Dear students, children, youngsters. You are going back. Back to school. The summer holidays are over and most of you are returning back to school tomorrow. (some schools in US are already opened 2 weeks). Some of you play chess, some just starting. We have prepared for you a great educational tool for you.

The emergence of the next generation of chess players is evident in the September FIDE rating list, which was released few days ago on the International Chess Federation website. Gukesh D, Arjun Erigaisi, and GM Nihal Sarin all made significant gains, and GMs Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan), and Vincent Keymer (Germany) also moved up the list. India is performing particularly well in this regard. 

If we examine the top 100 players, only youthful players can be found among the largest winners. Erigaisi, who has gained a huge 36 points, is currently in 24th place (just below Gukesh), so we might as well start there. However, the 18-year-old Indian grandmaster is now ranked as the world's number 18(!) in the live ratings after adding another 10 points to his total at the currently-playing Dubai Open.

Gukesh

Indian prodigy Gukesh Dommaraju became the second youngest grandmaster in chess history at the age of 12 years, 7 months, and 17 days. He did it in New Delhi, India, in the 17th Delhi International Chess Grandmaster Open, where he achieved his third grandmaster norm.

So what is happening with the youngsters? Do we see a new trend?

The educational methodologies in India are different to what we see in Europe. The chess is taught is schools and are part of the syllabus. It is cheap (relatively) you don't need expensive gear and anybody can do it. All you need is a good coach. And there are plenty good coaches in India. The school of Chennai is particularly strong. Many prodigies come from this area including GM Praggu or big Anand. 

The Olympiad's biggest surprise was 16-year-old Gukesh, who racked up 27 points overall after scoring 26 points at home and 0.6 points in the Turkish league. Nihal, an 18-year-old who is a little further down the list (in 63rd position), improved by 26 points.

Can Europe and USA follow?

Chess is a game for geeks and nerds in the US and western Europe. Chess is popular with all ages in eastern Europe and India.
Chess players are seen as nerds in the vast majority of schools. Let's face it, you know a number of kids who used to enjoy playing chess but stopped since the other kids thought they were nerds. Because of politics in the early 20th century, it is more popular in Eastern Europe. Chess is as embedded in those nations as soccer, cricket, basketball, and other sports since so many Eastern European countries were influenced and/or ruled by Russia, which saw teaching the game from elementary school through adulthood as a vocation similar to any other. But there is a chance. You need to grow the base. Starting from the elementary schools and clubs. Starting from the parents. 

How famous is chess based on the registration of chess players? Surprise goes with France and Spain.

Rank Country Code Country Name Registered Players
1 IND India 35396
2 FRA France 35364
3 ESP Spain 31947
4 RUS Russia 28599
5 GER Germany 27287
6 TUR Turkey 13217
7 POL Poland 12187
8 GRE Greece 11958
9 ITA Italy 11919
10 IRI Iran 10459
11 USA United States 10074
12 CZE Czech Republic 8390
13 HUN Hungary 8115
14 BRA Brazil 7533
15 SRB Serbia 6217
16 UKR Ukraine 5725
17 SVK Slovakia 5026
18 SRI Sri Lanka 4940
19 COL Colombia 4926
20 NED Kingdom of the Netherlands 4886

Country rank by average rating of top 10 players

Country rank by average rating of top 10 players
  Average GMs IMs Total Titled
1 Russia 2739 256 549 2641
2 United States of America 2715 101 166 828
3 China 2705 48 39 181
4 India 2668 64 114 408
5 Ukraine 2663 93 209 589
6 Armenia 2652 44 29 132
7 Azerbaijan 2652 26 32 159
8 Hungary 2644 58 120 497
9 France 2638 50 118 465
10 Poland 2637 45 109 447
11 Germany 2630 96 273 1443
12 Netherlands 2622 36 104 388
13 England 2620 36 68 287
14 Spain 2617 56 137 663
15 Israel 2615 43 64 212
16 Czech Republic 2605 36 83 343
17 Georgia 2584 32 40 137
18 Norway 2584 16 36 146
19 Croatia 2577 32 65 272
20 Serbia 2567 58 126 624

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How can Opening Master chess database help students grow?

It is obvious why you should use a top-notch chess database while preparing ready for that huge chess game tournament or even a modest event given that there are millions of searchable chess games on it.

Chess databases come in many varieties and are found everywhere. The majority of these databases are freely available online and may all be used to achieve the same result—be ineffective. Because of how cleverly these databases are created, players can use them to think through and make the best decisions that could make the difference between winning or losing. Of course players can copy the best chess engines but where is the fun to learn from other people. 

You can browse through 9,4 millions human chess games in the OM OTB version. That is so far the best collection out there. The collection between 1800-1991 is the most accurate which you can find in the world. We are working and clean year by year since 2006. 

September updates in OM OTB

We deleted more than 40 thousands games (duplicates, correspondence games, computer games), we matched tournaments, player names normalization etc. The result is 9,391,900 human chess games, the biggest collection ever in the OTB world (over-the-board).  We have been collecting games since 1990s, officially registering the name Opening Master as of 2006 and we are happy to provide you monthly service ever since (ok sometimes bi-monthly during holidays). 

The last but not least. If you made it until here, we have special bonus for you for Back to School discount. If you provide us evidence of attending the school (ISIC card, age, attendance list) we give you 50% discount. Chess clubs apply too. We want to spread the chess as much as possible and good way to start is to have the biggest collection of chess games ever built.

Cheers

Alexander Horvath and OM TEAM

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