#iiflwchess: The Chess Mega Event kicks off in the Maximum City

The IIFL Wealth International Chess Tournament is back a bang! The second edition of this majestic event, which kicks off on Monday the 26th, has been billed as one of the richest open chess tournaments being held on the Indian soil. For a period of nine days, the Mount Litera School International at BKC, Bandra, will play host to over 170 of the sharpest minds from 17 countries, including as many as 15 grandmasters and numerous other titled players.

The event is open to players from all age-groups. Be it a 7-year-old kid or a teenager or a septuagenarian, all the players will be competing under the same roof, battling it out in their quest to glory.

An added emphasis in this nine-round competition is on the traditional time control, which means a game can sometimes last as long as six hours, or even more in exceptional cases. Indeed, a complete test of skill, stamina, and concentration! Chess has arrived in Mumbai as a sport.

On the final day of the event, the IIFL Wealth Mumbai Chess Patron, former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, will be flying down to Mumbai to grace the closing ceremony of this world-class tournament.

Here are few of the biggest names in the fray:

West Bengal's GM Sandipan Chanda (Elo: 2593) is the top seed of the tourney. Chanda is an exceptionally strong player who has represented India multiple times at the World Chess Olympiad. He has worked as a second of Viswanathan Anand in the past, notably helping him win the 2014 Candidates to the World Championship cycle.
Italian GM David Alberto (Elo: 2574) will spearhead the foreign challenge.
On the rise: West Bengal's Diptayan Ghosh (Elo: 2570), one of India’s recent grandmasters, will start off as the third seed.
Dynamic Duo: Talented Ukrainian grandmasters Vitaly Bernadskiy (Elo: 2540)…
…and Vitaly Sivuk (Elo: 2540) are seeded 4th and 5th respectively.

Check the complete starting list of players in the Open here.

Text by Shubham Kumthekar and Visuals by Priyadarshan Banjan