Arjun Erigaisi to lead Indian 19-member Indian contingent at Sharjah Chess Masters Tournament

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Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, ranked seventh globally, is leading the Indian contingent as the top seed in the Sharjah Masters Chess tournament. This tournament, one of the most competitive open events globally, will feature 19 Indian Grandmasters.

Arjun Erigaisi targets Sharjah Chess Masters Crown

Arjun’s participation comes immediately after his fifth-place finish in the Superbet Rapid and Blitz tournament in Warsaw. His involvement in open events is a rarity among top-10 players, and his exceptional performance in recent months has set new standards, as he has managed to gain rating points from these tournaments.

Despite the presence of nine players with Elo ratings above 2700, Arjun holds a 29-point lead over the second seed, Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran. The Sharjah Masters follows closely on the heels of the Dubai Police Global Chess Challenge, which saw Indians dominate the event.

V Pranav emerged victorious in the Dubai Police Global Chess Challenge, claiming the USD 16,500 top prize. Aravindh Chithambaram and M Pranesh secured second and third places, respectively, marking the first time Indians have swept the top three positions in an international open tournament of this calibre.

Chithambaram, a two-time national champion, has been making steady progress and has recently broken into the world’s top 50 rankings for the first time in his career. The Chennai-based player aims to continue his ascent in the chess world.

Other players to watch out for

Nihal Sarin, who recently faced indirect accusations of online cheating by Russian great Vladimir Kramnik due to his impressive results in online blitz games, is known for his exceptional skills in faster chess formats and is considered one of the best online chess players. Despite a period of stagnation, Sarin hopes to have a strong showing in the tournament and break free from his current level.

Abhijeet Gupta, a former world junior champion with tournament victories across continents, is another Indian player to watch out for in the 88-participant event. Although inconsistency has been an issue for him in recent years, Gupta has recovered from a serious hand injury and remains a formidable opponent.

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