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Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz Inaugurated In Kolkata

Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz Inaugurated In Kolkata


The Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Tata Steel Chess India Women’s Rapid had been inaugurated at a brief night ceremony in Kolkata, India. At its fourth version, the enduring occasion with separate speedy and blitz sections and a complete prize fund of $41,500 has launched a brand new event completely for girls this yr, with an an identical format and prize cash. Both the open and girls’s sections additionally observe a sample of pitting 5 prime Indian gamers in opposition to 5 of the most effective gamers on this planet.

The occasion continues on November 29 at 10:30 p.m. PT/November 30 at 07:30 CET.

How to observe the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Tata Steel India Chess Women’s Rapid

You can sustain with all the small print of the event on our reside occasions platform by following separate hyperlinks for open and girls’s sections.

The occasion is a brainchild of Tata Steel, a part of the Tata Group, the most important Indian enterprise conglomerate with a presence in additional than 150 nations. Tata Steel is well-known in India for its sponsorship and assist of assorted sports activities over time. The Kolkata occasion takes delight in being the Rapid & Blitz counterpart to the annual Tata Steel Chess Masters occasions in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.

The Tata Steel Chess India begins. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Noting that the entire occasion was conceived initially in 2018 as an try and see GM Viswanathan Anand in motion in any type of chess in India, Jeet Banerjee of Gameplan, the sports activities occasion administration firm that conducts the occasion, reveals that Tata Steel has been buoyed by the constant enhance in recognition of the occasion in previous years, one of many causes for increasing the present occasion with an extra girls’s part.

Jeet Banerjee of GamePlan addressing the gathering, watched by (l-r) GM Viswanathan Anand, Chanakya Chaudhary of Tata Steel, and Jeroen Van Den Berg, Director of Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Kolkata is probably the most sports-frenzied metropolis within the nation, with nice recognition for soccer and cricket. Tata Steel Chess India occasions have loved nice spectator assist over time as effectively. This time, the principle occasions are being complimented with three facet occasions within the mornings thus making it a chess pageant: open occasions of speedy, blitz, and girls’s, with a complete prize fund of $2,875 roughly, organized by GM Dibyendu Barua, a former worker of Tata Steel.

The night featured the presentation of gamers from each the open and girls’s sections, a brief chat with the members and organizers on stage, drawing of tons for the speedy occasion, and a ceremonial cake-cutting by Anand, the model ambassador of the occasion, in entrance of a distinct segment chess viewers of Kolkata and media. It was held on the luxurious Taj Bengal of the Indian Hotels Company, once more a part of the Tata Group the place all of the gamers have been lodged for the occasion.

Beautiful ambiance on the drawing of tons ceremony. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Anand highlighted the significance of the night the place a separate occasion for girls has been launched by the group for the primary time at any such world occasion with an an identical prize fund within the ‘Year of the Woman in Chess‘ by FIDE.

FIDE Deputy President GM Viswanathan Anand, the perennial Indian celebrity. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.


Another distinctive characteristic of the occasion is the coincidental “expertise vs. youth” thread in each sections, as identified by Anand and GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi. In the open part, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Wesley So of the U.S. are strong favorites among the many world chess stars, whereas GM Arjun Erigaisi, GM Gukesh D, and GM Nihal Sarin type the younger challengers’ brigade.

GM Wesley So in a light-weight second, with GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov within the background. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Noting the presence of one other rising younger star in GM Nodirbek Abdusattarov of Uzbekistan, Anand famous the problem posed by the children to the worldwide stars and the sample of getting the identical sub-thread among the many Indian members too. Echoing the perspective, Vidit famous that however for the last-minute inclusion of GM S P Sethuraman he would have been the oldest participant among the many Indians within the speedy part.

GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu has been conferred with the distinguished Arjuna award by the federal government of India, yearly awarded to outstanding sportspersons of the nation. Since the award ceremony clashes with the speedy a part of the Tata Steel Chess India occasion, Sethuraman is his last-minute alternative. Curiously, Sethuraman’s marriage ceremony has been scheduled for the fourth of December, 2022, making this occasion his remaining bachelor outing. Commenting on the circumstances, a grinning Sethu quipped: “… I hope for an excellent event right here in order that I can marry peacefully!”

GM S P Sethuraman: recipe for a peaceable marriage! Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Day 1 Open Pairings

Bo. No. Rtg Fed Name Result Name  Fed  Rtg  No. 
1 1 2616 Nihal Sarin Nakamura Hikaru 2789 10
2 2 2676 Abdusattorov Nodirbek Erigaisi Arjun 2628 9
3 3 2662 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi Maghsoodloo Parham 2656 8
4 4 2632 Gukesh D Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2747 7
5 5 2545 Sethuraman S.P. So Wesley 2784 6


Sisters and GMs Mariya Muzychuk and Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, in addition to GM Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia, are the three world stars for the occasion, joined by Indians GM Humpy Koneru and GM Harika Dronavalli. A notable inclusion is of IM Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland who had a sensational efficiency on the Chess Olympiad in India earlier within the yr.

(l-r) IM Oliwia Kiolbasa, GM Mariya Muzychuk, and GM Nana Dzagnidze on the drawing of tons. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Koneru acknowledges the thrill sure to be created by the format of the occasion the place 5 Indian gamers will face 5 world stars, each within the speedy and blitz sections. She additionally notes the generational problem: “Within the 5 Indian gamers [themselves], there’s a younger batch, fairly a proficient one. This is the primary time I will likely be going through them … there’s numerous era hole!”

The trophy for the speedy occasion. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

The counterpoint to her pragmatic evaluation of the occasion is that of 20-year-old WGM Vantika Agarwal of India, who’s visibly excited to be in Kolkata. Agrawal too is a last-minute alternative for IM Bhakti Kulkarni, who too needed to skip the speedy occasion on being conferred with the Arjuna Award.

WGM Vantika Agrawal on the drawing of tons. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess India.

Vantika says with pleasure: “I’m very glad that I’m part of this primary Women Tata Steel Rapid event and looking out ahead to [playing] in opposition to the world’s finest gamers, and Indian Grandmasters Koneru Humpy [and] Harika Dronavalli. I’m very excited!” Her pleasure aptly captures the final temper of the day. 

Day 1 Women’s Pairings 

Bo. No. Rtg Fed Name Result Name  Fed Rtg  No. 
1 1 2458 GM Muzychuk Anna GM Koneru Humpy 2474 10
2 2 2476 GM Muzychuk Mariya WGM Vantika Agrawal 2262 9
3 3 2311 WIM Savitha Shri B GM Dzagnidze Nana 2475 8
4 4 2351 IM Vaishali Rameshbabu GM Harika Dronavalli 2475 7
5 5 2304 IM Kiolbasa Oliwia GM Ushenina Anna 2371 6

The 2022 Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Women’s Rapid are two of India’s most prestigious speedy chess occasions. Players compete in a 10-player round-robin in speedy video games with a 15+10 time management. The prize fund for every occasion is $10,000.

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