Chess Olympiad Medal Players to Participate in Tata Steel Chess in 2022

The world’s best female chess players, including members of Chess Olympiad medal-winning teams, will compete in the women’s edition of Tata Steel Chess India, officials said here on Wednesday.

This is the first time that a separate women’s section has been added with a prize money equivalent to that of the Open section.

“Tata Steel Chess India (rapid and blitz) is the most important chess tournament in India. In addition to the Open category, this time a separate women’s section has been added,” said the former grandmaster champion of the world V. Anand to the media.

In the last edition, a few female chess players from India participated in the Open event.
Asked about the possibility of expanding the tournament with more players and with tier prizes, Anand said such a move would change the tournament schedules.

He said the rating difference between male and female players is huge and the pairing will be biased against female players.

“First, future Indian players should have the opportunity to play against the best players in the world. Once their rating increases, they can compete in the Open category,” another official told IANS, not wanting to be appointed.

Moreover, many players like to play in the women’s category rather than the Open because the chances of winning the prize money are higher in the former, the official added.

Asked when there will be an Indian “Judith Polgar”, Anand said it was a work in progress and would happen.

Hungarian GM Polgar participated in the Open section of chess tournaments and is the first female player to cross the ELO rating of 2,700 and has several achievements to her credit.

Female GMs who have confirmed their participation in Tata Steel Chess India are Anna and Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine, Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia and Alina Kashlinskaya from Poland, except Indian stars like GMs K.Humpy, D.Harika and WGM R. Vaishali.

According to Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, the event will give young Indian talent the opportunity to play against top international managing directors.

It is encouraging to see Indians’ growing interest in chess, said Jeet Banerjee, director of Gameplan.

The tournament will be held in Kolkata from November 29 to December 2, 2022.

(IANS input)

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