Harika gearing up for prestigious TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Meet

Fresh from her success in the Reykjavik Open, GM Harika Dronavalli is all set for her next challenge at the prestigious TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament starting tomorrow at the Hipp Theater.

World No. 10 Harika Dronavalli is the lone Indian representative in the tournament.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Fresh from her success in the Reykjavik Open, GM Harika Dronavalli is all set for her next challenge at the prestigious TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament starting tomorrow at the Hipp Theater.

The invitational tournament which is in its 23rd year of existence has over the years carved a niche for itself and has a reputation of being one of the most competitive closed events considering the names that it has attracted in previous editions.

The tournament making a comeback to the chess circuit after a gap of two years will feature some of the finest chess players of the world facing each other to display their supremacy and enthrall chess lovers with their mojo.

The average rating of the players in the tournament is 2644, making it probably the strongest closed door event of Sweden this year.

While World No. 10 Harika Dronavalli is the lone Indian representative in the tournament, other players in the fray are current World No. 14 Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov, Georgian GM Baadur Jobava, English GM Nigel Short and the Swedish GM duo of Nils Grandelius and Erik Blomqvist.

Even though this is Harika’s maiden appearance in Sweden, she is confident of a good show in the tournament.

“I have not been to Sweden before but I am confident of doing well here. I will just try to do routine stuff, play quality games and give tough fight to all my opponents,” Harika said.

The round 1 of the round robin tournament will start on May 10 at 2 pm (Central European Time) with time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves with 50 min for 20 moves and 15 min for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move 1.

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