New Delhi:A record 275 players have already confirmed their participation for the Parasvnath Commonwealth Chess Championships in New Delhi.
The event will be held December 2 to 10, and surpasses the previous edition of this event at Mumbai, which had attracted 163 entries.
The Commonwealth Chess Championships has attracted the cream of chess talent from across the Commonwealth like Australia, Bangladesh, England, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Singapore, Sri-Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago and host India.
The field includes 13 Grandmasters (GM); five Women Grandmasters (WGM), 40 International Masters (IM), five Women International Masters (WIM), five FIDE Masters (FM) and three Women FIDE Masters (WFM), besides nearly 70 titled players who would be vying for a prize fund of $20,000 with the winner taking home $4,000 in the 10-round event.
The tournament has automatically earned the status of a full-fledged norm tournament as more than 15 titled players and 20 FIDE rated players from outside the country have confirmed their participation in the tournament, which is excellent news for norm seekers.
The top seed will be Indian national champion, GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly who is rated 2585 followed by GM Gawain Jones of England (2567). However, the star attraction of this tournament will be world's youngest Grandmaster, 14-year old Parimarjan Negi (2514) whose wonderful exploits has made the chess world follow his progress. Jones and Negi, who are below 20, are one of the world's young exciting talents.
On the women's front, the glamour girl of the Indian chess, WGM Tania Sachdev (2413), who has recently won the Indian national championship, would be posing tough challenge to the top women's players, IM Dronavali Harika (2480) and WGM Nisha Mohota (2416).