciate it! Have a look at
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Tom In his Own Words

This Post continues on my previous posting about Tom, which can be viewed here. The same post on US Chess Federation site can be viewed here. Hi, My name is Tom Nordeman, I was
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Knowing Tom

While at the Philadelphia Open a few months ago, I came into contact with a local chess enthusiast - Tom Nordeman. An ardent chess player, Tom, in his own words, says that
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Media Mentions

Some recent coverage of the US National High School Championship and the US Junior Closed Championship. [images style="3" image="http%3A%2F%2Fakshatchandra.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F09%2Faksh.jpg" width="364" caption="India%20Abroad%20Magazine%20Cover%20-%20September%202015" link_url="http%3A%2F%2Fakshatchandra.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F09%2Faksh.jpg" new_window="Y" align="center" top_margin="0" full_width="Y"] [images style="3" image="http%3A%2F%2Fakshatchandra.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F09%2FAkshat-US-Junior-Full-Chess-Life-article-Oct-Issue.jpg" width="1311" caption="US%20Junior%20Champion%20%E2%80%93%20coverage%20in%20October%20Issue%20of%20US%20Chess%20Life%20magazine%20%E2%80%93%20P.20" link_url="http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.yudu.com%2Fweb%2Fy5b2%2F0A1q58p%2FOctober2015%2Fflash%2Fresources%2Findex.htm%3FreferrerUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcontent.yudu.com%252Fweb%252Fy5b2%252F0A1q58p%252FOctober2015%252Findex.html"
AKshat Chandra and Yu Yangyi
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Final impressions of the Qatar Masters

The recently concluded Qatar Masters 2014 was surprisingly won by Chinese GM Yu Yangyi. I say surprisingly because when there are players like Kramnik and Giri playing, one seems to
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The Missed Combination Of A Lifetime

(Actual Position - Black to move now in a combination which secures a decisive advantage) An article I wrote was published on Chessbase.  I had posted the combination puzzle as 'Insane Tactic' on
John Nunn and Mark Hebden - Akshat Chandra - Chess
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To Take, or Not to Take?

I came across a game between British GMs John Nunn (left) and Mark Hebden from the recently concluded World Seniors Championship. There was a very neat finish to the game,
Ni Hua - Le Quang Liem, AkshatChandra.com
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Insane Tactic

I was going through some games, and I came across one which had an extremely exciting and complicated position. The game was between former Chinese Super GM Ni, Hua (Left), and
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Washington International 2014
Sand through my Hands

Rockville, Maryland. That's where I was headed next for the Washington International 2014 chess tournament.  I was extremely excited for this chess tournament, and eager to make amends for the disappointing result at
Akshat Chandra - The Seventh Samurai
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The Seventh Samurai

I came across a post written by a fellow chess enthusiast, Dana Mackenzie, on his blog, He really wrote an awesome article profiling me, and I want to express my
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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9-year old storms through GMs!

I thought I'll share an article I just published on ChessBase.  It was about a 9-year old beating a couple of GM's. I don't know the young phenom, but such
Akshat Chandra and Mike Regan, Potomac Open, August 2013
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Like Mike!

Sorry my dear readers! It's been a crazy month and a half in which I played 4 norm tournaments, striking gold in one of them! But that's not the subject I wish
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Achieving the 1st GM Norm!

The Marshall Chess Club organized a GM Norm Invitational tournament from April 04 to April 13. It was a 9 round, 10-player Round-robin, with 6.5 points required for a GM
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Funding a Quest!

Chess is one of the sports that is hard to find sponsors for. The game lacks the awareness and treatment that more popular sports receive, such as basketball, soccer, and tennis,
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Chess in Michigan – October 2013

The final tournament in my 3-tournament October Series was the Annual Fall Chess Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.  After a sub-par performance in my previous two tournaments , I was hoping
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Twitter

I signed up on Twitter recently,  my account is @questToGM. Let's see who'll become my first follower ... Ready,Set, Go ! :)
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Spice Cup 2013

Have you ever met a chess legend?  How about playing in a chess legend's tournament? Well, that's exactly what I was able to do, by playing in this year's Spice
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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World U16 Chess Olympiad 2013 Recap

The World Youth Olympiad is an annual team tournament held for youth 16 years and under.  The tournament brings together talented teams of youngsters from all parts of the world.
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Playing the Czech Open 2012

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vy0mADKcGg] Video Courtesy : Juray Pechac & Michal Novotny, Pardubice Tourism Department, Czech Republic (I'm finally catching up on a great tournament I played last year - The Czech Open) Pardubice!  That was our
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Playing with Super GM Anish Giri !

A few days ago, I was on a chess server and I got paired with  chess prodigy GM Anish Giri.  It was Akshat Chandra vs Anish Giri.  I was electrified.  Here
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Chess in Novi Sad, Serbia

After the Italian leg, it was time to go to Serbia!   Serbia, here I come ! Serbia is a special place for Chess.  Everyone appears to know chess.  Even the cab
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Chess in Braunau, Austria

The final chess tournament of my European Summer 2012 trip was in the small city of Branau Am Inn, Austria.  The weather was great during early August.  The great thing about
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Forni Di Sopra…Scenic Chess

Next stop after Ortisei ... Forni Di Sopra!  Forni Di Sopra is a small, lush village, located in the Dolomite region.  It's very scenic with open views, and a beautiful
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Chess in the Paradise of Ortisei!

Our next tournament in June was Server 24 Chess in Ortisei - St. Ulrich. Ortisei is a beautiful small township nestled in a high valley and surrounded by mountains. A
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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World Championship Match Game 3

Game 3 was a lively affair, with Vishy coming tantalizingly close to a win! It looked like it would begin as a Gruenfeld but Vishy deviated from Game 1 with
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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World Championship Rest Day

After two games the World Championship Match sees it first rest day which the players will use to recuperate and refresh their preparation. The score is level at 1-1 after
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Ups and Downs in Thailand!

  Bangkok Open at Dusit Thani Hotel 2012  Bangkok!  Yes, that's where I recently finished a tournament.  In April, the weather was hot-pleasant.  Not humid.  Of course, you've to watch
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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When Should We Accept Draws?

Hey!  I wasn't feeling all too well and so I thought I'll blog and share an interesting psychological situation with you guys.  A big dilemma that comes across a player
Akshat Chandra...A Chess Journey
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Hot in Vizag!

Vizag.  That was my next destination in November 2011, following the World Amateur Chess in  Antalya, Turkey.  Vizag is a bustling port city on the eastern coast of India, and