Anand star attraction in Tata Metal speedy blitz in Nov

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15 Sep 2018, 15:41 IST

Kolkata, Sep 15 (PTI) 5-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand would be the main star attraction within the upcoming Tata Metal Chess India speedy and blitz event right here from November 9-14.

It was an emotional second for Anand when the Indian ace Saturday mentioned he would return to Kolkata to play in a GM competitors after a niche of 32 years.

“I bear in mind taking part in my first GM event in Kolkata in 1986 — that was additionally a Tata Metal occasion right here. I used to be an Worldwide Grasp then,” Anand mentioned in the course of the announcement.

The USD 40,000 prize cash event will function three high gamers within the 2800-plus Elo score, it was introduced right here.

The highest gamers embody Azerbaijan GM and world quantity three Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Armenian GM and world quantity six Levon Aronian, USA’s GM Wesley So who’s world quantity 9, Japanese-American GM and four-time United States champion Hikaru Nakamura who’s world quantity 14 and Russian GM Sergey Karjakin (world quantity 15).

“There’s a variety of pleasure to play right here. Hope it revitalises the chess within the area,” the 48-year-old who’s at present ranked 10 on this planet mentioned.

Anand regained some kind on the Sinquefield Cup that resulted in August in St Louis, US, after a run of uninspiring performances since Could.

The primary Indian to develop into a chess GM, Anand went undefeated within the event, although he didn’t handle any wins both, and completed sixth out of 10 members.

Anand is a part of the Indian contingent for the Chess Olympiad later this month. It is going to be his first look within the event since 2006.

Other than the Indian chess wizard, the Indian GMs embody P Harikrishna, Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Vidit Gujarati, Nihal Sarin, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa as a complete of 11 top-ranked gamers will comepte within the meet on the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The members will play a single spherical robin (all play all) speedy event from November 9-11 adopted by a double spherical robin blitz on the final two days.

With an goal to make this a long-term occasion, Tata Metal vice chairman Sunil Bhaskaran mentioned: “We hope it isn’t a one-off occasion, there’s positively a plan and it is only the start.”

“The thought is to get it into classical format. We’re simply beginning out with the fifty and Twenty overs (speedy and blitz) variations,” he mentioned.

Tata Metal has a long-standing affiliation with chess having been the primary sponsor of the Wijk aan Zee meet within the Netherlands.

“Tata Metal intends to make this a world class and most sought-after occasion in skilled chess within the years to return,” he added

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