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  At- PUNE

HOST: Maharashtra Chess Association.

*     A total of 250 players from 65 countries, including 30 which have confirmed their entries till date.
*      Five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand is the event`s brand ambassador.
*      Anand won the world junior title as the first major crown in his illustrious career nearly three dacades ago in the Philippines.
*      There will be a open category for players with ELO rating of 2000 and above and a girls category for those with a rating of 1800.
*      Former world junior title winners include Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov and Vishwanathan Anand.
*     Other Indian winners of the world junior title in the past are P Harikrishna, Abhijeet Gupta, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika and Soumya Swaminathan.
*     The winner of the title in the 13-round Swiss League event would be richer by Rs 6 lakh.
*     The highest-rated player in the open category - which will see 51 participants including 13 GMs - is Wei Yi of China and Robin Van Kampen of The Netherlands - both with an identical rating of 2638 - while the lowest is New Zelander Raivath Mallela and the average ELO rating is 2300.
*     There would be ten Indians in the fray.
*     Among the 37-srong girls` field is one woman GM.
*     Alexandra Goryachkina of Russia (rating 2430) heads the field which has three Indian participants.

Sidhant Mohapatra (2255), Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (2213), Mohammad Ashraf (2117), Rakesh Kumar Jena (2074),  Rakesh Kumar Nayak (2057), Ashirwad Swain (2050).
GIRLS: Padmini Rout (2354), Sunyasakta Satpathy (1820), Rutumbara Bidhar, Saina Saloinika.

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