General May 27, 2022 | 10:00 AMby Colin McGourty

Arjun Erigaisi tops line-up for Leg 2 of MPL Indian Chess Tour

18-year-old Indian Champion Arjun Erigaisi tops the line-up for Leg 2 of the MPL Indian Chess Tour, with the 16-player tournament taking place here on chess24 from Thursday June 2nd at 15:30 IST (12:00 CEST). Arjun won the 1st Leg ahead of Raunak Sadhwani, Gukesh and Surya Ganguly, who all return, while 17-year-old Nihal Sarin and 2-time Indian Champion Aravindh Chithambaram make their debut on the $100,000 tour.

The line-up has been announced for Leg 2 of the MPL Indian Chess Tour, a collaboration between the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and esports giant MPL (Mobile Premier League).

1Arjun Erigaisi 2675
2Gukesh D2659
3Nihal Sarin2646
4Raunak Sadhwani2619
5Surya Shekhar Ganguly2616
6Murali Karthikeyan 2613
7Abhimanyu Puranik2608
8Abhijeet Gupta2606
9Aravindh Chithambaram2606
10Leon Luke Mendonca2551
11Harsha Bharathakoti2547
12Diptayan Ghosh2538
13Visakh NR2506
14Mitrabha Guha2500
15Vantika Agrawal 2371 (MPL Wildcard)
16Aradhya Garg2275 (MPL Wildcard)

The $100,000 event features four legs, with the winner of each leg earning a chance to face Magnus Carlsen and co. in one of the events on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Leg winners and the next four best performing players on the Tour also qualify for the 8-player knockout final in November, where the top prize is $10,000.

The format of each of the four legs is a 16-player all-play-all tournament, with games played on chess24 with a time control of 15 minutes for all moves and a 10-second increment each move. There are 3 points, and $150, for every win.

In the first leg of the event, Arjun Erigaisi, the 18-year-old rising star on the verge of the world Top 50, recovered from a slow start to dominate and eventually win with an impressive +7 (you can click on any result below to go to the game).

Arjun will be out to do it again when the action kicks off next Thursday, June 2nd, at 15:30 IST (12:00 CEST), but tough competition is guaranteed, not least from one of the great hopes of Indian chess, 17-year-old Nihal Sarin, who missed the first leg of the Tour. Half of the 16 players are making their debut.  

Here are the Round 1 pairings.

And you can check out the pairings for all 15 rounds below.

We’ll have live commentary on the MPL Indian Chess Tour here on chess24 and it will also be possible to follow all the action in the MPL App and on MPL’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

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