#iiflwchess: In India, it is never easy
A lot of visiting grandmasters touring India have the same complaint—in India, it is never easy. At the beginning of 2016, David Alberto, an experienced Italian grandmaster, was playing an unheralded Indian youngster in the first round of Delhi Open. He had a comfortable position before he bungled it up and lost. Anybody else would be shocked or surprised, but David was jocular about it. It turned out that it was not for the first time that he had suffered an upset against an Indian player in the first round of a tournament in India.
In the first round of the 2nd IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open 2016, history repeated itself for David but with a slight, fortunate, twist. Mumbai lad Mithil Ajgaonkar held him to a draw.
Despite knowing how tough it is to play underrated Indians, why would he continue to play in India?
David explains why he plays in India.
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