Varna (Bulgaria): Keen to put behind the disappointment of Albena, Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will be looking to make amends when he begin his campaign at the Grand Europe Golden Sands Chess tournament here.
All set to start as the highest rated Indian once again, Gupta would be hoping to get back to winning ways soon.
After a lacklustre show in the preceding Albena tournament, Gupta hasn`t got much time to recover as his last loss in the event happened only on Sunday in the last round but the Indian has shown in the past that he can be very good when wounded.
It`s a huge Indian participation here made possible by the support coming from Sports Authority of India. As many as 42 Indian participants here outnumber the local Bulgarians who are 38 in all.
The Indian participation includes seven Grandmasters including Gupta. Vidit Gujarathi, Deep Sengupta, S Arun Prasad, G N Gopal, M R Venkatesh are the members of the senior team here, while Sahaj Grover comes here as a member of the junior team.
International Master and reigning National women`s champion Mary Ann Gomes will be spearheading the Indian challenge in the women`s section in the 40000 Euros prize money tournament.
Giving her company are Eesha Karavade, Nisha Mohota, Soumya Swaminathan and Bhakti Kulkarni.
Meanwhile, Tigran Petrosian of Armenia who won the Albena tournament comprehensively, starts as the top seed, while Gupta is seeded seventh.
In all 38 Grandmasters, 45 International Masters and nine Woman Grandmasters compete among 218 participants.
"It`s time to hope for a recovery and it`s good to have so many friends around the black sea from India," said Gupta before the start of the first round indicating the huge Indian strength present here.
Sahaj Grover is the youngest Indian Grandmaster in the fray hunting for some lost Elo points before the Class XII exams earlier this year.
The event will have nine rounds in all with one round played every day. Golden Sands is one of the sought after black sea resorts that has hosted this popular event before.
The time control will be 90 minutes for the entire game with 30 seconds increment after every move is made.