The fortnight long SDAT-Ramco World Junior and World Junior Girls Chess Championships, commencing here Tuesday, has attracted a strong field of 19 Grand Masters, 20 International Masters and 21 FIDE Masters and as such is expected to dish out keen fare.
In the girls championship, five WGMs and 13 WIMs and 12 WFMs are taking part, making it one of the strongest-ever fields.
The event will be inaugurated Monday evening by World champion Viswanathan Anand, who is one of only three players to have won the junior title and gone on to win senior crown. The competitions begin Tuesday.
The Junior event is one of the strongest championships in the FIDE activities. The winner is eligible to receive the GM title in the open section and WGM in the girls' section directly. An additional bonus awaits the gold medallist in the girls event as she will also receive an IM norm.
Players scoring the same number of points as that of the gold medallist will also be eligible for GM or WGM norms, as the case may be. The silver and bronze medallists will get IM / WIM titles, irrespective of the points they score.
The Golden Jubilee edition of the Open championship has Matlakov Maxim of Russia as the top seed with an international Elo rating of 2632.