Defending national champion Arjun Erigaisi will be the star attraction of the $1,00,000 MPL Indian Chess Tour, an elite online event that kicks off on Thursday.
In the first regional expansion of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the event will give 16 of the country’s top talents a chance to qualify for the elite circuit.
The line-up is a mix of some of India’s hottest chess talents, both established and new, headlined by 18-year-old Erigaisi from Telangana, who recently won the Challengers event in Wijk aan Zee.
There is also Dommaraju Gukesh, 15, from Chennai, one of India’s brightest stars who is hoping to break through at the top level.
Gukesh is a huge talent who just missed out on the record for the youngest grandmaster in the world at 12 years old.
The lineup also includes more established stars like SL Narayanan, Adhiban Baskaran, Harika Dronavalli and five-time Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta.
Stage 1 will be a four-day rapid chess tournament taking place from March 31 to April 3. The event will have a time control of 15m + 10s.
The Tour will feature four online tournaments followed by a final to crown the 2022 MPL Indian Chess Tour champion.
Matches will be streamed on chess24, chess24india, the MPL app as well as MPL’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
The Tour is organized by Play Magnus Group (PMG), founded by world champion Magnus Carlsen, in partnership with esports platform Mobile Premier League.
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