Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand will aim to sign a World Finals berth in a star-studded Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2019, to be hold here from Nov 22-26.
The second book of a Tata Steel eventuality has now turn partial of a Grand Chess Tour and a showpiece annual circuit will be hold in Asia for a initial time.
The five-day meet, that will be hold during a Bhasha Bhawan Auditorium during a iconic National Library, will offer as a penultimate leg to establish a top-four spots for a GCT Finals slated in Olympia London from Dec 2-8.
The Indian chess sorceress is now competing in a Superbet Rapid Blitz GCT circuit in Bucharest where he started his debate emphatically, taming Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev with black pieces.
Anand is now fibbing low with 24 GCT points during eighth place though he has dual events left including a ongoing accommodate in Bucharest.
Anand is probably in a three-way competition with fourth-placed Levon Aronian who is only brazen by 1.5 points, and ninth-placed Wesley So (23.5), as they have dual tournaments left.
But with Kolkata being a ‘lucky’ venue a 49-year-old is excited.
“There’s a lot some-more during interest and I’m looking brazen to it. I’m unequivocally excited,” Anand, who won a initial Tata Steel Blitz eventuality final year, pronounced in a video message.
The Kolkata circuit has captivated a top-draw with reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen heading a margin that will see 8 of a tip 15 players.
Apart from Carlsen and Anand, a margin includes Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura, who won a Rapid eventuality here final year.
This is a initial time Carlsen is entrance to India to play a rival contest after he dethroned Anand in a World Championship in Chennai in 2013.
As for Indian challengers, Anand will have a association of Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi who were given wildcards to accelerate a hosts’ strength.
True to his repute as one of a fastest thinkers in universe chess, Anand won a Blitz eventuality in a initial book violence Japan-born American GM Nakamura, who became a altogether champion.
Anand’s win also worked as a crowning impulse for a tournament, that determined itself as a premier eventuality among a country’s flourishing chess fraternity.
The contest however might remove some of a glaze as a dates are contrary with a India’s ancestral first-ever day/night Test during a Eden Gardens.