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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Plenty of young talent at India's first Category 17 chess tournament

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Hello everyone,

For all you fans of young chess players this is one tournament to track - Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan from China, World Junior No.1 GM Fabiano Caruana from Italy, Philippines' No. 1 GM Wesely So, Czech Republic No. 2 GM Viktor Laznicka and Indian National Champion GM Parimarjan Negi.will be participating in the inaugural Airports Authority of India (AAI) Grandmasters Chess Tournament beginning in New Delhi, India from June 21. The other Grandmaster in the tournament will be India No. 2 GM Krishnan Sasikiran.

The tournament will offer prizes worth $24,500 with the winner taking $8,000 and the runner-up $6,000. Hou, who interestingly will be challenged by India's Koneru Humpy for the world title later this year, is using the tournament as part of her preparations. She was recognised as the Best Sportswoman in China in a sport that is not included in the Olympic programme.

This will be India's first ever Category 17 chess tournament with a unique group of six grandmasters playing in a double round robin event from June 21 to July 2.

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