Young Russian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke (Elo rating 2620) will be the top seed and favourite in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster chess tournament 2019 for the Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy to be held here from January 18 to 25.
The tournament has so far attracted 28 foreign players from 13 countries, a press note said.
A total of 17 Grandmasters and 22 International Masters will be seen in action.
The Indian challenge will be led by Grandmasters Erigaisi Arjun, Deepan Chakkravarthy, M R Venkatesh, Sundararajan Kidambi, R R Laxman, Neelotpal Das and Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury among others.
This tournament, organised by Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, carries a total prize money of Rs 15 lakh with the winner set to take home Rs three lakh and the runner-up Rs two lakh.
The 10-round Swiss tournament offers Grandmaster and International Master norm chances for the participants.
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