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Srinath, Karthik, who's next? Mumbai Mayor's Cup 2018 begins!

by Sagar Shah - 02/06/2018

After two exciting GM events in Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar, we now move on to the financial capital of our country - Mumbai! The 11th edition of the Mumbai Mayor's Cup begins from the 3rd of June 2018 and it promises to be an exciting event. The question on everyone's mind is, can an Indian player make it three in a row? In Kolkata it was GM Srinath Narayanan who finished half a point ahead of the field. In Bhubaneshwar it was IM Karthik Venkatraman who gave no one a chance with a score of 9.0/10. The Mayor's Cup has the first prize of Rs.3,30,000, higher than both the previous events. Who do you think will win? A special prize awaits the person who guesses the right answer.

Usually when International events are held in India, more often than not we see the foreign grandmasters coming out on top and taking home the first prize. However, this trend is changing, and in the last two events we have seen two Indians coming out on top.

GM Srinath Narayanan showed his prowess at the Kolkata GM Open 2018 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A performance of 2737!

At the KIIT International GM 2018 it was Karthik Venkatraman who bamboozled everyone with his sizzling play and finished on top with 9.0/10 | Photo: KIITKISS Sports

A rating performance of 2740!

And now we come to the city of dreams! The Mumbai Mayor's Cup 2018

The players' list is very interesting. We have a Ukrainian at the top Martyn Kravtsiv with a rating of 2662, followed by Mikheil Mchedlishvili from Georgia and Farrukh Amonatov. You have the two youngsters from Russia and Ukraine - Ivan Rozum and Adam Tukhaev, while the new faces this year are Karen Grigoryan, Kirill Stupak, Mikhail Mozharov. Indian challenge is being led by Sandipan Chanda, while Deepan Chakkravarthy will like to follow up on his runner's up performance at Kolkata GM Open. Can Karthik Venkatraman make another GM norm? Can Arjun Erigaisi prove himself once again? And can P. Karthikeyan makes his final GM norm and become a grandmaster - long awaited! The 11th edition of Mumbai Mayor's Cup promises to be an exciting event.

Starting rank - all players above 2400

No. NameIDFideIDFEDRtgsexTypClub/City
GMKravtsiv Martyn014113147UKR2662
GMMchedlishvili Mikheil013600966GEO2608
GMAmonatov Farrukh014700077TJK2605
GMRozum Ivan024104272RUS2581
GMGrigoryan Karen H.013301004ARM2571
GMSandipan Chanda05004225IND2571
GMPaichadze Luka013602934GEO2564
GMStupak Kirill013503758BLR2564
GMMozharov Mikhail04189825RUS2558
GMTukhaev Adam014109476UKR2557
GMGhosh Diptayan05045207IND2536
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.05011132IND2531
GMBurmakin Vladimir04105109RUS2528
GMPruijssers Roeland01013068NED2514
GMTran Tuan Minh012401820VIE2514
FMErigaisi Arjun035009192IND2505
GMRahman Ziaur010200037BAN2498
GMNeverov Valeriy014100150UKR2492
FMKarthik Venkataraman025006479IND2475
IMHarsha Bharathakoti05078776IND2471
IMVisakh N R025012223IND2467
IMKarthikeyan P.05018226IND2456
IMNguyen Van Huy012401064VIE2451
GMNeelotpal Das05003512IND2447
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad014700247TJK2445
GMDzhumaev Marat014200236UZB2434
IMViani Antonio Dcunha05027330IND2424

Complete players' list

The Mumbai festival is split into three events - A,B and C and the total prize fund is Rs.35,00,000

The event has strong backing from Mount Litera school and LIC

The first place takes home a prize of Rs. 3,30,000!

B-category will conclude in four days and has the first prize of Rs.1,20,000

A very surprising part of the event is that the C-group has a higher first prize than B-group!

GM Hoa Nguyen won the title back in 2017. Who is going to win the 11th Mayor's Cup? Do write down your guesses in the comments section. Last date to submit your answer is 3rd June 2018. The right answer will receive three months of ChessBase Premium Account!
Tournament director Ravindra Dongre speaks about the Mayor's Cup 2017
The atmosphere at the Mumbai Mayors' Cup 2017

Articles from previous editions:

Hoa Nguyen wins Mayor's Cup 2017

Four leaders at the Mayor's Cup 2017

Visakh wins Mayor's Cup 2016

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