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Thursday, January 9, 2014

India's Highest Prize-Money Delhi Chess Open begins Jan 9

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

The 12th Delhi Chess Open begins Thursday with Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine as top seed. Fresh from his victory at the Al-Ain Chess Classic, Grandmaster and former world junior chess champion Abhijeet Gupta will be the highest-rated player among the huge Indian lot of players at the event. 

One of the strongest chess open tournaments in the annals of Indian chess tournament history will see a total of 24 Grandmasters in the premier ‘A’ group that has 130 entries thus far. There are 24 International Masters in the fray apart from one Woman Grandmaster making the titled players' 50 in all.

The event will see an unprecedented more than 1,000 entries in the festival that surpasses the previous record of 899 participants in the previous edition of this annual event. The event is also the highest prize money tournament of India offering Rs. 23 lakh and Laptops to winners. There will be ten rounds in all.

Grandmaster Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine starts as the rating favourite in the premier group while Grandmaster Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia is the second seed. Gupta, who recently won the Al Ain Chess Classic, ahead of many fancied names, will be seeded third. (

Top-20 players in the A Category rated above 20001 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2628 UKR
2 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2614 GEO
3 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2606 IND
4 GM Barbosa Oliver 2579 PHI
5 GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2579 IND
6 GM Evdokimov Alexander A. 2558 RUS
7 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2547 GEO
8 GM Vaibhav Suri 2547 IND
9 GM Gomez John Paul 2541 PHI
10 GM Sanikidze Tornike 2541 GEO
11 GM Sengupta Deep 2538 IND
12 GM Venkatesh M.R. 2524 IND
13 GM Dzhumaev Marat 2521 UZB
14 GM Neverov Valeriy 2519 UKR
15 GM Arun Prasad S. 2504 IND
16 GM Grover Sahaj 2478 IND
17 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2475 IND
18 IM Karthikeyan Murali 2472 IND
19 GM Gasanov Eldar 2469 UKR
20 GM Murshed Niaz 2464 BAN

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