Fourteen young Indian chess players, including D. Gukesh, the world’s second youngest Grand Master, and R. Praggnanandhaa, will be coached by former world champion Vladimir Kramnik at a 10-day camp in Chennai from January 8.

Six of the participants are Grandmasters while the rest, including two girls, are International Masters. The camp, which is the second one organised by Microsense, will also see Boris Gelfand, a former world title challenger, impart training to the Indian players.

Kramnik, who had conducted a camp for six players in August in France, was quoted in a release as saying he was happy to be coaching the Indian youngsters again.

“After the first camp which we held in Chens-Sur-Leman, France, I am glad that we are having the second camp once again. This time it is even more exciting because it will be held in Chennai, and from six students, we will be having 14.

“I am also very excited that I will be joined by Boris Gelfand to train these youngsters. Incidentally, the last time I was in India was back in the 90s for a match against Boris! Once again, I will be in India working alongside him,” said Kramnik.

He said the focus will be on openings during the camp. “We (Boris and I) will try our best to impart the opening knowledge we have gathered after years of practical experience of playing chess at the highest level,” he added.

On his part, Gelfand said he was excited to be part of the project to train Indian youngsters.

“India has a unique generation of talents and is aspiring to become the superpower of chess world. I am sure that during our camp they’ll learn a lot about the way to think to approach chess and would improve their work ethic,” Gelfand, a contemporary of Indian legend Viswanathan Anand, said.

The players who will take part in the camp are: Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani, Prithu Gupta, P Iniyan, Arjun Erigaisi (all Grandmasters), Leon Mendonca, Sreeshwan Maralakshikari, Aditya Mittal, Arjun Kalyan, Bharat Subramaniyam, Raahil Mullick (all International Masters), Rakshitta Ravi and R Vaishali (Women International Masters).

Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, Iniyan, Erigasi, Sadhwani and Mendonca had taken part in the camp held in August.

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