Mumbai (PTI): Grand Master Koneru Humpy, the world women’s no. 2, and 16-year-old GM Parimarjan Negi will lead the Indian challenge in the Mayor’s Cup International Chess Tournament commencing at the suburban Goregaon Sports Club here on Friday.
The 22-year-old Humpy, with an ELO rating of 2612, is the highest ranked Indian in fray in the tournament which has attracted 25 GMs, 35 International Masters and women GMs from ten countries.
The event would be played over 11 rounds in the Swiss League format, organising secretary Ravindra Dongre told PTI.
The other Indian GMs in contention are: Abhijit Gupta, Abhijit Kunte, Magesh Chandran, Tejas Bakre, Dibyendu Barua, Neelotpal Das and Dopen Chakraborty.
Ukrainian duo of Evgeny Miroshnichenko, the world no. 51 with a latest ELO raring of 2680, and Alexander Areshchenko, world no 68 with rating of 2657, are the top two players in the fray in the tournament that offers Rs 2.75 lakh for the winner.
The countries which would be represented in the event are Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and hosts India.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is sponsoring the event which concludes on May 9.
Source: The Hindu