Commonwealth Chess Championships 2017 begins today!
GM Abhijeet Gupta will be the top seed at the Commonwealth Chess Championships 2017 which are being held from the 3rd to 11th of July 2017 in Delhi. The Open event witnesses the participation of 15 GMs and 14 IMs. There are 15 different categories ranging from under-8 to under 20 in both open and girls section. Players from 15 countries have come to participate in the different events. Youth affairs and sports minister Vijay Goel attended the inauguration of this event and we have pictures and the video footage of his speech.
Abhijeet will be vying for a hat-trick of titles when he takes his chair in the first round of the Commonwealth Chess Championship beginning on Monday at the Leela Ambience and Convention centre.
The championship has over 550 registered players in various categories spanning from under-8 to open. At the last count, there are 16 grandmasters and 13 International Masters in the fray apart from five woman grandmasters.
The open section will be really strong this time with over 50 titled players out of around 120 participants. The event will provide ample opportunities for the norm seekers from the host country.
This is the first time ever that the championships will be played in 15 different categories. While the Indian players are likely to dominate, there is stiff challenge coming from Bangladesh in the open section wherein they have fielded as many as four Grandmasters.
The ride for Abhijeet Gupta will not be easier than the last time when the Indian had annexed the crown in Sri Lanka. The local challenge from Delhi will also come from Vaibhav Suri and Sahaj Grover who are both young grandmasters. The championships carry a total prize fund of Rs. 10 Lacs.
Newly elected AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chuahan is organising this championship in Delhi and every time the event has seen an unprecedented uplift when organised in the national capital. This is the first time ever in India that the championships are being held in a certified five star deluxe hotel.
The championships will be played for a maximum of nine rounds. Alongside the championships the first ever media tournament in Delhi will also be organised.
|2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||5072786||IND||2593|
|5||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||5019184||IND||2517|
|7||IM||Thejkumar M. S.||5009154||IND||2491|
|9||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||5011132||IND||2482|
|10||GM||Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib||10200444||BAN||2480|
|11||GM||Ankit R. Rajpara||5023335||IND||2474|
|16||GM||Thipsay Praveen M||5000033||IND||2419|
|19||IM||Krishna C R G||5018625||IND||2399|
|20||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||5053196||IND||2392|
Round 1 on 2017/07/03 at 15.00 hours
|1||59||WFM||Divya Deshmukh||2045||0||0||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2625||1|
|2||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2593||0||0||Bhatt Jalpan||2028||60|
|3||61||Dassanayake D M G S||2015||0||0||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2558||3|
|4||4||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2527||0||0||Kumar Gaurav||2014||62|
|5||63||WFM||Sultana Sharmin Shirin||1996||0||0||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2517||5|
|6||6||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2504||0||0||WIM||Hamid Rani||1994||64|
|7||65||Bala Kannamma P||1977||0||0||IM||Thejkumar M. S.||2491||7|
|8||8||GM||Grover Sahaj||2484||0||0||Mehta Naitik R||1972||66|
|9||67||Utsab Chatterjee||1965||0||0||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2482||9|
|10||10||GM||Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib||2480||0||0||Sumit Grover||1963||68|
About the author
Jitendra Choudhary is a chess trainer in Delhi. He is from Madhya Pradesh, but shifted to Delhi to pursue his passion related to chess. He currently teaches students, works as an arbiter and would like to dedicate more time to being a chess journalist.