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ChessBase India

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ChessBase India is an Indian company that maintains the biggest Indian chess online portal, running related YouTube channels in English, Hindi and Spanish and conducts online chess tournaments on Playchess.[1]

The company markets chess educational material such as software produced by ChessBase GMBH and chess books published by leading publishers. ChessBase India has a foundation which is managed by the company to support emerging chess players in India with scholarship programs.

ChessBase India
ChessBase India Logo.png
MottoPowering Chess in India
FoundedIn November 2015
Founders
  • IM Sagar Shah (CEO)
  • WIM elect Amruta Mokal (COO)
HeadquartersChessBase India, 407, Damji Shamji Trade Center, Vidyavihar Society, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bhutan, Pakistan and Philippines
Websitehttps://chessbase.in

History[edit]

International Master and Shiv Chhatrapati Award winner Sagar Shah during his visit to Hamburg, Germany in 2014 met Frederic Friedel one of the founder members of ChessBase. Drawing inspiration after visiting the ChessBase Office, Sagar and his wife former sub-junior national champion Amruta Mokal in late 2015 founded ChessBase India with an aim to make chess one of the top followed sports in the country. In November 2017, founders Sagar and Amruta embarked on a homeless nomadic one year journey in India to promote chess.[2] [3]

The Company[edit]

The company was incorporated on 18th of January 2016 with the Registered Office in Mumbai, India. It markets chess related products and services in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bhutan, Pakistan and Philippines. ChessBase India mainly functions in the below areas:

1. News:

  • Website: ChessBase India maintains its website along with an android app. Main content is based on international and Indian news and events related to Chess. ChessBase India Hindi is a news page which provides news coverage in Hindi. The website also features a global tournament calendar. In May 2020, the website had an Alexa Ranking of 319,650.[4]
  • YouTube: ChessBase India publishes analysis of important chess games and training videos, visual coverage of events and tournaments, live commentary and interviews of chess players through its YouTube Channel[5]. The channel has world's most popular chess playing video[6] with 30.5 Million views. As on May 2020, the YouTube Channel has over 335,000 subscribers. Hindi ChessBase India YouTube Channel has over 23,000 subscribers.[7]

2. Chess Products:

  • Chess Softwares: ChessBase India markets ChessBase’s products in India and surrounding countries.
  • Chess Books: It also markets and distributes Chess books of world-class publishers like Quality Chess, Gambit Publications, New-In-Chess, Thinkers Publishing, books written by Jeremy Silman and Mark Dvoretsky.

3. Event Organizing:

  • ChessBase India organizes online chess tournaments for competitive purposes[8] [9][10] [11]and social causes.[12][13]
  • ChessBase India was the manager of the 'Kramnik-Microsense Chess India Program that was held in France in August 2019[14] [15]and 'Microsense-Kramnik-Gelfand Chess India Program held at Chennai in January 2020[16][17].

In May 2020 World Chess Federation FIDE will organize the ‘FIDE Trainers online chess seminar’ together with ChessBase India for Indian Sub-Continent.[18]

4. Foundation:

  • HelpChess is an initiative by ChessBase India Foundation. Individuals and organizations come ahead to donate money or institute a scholarship for the talents of Indian chess.[19]
  • In February 2018, due to a sponsorship issue the Blind National 'A' was in trouble. To ensure that the Blind National 'A' is sponsored, ChessBase India made an appeal to chess community and could successfully collect Rs.5,12,053 from 111 different donors. [20][21]
  • In August 2018, ChessBase India organized a show on YouTube Channel with Indian prodigy GM Nihal Sarin to raise money for Kerala Chief Minister distress relief fund during the devastating Kerala Floods[22].
  • In the country's fight against coronavirus, ChessBase India Foundation helped to raise money for the "PM Cares fund" through online Tournaments[23] [24] [25]and training sessions through YouTube channels. [26][27]

References[edit]

  1. "Welcome to ChessBase India". Chess News. 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  2. "Chess couple embark on a nomadic journey for 365 days to promote chess - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  3. Rao, Rakesh. "Chess nomads!". Sportstar. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  4. "chessbase.in Competitive Analysis, Marketing Mix and Traffic - Alexa". www.alexa.com. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  5. "ChessBase India". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  6. r/chess - The most popular chess video on the internet - 20 million views!, retrieved 2020-05-21
  7. "Hindi ChessBase India". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  8. "ग्रांडमास्टर दीप्तयान घोष बने चेसबेस इंडिया ब्लिट्ज़ शतरंज विजेता". punjabkesari. 2020-04-05. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  9. "Odisha Flood fund raiser". 8 May 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Big online blitz with 40 GMs and IMs". Chess News. 2020-05-08. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  11. "Covid-19 Chess Kerala event". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Big online blitz with 40 GMs and IMs". Chess News. 2020-05-08. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  13. "Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan wins Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Online Blitz Open - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  14. "With a little help from Vladimir Kramnik, India in search for next Vishy". ESPN. 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  15. Rao, Rakesh. "Vladimir Kramnik: Current Indian chess crop strongest in the world". Sportstar. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  16. "Kramnik, Gelfand and all the right moves at Chennai masterclass". ESPN. 2020-01-21. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  17. "14 Indian talents to train with Kramnik and Gelfand in Chennai - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  18. "FIDE Trainer Online Seminar for the Indian Sub-Continent from 29-31 May 2020 – FIDE Trainers' Commission". Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  19. "The launch of ChessBase India Foundation - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  20. "Contribution for National A Blind 2018 crosses Rs. 5,00,000! - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  21. "Chessbase India bats for disabled players at a time when official support is hard to come by". Newz Hook - Changing Attitudes towards Disability. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  22. "14-year-old Nihal Sarin raises Rs.1,74,463 through ChessBase India show for Kerala - ChessBase India". www.chessbase.in. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  23. "Praggnanandhaa making most of indoor stint with online chess during coronavirus lockdown". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  24. "COVID-19: Chess players raise over Rs 2.39 lakh for PM CARES Fund - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  25. "Chess Players Raise over Rs 2.39 Lakh for PM CARES Fund to Fight Coronavirus". News18. 2020-04-10. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  26. Rao, Rakesh. "Online blitz event raises nearly ₹2.40 lakh for PM Cares fund". Sportstar. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  27. "ChessBase India". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-05-16.

See Also[edit]

External Links[edit]

●       Official website

●       ChessBase India Channel on YouTube

●       ChessBase India Hindi Channel on YouTube


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