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  • May 21, 2024
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Warm-up fixtures announced for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024

  • May 17, 2024
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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 warm-up match fixtures have been announced, scheduled from Monday, 27 May to Saturday, 1 June across the USA and Trinidad and Tobago.The venues hosting the 16 warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 include Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Texas, Broward County Stadium in Florida, Queen’s Park Oval and Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago.A total of 17 teams play the warm-up games, including South Africa, who are playing an intra-squad on the 29th in Florida.These warm-up fixtures will be 20 overs per side and will not have international T20 status, allowing teams to field all members of their 15-player squad.In a departure from the previous cycle, teams can now choose to play up to two warm-up matches, depending on their arrival time at the event.The match between the West Indies and Australia at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, May 30 will be open to fans. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.t20worldcup.com or at box offices located at the National Cricket Centre and Queen’s Park Oval from May 16 onwards.ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Warm-up FixturesMonday 27 MayCanada v Nepal, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas 10h30Oman v Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago 15h00Namibia v Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago 19h00Tuesday 28 MaySri Lanka v Netherlands, Broward County Stadium, Broward County, Florida 10h30Bangladesh v USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas 10h30Australia v Namibia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago 19h00Wednesday 29 MaySouth Africa intra-squad, Broward County Stadium, Broward County, Florida 10h30Afghanistan v Oman, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago 13h00Thursday 30 MayNepal v USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas 10h30Scotland v Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago 10h30Netherlands v Canada, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas 15h00Namibia v Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago 15h00West Indies v Australia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago 19h00Friday 31 MayIreland v Sri Lanka, Broward County Stadium, Broward County, Florida 10h30Scotland v Afghanistan, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago 10h30Saturday 1 JuneBangladesh v India, Venue TBC USAAlso Read: T20 World Cup Broadcasters Announce Special Feed For Hearing And Visually Impaired Fans

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MS Dhoni's retirement on the cards? Suresh Raina's epic reply goes viral

  • May 13, 2024
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MS Dhoni has been in outstanding form in the current edition of the IPL and has played a crucial role in completing CSK's innings in numerous matches. Nevertheless, there has been extensive discussion about the seasoned cricketer retiring from the sport permanently after this IPL season commenced. Thala, a popular nickname among his fans, has retired from international cricket and now only participates in IPL matches annually.Speculation about MS Dhoni's retirement grew stronger when he transferred the captaincy of CSK to Ruturaj Gaikwad at the beginning of the season. Later on, Gaikwad disclosed in a conversation that MS Dhoni had indicated transferring the CSK captaincy to him a few years ago.In 2022, I recall Dhoni saying to me, "You probably won't lead next year, but be prepared for the opportunity after that." It was clear that I was prepared for it (captaincy) from that moment on. Earlier this year, Gaikwad had stated that he was not surprised or shocked by the news because it was not unfamiliar to him.Following the game against RR on Sunday, CSK requested their supporters to remain at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. CSK supporters were then given a celebratory lap and signed balls by their beloved cricketers, causing speculation among commentators on whether this could be MS Dhoni's final match at Chepauk.Suresh Raina's epic reply on MS Dhoni's retirement:During the CSK vs RR match, Suresh Raina, who was commentating, was questioned about whether MS Dhoni was playing his final game in Chepauk. Raina's reply sparked optimism among numerous CSK supporters that Thala might return for one more season.Commentator Abhinav Mukund questioned Raina on Sunday, stating, "I obviously have to inquire about this." Could this be MS Dhoni's final match at Chepauk?"Absolutely not," Raina firmly declared before bursting into laughter.Also Read: ICC names Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador for T20 World Cup 2024

DLS Full Form

What is DLS ? Full Form of DLS in Cricket?

  • Feb 20, 2024
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DLS full form is Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances. It is generally accepted to be the most accurate method of setting a target score.The DLS method was devised by two English statisticians, Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, and was first used in 1997. In 2015, the method was updated by Australian academic Steve Stern, and its name was changed to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.The DLS method takes into account two factors: the number of runs scored by the team batting first and the number of overs remaining in the match. It also considers the number of wickets lost by the team batting first, as this can have a significant impact on their scoring rate.The DLS method calculates a target score for the team batting second based on the following formula:Target score = (Average score at par – Average score per wicket lost by the team batting first) * Overs remaining in the matchThe average score at par is the average score that a team would score in a given number of overs, based on historical data. The average score per wicket lost is the average number of runs lost per wicket, based on historical data.The DLS method is used to set a target score for the team batting second in both international and domestic limited overs cricket matches. It is also used in other sports, such as baseball and softball.Advantages of the DLS method in CricketThe DLS method has a number of advantages over other methods of setting a target score in rain-affected matches. These advantages include:It is a fair and objective method, as it is based on historical data.It is relatively easy to calculate, even without the use of a computer.It is flexible enough to be used in a variety of different match situations.Disadvantages of the DLS method in CricketThe DLS method also has some disadvantages, including:It can be complex and difficult to understand.It can be inaccurate in certain situations, such as when the team batting first has lost a lot of wickets early in the match.It can be difficult to implement in matches where the weather conditions are constantly changing.Overall, the DLS method is the most accurate and reliable method of setting a target score in rain-affected limited overs cricket matches. It is used in all international and domestic limited overs cricket matches, and it is becoming increasingly popular in other sports as well.Examples of the DLS method in useHere are a few examples of the DLS method in use:In the 2019 Cricket World Cup final, England were batting first when the match was interrupted by rain after 24.1 overs. England had scored 222/2 at that point. The DLS method was used to calculate a target score of 241 runs for New Zealand, who had 49 overs to score them. However, New Zealand were only able to score 241 runs in 46.1 overs, and England won the match by one run.In the 2021 Indian Premier League, the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad was interrupted by rain after 18.4 overs. The Delhi Capitals had scored 159/3 at that point. The DLS method was used to calculate a target score of 162 runs for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had 17.2 overs to score them. However, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were only able to score 157 runs in 17.2 overs, and the Delhi Capitals won the match by four runs.These are just two examples of the many times that the DLS method has been used to determine the outcome of a rain-affected cricket match. The DLS method is a fair and accurate method of setting a target score, and it is an essential tool for the modern game of cricket.History of the DLS Method:The DLS method was first introduced in 1997, and it is named after its developers, Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis. These two statisticians from England created the method to address the issue of rain-affected matches and ensure equitable results. Later, in 2014, the method was modified and renamed as the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method to include the contributions of Professor Steven Stern, an Australian statistician.How Does the DLS Method Work?The DLS method takes several factors into account to adjust the target score for the team batting second. These factors include the number of overs bowled, the number of wickets lost, and the resources available to the team at the time of the interruption. The calculation aims to provide a fair target, considering that the team batting second might have lost fewer wickets or have more overs to play when the match is affected by rain.The basic process of applying the DLS method can be summarized as follows:The number of overs to be bowled in the match is determined, taking into account the overs lost due to rain or other interruptions.The target score is recalculated based on the number of overs and wickets remaining. The DLS method provides a table of par scores for different combinations of overs and wickets lost.The team batting second is required to achieve the revised target within the available overs.If the revised target is achieved, the team wins. If not, the team batting first wins.Example of DLS Method in Action:Let’s consider a hypothetical situation where a team batting first scores 250 runs in 50 overs. However, due to rain, the second innings is reduced to 40 overs. Using the DLS method, the target for the team batting second might be revised to 200 runs. This revised target ensures that the team batting second has a fair opportunity to win the game within the reduced overs.Criticism and Controversies:While the DLS method is widely accepted and used in international and domestic cricket, it has not been without its share of controversies. Critics argue that the method can sometimes produce unrealistic targets, leading to unsatisfactory outcomes. Additionally, the DLS method has been criticized for being complex and challenging for fans and players to understand fully.Despite these criticisms, the DLS method has become an essential tool in the world of cricket, helping to manage the impact of adverse weather conditions and ensuring that matches are decided fairly.Also Read: IPL 2024 Tickets Online Booking, Date, Ticket Price, Schedule and Booking Steps

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Video games calendar 2024: Indulge in what's coming up next year

  • Jan 17, 2024
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Stay ahead of the game in 2024! Explore a comprehensive list of confirmed video game releases for each month and tantalizing titles without set dates.Buckle up, gamers! 2024 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for video games, with exciting releases from industry giants like Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Square Enix. But before you dive into a spreadsheet to plan your gaming sessions, let's take a glimpse at the major titles already slated to light up your screens in the coming year.Nintendo is bringing the princess power with a brand-new Princess Peach game, while Ubisoft is resurrecting the classic Prince of Persia in a 2D Metroidvania-inspired adventure. For those yearning for more epic JRPG battles, the second instalment of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake arrives, promising to continue the epic saga. And the Force is strong with Star Wars, as a major new release prepares to take us back to a galaxy far, far away.But this is just the tip of the iceberg! As more presentations roll out, like The Game Awards and the next Nintendo Direct, expect the list of 2024 video game releases to explode. We'll be keeping you updated every week, tracking any delays, cancellations, and exciting new announcements from the big publishers.So get your controllers ready, gamers! We'll be diving into each month's releases below, followed by a special ‘2024 TBA’ section for those tantalizing titles without confirmed dates yet. Hold onto your joysticks, because 2024 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for gaming!Video game releases for 2024:JanuaryBulletstorm VR (PC, PS5, Quest) — Jan. 18Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Jan. 18Another Code: Recollection (Switch) — Jan. 19The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered (PS5) — Jan. 19Howl (PS5, Xbox Series X) — Jan. 23Enshrouded (PC) — Jan. 24 (early access)Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) — Jan. 25Under-Night In-Birth 2 Sys:Celes (PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC) — Jan. 25Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Jan. 26Tekken 8 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — Jan. 26One Punch Man: World (Android, iOS, PC) — Jan. 31Palworld (PC) — TBA (early access)FebruaryGranblue Fantasy: Relink (PC, PS4, PS5) — Feb. 1Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC) — Feb. 2Persona 3 Reload (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 2Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 2Helldivers 2 (PC, PS5) — Feb. 8Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden (PS5, Xbox Series X, PC) — Feb. 13Ultros (Mac, PC, PS4, PS5) — Feb. 13Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered Starring Lara Croft (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 14Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Switch) — Feb. 16Skull & Bones (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 16Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance (PC) — Feb. 21King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 22Nightingale (PC) — Feb. 22 (early access)Open Roads (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 22Pacific Drive (PC, PS5) — Feb. 22Sons of the Forest (PC) — Feb. 23Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Switch) — Feb. 27Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Remake (PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 28Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — Feb. 28Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (PS5) — Feb. 29Islands of Insight (PC) — TBAMarchThe Outlast Trials (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — March 5Homeworld 3 (PC) — March 8Unicorn Overlord (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X) — March 8Outcast - A New Beginning (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — March 15Alone in the Dark (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — March 20Dragon’s Dogma 2 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — March 22Princess Peach: Showtime! (Switch) — March 22Rise of the Ronin (PS5) — March 22South Park: Snow Day (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X) — March 26Earthlock 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — TBAAprilEiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — April 23Tales of Kenzera: Zau (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X) — April 23SaGa Emerald Beyond (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — April 25Braid: Anniversary Edition (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — April 30MayThere are currently no games slated for release in May.JuneDestiny 2: The Final Shape (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — June 4JulyThere are currently no games slated for release in July.AugustBlack Myth: Wukong (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — Aug. 20SeptemberWarhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — Sept. 9Video games lacking a specified release date:33 Immortals (PC, Xbox Series X)Anger Foot (Linux, Mac, PC)Animal Well (PS5, Switch, PC)Ara: History Untold (PC)Ark 2 (PC, Xbox Series X)Avowed (PC, Xbox Series X)Baby Steps (PC, PS5)Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story (PC, Switch)Black Myth: Wukong (PC) — summer 2024Blade Chimera (PC, Switch) — spring 2024Blue Protocol (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Cat Quest 3 (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Cities: Skylines 2 (PS5, Xbox Series X) — spring 2024Concord (PC, PS5)Contra: Operation Galuga (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — early 2024Core Keeper (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Death Trick: Double Blind (Switch)Dustborn (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Earth Defense Force 6 (PC, PS4, PS5) — spring 2024Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (Xbox Series X)Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X)Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — summer 2024Foamstars (PS4, PS5) — early 2024Frostpunk 2 (PC)Funko Fusion (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Ghost Bike (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)GreedFall 2: The Dying World (PC, PS5)Hades 2 (PC) — Q2 2024 (early access)Harold Halibut (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — early 2024Heavenly Bodies (Switch)Hotel Barcelona (Xbox Series X)Hyper Light Breaker (PC) (early access)John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link (Android, iOS)Lightyear Frontier (PC, Xbox Series X)Little Kitty, Big City (PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Little Nightmares 3 (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Lost Records: Bloom & Rage (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — late 2024Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD (Switch) — summer 2024Menace (PC)Metaphor: ReFantazio (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X) — fall 2024Mewgenics (PC)Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 (PC, Xbox Series X)Moonstone Island (Switch) — spring 2024MultiVersus (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Neva (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X)Nine Sols (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — Q2 2024No Rest for the Wicked (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)On Your Tail (PC, Switch)Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Switch)Paper Trail (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Penny’s Big Breakaway (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X)Pepper Grinder (PC, Switch)Planet of Lana (PC, Switch)Replaced (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Reka (PC)The Rise of the Golden Idol (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)SaGa: Emerald Beyond (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (PC, Xbox Series X)Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)Skate Story (PC)Songs of Silence (PC, consoles) — spring 2024South Park: Snow Day! (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X)Spy x Anya: Operation Memories (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl (PC, Xbox Series X) — Q1 2024Star Wars: Hunters (Android, iOS, Switch)Star Wars Outlaws (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Still Wakes the Deep (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Stormgate (PC) — summer 2024 (early access)Suikoden 1 & 2 HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem untitled game (consoles TBA, PC)Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)Thank Goodness You’re Here! (PC, PS5, Switch)The Casting of Frank Stone (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)The First Descendant (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X) — summer 2024The Gecko Gods (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch) — spring 2024The Plucky Squire (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X)The Star Named EOS (PC, Switch)The Wolf Among Us 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Thrasher (PC VR, Quest)Towers of Aghasba (PC, PS5)Toxic Crusaders (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)Urban Myth Dissolution Center (PC, Switch)Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X) — fall 2024Visions of Mana (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X)Wild Bastards (PC)Windblown (PC)World of Goo 2 (TBA)World of Warcraft: The War Within (Mac, PC)Zenless Zone Zero (Android, iOS, PC)Also Read: IPL 2024 Player Auction List Announced

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The best video game consoles for 2024

  • Jan 08, 2024
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Being a gamer is truly exciting in the current era, given the plethora of platform choices available. Whether you opt for the PlayStation 5 with its outstanding exclusive games or delve into the extensive game library of the Xbox Series X, which also offers the fantastic Game Pass deal, the competition between these two major consoles is surprisingly tight. Alternatively, if portability is crucial for you, you may be contemplating the reliable Nintendo Switch or even exploring the more experimental Steam Deck.We've spent a considerable amount of time with all these systems and can safely say that whichever one you pick is a solid choice. From impressive visuals to smooth performance and the ability to take your gaming experiences on the go, these devices have something for everyone. Whatever your gaming needs are, we'll help find the right video game console for you. These are the best video game consoles to buy in 2024.Playstation 5The best gaming consolePROSSpeedy hardwareExcellent game load timesSolid storageLots of must-own exclusivesNew controller with enhanced hapticsCONSAwkward design, even on new modelWhy you should buy this: It’s the latest iteration of one of the most popular consoles of all time and has the best exclusive lineup of any console to date.Who it's for: Everyone.Why we picked the PlayStation 5: With lightning-fast load speeds, a new controller, and a phenomenal lineup of titles (including fan favorites and new exclusives), the PS5 is the best plug-and-play gaming platform available.First of all, the PS5 currently has the upper hand when it comes to games. PlayStation gamers have been enjoying Sony exclusives like God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Xbox fans, on the other hand, have been subject to a slimmer list of top-tier exclusive. Sony also has finally brought backward compatibility into the fold, too, and the PS5 will be able to play most PS4 games, so you won't miss out on late-gen titles like The Last of Us Part II and Ghosts of Tsushima. The PS5 simply has the best game library out there right now.The PS5's solid launch lineup is only part of the equation, however. Slightly larger than the DualShock 4, the new DualSense controller refines haptic feedback, incorporating a precise sense of touch into the gaming experience that force feedback never achieved. If you're draining your stamina bar to pull back a bowstring or attempting to bust down a locked door, for example, the hand triggers can convey that tension. Of course, if you need a little more from your controller, you can always shell out for Sony's improved DualSense Edge controller.Speaking of peripherals and hardware, both iterations of the console use AMD chips across the board, including an eight-core CPU running on a modified version of the Ryzen line. The PS5’s GPU also is from AMD and provides 10.28 teraflops of power, while supporting resource-intensive processes like ray tracing, which allows for more advanced lighting in games. It also comes with a 4K Blu-ray player, putting it in line with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. In layman's terms, the PS5 is technically less powerful than the Xbox Series X, but still packs a punch and represents a massive upgrade from last-gen consoles.On top of all that, the PS5 will soon have its own designated virtual reality headset in the PlayStation VR2 -- we haven't gotten a chance to give it a test run just yet, but the list of launch titles is very impressive.If discs aren't your thing — or you simply want to save some cash — look no further than the PS5 Digital Edition. It retails for $100 less than the standard PS5 but is identical in terms of specs. The only difference between the two is that the Digital Edition has no disc drive, meaning Ultra HD Blu-rays are out of the equation, and you'll need to rely on digital downloads. Everything else, including the launch lineup, remains the same.Xbox Series XThe best Microsoft gaming consolePROSGobs of potentialMore storage than PS5Accessible library through Game PassGood valueCONSLacking big exclusivesDifficult to fit in most A/V cabinetsNext-gen potential is untappedWhy you should buy this: It's the most powerful Xbox available right now, and Game Pass is an attractive value.Who it's for: Players who want to play as many new games as possible with the best visual fidelity.Why we picked the Xbox One X: The Xbox Series X is a tech powerhouse. The console features 12 TFLOPS of power and up to eight times more graphical performance than Xbox One, not to mention twice as much as the Xbox One X. The Xbox Series X also has 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and supports variable refresh rate, Variable Rate Shading technology, and a low-latency mode that allows for better responses out of your games. The power in this next-gen console is sure to wow gamers — that is when there are true next-gen games available for it.Game lineup comparison is always at the forefront of the PS5 vs. Xbox Series X debate. The Series X launch lineup was a little lackluster at launch but it has been bolster in the years since — Halo Infinite has been a multiplayer hit, Starfieldis the top exclusive RPG, and Hi-Fi Rush was a darkhorse candidate for best game of 2023 for some. The launch schedule for 2024 hasn't entirely shaped up yet, but there are more great Xbox Series X games on the way.In the meantime, Xbox Series X owners have no shortage of games to play. Xbox Series X will support every previous generation of Xbox games, similar to how Xbox One did. This means you’ll be able to play select Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X games all on the new machine — a huge win for game preservation. The Xbox also is home to Game Pass, the best deal in gaming. With more than 100 heavy-hitting games on the roster and promises of Project xCloud integration, gamers can explore and test out new titles for a low monthly fee. The library isn't made up of last-gen throwaways, either; there are plenty of newer first-party titles that'd cost you a premium if you were to go out and buy them right now. Given Game Pass is available on PC as well, the Series X also allows for more cross-platform opportunities than Sony's offerings.While the Xbox Series X is a powerful machine, it's also a surprisingly quiet one. The console's cooling architecture is incredibly efficient, so much so you might wonder if the console is even on at times. The Xbox One, by comparison, is as loud as can be.Nintendo SwitchThe best portable game consolePROSGame at home or on the goSharp displayUnique multi-mode controllerExcellent game libraryGreat battery lifeCONSLimited internal storageSome controller options are uncomfortableWhy you should buy this: You want a console gaming experience — but on the go with unmatched first-party support.Who it's for: Everyone.Why we picked the Nintendo Switch: Nintendo sidestepped the current console arms race by changing not how you use your console, but where. The Switch is a hybrid device that plugs into a TV, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but also works as a handheld.While it doesn't quite have the oomph to play the latest 4K, 120 fps releases slated for next-gen consoles, the Switch can play Doom at a smooth 30 FPS anywhere you want, and that's more than enough for a lot of gamers. In addition to contemporary titles like Control, the Switch is a fantastic venue for reviving modern classics, such as The Witcher 3, L.A. Noire, and Dark Souls Remastered.More than just a clearance house for lightly-aged AAA titles, the Switch also offers an ever-growing catalog of fantastic first-party games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as excellent indies such as Stardew Valley, Celeste, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Add in some old-school Nintendo nostalgia with a growing list of NES and SNES games through Nintendo Switch Online, and the Switch is a well-rounded console.The Nintendo Switch is also a great companion console for anyone who already owns a PlayStation or Xbox console. It can do things the competition can't, and offers a host of great titles that will likely never appear on a Sony or Microsoft system.Nintendo Switch OLEDThe best premium Nintendo consolePROSImproved screenImproved onboard audioMuch better kickstandCleaner dock designCONSNo upgrades for TVStorage is still smallWhy you should buy this: The Nintendo Switch OLED is a mid-generation upgrade that boasts a bigger, better screen and a flurry of bells and whistles to warrant the price of entry at $350. It's ideal for those who are jumping into the Switch family for the first time, especially if you plan on primarily playing in handheld mode.Who it's for: Players who want a better-looking screen in handheld mode or who play online while docked. It's great for users who plan on upgrading or who have never owned a Switch system before.Why we picked the Nintendo Switch OLED: We picked up the OLED to take advantage of the bigger, more vibrant screen. It's fascinating just how much better the new OLED screen looks compared to the LCD display on the original model. And the larger 7.0-inch screen on the new OLED model is a major improvement, giving you a bit more mileage out of the device without increasing the size of the machine overall.The Switch OLED is an excellent choice because it uses all the accessories from the previous model including Joy-Con controllers, dock, microSD memory cards, and, of course, games. This means users who are upgrading can use all of their old accessories on the new OLED model.While the Switch OLED does play all the same games as the original Switch, games simply look better on the new machine — at least in handheld mode. When placing both systems side by side, it's easy to see the difference between the two screens. Since the OLED has a built-in LAN port in the dock, you'll be able to plug in an Ethernet cable to enjoy online gaming without some of the headaches that come with using Wi-Fi.Users who like to play in tabletop mode will be pleased with the Switch OLED's new kickstand, which covers the entire backside of the system. This is a huge improvement over the thin, flimsy kickstand on the original model. Overall, the original Switch still gets the job done, but the OLED model is a significant improvement in more ways than one. Like the original Switch, the OLED won't run games at a higher fidelity but is perfect for those who love high-quality Nintendo games or ports of older beloved classics — especially in handheld mode.Steam Deck OLEDThe best handheld gaming PCPROSA massive library of Steam gamesBest specs of any handheld systemCustomizable controlsCONSDisappointing battery lifeWhy you should buy this: It features a massive library of high-quality Steam games that look and run admirably.Who it's for: Players looking for console-like performance and selection on the go.Why we picked Steam Deck: The Nintendo Switch made us hungry for high-quality games on the go, but sadly, the system was never powerful enough to run fan-favorite third-party titles you'd find on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC. The Steam Deck makes that dream a reality, giving you access to a huge chunk of games available on Valve's platform without sacrificing too much quality. Sure, the games don't look and run as great as they would on a powerful PC, but the Steam Deck does a surprisingly good job of showcasing graphically intensive games in a way Nintendo Switch never could.If you're debating between a standard Steam Deck and the OLED version, we think the upgrade is definitely worth the price bump. With a significantly improved screen, better battery, and small software tweaks that go a long way, the Steam Deck’s second draft makes kept it in the top spot for portable PCs.Aside from featuring a robust lineup of games (that are shared across your Steam account), the Steam Deck offers plenty of control customization, a clean UI, and a reasonable price. We also can't overstate how nice it is to jump into the system and see all the games available that you've purchased over the years through Steam. Sure, not every game is compatible with the device, but practically every new release works on Steam Deck, making it well worth the purchase.If you're looking for an even better Steam Deck experience,Asus ROG Ally (Z1 Extreme)The best Steam Deck alternativePROSSolid performanceAcceptable battery lifeBeautiful, 120Hz screenFlexible control schemeSupport for basically any PC gameCONSTurbo mode drains battery quicklyWindows has a lot of quirksArmoury Crate is a utility, not an OSWhy you should buy this: It's a surprisingly powerful handheld that really feels like a handheld PC.Who it's for: Players looking for on-the-go gaming who need a more customizable experience.Why we picked Asus ROG Ally: The ROG Ally is really the first true Steam Deck competitor. Looking at the Steam Deck vs. Asus ROG Rally, this new handheld is clearly a faster device and has some more serious hardware."At first pass, the Asus ROG Ally fixes almost every single problem I have with the Steam Deck," wrote Gaming Editor Giovanni Colantonio comparing the base models. "From a more comfortable design to a vastly improved screen, it’s the first device of its kind that doesn’t feel like a first-pass experiment."You’re not getting PS5 levels of performance in the ROG Ally, but it’s a good illustration of the performance on tap. More of a gaming laptop compressed into a handheld device than a straight-up console, the ROG Ally definitely has its software quirks. But if you can get past that, it's a great device — perfect for anyone who needs a bit more control over their experience.PlayStation 4 ProThe best budget game consolePROS4K gaming for less than $500Improves visuals on select PlayStation VR titlesMakes all games run slightly better than standard PS4Looks good even on 1080p TVsSupports all PS4 gamesCONSHDR can be difficult to set upVery few titles offer 4K support at launchNo 4K Blu-ray PlayerWhy you should buy this: This last-gen console has a healthy catalog of top-tier games and the price tag has dropped since the release of the PS5.Who it's for: Anyone who wants to game without breaking the bank.Why we picked the PlayStation 4 Pro: While plenty of gamers are making the jump to the PlayStation 5, there's still a lot of life left in last-gen consoles. The PlayStation 4 Pro is still a serious gaming machine with a vast library of games, and the console's price tag (and the cost of games, accessories, etc.) only is going to continue to drop. The PS4 Pro is also slightly easier to find than the PS5, though, most modern consoles have suffered from low availability following the recent chip shortage. The PS4 Pro delivers an impressive playing experience for 4K television owners because of the enhanced graphics and sharper images for 4k-enabled titles.We're not going to pretend that the PS4 Pro is close to matching the superior PS5, but it's still a worthwhile gaming experience. Aside from a handful of titles exclusive to the PS5, you're going to have access to most major titles out now and all the most popular free-to-play titles.Price is a major factor when deciding whether to upgrade to a new system — there's no shame in snagging a last-gen console to play with until the PS5 becomes less expensive and more widely available.Nintendo Switch LiteThe best budget portable game consolePROSComfortable designSharp and vibrant displaySolid battery lifeBrings back the iconic D-padAffordableCONSSlightly smaller game libraryNo TV mode supportNo motion controlsWhy you should buy this: The Nintendo Switch Lite is the best handheld game console out right now, giving you access to all the latest and greatest Nintendo titles without the price tag of its hybrid counterpart.Who it's for: EveryoneWhy we picked the Nintendo Switch Lite: If you plan on only using your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, the Nintendo Switch Lite makes for a great option at a slightly lower price point. It lacks the television docking support of the standard system but features a smaller size and a slightly better battery life than the updated Switch console that launched last year. It's compatible out of the box with nearly every Nintendo Switch game, as well, and is perfect for games like Pokémon Sword and Shield.Ditching the Joy-Cons, the Switch Lite comes with an all-in-one design. It’s almost an inch shorter in width, making it more compact than the original. Coming in at 9.7 ounces, it’s lighter, but not so much that it feels flimsy. Being smaller than its predecessor, the button layout had to be altered slightly, but the console is still incredibly comfortable and easy to navigate.There aren’t any obvious differences in gaming performance on the smaller console, either. Revving up the field in Rocket League or building your defenses in a tense Fortnite match will feel just as smooth on the Switch Lite display versus the original Switch’s screen. With no dock, HDMI support, or Joy-Cons, the Switch Lite doesn’t have TV support or motion controls, which slightly impacts your gaming options, but most of the Switch library is available.Also Read: GTA 6 release date estimate, trailer, and latest Rockstar Games news

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Explained: What Led To Mumbai Indians' Captain Change From Rohit Sharma To Hardik Pandya?

  • Dec 29, 2023
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After leading Mumbai Indians for 10 seasons, Rohit Sharma was replaced by Hardik Pandya as the captain of the franchise ahead of IPL 2024 season.Five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 champions Mumbai Indians dropped a bomb on the entire cricketing universe as they announced the decision to replace skipper Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder arrived from Gujarat Titans as part of a trade after MI decided to send Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bangalore. But, little did fans know that the trade from GT wasn't in the capacity of a player but also a 'captain'. But, what led to this change in the leadership role?Rohit Sharma, a man who led Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL titles in 10 years, was replaced by Hardik Pandya, a player who led Gujarat Titans to two consecutive IPL finals, winning one of them. The move hints a big change in Rohit's situation, considering his role as India's captain in white-ball teams is also under question since the conclusion of Cricket World Cup 2023.We take a look at the factors that might have prompted Mumbai Indians to make the change:Rohit Sharma's Form:While Rohit had an impressive Cricket World Cup, his form for MI over the last couple of years wasn't the best. In IPL 2022 season, he scored 268 runs in 14 games at an average of 19.14 while in the 2023 season saw him scoring 332 runs in 16 matches at an average of 20.75.While it can't be said that captaincy was taking a toll on Rohit's performance, MI did not to make a big change if they are to challenge for the title again, while also paving the way for the future.IPL 2025 Mega Auction:With just one season to go before the IPL 2025 mega auction gets underway, Mumbai Indians had to lay out plans for the future. Before the last mega auction, the BCCI allowed franchises to retain a maximum of three Indian and 2 overseas players. The complex situation saw them release Hardik but the franchise doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes this time.In all likeliness, MI's Indian retentions would be Suryakumar Yadav (World No. T20I batter), Jasprit Bumrah (arguably the best T20 bowler in the world) and skipper Hardik Pandya. While the exact rules for the IPL 2025 auction aren't known yet, Rohit looks like a big candidate to be released if only three Indians are allowed to be retained.Smooth Transition:With Rohit Sharma 36 and still a capable batter, Mumbai Indians want to make the captaincy change at a time where the Hitman can oversee the transition and help Hardik become an even better leader. By making a captaincy change early, MI are reducing the risk of finding late solutions to the problem in a scenario where Rohit might no longer be with the team. Also Read: Hockey: How Manpreet Singh bounced back from World Cup 2023

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Hockey: How Manpreet Singh bounced back from World Cup 2023

  • Dec 28, 2023
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For some of India’s top stars, 2023 was the year when they had to pause, reflect and reboot. In some cases, to recover from injuries; in a few others, to rediscover lost form. All in the hope that when the big day comes, they’ll be ready and recharged for the challengeIn Odisha at the World Cup in January, after India lost the shootout against New Zealand to fall short of the quarterfinals, Manpreet Singh was on his knees, staring down at the turf in disbelief. It wasn’t supposed to end this way, for the team that won bronze at Tokyo Olympics. It was, to put it mildly, a disaster to go out that early.In Hangzhou at the Asian Games in October, when the final was deadlocked 0-0 against Japan with five minutes left to go in the first half, India were getting a bit desperate for the opening goal. As a rebound fell to him at the edge of the circle, Manpreet Singh unleashed a powerful reverse flick that flew into the roof of the net. He was on his knees again. Only this time, his teammates were mobbing him as he celebrated a rare and significant goal. India would go on to win the match 5-1.“Kya bolein yaar, I score only rarely,” Manpreet tells with a big smile. “When the ball came to me, I was only thinking of hitting the target. The coach tells me when I get into the circle, ‘you don’t shoot enough. So when you get a chance, go for it, your reverse hit is brilliant.’ That’s all I had in mind. And it flew well off my stick.”Indeed, 2023 was one of two halves for the Indian men’s hockey team. At a home World Cup, a chance to end the 48-year-old wait for a medal went begging. But as the year drew to a close, they clinched the title at the Asian Champions Trophy and the gold medal at Hangzhou Asian Games, which also sealed their place at the Paris Olympics.And Manpreet personified that arc better than any.The 2012 Olympic Games campaign was a nadir in Indian hockey as they lost all six matches to finish last, but for a 20-year-old Manpreet it was personally harrowing too. There were reports of cliques in the squad and of Manpreet being targeted. So when Manpreet says the disappointment of the 2023 World Cup was alongside that of London 2012 for him, it says a whole lot.“We were all quite disappointed. In the match against New Zealand, we didn’t play well at all. In a crucial match, we were not able to do our best. We will forever remember that we didn’t step up that day,” the 31-year-old says.But if 2012 was a campaign of chaos, 2023 hurt because there was a general sentiment that this team was really good and capable of a podium finish. “Handling the pressure of crucial matches, dealing with the presence of home crowd… that match against NZ, we should have done better, because there was confidence in us from the nation. We were confident too, but it will always remain hurtful that we couldn’t deliver,” Manpreet says.Siddharth Pandey, hockey commentator and FIH Level 2 certified coach is someone who has kept a close eye on this Indian team in recent years as a broadcaster. “What happened with Manpreet at the World Cup was in line with what happened with the rest of the team, where multiple things went wrong,” Pandey tells this daily. “Crucially, Hardik Singh’s injury had a huge impact on the team and Manpreet lost a crucial supporting act in the midfield. Then there was the pressure of playing in front of family and thousands of fans. We are usually good away from home these days.”For someone who has achieved quite a lot in Indian hockey, as a player and leader, the World Cup disaster could potentially have been seen as a stopping point. But Manpreet went back to the drawing board. After a few Pro League matches, the team got a break and Manpreet was driven to bounce back. As Rohit Sharma said after the men’s cricket team’s home World Cup heartbreak, it wasn’t easy to move on but athletes have to find a way.“Spending time with the family definitely helped,” Manpreet, a doting father to a girl now, says. “Like Rohit said about how even going out and meeting people was difficult, such a disappointment is huge. We athletes put in all our efforts for years and years, for that one big day in a tournament. When you don’t succeed, you feel despondent. It takes a while to heal. But then you have to start thinking… what next? We can only change what happens in the future.”It started with fitness. Though he was on a break, Manpreet told his family that he’d not be indulging in his diet. One of the fittest athletes there is, Manpreet went about focussing on staying in the best shape possible. “I definitely had to reboot. And when we returned to the camp, the senior players got together and said ‘Whatever has happened, we can’t change. But we can learn. The mistakes we made at the World Cup shouldn’t be repeated’.”Adding a new dimensionWhile he is no longer the team captain, Manpreet – unsurprisingly – doesn’t add much weightage to it, insisting that the likes of himself and PR Sreejesh are there to share the burden with Harmanpreet Singh. Pandey goes to the extent of saying that being a leader without being the captain has liberated him.“He’s a father now, he’s in a good space personally. The Manpreet of 6-7 years ago was still very disciplined on the pitch every time he played, but was quite outgoing,” Pandey says, adding he saw a version of Manpreet at ACT who was enjoying his game, and took up attacking responsibilities that weren’t quite his forte earlier.New head coach Craig Fulton came in and initially had Manpreet playing in the defence. But it wasn’t new to him, he started his national journey as a defender on the left side. “His fundamentals were sensational, that’s why we had the nickname ‘Korean’ for him,” Pandey recalls. “Then he transitioned into being a wonderful central defensive midfielder across coaches. And now he has added a dimension that not a lot of people thought he had, which is shining as a central attacking midfielder.”Graham Reid’s era saw Manpreet evolve into one of the best guarding midfielders in the game, who was terrific at ball retrieval and starting transitions by receiving the ball into space. Fulton, after the initial shift, brought him back to midfield and gave him the freedom to go forward too. It was evident in Chennai, where Manpreet was player of the match in two of India’s matches, driving masterfully through the midfield.“He can now be the extra man creating overloads in the circle as he was when he scored the opening goal in the Asian Games final. You can see the number of aerials he receives at the baseline, making runs from deep. Under Reid, he was a ball retriever and he was the guard responsible for counter control, and was brilliant at it. Now Fulton has entrusted something new with him, and he is delivering. He is now a 3-dimensional hockey player, and to do that at 31 is quite impressive, and to add to that he is supremely fit,” Pandey says.At the Asian Games, one of the standout features of India’s play was assists for players at the second post and the number of 1-2 passes they made to open up scoring opportunities. Fulton’s philosophy is built on control and a defend-to-win mantra but within that, he is enabling the attackers to dovetail with each other, something the Manpreet-Hardik-Vivek axis is crucial for.“I found joy in going forward, I have a lot of freedom. My understanding has gotten better with other players, when Hardik goes forward I know I have to focus on counter control. And vice versa. Craig also believes that whenever we get the chance we have to use our Indian skills. Our ability to beat players is one of the best in the world, so whenever we can, we must use that ‘Indian masala’,” he adds with a smile.As Indian hockey looks ahead to 2024, Manpreet might not be the captain, but he is leading the way by evolving and setting high benchmarks that youngsters must aspire to. As Pandey says, “For him to have started his journey at a damaging event like London 2012 to now be months away from a fourth Olympics appearance, that’s an incredible career graph. Whatever happens in Paris, Manpreet goes down as an all-time great.”What 2023 taught, what 2024 meansFor someone who has seen many highs and lows in the constantly dramatic world of Indian hockey, Manpreet – and the rest of the Indian team – got a rude reality check at the Odisha World Cup. The defeat against New Zealand was a tough pill to swallow and outgoing coach Graham Reid called for the need to have a mental conditioning coach.In came Paddy Upton, to join new head coach Craig Fulton, who has plenty of experience working with Indian athletes. While Manpreet was aware of the need to reboot personally, there was an acknowledgment that India needed help in handling high-pressure situations.“When Paddy came in, the conversations were about focussing on the controllables. You can’t control the weather, you can’t control the fans turning up at a venue… don’t worry about the result, focus on the steps to get there. To remain stable ahead of a big match, when the pressure is on,” Manpreet says, about moving on from the World Cup heartbreak.Unlike in 2018, the qualification for Paris 2024 has been taken care of early and the Indian men’s team can now fully focus on fine-tuning their game. It would involve using the Pro League matches to full effect. Their dominance at the Asian level is not in doubt still, but there are bigger targets to check off for Fulton, Harmanpreet, Manpreet, and Co. Lessons must be learned from Odisha 2023 as they look ahead. Also Read: Upcoming games 2024 for console and PC

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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Event

  • Dec 27, 2023
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Because we love drama and I also believe all the players should have equal playing conditions. The personal lounge is not the issue here but the easy access to a computer in between the games is one serious inequity,” tweeted Vachier Lagrave. Even Kramnik, who is not competing at the event, but has been very vocal since starting his Twitter account recently, could not resist weighing in. Top grandmasters claimed Carlsen alone has been provided a private lounge for World Rapid and Blitz Championship at Samarkand by organisers. The current FIDE Rapid and Blitz Championship in Samarkand has become embroiled in controversy, as several participating grandmasters have expressed their dissatisfaction on social media, alleging preferential treatment given to former world champion Magnus Carlsen by FIDE.Prominent players such as Ian Nepomniachtchi, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier Lagrave, and Pentala Harikrishna took to Twitter to express their concerns about Carlsen receiving additional facilities, including a private lounge between games. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik also joined the voices criticizing FIDE for the perceived favoritism.It is learnt that Carlsen has been provided a private lounge since 2016 at every edition of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz championship. Compared to the World Chess Championship, the World Rapid and Blitz event happens yearly. Players compete in multiple games in a day: in the open section players competed in five rounds on Day 1 (Tuesday) and will compete on four games each on Wednesday and Thursday. The blitz portion of the Championship will start from Saturday with players playing 12 games on Day 1 and nine rounds on the final day."Dear FIDE and organizers of the Championship! As it is known, all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Is it fair to provide Magnus Carlsen with a personal lounge where he can rest and prepare for the game using a laptop, while nobody else has such an opportunity?" tweeted Russian grandmaster Nepomniachtchi, who had previously faced Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in 2021 and lost.“Can’t be stressed more that everyone should play under the same conditions,” added US grandmaster Caruana, who also had lost a World Chess Championship battle against Carlsen in 2018."I agree with Yan, not that Magnus shouldn’t get such a space of course, but maybe at least few others must have a comfortable rest room to rest and prepare between rounds, very important in such a long and tiring event," the Russian tweeted.When asked about the controversy, Magnus Carlsen's father, Henrik, told a Norwegian channel that his son doesn’t have access to a laptop between games.However, the rising number of tweets from players forced FIDE to tweet a clarification."To make it clear, none of the participants of the Rapid and Blitz championship have been granted special conditions. Even if, in between rounds, any of the players has been provided access to external premises as per the invitation of FIDE officials, full fair play control has been provided. Furthermore, everyone is allowed to use their gadgets in between the rounds according to the rules," FIDE posted on X.Also Read: Gukesh wins in Chennai, one step closer to Candidates