Capacity of 2018 soccer World Cup final venue to be cut by 8,000
Capacity of 2018 soccer World Cup final venue to be cut by 8,000

The Russian government has decided to cut the capacity of the Luzhniki stadium, which will hold the final of the 2018 World Cup, by 8,000 to 81,000.

Dronavalli Harika bows out of World Women's Chess Championship
Dronavalli Harika bows out of World Women's Chess Championship

Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika missed out on winning opportunities and boweed out of the World Women's Chess Championship after losing the 10-minute tiebreaker against Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine in the semifinals here on Tuesday.

Harika in tiebreaks of World Women's Chess semis
Harika in tiebreaks of World Women's Chess semis

Grandmaster D Harika kept herself in contention for a place in the finals by settling for a second straight draw with Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine in the second game of the World Women's Chess semifinals here.

World Women Chess Championship: D Harika signs peace treaty in first game
World Women Chess Championship: D Harika signs peace treaty in first game

Indian Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika drew her first game of the semifinal against Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine in the World Women Chess Championship that concluded here on Monday.

World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game
World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game

India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia.

World Women's Chess Championship: Humpy beats Tingjei Lei, in sight of last 16
World Women's Chess Championship: Humpy beats Tingjei Lei, in sight of last 16

Top-seeded Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy scored a fine positional victory over Tingjei Lei of China to close in on a pre-quarterfinals berth in the World Women's Chess Championship now underway here.

Mary Ann Gomes crashes out of World Women Chess Championship
Mary Ann Gomes crashes out of World Women Chess Championship

India's Mary Ann Gomes faltered at the last hurdle and lost to local favourite Tatiana Kosintseva to crash out of the World Women Chess championship here.

Humpy, Harika through to last-32 in world women's chess
Humpy, Harika through to last-32 in world women's chess

Indian Grandmasters Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika made it to the last-32, winning the second game of the first round of the world women's chess championship, here.

Tina Maze heads race for Laureus Sportswoman of Year Award
Tina Maze heads race for Laureus Sportswoman of Year Award

Some of the world's biggest sporting stars, including Sochi Winter Olympics medallist Tina Maze, are involved in a fierce competition for the 2015 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, which is promising to be one of the closest contests ever.

Austrian Olympic, world champion Wolfgang Loitzl retires
Austrian Olympic, world champion Wolfgang Loitzl retires

Austrian Olympic and world ski jumping champion Wolfgang Loitzl announced on Saturday his retirement from the sport. 

Kazakhstan`s Almaty seeks place in Olympic history
Kazakhstan`s Almaty seeks place in Olympic history

Inspired by the success of neighbours Russia in staging the Olympics in the southern resort city of Sochi, Kazakhstan has set its sights on hosting the 2022 Winter Games in its former capital of Almaty.

World Chess Championship: Game 9 between Anand, Carlsen drawn after repetition
World Chess Championship: Game 9 between Anand, Carlsen drawn after repetition

The 2014 World Chess Championship is poised interestingly, as the title challenger from India, Viswanathan Anand, has to take some risk to strike soon to be in contention for the crown with Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen enjoying a one-point lead, say experts.

World Chess Championship: Anand faces difficult situation against Carlsen
World Chess Championship: Anand faces difficult situation against Carlsen

Facing a point deficit with just four games to go, five times world champion Viswanathan Anand is in a now-or-never situation in the World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen.

World Chess Championship: Anand, Carlsen draw their 8th round
World Chess Championship: Anand, Carlsen draw their 8th round

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand salvaged a draw after suffering for a long time in the seventh game of the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen now underway here.

World Chess Championship: Marathon Game 7 between Anand, Carlsen ends in draw
World Chess Championship: Marathon Game 7 between Anand, Carlsen ends in draw

Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Indian title challenger Viswanathan Anand on Monday signed a peace treaty in Game 7 of the World Chess Championship in Sochi.

World Chess Championship: Carlsen crushes Anand in Game 6, leads by one point
World Chess Championship: Carlsen crushes Anand in Game 6, leads by one point

 Norwegian World chess champion Magnus Carlsen handed out a crushing defeat to the title challenger, India`s Viswanathan Anand, at the world title match at Sochi on Saturday.

World Chess Championship: Anand loses sixth game to Carlsen, trails by one point now
World Chess Championship: Anand loses sixth game to Carlsen, trails by one point now

Reigning champion Magnus Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand in Game 6 of the World Chess Championship in Sochi. Carlsen now leads the Indian 3.5 to 2.5 with six more rounds to play.

World Chess Championship: Anand misses opportunity, draws fifth game with Carlsen
World Chess Championship: Anand misses opportunity, draws fifth game with Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand missed out on an opportunity to press for serious advantage and settled for a draw with defending champion Magnus Carlsen in the fifth game of the world chess championship now underway here.

LIVE: World Chess Championship, Game 5 - Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
LIVE: World Chess Championship, Game 5 - Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen

Playing in the new role of a challenger, five times world champion Viswanathan Anand is sitting pretty ahead of the fifth game of the World Chess Championship against Magnus Carlsen.

Viswanathan Anand squares up with resounding win over Magnus Carlsen
Viswanathan Anand squares up with resounding win over Magnus Carlsen

Indian chess king Viswanathan Anand beat Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the third game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Tuesday.