MCA will hold two international chess tournaments in Pune from May 31 to June 8

The Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA), under the umbrella of the All India Chess Federation (AICF), will organize two international chess tournaments in Pune in the coming days.

Maharashtra’s inaugural Grandmaster International Open Chess Tournament (for players above 2000 rating) will be held at Boxing Hall, Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune.

The Pune Open Chess Tournament (for players below 2000 rating) will also be played at the same venue.

The Maharashtra International Open Grandmaster Chess tournament will be held from May 31 to June 8, while the Pune Open Chess competition will be held from June 1 to June 4. Competitors from about 13 countries and more than 20 Indian states will participate in the tournaments.

Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the tournament on May 31.

Grandmaster Nigel Short, Vice President, FIDE, and MCA members including Parinay Fuke, President, Siddharth Mayur, Current President, Grandmaster Abhiit Kunte, Senior Vice President, Aniruddha Deshpande will be guests of honor.

Girish Chitale, vice-president of the MCA, Bharat Singh Chauhan, secretary of the All India Chess Federation, and Ashok Jain, former president and mentor of the Maharashtra Chess Association, will be present for the occasion.

Maharashtra International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament will be restricted to players over 2000 ratings

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 rating list. The total price is Rs 20,00,000.

The tournament will be played under FIDE chess laws for a total of 11 rounds on a Swiss League basis. The top seed for this tournament will be GM Farukh Amonatov whose ELO rating is 2622. The highest rated Indian player is GM Lalith Babu MR whose ELO rating is 2563.

Top chess players Bhakti Kulkarni, Soumya Swaminathan and Divya Deshmukh will compete in Pune

Prominent female players like International Master Bhakti Kulkarni, IM Soumya Swaminathan, WGM Mary Ann Gomes, WGM Divya Deshmukh and WGM Priyanka Nutakki will participate in this tournament.

Players from Tajikistan, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, USA, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will take part in the tournament. 20 Grandmasters, 27 International Masters, 5 Women Grandmasters and 7 Women International Masters will participate in this tournament.

For the Pune Open Chess Championship, players who have not passed the FIDE rating of 2000 in the last 36 months prior to the start of the event will be eligible to participate. A cash 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 based on the Swiss League.

General Manager Nigel Short will play a simulcast match against approximately 25 up-and-coming young players.


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