Praggnanandhaa to lead Indian Contingent at the prestigious Norway Chess Tournament

R Praggnanandhaa

The Norway Chess Tournament 2024, often referred to as the ‘Wimbledon of Chess’, is a prestigious event that attracts top Grandmasters from around the world. This year, the tournament is set to witness the participation of Indian Grandmasters R Praggnanandhaa, Koneru Humpy, and Vaishali Rameshbabu.

Indian Contingent at Norway Chess Tournament

R Praggnanandhaa, fondly known as Pragg, is a young prodigy who has made significant strides in the world of chess. He is only the second Indian to reach the final of the FIDE Chess World Cup. Notably, Pragg was the winner of the 2022 Norway Chess International Open Tournament.

Koneru Humpy, the current World No.2 in the women’s category and India’s No.1 woman chess player is another strong contender. She won the FIDE Women’s rapid chess championship in 2019. Humpy’s participation in the inaugural Norway Chess Women’s Tournament is eagerly anticipated.

Vaishali Rameshbabu, the third woman in India to achieve the Grandmaster title, is set to make her debut in the Norway Chess Women’s Tournament. Vaishali and Pragg are the first brother-sister duo to earn this distinction.

The Norway Chess Tournament 2024 is introducing a Women’s event for the first time, with an equal number of players, rounds, and the same format at the same playing hall. This initiative aims to provide women chess players with more opportunities and a comparable prize fund, fostering participation and giving a platform to aspiring female chess players.

The tournament, scheduled to take place from May 27 to June 7, will feature both reigning World Champions – Ding Liren (CHN) and Wenjun Ju (CHN), along with World no.1 – Magnus Carlsen (NOR). The event will be a double-round-robin tournament with Armageddon to resolve each draw.

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