India National Chess begins with Sasikiran as Top Seed
|Top seed GM Sasikiran|
The tournament will decide the national champion of the year as well as the Indian team to be sent to major events like Asian, World and Olympiad championships.
Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran - former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand's second in the recently-concluded world championship in Russia, will be the top seed. The lineup also includes Adhipan, Lalith Babu and Sethuraman, who have all been bronze winners in board prizes at World Chess Olympiads.
The prize money is about $15,000 and the CMS Bi-Centenary trophy is sponsored by the Church of South India.
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