Hyderabad, August 20, 2019: The First Ever International Grand Master Chess Open Tournament in Talangana State began here in the city at Hotel Marriott today afternoon. It will go till 27th.
To mark the inauguration a symbolic match was played between Grand Master from Russia Savchenko Boris and Bharath Singh Chauhan, Hon. Secretary, All India Chess Federation.
Known as Tetrasoft Hyderabad Marriott Grand Master Chess Tournament 2019, 160 including 45 from Telangana and 22 International players from 10 countries are competing in the tournament.
Savchenko Boris, Smirnoff Pavel, Triapishko Alexandr, Soboleva Anastasia from Russia; Tulare Adam from Ukraine; Mosadeghpour Masoud from Iran; Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo from Chile; Khusenkhojaev Muhammed —Tajikistan; Ziatdnov Raset—USA; Kavind Akila, De Silva LMST, Priyankara Chamil from Sri Lanka; Gias Uddin Ahmed, Md. Abzid Rahman; Babul Mollick from Bangladesh and Dangi Mani Raj, Gurung Bijay, Karki Yam Kumar, Mahar Chaman Gaha, Shah Ram Surat Prasad, Regmi Shikar and BK Shivam Kumar from Nepal.
Speaking on the occasion addressing the gathering Bharat Singh Chauhan said India has become the power house of Grand Masters. Currently we have 64 Grand Masters in India. In next three years we will cross 100. India is a Grand Masters country, he declared. Telangana is in Grand Masters Circuit as it has produced four Grand Masters. India is making rapid strides in Chess. We will rule world in Chess. There should be a tournament like this every year in Hyderabad.
Major K. Shiva Prasad, Vice President—Telangana State Chess Association said Chess was born in India. It Was called as Chaturanga, then went to Persia and Europe and became Chess. Cricket is played by only by 25 countries, but, Chess is played in 200 countries he said.
Chess is taught as a subject in Russia. By the year 2020 we will broad base Chess in India. Future world Champions will come from India only he said.
A. Narsimha Reddy, Chairman Bar Council, Vice President All India Chess Federation and President Telangana State Chess Association said we will take Chess to nook and corners of the state. Every district will become hub for Chess.
According to Srikanth, organizer from Tetrasoft, the first ever Grand Master Tourney to be held in the state of Telangana comes up with the biggest ever prize money, a total prize money of Rs 12 lakh. The first prize is 2.5 lakhs. It is one of the very few chess tournaments to be held in a five star hotel. GM open Chess Tournament is being organised after year 2013 after the gap of six years, he informed. The tournament will be played in league system. There will be ten rounds. All the players will play ten rounds.
The objective of the tournament according to Jaypal Reddy, CFO of Tetrasoft is to redefine the landscape of competitive chess. Chess is a great sport and in the last decade or so, it’s popularity in India has risen so much so that there are many chess players in competitive chess.
Speaking further he added that the Chess in India is growing at a great pace. We currently have nearly 64 Grandmasters and around 107 International Masters . The world chess considers India a force to reckon with.
The tournament is organized by Tetrasoft India, the Provider of Information Technology and Consulting Services in collaboration with South Mumbai Chess Academy and Indian Chess School. Telangana State Chess Association is also actively supporting this prestigious tournament.
More than 160 palyers from across India and other nations, Grand Masters(GMs) and International Masters(IM) are participate in the tournament. This is an high level tournament. If any player performs against IMs/GMs, then that player will get NORM from this tournament.
The NORM is each player should have 3 NORMS to become an International Master (IM). Or Grand Master (GM). This tournament is eligible to certify that honour to the player.
The tournament has drawn a huge participation from several Chess Federations under FIDE, an international organization that connects various national chess federations across the world.
On the whole 39 prizes to be won in the tournament. The total prize money is Rupees Twelve Lakh.
The Tournament will conclude on 27th August at 2 pm with Prize Distribution