World Open: Tough challenge for Indians

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> A tough challenge lies ahead for the 10-member Indian team that left for Philadelphia to participate in the World Open chess tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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New Delhi:

A tough challenge lies ahead for the 10-member Indian team that left for Philadelphia, United States, to participate in the World Open chess tournament to be held from Thursday. The star of the team is National champion Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly who is also the highest rated player in the event. The other members of the men's team are Grandmasters Abhijit Kunte, Sandipan Chanda and International Masters S Kidambi, M R Venkatesh and Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury. Women team National Champion and Women Grandmaster Nisha Mohota will spearhead the challenge of the women team. The other participants are WGM Swati Ghate, who is already in the US playing open events, and International Women Masters Bhagyashree Thipsay and Anupama Gokhale. The World open is a major annual event that carries the winner's purse of US $ 14000 and will have participation of many strong Grandmasters from across the globe. This is the first time since the dispute in All India Chess Federation early this year that a seniors' team has been cleared by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the players were quite happy about it. "It will be really good to play important and tough events like the World open and later Canada open," said former British champion Kunte. After Philadelphia the Indian contingent will move to Canada to play in another event wherein Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Alexei Shirov of Spain are other notable participants. (PTI)

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