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9th Parsvnath International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament

Parimarjan, Abhijeet to lead Indian challenge

Parimanjan Negi

New Delhi (06 Jan 2011): The 9th edition of prestigious Parsvnath International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament that gets underway here at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, Civil Lines from Friday will be one of the top events in India in 2011.

The event will see 25 Grandmasters in action in a field of around 400 players from more than 20 countries. Ukrainian Grandmaster Areshchenko Alexander will start as the rating favourite in the event while newly crowned National Champion Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi and Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta will spearhead the Indian challenge. The total prize fund of the event is Rupees 13.5 Lakhs out of which Rs. 2.8 Lakhs is reserved for the winner.

The event at the start of the new year, every year now, attracts big stars from across the world and this time, Grandmaster Ni Hua of China and Slovenian Grandmaster Lenic Luca are amongst those will be eying the winner’s purse apart from the top seed and Indian duo.

Parimarjan in fact will be the cynosure of all eyes as he will be playing in Delhi after winning the National title last month. The second youngest Grandmaster ever in the world will have his task cut out to start this year’s campaign in grand style in home turf. The World junior champion in 2008, Abhijeet Gupta is the other Indian who will be vying for top honours in a star studded field.

Smt. Krishna Tirath, Hon’ble Union Minister for Women and Child Development will inaugurate the event at 1800 hrs on Friday.

The Parsvnath group has been sponsoring this tournament for the ninth time running. The real estate majors are involved in almost all chess activities in the National Capital and it is because Mr. Pradip Jain has taken a stand to promote the game.

M.S.Gopakumar

Joint Secretary(Admn), Delhi Chess Association

Top rated players:

GM Areshchenko Alexander 2661 Ukraine

GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2633 Ukraine

GM Ni Hua 2633 China

GM Lenic Luka 2619 Slovenia

GM Ragger Markus 2615 Austria

GM Negi, Parimarjan 2603 India

GM Abhijeet Gupta 2595 India

GM Postny Evgeny 2595 Israel

GM Stefansson Hannes 2585 Iceland

GM Konstantin Chernyshov 2583 Russia

GM Zherebukh Yaroslav 2573 Ukraine

GM Greenfeld Alon 2564 Israel

GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2559 Ukraine

GM Oleksienko Mikhailo 2559 Ukraine

GM Ziaur Rahman 2543 Bangladesh

GM Henrik Danielsen 2529 Iceland

IM Nabaty Tamir 2529 Israel

GM Arun Prasad, S. 2519 India

GM Abhijit Kunte 2517 India

GM Babujian Levon 2505 Armenia

GM Laxman RR 2498 India

GM Dzhumaev Marat 2487 Uzbekistan

GM Sriram Jha 2455 India

GM Neelotpal Das 2454 India

GM Sundararajan, Kidambi 2449 India

IM Grover, Sahaj 2432 India

GM Avigdor Bykhovsky 2424 Russia

IM Konguvel, Ponnuswamy 2421 India

IM Swapnil, S. Dhopade 2409 India

IM Himanshu, Sharma 2407 India

IM Sangma Rahul 2400 India

IM Palit, Somak 2394 India

IM K Rathnakaran 2392 India

IM Suvrajit Saha 2392 India

IM Yang Kaiqi 2391 China

IM Karthikeyan, P. 2382 India

IM Saptarshi, Roy 2382 India

Ankit, R. Rajpara 2380 India

IM Girinath P D S 2379 India

WGM Nebolsina Vera 2377 Russia

Zeng Chongsheng 2377 China

IM Kamble, Vikramaditya 2374 India

IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2373 Iceland

IM Shyam Nikil P 2373 India

Shivananda, B.S. 2372 India

Navin, Kanna T.u. 2369 India

IM Murali Krishnan, B.T. 2358 India

IM Praveen Kumar, C. 2356 India

Abhishek, Das 2351 India

IM Narayanan, Srinath 2350 India

IM Singh, D.P. 2326 India

WGM Mohota, Nisha 2325 India

IM Koshy, Varugeese 2322 India

WGM Kiran, Manisha Mohanty 2230 India

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