Kolkata: The annual festive season that kicks off with the Durga Puja in October is going to last longer for the Kolkatans this time!
The city is going to host India’s first international chess tournament in November, courtesy Tata Steel. Named Tata Steel Chess India, the tournament has been included in its calendar by FIDE – World Chess Federation.
The six-day tournament will be underway from 9-14 November at the ICCR auditorium in central Kolkata. The tournament will include both Rapid and Blitz formats and carries total prize money of 40,000 US dollars.
According to the organisers, as many as 11 top-ranked players from all over the world will participate in the event. Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand will be among the players.
Anand was today present at the logo launch of the tournament in Kolkata along with Sunil Bhaskaran, VP corporate services at Tata Steel Ltd, Grandmasters from Kolkata Dibyendu Barua and Surya Sekhar Ganguly.
Bhaskara said that Tata Steel had initially planned to host the tournament at its hub Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. “But after much deliberation, we finalised Kolkata as the venue for the maiden version as it will attract much more focus. This is going to be an annual calendar event and for next year we have plans to relocate them to Jamshedpur,” he said.
The participants in the tournament will play a single round robin Rapid format on 9-11 November. Double round robin Blitz format will be played on 13-14 November.