Government of India sponsors exposure trip for Indian Players

The All India Chess Federation is pleased to inform that the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has approved to sponsor the Indian Chess Team in Aeroflot Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament to be held at Moscow, Russia from 19.02.2018 to 02.03.2018 for 39 members (18 men + 17 women + 4 coaches) at full cost to Government.

The composition of the Team as under:-

Senior Open
1. Karthikeyan Murali
2. Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.
3. Adhiban B.
4. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
5. Abhijit Kunte

Senior Women
1. Padmini Rout
2. Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi
3. Eesha Karavade
4. Soumya Swaminathan
5. Mary Ann Gomes
6. Mahalakshmi M

Junior Open
1. Kumar Gaurav
2. Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh
3. Raunak Sadhwani
4. Muthaiah AL
5. Krishna Teja N
6. Prasanna S.

Junior Girls
1. Vaishali R
2. Lasya G
3. Meghna CH
4. Jishitha D

Sub- Junior Open
1. Mitrabha Guha
2. Erigaisi Arjun
3. Jayakumar S
5. Rahul Srivatstav P
6. Rakesh Kumar Jena

Sub-Junior Girls
1. Harshita Guddanti
2. Vantika Agarwal
3. Toshali V
4. Lakshmi C
5. Tanya Pandey

Officials
1. IM Lanka Ravi (Coach)
2. IM Dinesh Sharma (Coach)
3. Niklesh Jain (Coach)

Message from Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon. Secretary, AICF

This is good news for Indian chess players considering the developments. This step will ensure the players to participate in the best Grandmaster Open in the World. In the recent past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Viswanathan Anand after winning World Rapid Open in Saudi Arabia. The Government of India is coming forward to empower chess players to reach their full potential.

The Starting list of Aeroflot Grandmaster Open

No. Name FideID FED Rtg
1 GM Andreikin Dmitry 4158814 RUS 2712
2 GM Mamedov Rauf 13401653 AZE 2709
3 GM Matlakov Maxim 4168003 RUS 2709
4 GM Artemiev Vladislav 24101605 RUS 2697
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 4162722 RUS 2684
6 GM Najer Evgeniy 4118987 RUS 2683
7 GM Kamsky Gata 2000024 USA 2677
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel 13300881 ARM 2677
9 GM Motylev Alexander 4121830 RUS 2673
10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 5004985 IND 2671
11 GM Piorun Kacper 1130420 POL 2659
12 GM Sjugirov Sanan 4189302 RUS 2652
13 GM Sethuraman S.P. 5021596 IND 2646
14 GM Bluebaum Matthias 24651516 GER 2635
15 GM Mareco Sandro 112275 ARG 2632
16 GM Gordievsky Dmitry 24112798 RUS 2630
17 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 4113403 RUS 2629
18 GM Romanov Evgeny 4148843 RUS 2621
19 GM Jumabayev Rinat 13702661 KAZ 2614
20 GM Indjic Aleksandar 911925 SRB 2612

Full Starting List