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General Sep 30, 2022 | 7:00 AMby Colin McGourty

Last chance to reach the MPL Indian Chess Tour final

The 4th and final leg of the $100,000 MPL Indian Chess Tour starts today, with 16 players competing for a place in the $25,000 knockout final and also a spot on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

Leg 4 of the MPL Indian Chess Tour features 16 Indian chess players competing in a round-robin where they play each other once over 15 rounds of 15-minute, 10-second increment rapid chess.

You can check out all the pairings and follow the action by clicking on any game in the selector below.

At stake is 3 points and $150 for a win in each game (1 point and $50 for a draw), while the winner will qualify for a stage of the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The winner also makes it through to the 8-player knockout final of the MPL Indian Chess Tour, where the top prize is $10,000.

As well as the four winners — so far Arjun Erigaisi from Leg 1, Aravindh from Leg 2 and S.L. Narayanan from Leg 3 — the final will feature the top four players in the overall tour standings.

At present that’s Raunak Sadhwani, Leon Mendonca, Abhimanyu Puranik and Aravindh, though as Aravindh won an event, 4th place for qualification is currently shared between Murali Karthikeyan and Surya Ganguly.

Both those players are in action in Leg 4, with Leg 3 winner S.L. Narayanan the top seed.

We’ve got live commentary on all the rounds from GM Sahaj Grover and NM Sahil Tickoo.

Watch the MPL Indian Chess Tour Leg 4 here on chess24 from 15:30 IST (6am ET, 12:00 CEST)!

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