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:   A tactical melee between Aronian and Caruana, in which the American displayed excellent nerves
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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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
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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,
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Media Mentions

Some recent coverage of the US National High School Championship and the US Junior Closed Championship.
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
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
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
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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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!  Yes, that's where I recently finished a tournament.  In April, the weather was hot-pleasant.  Not humid.  Of course, you've to watch out for the water festival of Songkran from
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