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FIDE Presidential candidate GM Nigel Short headlines LIC 3rd Kolkata Open 2018

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/05/2018

LIC presents 3rd Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018, jointly organized by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy and AllSport Foundation will start from this monday 14th May, 2018 at The New Town School which is also the venue partner of the event. The tournament will be headlined by recently announced candidate for FIDE Presidency, GM Nigel Short. He has been known to shoot straight from the hip in the matters related to chess. 193 players across 12 different countries including 28 GMs, 31 IMs, 2 WGMs and many more FMs, CMs and WIMs will play in a 9-day tournament which is arguably the strongest Open GM tournament in the history of Kolkata and perhaps one of the strongest in the country ever. Photo: David Llada

After a 3-year hiatus, Kolkata Open makes its return in LIC presents 3rd Kolkata International Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018 at The New Town School on 14th May 2018. Here is a quick preview of the participants in this year's edition.

Top seed is evergreen, sharp, witty and maybe the next FIDE President. GM Nigel Short was the runner-up in the previous edition | Photo: Isle of Man

Mr. Commonwealth, GM Abhijeet Gupta is the second seed | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Two-time National Premier champion, GM Karthikeyan Murali is the third seed of the tournament | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Super GM Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan who is very successful in Indian circuit will start at fourth seed | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Profusely talented youth of the country, GM Aravindh Chithambaram is going to start as fifth seed | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Russian GM Ivan Rozum returns back to India after finishing 2nd in Chennai Open earlier this year | Photo: Amruta Mokal

As quiet as he is off the board, you can expect fireworks on the board from him. If you haven't witnessed the storm GM Sandipan Chanda can raise then this is a must see for you | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Two-time and reigning Hastings Masters champion GM Deep Sengupta willbe seen in action at his home | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Ukrainian GM might have been shocked in the first round of Bhopal Open 2017, but he is known to play fantastic in Indian chess circuit | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Boy wonder Nihal Sarin would like to complete his third and final GM norm and become a Grandmaster in Kolkata | Photo: Amruta Mokal

One of the finest coaches of India GM Vishnu Prasanna would like to make his mark as a player here! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Reigning National Premier and Rapid Champion would like to continue his momentum at the Kolkata Open | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Russian GM Vladimir Burmakin will bring a lot of experience to the table | Photo: ChessBase archives

India's 46th GM Srinath Narayanan and Faroes Open 2017 runner-up will make sure that he uses his wealth of knowledge he has garnered working with Nihal and other youngsters | Photo: Sagar Shah

GM M Shyam Sundar dominated Catalan Circuit for two consecutive years

We all know India's Rajnikanth GM Deepan Chakravarthy. His exciting play is something that everyone is looking forward to!

Former Asian Junior Rapid and Blitz champion, Vietnamese GM Tran Tuan Minh will start as 17th seed | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GM Swapnil Dhopade's one of the favorite place to play in the country is Kolkata

Veteran Ukrainian GM Valeriy Neverov has the ability to shock anyone. Even in the nervy last rounds!

Bangladesh's no.1, GM Ziaur Rahman can outplay anyone with his unique style of play and experience | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Russian GM Andrei Deviatkin hates engines. Check out his video where he explains how he found an exciting novelty without using an engine | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Reigning National Junior champion and Kathmandu Open 2018 winner, IM Harsha Bharathakoti would like to make some strides in Kolkata Open | Photo: Nongsha Angom

Former National Rapid Champion, GM Neelotpal Das 

After winning Chennai Open earlier this year, can Laxman go for his second GM tournament title for the year? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sayantan Das would like to cross the rating barrier and fulfill his final criteria to become a GM at home

GM Sundararajan Kidambi's resurgence as a player without the use of engine has been nothing short of inspirational. We would like to see some original play from this Chennai GM | Photo: Alina l'Ami

Of course we all are well aware of this young boy's talent. Can Gukesh make his second GM norm? | Photo: Peter Long 

India's third GM, Pravin Thipsay still has a lot to offer

Slovak GM Manik Miklaus might be starting as the 38th seed here but he won a rapid tournament in his home country at the beginning of this month | Photo: Wikimedia

GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury finished at second position twice in two tournaments this year | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Oldest GM participating in the tournament is Raset Ziatdinov of USA | Source: FIDE

In an amazing gesture by the organizers four of the top five blind players of India will play at the Kolkata GM Open 2018. They have been given free entry by the organizers in order to help them prepare for the World Team Championship for the visually blind in July 2018.

The tournament will witness 193 players in action from 12 different countries including 28 Grandmasters, 2 Women Grandmasters, 31 International Masters and 7 Women International Masters. Let's take a look at what they are going to compete for:

Attractive prize structure of the tournament

When you are going to witness the players in action

In case you are wondering, how the venue look like, here is a sneak peek:

The school building has a unique design | Photo: The New Town School

The Newtown School is the first IGBC Gold Certified Green School in India | Source: The New Town School

Indoor sports facility | Photo: The New Town School

Starting rank:

No. NameIDFideIDFEDRtgsexClub/City
GMShort Nigel D0400025ENG2656
GMGupta Abhijeet4389420135010608IND2619
GMKarthikeyan Murali05074452IND2617AICF Reg Due
GMAmonatov Farrukh014700077TJK2608
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.4039620135072786IND2597
GMRozum Ivan024104272RUS2581
GMSandipan Chanda5454720145004225IND2573
GMSengupta Deep4637820135008352IND2563
GMTukhaev Adam014109476UKR2551
IMNihal Sarin42031201325092340IND2551
GMVishnu Prasanna. V4738520135030692IND2532
GMLalith Babu M R4216320135024595IND2531
GMBurmakin Vladimir04105109RUS2528
GMNarayanan Srinath4223620135018420IND2525
GMShyam Sundar M.4039520135019141IND2518
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011320135011132IND2516
GMTran Tuan Minh012401820VIE2512
GMSwapnil S. Dhopade4215420135019184IND2505
GMNeverov Valeriy014100150UKR2496
GMRahman Ziaur010200037BAN2495
GMKunte Abhijit05002265IND2494AICF Reg Due
FMErigaisi Arjun42442201735009192IND2488
IMVignesh N R44498201325012215IND2485
IMIniyan P41333201325002767IND2469
GMDeviatkin Andrei04121260RUS2467
IMHarsha Bharathakoti4188320185078776IND2463
IMNguyen Van Huy012401064VIE2462
IMKarthikeyan P.4187120135018226IND2456
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad014700247TJK2456
GMNeelotpal Das4450720135003512IND2452
GMLaxman R.R.4215120135005361IND2444
IMDas Sayantan4625820135034426IND2437
GMSundararajan Kidambi5087020135005370IND2434
IMNitin S.4682320135018277IND2432
CMGukesh D43107201746616543IND2426
GMThipsay Praveen M4249720135000033IND2425
IMKrishna C R G4442220135018625IND2416
GMManik Mikulas014900734SVK2411
IMGusain Himal4464220135033861IND2410
IMTran Minh Thang012401080VIE2404
IMRahul Srivatshav P025059653IND2402AICF Reg Due
IMShyaamnikhil P4570320135024218IND2401
IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari41001201325004964IND2400
Arjun Kalyan42776201335018701IND2383
IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy4202220135000548IND2379
IMSidhant Mohapatra4082220135028698IND2378
IMRathnakaran K.4461220135005507IND2377
FMMitrabha Guha4005820135057000IND2375
FMAnand Nadar42178201325009141IND2368
IMMohammad Minhaz Uddin010201955BAN2365

Team ChessBase India (Sagar, Amruta and Shahid) will be present at the venue and give you full detailed coverage of the tournament.

LIC presents 3rd Kolkata International Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2018 is going to be nothing short of a spectacle

About the author:

Shahid Ahmed is an editor and senior co-ordinator of ChessBase India

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