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3rd Kolkata International Grandmasters Open 2018 preview

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/04/2018

After a three year hiatus, Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Foundation will bring back the much awaited 3rd edition of Kolkata International Grandmasters Open Chess Tournament on 14th May and conclude on 22nd May 2018. Total Prize fund will be ₹19 lacs cash including first prize being ₹3 lacs cash. That's not all. There will be another tournament for players rated 1999 and below where the first prize will be ₹70000 cash. GMs will be provided free accommodation on double sharing basis and other players participating in the 'A' group will also be provided accommodation double/triple sharing basis. ChessBase India will be present at the tournament for extensive coverage.

3rd Kolkata International Grandmasters Open Chess Tournament 2018

Vemue: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata

Date: 14th to 22nd May 2018

Time control: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment from move 1 for the entire game.

Category 'A' details:

Tournament Schedule

Prizes and Eligibility

Entry fee structure

Tournament Rules and Accommodation facility information

Category 'B' details:

Tournament schedule

Prize details

Eligibility, Entry Fee, Tournament Rules and Accommodation details

General Information

Registration information

Entry Form

Team ChessBase India will be present at the venue to bring you detailed coverage of the event

Photos from the first edition:

Armenian GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel became champion in the first edition

He didn't have it easy as he had to overcome Tornike Sanikidze...

...GM Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia

Russian GM Ivan Popov was the second seed

Another Armenian GM Levon Babujian also participated in the tournament

GM Tigran S. Petrosyan of Armenia and GM Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia were also in the scene

Photos from the second edition:

Top seed GM Nigel Short getting interviewed by the media

Dmitry Kokarev was the second seed of the tournament

GM Stupak Kirill of Belarus faced GM Petr Kostenko of Kazakhstan

GM Sandipan Chanda was also seen in action against GM Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus

Country-mates GM Deep Sengupta duked it out with GM G N Gopal 

Videos from the second edition:

Surya Sekhar Ganguly talks about the venue and the organization
Nigel Short finds Kolkata as a very interesting city
Soumya Swaminathan mentions why she likes playing in Kolkata
India's Blitz King, R R Laxman talks about visiting Kolkata every year
Abhijit Kunte mentions why Kolkata holds a special memory for him

Contact Details: 

Email: igms.kolkata@gmail.com 

Emergency Contact No: +918240000421 


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