SDAT-RMK Chennai Open chess tourney from Tuesday

Chennai: The fourth edition of the SDAT-RMK Chennai Open International Grandmasters chess tournament, to be held here from January 3 to 12, has attracted 286 entries from 13 countries.

The field will comprise of 19 Grandmasters from all over the world, 29 International Masters, two Woman Grandmasters and three Woman International Masters from Belarus, Ukraine, Iceland, Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Hungary, Nepal and Botswana, besides India.

GM Alexei Aleksandrov of Belarus with an ELO Rating of 2626 is top seeded in this event.

The Indian challenge will be headed by Grandmasters P Sethuraman, Deepan Chakravarthi, Neelotpal Das, veteran Dibyendu Barua, Sriram Jha and R R Laxman.

The tournament will be held on a 11-round Swiss league basis and it carries a total prize money of Rs 10, 10,000. The winner will receive Rs two lakh, besides a lot of other prizes would also be given.

The tournament has always been a hit among the world chess fraternity as it has always thrown up a host of players with norms - GMs, IMs and WIMs.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters here today, J C D Prabhakar, All India Chess Federation President, dwelt on the steps taken by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to promote sports, particularly chess through a "chess in schools" scheme under which children between the age group of 7-17 get proper guidance and training.