Tata Steel Chess India to Introduce Women’s Tournament in 4 th Edition

Kolkata to host event from November 29 – December 4, 2022

Chennai, August 10, 2022: The 4 th edition of Tata Steel Chess India was announced today with the
introduction of a Women’s Edition of the tournament. The open tournament has been on for three
editions nowand in its fourth edition, TSCI will have a women’s tournament with the same format –
rapid and blitz. The tournament will take place from November 29 –December 4, 2022 in Kolkata.
Top International Grandmasters, top Indian men and women Grandmasters, young Indian talents
and Viswanathan Anand as the ambassador and advisor of the tournament will enrich this year’s
competition. For the first time in the history of the game, the prize fund for both the men’s and
women’s category will be equal.
Women Grandmasters who have already confirmed their participation are Anna and Mariya
Muzychuk from Ukraine, Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia and Alina Kashlinskaya from Poland. Indian
chess superstars Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli will be joined by rising star Vaishali R – all of
who was part of the Bronze-winning team at the recently concluded Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Mr. Viswanathan Anand, Ambassador of Tata Steel Chess India on the occasion said, “I am
extremely delighted that today chess is considered as a mainstream sport. Tournaments like Tata
Steel Chess India where our young players fight it out with International Grandmasters really helps
the cause of producing newer champions. Today, India is considered as chess power-house with
both men and women excelling in the sport. The introduction of the women’s tournament with equal
prize money as the men category is a welcome move and an excellent initiative and we hope it is as
well-received by the chess enthusiasts. Chess is and should be an equal sport.”
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata
Steel said, “We are delighted to announce that this year’s edition of Tata Steel Chess India will
witness the launch of a Women’s Tournament as well. What better year to start this than FIDE’s
‘Year Of The Woman In Chess.’ The event will give young Indian talent the opportunity to play
against top International Grandmasters. Tata Steel Chess India is part of Tata Steel’s continuous
and conscious effort to build an equitable and diverse environment while engaging with communities
through meaningful activities. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm and participation we have
received over the past years and are determined to make this world class chess competition even
better.”

Ms. Tania Sachdev expressed their happiness over the introduction of women category in Tata Steel
Chess India. She echoed that the introduction of equality in the prize amount by Tata Steel Chess

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India will encourage more women to take up the sport as a profession.
Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon. Secretary, AICF said, “We as a national body for promoting
chess is extremely happy to witness resurgence and renewed interest towards this sport from the
people of the country. The recently concluded Chess Olympiad is an example of the growing
importance of chess in India. Over the past few years, Tata Steel Chess India is helping to
popularize the sport and take the game to every corner of the country. And this year, the addition of
the Women’s tournament is a welcome development.”
“Few years ago, Gameplan had taken the initiative of promoting chess by organizing a global chess
tournament in India with support from Tata Steel. Today, we are extremely delighted we are able to
add a women’s tournament as well to the TSCI event. It is encouraging to witness the increasing
level of interest among the citizens of the country for chess. We are committed to the development of
sports in the country by organizing such global tournaments.” said Mr. Jeet Banerjee, Director,
Gameplan.

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