Tata Steel Chess India, which will be hosted in Kolkata from November 9-14, 2018, will witness the participation of the world’s current top Grandmasters, including Vishwanathan Anand, who has not played in a tournament of this scale in India for over two decades.
A total of 11 top-ranked players will take part in the tournament, which will be played in Rapid and Blitz formats. The venue of the tournament is Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700 071, one of the cultural hubs located in the heart of the city.
Jeroen van den Berg, Director of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament held at Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, will be the Director of Tata Steel Chess India as well. The tournament will comprise Rapid as well as Blitz competitions.
The participants will play a single round robin (all play all) Rapid Tournament on November 9th, 10th, and 11th followed by a double round robin Blitz tournament on November 13th and 14th. Tata Steel Chess India will be part of the FIDE (International Chess Federation) calendar.
Vishwanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Harikrishna Pentala, Vidit Gujrathi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Nihal Sarin and Praggnanandhaa R.
The total prize money in the two events is US$ 40,000 with first prizes of US$, 10,000 and US$ 7,500 in the Rapid and Blitz games, respectively.