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Mumbai Movers Spotlight Young Indian Talents

Mumbai Movers Spotlight Young Indian Talents

Jan 5, 2017, 1:54 PM 0

You might still know it as Bombay, but that was changed more than two decades ago. As India's largest city, Mumbai is represented in the PRO Chess League with a team of strong talents.

The Mumbai Movers have two players with all the potential to become top grandmasters: GMs Baskaran Adhiban and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi. Both in their 20s and both rated above 2650, these two won't be afraid of any opponent.

Besides, both will be warmed up for the league, having played in the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Doha, Qatar at the end of 2016. Especially Vidit did well; here's his black win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the rapid tournament.

Santosh Vidit, one of India's rising stars.

Adhiban's debut in the PRO Chess League will be only a few days before his debut in the Tata Steel Masters. Last year, he won the Challengers' group after he tied for first with GMs Eltaj Safarli and Alexei Dreev. The latter was crushed by the Indian player:

Baskaran Adhiban, here playing at the Baku Olympiad.

But the team has more promising youngsters. Diptayan Ghosh is only 18 years old, but he is a grandmaster as well. He scored his last of three norms at the HDBank Open in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last March. And there is 18-year-old IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh, and 16-year-old WIM Aakanksha Hagawane.

Experience is definitely represented as well, with two-time Indian champion GM Abhijeet Kunte. Other team members are IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni and FM Akash Thakur.

The PRO Chess League welcomes the Mumbai Movers!

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