The tournament will see a total of 24 Grandmasters in the premier 'A' group that has 130 entries so far.

There are 24 International Masters in the fray apart from one Woman Grandmaster taking the title holders tally to 50 in all.

Over 1,000 participants will take part in this event, which is also the highest prize money tournament of the country offering Rs 23 lakh and laptops for the winners. There will be 10 rounds in all.

Grandmaster Martyn Kravitsiv of Ukraine starts as the rating favourite in the premier group while Grandmaster Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia is the second seed. Gupta, who recently won the Al Ain Classic ahead of many fancied names, will be seeded third.

The event will also see local stars Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri and Sahaj Grover in action in the premier event. The tournament will be played under FIDE's Swiss rules and there will be 10 rounds in all spread over eight days.

The 'B' section is open to players below the rating of 2000 and the 'C' section is reserved for players rated below the 1600 mark.

Into its 12th edition, the Parsvnath Delhi International tournament remains a favourite among Indian players.


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