Gukesh and Arjun will battle world's best at the Chennai Grand Masters

by Shahid Ahmed
12/14/2023 – The Chennai Grand Masters is the strongest ever classical super tournament to take place in India. The average rating of the tournament is 2711. Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh will be battling against Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) for an improvement in the FIDE Circuit. They will also face Levon Aronian (USA), Sanan Sjugirov (HUN), Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov (UKR) and Alexandr Predke (SRB). The total prize fund is ₹5000000 (US$ 60000). The top three prizes are ₹1500000 (US$ 18000), ₹1000000 (US$ 12000) and ₹800000 (US$ 12000). Round 1 starts tomorrow at 14.45 IST (10.15 CET, 4.15 ET). | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Who will rise up to the occasion and continue their path to the Candidates 2024?

The tournament, being the strongest ever classical super tournament in India, makes it a historic event. More history can be made if an Indian wins. Arjun and Gukesh have a great opportunity to move closer towards securing a spot in the Candidates 2024 via the FIDE Circuit path. The top seed of the event can take the rating path towards the most important event in the World Championship cycle, provided he earns the required rating points.

Eight paintings for the 'Draw of Lots' | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The one and only Vishy Anand's son Sai Akhil Anand drew eight beautiful and creative paintings, which were instrumental in the 'Draw of Lots'.

Photo Gallery

All eyes on Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Sai Akhil Anand gives a gift to Levon Aronian | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sagar Shah with the stalwarts of Chennai and Tamil Nadu | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sai Akhil Anand talks about 'The Chess Conquerer'  | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The Chess Conquerer | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The poster just outside the hall at the Leela Palace in Chennai | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Players' meeting in progress | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Sagar Shah, CEO of ChessBase India, sharing his voice | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

For more photos, please click here and here.

The trailer of the Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

The details of the tournament can be found in the event's announcement article

Replay the Opening Ceremony and Draw of Lots

Chennai Grand Masters 2023 - Opening Ceremony and Draw of Lots | Video: ChessBase India

Round 1 pairings

Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 1 2723
GM Aronian, Levon GM Gukesh, D
2720 8
2 2 2742
GM Maghsoodloo, Parham GM Eljanov, Pavel
2691 7
3 3 2703
GM Sjugirov, Sanan GM Predke, Alexandr
2689 6
4 4 2696
GM Harikrishna, Pentala GM Erigaisi, Arjun
2727 5


Where to watch

The entire event will be live-streamed on the ChessBase India YouTube channel.


Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.