Hyderabad: RR Laxman and P Karthikeyan, who have a rating of 2426 and 2422 FIDE points respectively, will be the top Indian Grandmasters to take part in the Tetrasoft Hyderabad Grand Master Chess Tournament, the first GM tournament to be held in the State since its formation. The tournament starts on August 20 at Hotel Marriott, Tank Bund.
Laxman is seeded sixth while Karthikeyan is seventh with Boris Savchenko from Russia (2576 FIDE rating points) being the top seed.
Although the organisers announced the participation of Pentala Harikrishna, the city-based Grandmaster has clearly denied that he will take part in the tournament. “I will be going to play in the Chinese League in a few days time,” Harikrishna said.
The eight-day championship to be held at Hotel Marriott, Tank Bund, will have ten rounds on Swiss-league basis. Each player will have 90 minutes with an addition of 30 seconds per move. In case of a tie, the latest FIDE rules will come into effect.
Telangana State Chess Association president and All India Chess Federation vice president A Narasimha Reddy said the tournament will witness the participation of nine Grand Masters. “A total of 8-10 countries have already confirmed their participation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Raja Rithvik, Bharat Kumar Reddy and Tushar from the State will participate in the Open Tournament. “This is a great opportunity for our players to learn the techniques of the game. Being a high level tournament, it will also give a chance to increase their rating points. We are also giving Rs 7,500 prize money for the best Andhra and Telangana players,” said KS Prasad, secretary, Telangana State Chess Association.