The final Grandmaster Chess Open in the World Chess Championship celebration series - SREI International Grandmasters Chess Tournament at the Town Hall - begins in Kolkata on Thursday.
The top seed, Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2646), will be among 100 players, including 24 GMs from 14 countries, at the chess tournament that concludes on December 6-14. The players listed to play include 25 IMs, 2 WGMs, 1 WIM, 2 FMs and 1 WFM in the Rs 10 lakh prize money event that has a winner's purse of Rs two lakh. The tournament will provide an opportunity to Indian Norm aspirants for FIDE titles.
The championship will be of 10 rounds with time control of 90 minutes each plus 30 seconds increment from move 1 for the entire game. Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly will give away the prizes on the concluding day.