Malmo, Sweden:World's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi will take on Swedish GM Jonny Hector in the first round of Sigeman & Co International Chess tournament.
The category-13 traditional event that will be played on a double round robin basis has Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov (2646 ELO rating points) as top seed while young Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami is seeded second with 2617 points.
The average rating of the event is 2553 with Parimarjan as the eighth seed. There will be nine rounds in all.
The event is expected to be a tough one for the 14-year-old Parimarjan as he will have to handle tougher opposition in seven out of nine games.
He will look for an improved performance here after an ordinary show in the Aeroflot Open in February.
Defending champion and highly regarded Jan Timman of Holland will again start as one of the favourites despite a dip in his rating.
Timman, who does not play many events these days, hardly ever misses this traditional tournament.
Jonny Hector can be a difficult customer for Parimarjan, especially with his white pieces. The Swede is known to play some high-level uncompromising chess that would, however, give Parimarjan enough chances.
"I know he is a tough opponent and I have in fact got a tough draw. I will be taking one game at a time here instead of eventual targets and see what comes of it," Parimarjan, who drew number seven in the drawing of lots, said.