Top seed Alexei Dreev, Parimarjan, Abhijeet to lead Indian challenge. Pairings added
Delhi’s own Grandmaster duo of Parimarjan Negi and Abhijeet Gupta will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Parsvnath Commonwealth chess championship that gets underway in the National capital from coming Sunday. The Championship takes place on 9-19th May.
The event, being sponsored by the Parsvnath Developers and co-sponsored by the ONGC, will see over 20 Grandmasters in action in a field of around 300 players from more than 20 countries.
The event which a part of the preparation for the Asian games 2010, will also see Grandmasters from other countries than Commonwealth nation as this was approved by authorities to give excellent chances to Indian players.
To be held at the CLARKS INN HOTEL Anand vihar the event will be the strongest ever Commonwealth chess championship and ahead of the Commonweath games in Delhi later this year, this is a perfect occasion for the Indian players to make their mark.
With a total of Rs. 800000/- prize money at stake, the main contenders for the title in the open category will be top seed Alexei Dreev of Russia and besides him there are four other players including Parimarjan Negi who have rating in excess of 2600 ELO points.
Parimarjan in fact will be the cynosure of all eyes as he will be playing in Delhi after a gap of over one year. The second youngest Grandmaster ever in the world will have his task cut out and he in fact starts as the rating favourite for the Commonwealth title.
After a brilliant show in the Asian continental championship where he won the Bronze medal, Abhijeet Gupta is the other Indian who will be vying for top honours in a star studded field. The World junior champion in 2008, Abhijeet recently tied for the top spot in the Reykjavik open and the performance at Subic Bay in Philippines in the Asian continental was the perfect icing on the cake for the young Indian who hails from Bhilwara in Rajsthan but is now employed in Noida for the Bharat Petroleum.
Former world junior girls’ champion D Harika and former Asian champion Tania Sachdev will be hoping for medals in the women’s section and the former is a clear favourite for the crown.
There will be medals at stake in various age categories which will prompt a lot of tiny tots to bring out their best. While the major action will go on, on the top boards, the likes of IM norm holder Vaibhav Suri and up and coming Harshal Shahi have it in them to cause major upsets.
311 players signed for the competition.
Round 1 top pairings (Monday, 10th May):
GM Dreev Alexey - Roshan Rangarajan
Narayanan S L - GM Negi Parimarjan
GM Kovalyov Anton - Siddarth M
Amitabh Chourasia - GM Kokarev Dmitry
GM Safarli Eltaj - Rathore Sonakshi
Joshua A P - GM Bocharov Dmitry
GM Lafuente Pablo - Marais Coenraad Hendrik
Kannemeyer Werner - GM Maletin Pavel
GM Gupta Abhijeet - Anjali Palande
Chaithanyaa K G - GM Kravtsiv Martyn
GM Khusnutdinov Rustam - Nazarov Rustem
Michelle Catherina P - GM Kunte Abhijit
GM Iuldachev Saidali - J V Sai Kiran
Sithalatchumi A - IM Adhiban B
GM Sriram Jha - Abir Sinha
Anjana Krishna S - GM Hossain Enamul
GM Dzhumaev Marat - Neetakshya Singh