Odisha Express Showcases Indian Talents
The Odisha Express are one of four PRO Chess League teams from India. They are focused in the city of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha.
Team Manager, IM Swayams Mishra, will be one of the key members for the Express. He is an international master who is creeping ever so close to the grandmaster title. He had this to say about the league:
"When I first heard about Pro Chess league, I thought it is just like some other online events, but then I read that even world's best are playing. So I thought me and my colleagues from my state can form a team to play in this league too, and it will be a great experience for us all. Hence, I asked them, they agreed, and we have all the seven strongest players from the state in our team!
First the GM Blitz Battle Championship, now the PRO Chess League, Chess.com keeps on taking the initiative to take online chess to the new level. I see this initiative of PRO Chess League as a start of a new beginning in online chess. Thanks to this, we would be able to play together as a team for the first time."
Let's look at some of the other local players for Odisha, who will get to play together for the first time and represent their hometown. All of the following descriptions are from Sidhant Mohapatra, another key member of the Express:
GM Debashis Das: "The only grandmaster in the team and undoubtedly a very strong one. He has a great opening preparation, and the team will pin a lots of hope on him to score well as he is very good in shorter time control." Here he is drawing Topalov in an insane game in Gibraltar.
IM Padmini Rout: She is the current Indian Women's Champion for the past three years. She is a fierce attacker, and her involvement will surely boost the team to do well.
IM Swayangsu Satyapragyan: "The most experienced person in the team. He has four GM norms and is just few elo points away from the grandmaster title. He rightly gets very high respect in the team, and the team will be counting on his experience."
IM Anwesh Upadhyaya: "The Asian U18 silver medalist in 2010 who is currently pursuing medicine in Kiev, Ukraine."
FM Rakesh Kumar Jena: "The youngest guy on the team, [he] has already completed his three international master norms. He is a fearless player and always ready to take immense risks to win the game."
We expect there will be some fun rivalries between the four Indian PRO Chess League teams, and we can't wait until future years as we have more and more Indian teams in the league.
The PRO Chess League welcomes the Odisha Express!
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- League Announcement
- Prize Fund for 2017 Season
- 2017 Schedule
- How to join the PRO Chess League
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