ChessBase India is two years old today

by Sagar Shah
1/18/2018 – January 18th, 2016, is the date when ChessBase India came into existence. It's been two years since ChessBase India has been powering chess in the country. Right from a thriving news page, to bubbling social media, to online prize money tournaments, travel portal, calendar, ChessBase India is trying to provide all the services that help to improve the life of a chess player. In this article Sagar Shah, co-founder of ChessBase India tells the story of how this company came into existence and also we have a contest for you to win premium quality recently launched ChessBase India t-shirts.

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"ChessBase India - Powering Chess in India"

In 2013 the World Championship match between Anand and Carlsen took place in the Grand Hyatt in Chennai. I was there in the city for the entire duration of the match, because of a parallel open tournament being played. However, I went to the Match on only one day. It was the fateful fifth game which Anand lost. I was about to leave the tournament hall when my good friend Niklesh Jain told me about Frederic Friedel just entering the hotel.

"That's Frederic Friedel and he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of ChessBase." I went up to Frederic and told him about the chess blog I maintained. Frederic in his typical mischevious way asked me — "What's your rating?" I replied — 2372. "Well, then you are smart enough to remember my mail address! Write to me if you have some new content and we will try to publish it on our newspage." 

I went back home and mailed all my analysis related to the World Championship to Frederic, but there was no response. Perhaps it's not up to the mark, I thought to myself. The World Championship passed, I went to Kolkata. Performed miserably and from there came to Jalgaon to help Thejkumar for the National Premier 2013. Along with being a second I used my time to report on the event. I wrote round-by-round reports on my blog and was surprised that ChessBase picked one of them and published it! I remember it being one of the happiest days in my life. From maintaining a small blog I had become a journalist whose article was being read by people all around the world. That was the start of a journey after which I wrote more than 300 articles for the ChessBase newspage.

In a way, I became the single point of contact in India for anything that was to be published on ChessBase. Whenever I went to events, people would praise me for the work I was doing, but at the same time complain about the expensive ChessBase products which they could not afford. ChessBase products are quintessential for an improving chess player. Right from a beginner who is taking his initial steps in chess to World Champion Magnus Carlsen, everyone uses ChessBase products. And not getting them at an affordable price hampers the progress of the entire nation. In 2015 I went to Hamburg to meet the CEO of ChessBase Mr. Rainer Woisin. I told him about the dire need of ChessBase requiring to reduce the prices of its products so that Indian could buy it. In an extremely magnanimous gesture, Rainer agreed.

Meeting the CEO of ChessBase Rainer Woisin in Hamburg

Meeting the CEO of ChessBase Rainer Woisin in Hamburg

The products were now available at a discount for people paying through an Indian bank (in Rupees), but everything had to be started here from scratch. Amruta and I, being the co-founders of ChessBase India 64 squares Pvt. Ltd (the name of the company incorporated two years ago) decided that we should begin with a Facebook page.Facebook page

We started covering the news of all the Indian tournaments and Indian players on the ChessBase India Facebook page. I am proud to say that today the ChessBase India Facebook page is one of the most active social media chess pages throughout the world.

The ChessBase India team, which began with me and Amruta doing just about everything, has now expanded into a team of 14 people.

We are a group of dedicated individuals who enjoy the process of working hard to promote Indian chess on a day to day basis. It truly is a representation of enjoying the journey without thinking about the destination.


Vishy Anand, Five-time World Champion

Padmini Rout, Current National Champion

Lalith Babu, Current National Champion

Powering Chess in India:

It's images like these that keep us going! Indian chess is booming:

Indian kids

The kids want to learn chess, improve at it and make this sport into their career. When they make such a bold decision we never want them to feel they are alone. ChessBase India will walk with them throughout their chess journey. We will always stay true to our tag-line:

The ChessBase India two year contest

The contest is very simple: All you have to do is tell us " Why do you love ChessBase India?" The best three answers will get the recently launched premium ChessBase India t-shirts as a prize. The contest is open only until the midnight on 18th of January.

Shirt choices

The ChessBase India t-shirts come in two forms: T-shirt and collar neck shirt. The winners can choose either of them.

On a personal note:

For me nurturing ChessBase India is nothing short of bringing up a child. You leave all other things and give it the first priority. The reason is simple, we have been in chess for long to understand the things that are missing in the sport. And with ChessBase India, we want to plug in those holes. Currently, I have put my ambitions of becoming a GM on a hold (I hope to do it someday in the future) and we are also on a homeless, nomadic journey. For some, it might be taking a lot of risks, but for us, life couldn't be more beautiful! Thank you, ChessBase India! :)

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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