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Vishy Anand opens Maharashtra Chess League

The western Indian city of Pune from the state of Maharashtra will host the first professional Chess League of India from 24th to 28th April 2013.

The event will be held in a 6 board format of Rapid Chess with an initial round robin between all the teams, followed by semi-finals and finals.

Each round is contested between teams on 6 boards, which each team fielding a minimum of a GM, an IM, a WGM and a woman player, with minimum 3 among the total 6 boards belonging to the state of Maharashtra.

All the prominent players of Maharashtra will be in action, apart from many prominent titled players from all across the country.

MCL will be the first professional League of the country with Corporate Sponsors for the League in Johnson Tiles, and different Corporate Sponsors for individual teams:

Ahmednagar Checkers – RBX Sports Ethix
Jalgaon Battlers – Jain Irrigation
Mumbai Movers – Shell Extrusion
Nagpur Royals – Gaikwad-Patil Group
Pune Attackers – Goel Ganga Group
Thane Comatants – MEP Infrastructure Developers

Vishy Anand opens Maharashtra Chess League

Vishy Anand opens Maharashtra Chess League

The event was inaugurated by Vishy Anand on 03rd April 2013 in a glittering function, where he unveiled the Logo and presented all the team owners with their flags.

On 13th April 2013, all the registered players were chosen for individual teams after fierce bidding, and the individual team line-ups were picked up.

Each team had Rs.3,00,000/- (About 5800 US $), from which they could select as many players as necessary. All players had a base price, from which they were bid upwards, with the final price going to the player as the fee for playing the event. The base prices were: GM – Rs.60,000, WGM – Rs.30,000, IM – Rs.30,000 and untitled – Rs.10,000/-

Games will be broadcast live at the official website, where all the information on the event can be found.

Ahmednagar Checkers Rtg-Ø:2395

GM Gopal G.N. 2526 KER
GM Venkatesh M.R. 2492 TN
IM Tania Sachdev 2409 DEL
IM Gagare Shardul 2360 MAH
Sagar Shah 2376 MAH
Mithil Ajgaonkar 2207 MAH
WFM Pujari Rucha 2132 MAH

Thane Attackers Rtg-Ø:2398

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2630 WB
WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387 WB
IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2342 TN
IM Udeshi Aditya 2416 MAH
IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal 2389 MAH
CM Puranik Abhimanyu 2224 MAH
Parnali S Dharia 1874 MAH

Jalgaon Battlers Rtg-Ø:2377

GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2549 MAH
IM Karavade Eesha 2389 MAH
IM Narayanan Srinath 2440 TN
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2372 KER
Patil Pratik 2209 MAH
WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2237 TN
Kathmale Sameer 2275 MAH

Mumbai Movers Rtg-Ø:2384

GM Arun Prasad S. 2495 TN
GM Laxman R.R. 2517 TN
WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2195 ODI
WGM Nadig Kruttika 2236 MAH
IM Ashwin Jayaram 2472 KAR
IM Deshmukh Anup 2254 MAH
Kulkarni Rakesh 2277 MAH
Shashikant Kutwal 2291 MAH

Nagpur Royals Rtg-Ø:2367

GM Bakre Tejas 2500 GUJ
GM Grover Sahaj 2467 DEL
WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2300 MAH
IM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2376 MAH
Shweta Gole 1934 MAH
Kulkarni Chinmay 2298 MAH
Abhishek Kelkar 2259 MAH

Pune Attackers Rtg-Ø:2379

GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2565 AP
WGM Padmini Rout 2347 ODI
WGM Swathi Ghate 2260 MAH
IM Akshayraj Kore 2512 MAH
IM Himanshu Sharma 2398 HAR
Bartakke Amardeep S. 2194 MAH

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