225 players from 23 nations for Mumbai Mayor’s Chess

Vastavam web: Venezuelan Grand Master Iturrizaga Bonelli-Eduardo is to lead a field of 225 players, representing 23 countries, in the open category of the 12th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament scheduled here from June 9-16.

Players from Russia, Spain, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium, Belarus, America, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chile, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Slovakia, Vietnam and hosts India will be participating in the tournament, a media release said Thursday.

Apart from Bonelli-Eduardo, with an ELO rating of 2637, defending champion GM Amonatov Farrukh of Tajikistan, with an ELO rating of 2624, and GM Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia (ELO 2614) are the second and third seeds.

GM Deepen Chakravarthy from Tamil Nadu, seeded 11th in the tournament, is the highest ranked Indian player, while WIM Divya Deshmukh will lead the Indian female contingent.

The event is a 10-round tournament with a classical time-control of 60 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1. In addition, the players also stand a chance to earn the GM/IM norm.