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Six Indian chess GMs qualified to play in Grand Swiss Tournament

IANS  |  Chennai 

Six Indian Grandmasters, including former World Champion V. Anand, has qualified for the com Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 as of June 1, 2019, the global body said on Monday.

The 'Chess.com Grand Swiss' will be held in the from October 10 to 21, and is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament in the history of chess.

The prize fund will be US$432,500, with a first prize of $70,000.

The Indian players who have qualified are Anand, P. Harikrishna, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, B. Adhiban, K. Sasikiran and R. Sethuraman.

The lists of players qualified from the African, American and Asian Championships will be published as soon as the respective events are over, FIDE said.

Top-ranked players like World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and others are also in the fray, FIDE said.

The tournament is part of the 2020 FIDE cycle, with the winner qualifying for the Candidates' Tournament which will produce a challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the next FIDE Match.

The starting field of 160 players will feature 120 FIDE qualifiers, with the world's top-100 players invited based on their average rating over a 12-month period.

The other 40 participants will be chosen as "wildcards" allocated by the Tournament Director, Alan Ormsby, including four spots allocated to Chess.com

"Swiss tournaments are one of the most attractive formats to compete in our sport: they produce very interesting clashes, allowing rising stars or not-so-strong players to cross swords with members of the chess elite. This democratic approach has many supporters, and it was a pending matter for FIDE to have a massive Swiss Open among our official competitions," FIDE had said earlier.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 22:22 IST
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