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It's a tough call for Sasikiran

Malmo (Sweden): After some indifferent performances in the recent past, Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran would look to redeem his pride in the Sigeman & Co. chess tournament that gets underway here at Hipp Theater.

It is certainly going to be a tough call for Sasikiran who is back to competitive chess after a couple of below-average performances in the past few months.

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of United States will start as the top seed of the category-13 event. Rated 2657, Nakamura is the youngest ever Grandmaster from the States and is highly regarded already at the age of just 17.

The event will be played on a round-robin basis between ten players and has an average rating of ELO 2570. This is already the 13th time that this event is organised but it will be a first time here for Sasikiran.

Tournament's uniqueness

The uniqueness of the tournament is clearly distinguished by the fact that it is played in two parts and in two countries. The first five rounds will be held here at Malmo and for the last four rounds the participants will move to Copenhagen in Denmark.

Seeded second here, Sasikiran's main rival is likely to be Nakamura and Danish Grandmaster Curt Hansen. The Indian will start his campaign with black pieces against International Master Emil Hermansson of Sweden and a good start can be expected as the Swede is rated way below Sasikiran.

As he drew the number 10 player, Sasikiran will be getting four whites in addition to five black games here.

Nakamura has a tough customer in the first round in the form of Hansen who is also a former World Junior champion. Both Hansen and Nakamura have had excellent results in the recent past and the American is now even considered as someone who can step into the shoes of former World champion Bobby Fischer.— PTI

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