American Chess Magazine 39

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Dommaraju Gukesh – The Star of India

At the age of 17 Indian grandmaster Gukesh has just won the Candidates Tournament and become the youngest ever World Chess Championship challenger! 

Dommaraju Gukesh from India has reached the peak of the world’s elite by winning the 2024 Candidates Tournament held in Toronto, Canada. Moreover Gukesh’s triumph has earned him a place in chess history as the youngest ever World Championship challenger!

One of Gukesh’s peers, GM Prithu Gupta, highlights the key games and moments of Gukesh’s play in the Candidates, sharing insights from the knowledge gained at training sessions with Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, former World Champions, who had a significant influence on the improvement of a whole generation of talented Indian youngsters. 

BCM Editor Milan Dinic has interviewed the new World Champion challenger where Gukesh highlights the importance of practicing yoga and meditation on a regular daily basis, marking it as the crucial change in his training routine, which helped him greatly to better focus at the chess board and perform to his maximum.

It is quite notable that India has experienced a huge chess boom over the past few years. In order to learn and understand how and why this has happened, we asked the legends of chess in India – Vishy Anand, Sasikiran Krishnan and Sethuraman S.P. – to offer their explanations and views on various aspects of this boom and what the future may hold.

Moreover in his regular column, FM Dylan McClain deals with the forthcoming match between Gukesh and World Champion Ding Liren, raising questions as to whether this might be Gukesh’s “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

While Toronto was a huge success for Gukesh, it was certainly a disappointment for the U.S. grandmasters – Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura – who finished in joint second place. GM John Burke reports on their play in the Candidates and points out the chances they missed.

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