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Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2021 is here!

by Sagar Shah - 03/11/2021

From 17th to 21st of November 2021, the super strong Tata Steel Chess India 2021 is back. This time 14 players will be taking part. There are 6 players who will take part in both the rapid and blitz segment. This list will be spearheaded by world no.10 and one of the finest players - Levon Aronian. There will be four players for the blitz tournament, and four players for rapid. This event aims to give maximum exposure to the Indian youngsters who are going to make it big in the years to come! Vishy Anand will be present at the tournament as a mentor to the young talents. Check out the article to see who the players are of the Tata Steel Chess India 2021.

Tata Steel Chess India 2021 to provide opportunity to young Indian talents

India’s biggest chess tournament is back after a gap of a year. As always, the lineup has top international Super Grandmasters – Levon Aronian is back in his third outing, while Sam Shankland, Le Quang Liem and Parham Maghsadloo clock up their first appearance at TSCI. Also making their appearance this year are Harika Dronavalli and R.Vaishali – marking a welcome first for the tournament. Also out in force this year is the youth brigade from India – representatives of the country’s ever-expanding Grandmaster list. This is a 14-player field, high-level, all-play-all tournament, divided into Rapid and Blitz formats.

The six players who will playing both the rapid and blitz events are (from left to right): Vidit Gujrathi, Le Quang Liem, Sam Shankland, Levon Aronian, Parham Maghsoodloo and B. Adhiban

For the Rapid event we have the brother-sister duo of Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali, Arjun Erigaisi and Karthikeyan Murali

The blitz will witness the participation of Nihal Sarin, Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani and India no.2 Harika

Five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will not be a part of the event as a player, but will very much be present at the venue as a mentor to the youngsters!

The Format:

The tournament will be played in two formats - rapid and blitz. The Rapid Tournament will be a 10-player Round Robin played on November 17, 18 and 19, with 3 rounds per day. The time control is 25 minutes for the entire game with an increment of 10 seconds from Move 1. The Blitz Tournament will be a 10-player Double Round Robin played on November 20 and 21, with 9 rounds per day. The time control is 3 minutes with an increment of 2 seconds from Move 1.

Playing Venue:

Bhasha Bhawan, National Library of India will be venue of the event. It was also the place where the Tata Steel Chess India 2019 was held. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

The playing hall was packed to the capacity back in 2019. This year the number of people who will be allowed would be reduced because of the Covid-19 measures. However, the tournament is open to spectators. Tickets will not be sold; passes will be available at the venue on first-come-first-serve basis on the days of the tournament.| Photo: Amruta Mokal

The biggest attraction of the event would surely be world no.10 Levon Aronian. Here's why he is the crowd favourite:

The title of this video: You will fall in love with Levon Aronian after watching this!

GM Vidit Gujrathi has a massive fan following all across the country! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Adhiban would be getting married on the 15th of November and immediately on the next day will be travelling to Kolkata for the event! Will the lady luck by his side help him win the tournament?| Photo: Niki Riga

It is always a joy to follow the flambouyant World Junior Champion 2018 Parham Maghsoodloo | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The man who almost made it to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup 2021 by beating Sergey Karjakin - Sam Shankland | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Former World Blitz Champion Le Quang Liem is definitely a force to reckon with | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tata Steel will be the sponsors of the event. In the picture we have Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President of Corporate Services at Tata Steel and Bharat Singh Chauhan, secretary AICF

The tournament will be organized by Gameplan, just like it has been on the previous two occasions | Photo: Amruta Mokal

ChessBase India is the broadcast partner of the event and the event will be livestreamed on its YouTube channel and Facebook page

The commentators of the event!

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