26th December 2016: The top seeds were off to a fluent start in the first round of the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Juniors (Under-13) Tournament. As this was the first day of play, the higher seeds were playing significantly lower ranked players. Andhra boy Gukesh D., just ten years of age with a rating of 2236, is the highest seed.
The first big upset happened on the ninth board when Gujarat’s Moksh Doshi, with a rating of 1897, was held to a draw by the unheralded Stavin Jain who is rated 500 Elo points below. On the tenth table, Shahil Dey, the tenth seed with a rating of 1886, suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Delhi girl Arya Ranjan who is rated just 1193.
A total of 186 hungry juniors are competing from across India and five other countries. With a prize fund of Rs. 8 lakhs, the tournament is the richest junior chess championship in the world.