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Aditya Mittal and Vaishali make their tour debuts in Hou Yifan Challenge

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/09/2021

The fourth and last leg of Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour - Hou Yifan Challenge starts today with a line-up of 17 players. Praggnanandhaa returns to the tour where he will be joined by Leon and tour debutants IM Aditya Mittal, IM Vaishali R, IM Pawel Teclaf and WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa. Total prize fund for the Hou Yifan Challenge is US$15,000. The Finals will take place next month between 14th and 17th October. Details of the Finals will be revealed later. The tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. IST every day between 18th and 21st September 2021. Photo: Challengers Chess Tour

Who will win the Hou Yifan Challenge?

Praggnanandhaa won the Polgar Challenge in April, Gukesh won the Gelfand Challenge in June and Vincent Keymer won the Gelfand Challenge in August. Pragg returns to the tour, while IMs Aditya Mittal, Vaishali along with Poland's IM Pawel Teclaf and WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa will be making their tour debuts today. Team Polgar leads the overall team standings going into the Hou Yifan Challenge with 266 points to Team Kramnik’s 234

Aditya Mittal will make his Challengers Chess Tour debut | Photo: Challengers Chess Tour

The players have been divided into two teams, Team Polgar and Team Kramnik, competing in a series of four four-day round-robin tournaments organised by the Play Magnus Group before the grand finals. This is the fourth and last leg in the Challengers Chess Tour.

Team Kramnik Coaches - Hou Yifan, Boris Gelfand and Anna Muzychuk | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Team Kramnik

R Praggnanandhaa (India)

Abhimanyu Mishra (USA)

Leon Mendonca (India)

Lei Tingjie (China)

Vaishali R (India)

Christopher Yoo (United States)

Yahli Sokolovsky (Israel)

Pawel Teclaf (Poland)

Oliwia Kiolbasa (Poland)

Team Polgar coaches: Surya Ganguly, Arthur Kogan and Ju Wenjun | Photo: Challengers Chess Tour

Team Polgar

Vincent Keymer (Germany)

Awonder Liang (United States)

Aditya Mittal (India)

Volodar Murzin (Russia)

Gunay Mammadzada (Azerbaijan)

Leya Garifullina (Russia)

Jiner Zhu (China)

Balaji Daggupati (USA)

Schedule

Every day between 18th and 21st September, game starts at 7:30 p.m. IST.

Hou Yifan Challenge will have 17-rounds | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour schedule | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Links

Source

Official site


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