Visahkapatnam, Apr 2 (UNI) Grandmasters Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Koneru Humpy lead a host of top players to vie for honours in the 43rd National 'A' Chess Championship for Men and 32nd National 'A' Chess Championship for Women which begins here tomorrow.
The tournament, which is the third time when men and women events are held together, is expected to see tough fight in the men's event as top three finishers will join Grandmasters Viswanathan Anand, Krishnan Sasikiran and Pentyala Harikrishna in the six-member Indian team for the Chess Olympiad scheduled at Turin, Italy, next month end.
The main fight in the men's event of the April 3-22 tornament, will be between defending champion Surya Sekhar Ganguly and woman world number two player Konery Humpy who will compete for slot in men's Chess Olympiad team.
Ganguly, the top seed with an Elo Rating of 2578, is on line for a hat-trick of titles, having won the past two editions.
But, the going is always tough in the Olympiad years, and with a lot of young and fresh blood around -- Deepan, Arun Prasad, Kamble, D P Singh, Shivanandan, Himanshu Sharma and Abhijeet Gupta -- a royal battle for the title is on the offing.
With a place assured for her in the Women's Indian Olympiad team, thanks to her high world rating, Humpy would be expected to play all out sans pressure.
In women's section, defending champion Woman Grandmaster Nisha Mohota (Elo Rating 2314) has also confirmed her participation and she will crossed swords with multiple times national woman champion and Woman Grandmaster Vijayalakshmi and her sister and Woman Grandmaster Meenakshi, star Woman Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika (Elo rating 2358) and former Asian Junior Champion and Woman Grandmaster Tania Sachdev (Elo rating 2375) for the title.
The men's event will have a total prize money of Rs.2.65 lakh, while the women's event will have Rs.1.32 lakh, according to All Vizag District Chess Association Secretary K V V Sarma.
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