Maharashtra Chess Association to Hold International Chess Tournaments in Pune – Punekar News
Pune, 27th May 2022: The Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA) under the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has organized two international chess tournaments: 1st Maharashtra International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (for over 2000 players ranked) and the 1st Pune Open Chess Tournament (for players ranked below 2000) at Boxing Hall, Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Baner-Mahalunge Road, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune. The Maharashtra Open International Grandmaster Chess Tournament will be held from May 31 to June 8, while the Pune Open Chess Tournament will be held from June 1 to June 4. Competitors from around 13 countries and more than 20 Indian states will participate in the tournaments.
The inauguration of the tournament on May 31 will be attended by Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Leader of the Opposition and Shri Sunil Kedar, State Cabinet Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare . Grandmaster Nigel Short, VP, FIDE, MCA members including Dr. Parinay Fuke, President, Siddharth Mayur, Acting President, Grandmaster Abhiit Kunte, Senior Vice President, Aniruddha Deshpande, Vice President, Girish Chitale, Vice President and Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary, All India Chess Federation and Shri Ashok Jain, Past President and Mentor of Maharashtra Chess Association will be present for the occasion.
The Maharashtra International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament will be open to players who have a standard FIDE rating of 2000 and above in the current ranking list and a total prize of Rs. 20,00,000/- will be awarded to the winners. The tournament will be played under FIDE chess laws for a total of 11 rounds on a Swiss League basis. The top seed of this tournament will be GM Farukh Amonatov whose ELO rating is 2622 and the highest rated Indian player is GM Lalith Babu MR whose ELO rating is 2563. Prominent players like IM Bhakti Kulkarni, IM Soumya Swaminathan, WGM Mary Ann Gomes WGM Divya Deshmukh, WGM Priyanka Nutakki, etc. will participate in this tournament. Players from Tajikistan, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, USA, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are taking part. There will be 20 Grandmasters, 27 International Masters, 5 Women Grandmasters and 7 Women International Masters participating in this tournament.
For the Pune Open Chess Championship, players who have not crossed the FIDE rating of 2000 in the last 36 months before the start of the event will be eligible to participate and a total prize of Rs. 10,00,000/- will be awarded to the winners. Likewise, the tournament will be played under FIDE chess laws for a total of 10 rounds on a Swiss League basis.
General Manager Nigel Short will give a simulcast match against approximately 25 up-and-coming young players.