Port Blair, Oct 27: The Asian Continental Chess Championship-2022 got off to a rousing start at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel on Wednesday. 140 players from 13 Asian countries which include 31 Grandmasters, 46 International Masters, 14 Women Grandmasters and 17 Women International Masters are participating in this nine day long prestigious championship to decide the Asian champion. Apart from Asian supremacy, the event serves as qualification for the next year’s World Cup as the top four players in the Open and two players in the women’s category will secure their berth in the World cup.
On the opening day, top seeds and favorites Praggnandhaa and Tania Sachdev started their championship campaign with draws while ninth seed Abhijeet Gupta and women’s second seed NominErdeneDavaademberel of Mongolia suffered shock defeats to be the biggest casualties. Turkmenistan’s SaparmyratAtabayev forced Pragganandhaa to sign the peace treaty after 47 moves while Tania settled for half point against Sakshi Chitlange after 26 moves that ended with three-fold repetition of moves. Gupta suffered a shock defeat by the hand of AmartuvshinGanzorig of Mongolia and LiyaKurmangaliyeva got the better of Davaademberel.
In other upsets of the day, untitled Sanket Chakravarthy outwitted Grandmaster Arjun Kalyan while Sharan Rao outwitted Grandmaster Deep Sengupta. S Nitin and Moksh Amit Doshi held Kazakh Grandmaster RinatJumabayev and fifth seed Aryan Chopra respectively in the first round.