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44th Chess Olympiad: India To Field A Record 6 Teams, 30 Players

With a record 187 countries taking part with 188 teams in the Open section and 162 in the Women's section, the Olympiad will witness the highest ever participation.

Union Minister of State for Communication Devusinh Jesingbhai Chauhan, Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Siva.V.Meyyanathan Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, Chess Olympiad Organising Committee and AICF President, and others at the unveiling ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad stamp on World Chess Day, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Chennai: India is hosting the 44th edition of the Chess Olympiad at Mamallapuram, Chennai. The world’s biggest chess event will be held from July 28 to August 10.

With a record 187 countries taking part with 188 teams in the Open section and 162 in the Women’s section, the Olympiad will witness the highest ever participation.

A record total of 30 Indian players across six teams (Three in open and three women) will be participating in the Olympiad. Each team will have 5 members out of which four will be fielded in each round.

The captain of the team, in most cases non-playing, will decide the team composition. The Olympiad will be an 11 Round Swiss League event. The host countries can field two teams but India could field one additional team in both categories as the total number of teams were odd.

The three Indian open teams are seeded 2nd, 11th and 17th respectively. The second-seeded India-1 Open team consists of Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Arjun Erigaisi, S.L. Narayan and Sasikaran Krishnan.

The India-2 Open team members are Nihal Sarin, D Gukesh, B Adhiban, R Praggnanandhaa and Raunak Sadhwani. The India-3 open team comprises Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S.P. Sethuraman, Abhijeet Gupta, Karthikeyan Murali and Abhimanyu Puranik.

Incidentally, all the 15 players in the Open Team are Grandmasters. In the women’s section, the India-1 team is seeded first while India-2 and India-3 teams are seeded 11th and 16th respectively.

The India-1 women’s team consists of Koneru Humpy, D Harika, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni. The India-2 women’s team members are Vantika Agrawal, Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout and Divya Deshmukh.

The India-3 women’s team comprises Eesha Karavade, Sahithi Varshini, Pratyusha Bodda, Nandhidhaa PV and Vishwa Vasnawala.

In the 2014 Chess Olympiad held at Tromso, Norway India won a bronze medal in the open category and in the 2020 virtual Olympiad, India won the joint gold medal while in the 2021 virtual Olympiad, India finished with a bronze medal.

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