Even after the popularity of other sports like Cricket or Badminton in India, hockey has enjoyed a perfect status and still many are unaware of the fact that hockey is not the national sport of India.read more
Any period of time in history is often defined by great minds. It is often said that such great minds are often a thing of universal marvel and surely, this is the bracket that one would place Magnus Carlsen under. If being the highest ever rated chess player wasn’t enough, Carlsen is now a two time world champion under classical time control while also the reigning champion in rapid and blitz format too. He is Ricky Ponting’s Australia, he is Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona…his achievements only made more incredible by the fact that he has achieved so much before he has even turned 25.read more
India is a country where “SPORTS” hold a special place in the hearts of the people. There are many sports being played in India with full dedication and determination. India has produced so many great sportsmen in each and every sport. But all the sports are not equally popular in our country.read more
Most eleven year olds would have been taking their elementary steps into the world of algebra to build their calculative powers needed to solve combinatorial situations. But then again, Sergey Karjakin was not just another eleven year old. The Ukrainian-born prodigy was busy getting the title of International Master aged just eleven as he dished out moves with calculations that amazed even the best grandmasters. One such grandmaster, Russian Ruslan Ponamariov chose a twelve year old Karjakin in his team of seconds for the world championship. The shy kid strutting about the hotel in the world championship attracted quite a lot of attention…the chess world was being warned of a super grandmaster in the making. His list of achievements turned even more incredible as the prodigy completed his GM norms aged twelve years and seven months to become the youngest ever Grandmaster in history. He does indeed match the prodigious levels of Lionel Messi (who he resembles in looks) and his is a tale that needs quite some telling.read more
We sometimes come to know that streets are named after famous people. People who are or were very famous and well acknowledged for their work have often been honored by naming a place after them as a token of gratitude. But planets? Yes, several minor planets have been named after famous people in the field of Science, Arts, Entertainment, Politics and Sports. And recently, an Indian has been given this honor. A small body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter has been named after the 5-time world champion, Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand.read more
Top level chess is so withdrawn from the mainstream media that it is unlikely to ever generate much viewership except for the World Championship matches. Seldom do people know how the challenger is chosen to play the world champion.read more
A coach is the one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way.
It is not easy to become a coach. Effective coaching especially in sports does not only require skills but an ability to work under pressure. A coach has the role to influence the team, work with them and supervise them.read more