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Praggnanandhaa, Humpy, Vaishali to lead India’s challenge in Norway Chess | Chess News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: India’s chess prowess will be on full display as Grandmasters R Praggnanandhaa, Koneru Humpy, and Vaishali Rameshbabu lead the charge for India in the esteemed Norway Chess tournament, set to take place in Stavanger from May 27 to June 7.
Dubbed as the ‘Wimbledon of Chess’, this prestigious event annually extends invitations to top grandmasters from the world rating list.
All eyes will be on Praggnanandhaa, especially after the world No. 11 player secured an impressive fourth place finish in the recent Superbet rapid and blitz tournament.
As the sole Indian men’s representative in the 12th edition of the event, Praggnanandhaa will compete against formidable opponents such as World No.1 Magnus Carlsen, Superbet champion, World No.3 Hikaru Nakamura, and reigning World Champion Ding Liren.
Praggnanandhaa’s past triumphs include winning the Norway Chess International Open Tournament in 2022, where he demonstrated his prowess by remaining undefeated throughout the nine rounds and clinching the title with 7.5 points.
Joining the fray, India’s world No. 2 Humpy and No. 14 Vaishali, sister of Praggnanandhaa, will represent India in the women’s category, which boasts a strong lineup featuring world champion Ju Wenjun of China and her compatriot Lei Tingjie.
Notably, while no women are listed within the top 100 players globally, Norway Chess is taking a groundbreaking step towards gender equality by introducing the world’s first-ever equal female tournament this year.
Speaking about the inaugural Norway Chess Women’s Tournament, legendary Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, who has competed in the Norway Chess, said: “They experiment a lot with the format and time controls. I welcome their attempt to help popularise the women’s game by having an equal prize fund for the women this year.”
(With PTI inputs)

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