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Breaking is ready for the Olympic stage

There will be no Indian breaker at Paris but the attention will certainly draw more youngsters to the art that is also a sport

Arif Chaudhury (left) and Simran Ranga won the national breaking championships in Bengaluru. (HT)
Published on Jul 12, 2024 07:58 PM IST

‘Glad to have contributed to Gukesh’s first GM norm & now hosting his match’

In an interview with HT, Singapore Chess CEO GM Kevin Goh Wei Ming speaks about winning the World Championship bid and his role in Gukesh’s first GM norm

FIDE Candidates 2024 winner Grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 03:51 PM IST

Ziaur Rehman: An imaginative risk-taker who didn’t play for draws

The 15-time Bangladesh national chess champion died after suffering a stroke during a game on Friday. He was 50

Bangladeshi chess player Ziaur Rehman. (Madelene Belinki/FIDE)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 09:50 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

From record Olympic ‘A’ cuts to Universality – why the ebb in Indian swimming

Indian swimmers miss direct qualification for Paris Olympics, relying on Universality Places. Lack of depth in Indian swimming highlighted by coaches.

Srihari Nataraj has qualified for Paris Olympics through the quota available under Universality Places. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 08:37 PM IST

It would’ve been funny to stop at nine: Anand on his 10th Leon Masters title

At the Leon event, Anand competed against a former World Championship rival, one born the year he won his first Leon Masters title, and a third, a fellow Indian younger to him by over three decades

Viswanathan Anand on way winning his 10th Leon Masters title in Spain. (FIDE)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 08:45 PM IST

World Chess Championship: Singapore to host Ding vs Gukesh

Delhi and Chennai were in the fray as well, Fide however decided to go with the only neutral venue in the mix

FIDE Candidates 2024 winner Grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 09:28 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

In Afghanistan’s fairytale, let’s not forget its women in exile

The women are banned from playing by the Taliban and Afghan women cricketers in exile have written to ICC seeking support for a refugee team

Afghanistan had a stirring run to the T20 World Cup semi-finals. (AP)
Updated on Jun 30, 2024 08:35 PM IST

Korean coach Yoo Yong-sung back in Lakshya Sen's team ahead of Paris Olympics

The 22-year-old, preparing to make his Olympic debut, wants to tweak the variations in his attack before the July-August Games.

India's Lakshya Sen plays against Denmark's Anders Antonsen (AP)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 09:40 PM IST

This time I think it could be anybody's game: Sindhu on the Olympics

The Indian shuttler hasn't been in the best of form but has reason to believe that the tide is turning

India's Pusarla V. Sindhu plays a return against Taiwan's Hsu Wen Chi during their women's singles round of 32 match at the Indonesia Open(AP)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 10:28 PM IST

How a mentality shift propelled Erigaisi from a missed Candidates to world No 4

Erigaisi said he’s forced to play open tournaments due to scarce elite event invites and that, he's learned the hard way to take his fitness seriously

Arjun Erigaisi(Fide/Anna Shtourman)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 04:28 PM IST

It’s just the worst version of me: Ding Liren on his struggles

In an interview to HT, world chess champion Ding Liren spoke about contemplating withdrawal from Norway Chess and losing his passion for the game.

The world champion has during the course of this tournament, dropped out of the top 10 in the live ratings(Stev Bonhage/Norway Chess )
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 12:58 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

Ding Liren, a champion in distress

“Very concerned for him and his match vs Gukesh”, peers offer as China’s reigning world chess champion grapples with seeming mental struggles

Chinese chess grandmaster Ding Liren (L) in action.(AFP)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 11:52 PM IST

World Chess Championship: Delhi, Chennai submit competing bids

All India Chess Federation and TN government are both in the fray to host the D Gukesh-Ding Liren match. Singapore is in the race too

D Gukesh(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 08:28 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

How Praggnanandhaa punished World No.1 Carlsen for his first classical win

The 18-year-old Indian went after the world No 1's edgy opening choice and decision to not castle, to take the lead in Norway Chess standings after Round 3

Indian GM Praggnanandhaa R(PTI)
Updated on May 30, 2024 09:33 PM IST

After all that I’ve gone through, this medal is like vindication: Dipa Karmakar

For the Indian gymnast who won a historic Asian Championships medal, the end might be near. But even with injury-ravaged limbs, she remains the country’s best.

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Gymnast Dipa Karmakar becomes the first Indian gymnast to win gold in Asian Gymnastics Championship on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(SAI Media - X)
Updated on May 31, 2024 12:24 PM IST

India to propose Delhi as host for Gukesh-Ding match

‘Yashobhoomi’ centre in Delhi to be pitched as venue for the World Chess Championship scheduled later this year

D Gukesh(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 29, 2024 01:42 PM IST

It's a leap of faith for both of us: Svidler on being Pragg’s coach

In an interview with HT, the eight-time Russian champion spoke about being a Dravid fan, bonding over cricket, and on the Indian teen offering him suggestions

The wider world only learnt of Svidler's partnership with Praggnanandhaa before the Candidates.(FIDE)
Published on May 22, 2024 09:23 PM IST

Fenced out: Bhavani Devi and a shattered Olympic dream

The world no.34 believes that she is a better fencer now than she was at the Tokyo Games but things don't always add up

Bhavani Devi missed out on Paris Olympics qualification.(HT Image)
Published on May 16, 2024 08:22 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

Shyaam Nikhil – 12 year-wait for a GM title, and a Gukesh nudge

The chess player persevered for over a decade for his final GM norm and found inspiration in Gukesh’s Candidates win to become India's 85th Grandmaster at 31

Shyaam Nikhil
Updated on May 14, 2024 02:54 PM IST

Top players think twice when they face Indians: Manika Batra

The Indian table tennis star says working with a sports psychologist has helped her focus and manage pressure better.

Manika Batra picked up one of the biggest wins of her career by beating World No 2 Chinese Wang Manyu(Reuters)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:02 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

Gukesh’s win has triggered a fair amount of corporate interest: AICF chief

Helmed by entrepreneur-turned-administrator Nitin Narang, the federation recently rolled out an ambitious ₹65 crore action plan

Nitin Narang
Published on May 10, 2024 06:30 PM IST

Vladimir Kramnik’s cheating claim against Nihal Sarin kicks up a storm

Russia’s former world chess champion has alleged that the Indian GM’s online blitz results are “mathematically 99.9999% impossible”

Though Kramnik didn’t name Nihal explicitly, another X user did and the 19-year old’s manager Priyadarshan Banjan took to the platform to respond to Kramnik’s charge and challenged him to a face-to-face esport style playoff against Nihal.(Nihal Sarin FB)
Published on May 06, 2024 12:02 AM IST

Candidates: Staying off the chessboard, picking up the pieces

D Gukesh scripted history at the Candidates; for the other Indian players, it has been about recovering, recalibrating

Vidit had a devastating Round 11 defeat to Ian Nepomniachtchi after a marathon game where the Russian escaped two losing positions.
Published on May 04, 2024 10:19 PM IST

My comeback took me by surprise: Vaishali

She had given up after four losses in a row in the Women's Candidates, but decided to fight back and “play good games”, pulling off five straight wins

Toronto: Grandmaster Vaishali Rameshbabu during Round 6 match against Grandmaster Kateryna Lagno at the FIDE Women's Candidates 2024(PTI)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Gukesh ushers in new chess world order

A historic teen Candidates winner signals a shift in the chess world where the Next Gen, unafraid of big names and flexible in their approach are here to rule.

Candidates champion Indian chess grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh on his arrival at the Chennai Airport(PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 01:59 PM IST
By, , Bengaluru, New Delhi

Carlsen-led Freestyle Chess event in India on hold

The Chess 960 event that was originally scheduled to take place in India in November hasn’t found takers yet, forcing Jan Buettner to shelve plans for now

Magnus Carlsen and Jan Henric Buettner had announced the launch of a Freestyle Chess Grand Slam Tour.(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 12:20 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Win shows Next Gen of chess is here: Gukesh

D Gukesh, the youngest-ever Candidates winner, reflects on his historic achievement in chess, marking a shift to the Next Gen. World Championship next!

D Gukesh (ANI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

4Cool, mature and unflappable: The mentality that won D Gukesh the Candidates

Wins didn’t seem to make him overeager or complacent and the sole heart-breaking loss didn’t drive the 17-year-old to despair

D Gukesh of India at the Candidates(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 08:40 AM IST

History in black & white: Gukesh is the Candidate

Gukesh, 17, makes history as the youngest winner of the Fide Candidates tournament, set to face Ding Liren in World Championship clash.

D Gukesh in Toronto on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Gukesh makes history, becomes youngest-ever World Championship challenger

The Indian won the Candidates with a draw against Nakamura in the final round; he will face Ding Liren in the fight to become the next world chess champion.

Indian GM D Gukesh becomes youngest ever challenger for world title(PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:07 AM IST
By, Bengaluru
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