B. S. Shivanandan

4. B. S. Shivanandan: Seeded 3; Rating 2464; Performance of 2474 against opponents with an average rating of 2316; A gain of one rating point.

ANOTHER first-time qualifier. Very consistent performer in the open tournaments. The country's highest rated non-titled player. A rare `professional' in domestic chess with average winnings of around Rs. 2.50 lakhs in each of the last two years. Not known to agree to quick draws. Considered by many as a sure bet for International Master norms provided he plays in norm-tournaments. Progress slowed down by financial constraints.